- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Although 2013 quarterback John O’Korn may not be ranked as high as some of the other players Alabama is targeting at the position, the Crimson Tide coaching staff came away impressed with the Florida signal caller after his visit last weekend.
“Everything was perfect,” O’Korn said. “I really liked it a lot more than I expected I would, and I think part of that was due to I think that they have a lot more interest in me than I thought they did before I took the visit. I think we really made a connection.
“They were just telling me that they love what they’ve seen so far, and I made a great impression on them while I was there. They love my attitude and my work ethic and everything, and they just want to get the chance to see me throw in person and work with me one-on-one before they pull the trigger with the offer.”
UA head coach Nick Saban invited O’Korn back to the Tide’s camp this summer where he and new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier can work with the quarterback prospect. Alabama plans to bring in all of its potential quarterback targets for the camp and let them compete against one another.
During his visit, O’Korn had the opportunity to watch practice on Friday and attend the Tide’s first scrimmage on Saturday. He also sat in on some of the meetings with the offense each day.
“I really liked how they run their practice and everything,” O’Korn said. “I feel like I could come in, play pretty early and pick up the offense pretty easily. I got to sit in on some meetings with Coach Nussmeier, and they went really well, really smooth.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect is used to winning games at St. Thomas Aquinas, and he wants to continue that trend at the next level. It’s no surprise that Alabama is high on his list with the Crimson Tide coming off its second national championship in three years.
“The thing that stands out the most is the ability to compete for a national championship every single year,” O’Korn said. “If I’m going to have the chance to go to the best program in the country, that’s what I want to do. I want to win a national championship and compete for a national championship year in and year out. Alabama’s definitely one of the best places to do that.”
Currently, O’Korn has offers from North Carolina and South Florida, but in addition to Alabama, he says he’s receiving interest from Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Purdue, UCF, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
He plans to attend Florida’s spring game this weekend with teammate and ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive end Joey Bosa.
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