|John O’Korn – QB | 6-4, 220 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – St. Thomas Aquinas (University of Houston)|
|ESPN: 3-star, #38 QB, 77 grade||Rivals: 3-star, #31 ProQB||247: 3-star, #24 ProQB||Scout: 3-star, #38 QB|
|Other top offers: Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Louisville, Syracuse, Houston, North Carolina, South Florida|
|*Class of 2013|
Less than 24 hours after polishing off his first 14-man recruiting class at the University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has apparently added some future insurance to the quarterback position by landing Houston transfer John O’Korn.
Although it hasn’t been made official by the program, the newest Wolverine to be announced the news via Twitter on Thursday.
— John O’Korn (@JohnOKorn) February 5, 2015
O’Korn lit up the American Athletic Conference in 2013 as a freshman, setting Houston records with 3,117 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed 58.1 percent of his passes and posted a passer rating of 133 en route to winning the AAC’s Rookie of the Year award.
Following his breakout freshman season, as Smart Football’s Chris Brown pointed out, O’Korn had to adjust to a new offensive coordinator due to Doug Meachem’s departure for TCU, and the entire offense suffered because of it. O’Korn lost his starting role after throwing just six touchdowns and eight picks through five games. The sophomore struggled after starting the season with a four-interception performance in the opener against UTSA.
With a hew head coach coming in this season, former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, Houston granted O’Korn his release in January. Due to NCAA transfer rules, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native won’t don the winged helmet until 2016 and he will have two years of eligibility remaining. As it stands, O’Korn will likely jump into a position grouping that includes Shane Morris, Wilton Speight, Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry.