Houston commit in touch with PSU


Quarterback John O'Korn (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) continues to speak with PSU assistant Charlie Fisher -- they last spoke Saturday -- but said he remains "100 percent committed to Houston."

O'Korn, a three-star recruit, was believed to be a possible Plan B to No. 1-rated passer Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union). Despite his June 22 commitment to the Cougars, Bill O'Brien's coaching staff hasn't let up.

Fisher recently invited O'Korn to a Nittany Lions game, and the nation's No. 38 signal-caller said he plans to attend one. But, he reiterated, Houston fans shouldn't get the wrong idea.

"Like I said, I'm committed to Houston, but I've always liked the program and it'd be good to catch a game," O'Korn said. "I moved from Pennsylvania right after my sophomore season, and my dad still lives up there. So it'd be good to see my family."

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback doesn't hold an offer from Penn State and understands he likely wouldn't pull one down unless Hackenberg decommits. Even if that happens, he said, he's sticking with Houston.

"Before the allegations and everything, I would have looked at them a lot more strongly but now it's completely different," O'Korn said. "I still really like the whole coaching staff, and I think they're going to be solid through all these penalties, but it'd be hard for me to leave a great situation in Houston for that."

So, why continue talking to Fisher at all then? Well, O'Korn said, it's best to prepare for the unexpected. If Houston somehow ends up facing sanctions or something else pops up, the three-star quarterback will be able to better form his own Plan B.

"Aside from any sanctions going to Houston, I'm 100 percent committed. That's the only thing I think could change my decision," he said.

O'Korn holds offers from Houston, North Carolina, South Florida and Central Florida.