- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
The month of November was kind to O’Fallon (Ill.) football as offers poured in for a few of the program’s senior prospects.
Quarterback Todd Porter was waiting for his first offer for quite some time, but since November the senior has added close to a dozen. He now sits at 11 offers, including one from FBS program Florida Atlantic.
“The only official visit for sure is Florida Atlantic,” O’Fallon coach Brandon Joggerst said, noting the visit would be the weekend of Jan. 11. “We talked about getting through this week, go through Thanksgiving and see what’s there before setting up the other dates for him.”
With more than 120 quarterbacks committed to FBS programs, there are only a few schools yet to take a quarterback and the ones that have need to be careful not to upset the quarterback already committed by recruiting another.
That has put the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Porter in a tough spot as he tries to find more FBS schools interested. Oregon State could be one, as the Beavers coaches called Joggerst on Wednesday.
“They’re going through the checks and balances, getting some background information,” said Joggerst, who said the Beavers have already watched Porter’s film.
On Porter’s senior highlight, Joggerst wanted to showcase his quarterback’s running ability after focusing on his passing with his junior film.
“Can he be a dual-threat because there’s not a lot running on his junior tape, but his senior tape had a lot of great runs,” Joggerst said. “He had 11 rushing touchdowns.
“[As a passer], his decision making was very strong, controlled what we did and had a lot of run-pass options. He had a great understanding of what we wanted to do conceptually.”
Three-star kicker Austin Barnes has an offer from Southeast Missouri State but has been asked to walk on at several major BCS programs, including Alabama.
Offensive tackle Charles Harmon also has an offer from Florida Atlantic, and he officially visited Holy Cross in October. Joggerst said he is in a similar position as Porter.
“I think after Thanksgiving with the live period, we got a lot of colleges coming in: Maryland, Georgia Tech, Tulsa,” Joggerst said.
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