New Michigan Man: Transfer QB John O’Korn

When Harbaugh took over, one thing that all Wolverines fans came to expect was quality quarterback play. The best way to get that is to have as much competition as possible to see who is the best fit. And now the quarterback room just got a little tighter as Houston junior QB John O\’Korn announced he will transfer to Michigan for his final two years of eligibility.

Can\’t wait to play for @CoachJim4UM @CoachJeddFisch in the BIG HOUSE! #GoBlue

— John O\’Korn (@JohnOKorn) February 5, 2015

O\’Korn, who was a three star recruit out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, FL., is leaving the Lonestar State after the coaching change at Houston. He was named the AAC Freshmen of the Year in 2013 after taking over the starting spot in the 3rd game of the year but after poor play and the coaching staff looking for a more versatile threat.

For Michigan, he will redshirt his first year on campus (non-graduate transfers have to sit out a year) which will give him a full year to learn the offense and grow under the tutelage of Jim Harbaugh. By 2016, the quarterback competition should be one of the best in the country, barring someone taking the reins in 2015.

Here is the QB stable for 2016 (in order of eligibility):

  • Shane Morris,Senior
  • John O\’Korn, RS Junior
  • Wilton Speight, RS Sophomore
  • Alex Malzone, RS Freshmen*
  • Zach Gentry, RS Freshmen*
  • 2016 recruit

Unless someone leads Michigan to a great season in 2015, I believe this will be a wide open competition heading into the 2016 Spring Game.

Height: 6\’4\’\’

Weight: 220lbs

2013 Stats: 13 games, 58% comp., 3117 passing yards, 133 pass efficiency, 28 TDs, 10 INTs

2014 Stats: 7 games, 52% comp., 951 passing yards, 100.4 pass efficiency, 6 TDs, 8 INTs

Rankings (2013): Scout (3*, #38 QB) – Rivals (3*, #31 QB) – 247Sports (3*, #31 QB) – ESPN (3*, #38 QB)