Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback John O'Korn committed to Houston on an unofficial visit Friday, choosing the Cougars over offers from South Florida, UCF and North Carolina.
O'Korn, who became the ninth commitment for Houston, recently camped at FSU and hoped to receive an offer from the Seminoles but Houston put on a final push that proved to be the difference.
"I was very interested in FSU but they weren't sure if they were going to offer a quarterback in this class and they were waiting for Jameis Winston to decide on whether he was going to play football or baseball," O'Korn said. "Meanwhile Houston had made me their top priority and I wanted to go somewhere that I was wanted."
The three-star prospect split time at St. Thomas Aquinas last season with Max Lescano as a junior and is slated to be the full-time starter in 2012. He wanted to make his decision before the start of the summer so he could focus on his senior year with the Raiders.
Houston became the front runner during his unofficial visit and O'Korn decided to make his choice after spending time with head coach Tony Levine.
"The fact that coach Levine was personally recruiting me made a big difference," O'Korn said. "He obviously saw me as someone that could lead the program for 3-4 years and hopefully win some big ballgames."
O'Korn hopes to be the next in a long line of accomplished quarterbacks to come through the program like former Heisman winner Andre Ware, David Klinger and most recently Case Keenum.
"There was no other program recruiting me that had the history of top quarterbacks that Houston did," O'Korn added. "They have done a great job in developing players and producing big results on offense. I hope I can continue the success Houston has had a quarterback and continue my career into the NFL."
O'Korn says he'll be back at Houston in July for their camp and will work on recruiting other players to the program. He will also take an official visit during the fall.