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O’Korn Sticks With Houston, What are Syracuse’s QB Options for Signing Day?

Syracuse can scratch quarterback John O’Korn off its wish list. The Ft. Lauderdale (FL) signal caller has re-committed his pledge to Houston.

O’Korn tweeted Thursday night:

“It has been a truly amazing experience but my recruiting has come to an end and I am sticking to my commitment to the University of Houston!

I will not be taking any more visits but I want to thank every school who offered me an opportunity to play at the next level”

O’Korn was the first new offer by Scott Shafer after Doug Marrone left. Last week the Florida passer told The Fizz he was flattered by the opportunity with SU, but would have to wait to see who the new OC hire was. Unfortunately, it looks like the addition of George McDonald wasn’t enough to switch his verbal, despite his close ties to the Sunshine State.

O’Korn has drawn major momentum over the past few weeks. Mississippi State jumped into the mix recently, and also had offers from Louisville, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. He is rated as a 3-star prospect, and the 34th best pro-style prospect by 247 for the class of 2013.

Where does that leave the Orange quarterback situation just 10 days before National Signing Day? The only certainty right now is Austin Wilson. The Pennsylvania product says he’s energized by the new coaching staff and will sign with SU on 2/6. Zach Allen de-committed after the departure of Marrone and Nate Hackett, so now he’s staring at an intimidating numbers game at TCU. SU has reached out to dual threat Illinois’ Mitch Kimble. He retracted his verbal from Northern Illinois when Syracuse and N.C. State offered him. Kimble visited the Hill last weekend, and is traveling down to Raleigh today. His high school coach tells us it’s down to just the Orange and Wolfpack.

It would be nice if the Orange could land another quarterback by NSD. While Wilson had shown a terrific attitude in sticking with SU, a new coaching staff and offensive coordinator would clearly benefit from options with the incoming class. It’s unlikely either true freshman would land the starting nod, but more QB depth is never a bad thing.

Posted: D.A.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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