UNC Offers Fla. QB

UNC Offers Fla. QB

John O'Korn left North Carolina this past weekend with a scholarship offer.

"They offered while I was there," O'Korn said. "They just said that they felt really good about me. They felt like they could offer me before I got up there, but they wanted a chance to get to know me and spend some time with me before they pulled the trigger."

UNC is the second school to offer O'Korn, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas. South Florida was the first to offer.

"[The UNC offer] definitely made me a lot more interested in them," O'Korn said. "I know how serious they are about me now. I actually have a lot of family that live in Chapel Hill and I had a relative that played there in the past. [UNC] is just something that I really have to look into. I'm really interested in the school."

O'Korn's said his relative played football for UNC in the 1950s.

The offer coupled with the visit places UNC among O'Korn's favorite schools.

"They're up close to the top, but I don't have a clear leader yet," O'Korn said. "It's too early in the process to say that I have a clear leader. I'll have a better idea towards spring ball when we start our spring practice. Right now, I'm just taking everything in and talking to all the schools that have been talking to me."

O'Korn aims to make a verbal commitment sometime in June.

"My important factors are going to be the opportunity to, first of all, win a national championship – and possibly multiple national championships," O'Korn said. "I don't want to go somewhere where we're not going to be competitive. Secondly, I want to go somewhere where I feel I fit in right away and can make an impact early on."

Since he was named UNC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Blake Anderson has been pursuing O'Korn. The two have maintained weekly conversations, which included a campus visit invitation.

Wanting to attend a UNC spring practice, O'Korn decided to visit UNC this past weekend, staying with Aquinas alumnus and current Tar Heel Giovani Bernard.

"I got to really experience what it's like as a player there spending a few days with the players," O'Korn said. "The coaches spent some time with me and I got to check out their offense a little bit by watching some film with them, but they also cut me loose and let me spend some time with the players. I really got to see what it's like as a player there."

Unsurprisingly, Anderson was the coach O'Korn spent the most time with.

"We spent a lot of time going over the football side of [UNC], including going over some film," O'Korn said. "Sunday we got a chance to just hang out. We spent some time in the players' lounge and really just built our relationship even more. It was really important to me to get up there and spend some time with him and Coach [Larry] Fedora to see what it's going to be like when I'm there as a player."

Throughout the visit, O'Korn received a thorough look at UNC's one-back, no-huddle, spread offense.

"I like the offense a lot," O'Korn said. "I really got to see the whole offense that they have in so far. Coach Anderson went over all of it with me. I feel like I could pick it up pretty easily."

O'Korn says that besides the need to huddle between plays, UNC's offense is very similar to the offense he commands at Aquinas. O'Korn, who transferred into Aquinas from Huntingdon (Pa.) during his sophomore year, played primarily as a backup to a senior during his junior season, passing for 377 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions, and rushing for 60 yards.

"As the season went along, I got more playing time," O'Korn said. "At the end of the year, I started a couple of games."

On Friday, O'Korn got to see UNC's offense in action during that afternoon's practice.

"I really liked the practice a lot," O'Korn said. "It was high tempo, always moving, always doing something, and getting a lot of things done. There are really no breaks – I like that a lot."

While at practice, O'Korn met UNC verbal commitment Jordan Fieulleteau.

"I've really started to build a relationship with him," O'Korn said. "We've been talking the last couple of days."

In addition to UNC, O'Korn has visited Georgia, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple, West Virginia, and all the Florida schools. He'll travel to Alabama on March 31.

He added that he is planning to return to Chapel Hill for UNC's Spring Game next month.

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