Canadian class of 2015 quarterback prospect Michael O'Connor burst onto the scene this off-season with his first five scholarship offers. Now attending the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., O'Connor has used his time in the States to make several college game visits this fall.
"I have been to two Auburn games so far this year, and they are showing strong interest in me," O'Connor said. "I made it down to an Alabama game and made it to a Vandy game also."
This past weekend, O'Connor made the drive to the Midwest with a friend from the Baylor School who had tickets to Saturday night's Ohio State-Nebraska game in Columbus. Although he sat in the stands for that contest, he used his time in the region to make recruiting visits with Cincinnati on Thursday and Purdue on Friday.
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"Cincinnati is showing a lot of interest in me as well as Purdue," O'Connor noted. "Purdue said they want to build a good relationship with the quarterbacks they offer. So, they want me down at their camp next spring."
Part of O'Connor's visit to Purdue consisted of sitting down with head coach Danny Hope for ten minutes. He came away intrigued by what the Boilermakers have to offer.
"I definitely really like the campus, the coaching staff and the environment," O'Connor said. "They showed me a lot of respect and a lot of interest, so I am looking forward to developing a closer relationship with the coaches and maybe get down to a game."
While in West Lafayette, O'Connor had a chance meeting with another native Canadian - three-star offensive tackle David Knevel, who was on his official visit to Purdue.
"Since kids from Canada with D-I offers is a pretty small circle, we kind of knew each other through social media," O'Connor said. "But I got to meet him [at Purdue], and it was pretty neat that two Canadians were there at the same time."
O'Connor has already generated scholarship offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Buffalo and Toledo. He reported new interest from UCLA, LSU and Georgia.
In his first year with the Baylor School, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound O'Connor has accounted for ten passing touchdowns and seven interceptions from the quarterback position.
"One thing I want to do is get my interceptions down," O'Connor said, "but I was reading an article on Max Browne on Rivals the other day that said he had 16 or 17 interceptions his sophomore season, so I think I just have to keep throwing the ball and good things will happen."