After visiting Madison over the weekend, an experience O'Brien described as "unbelievable," he reportedly made a second visit to Penn State earlier this week, leaving many Badger fans doubting if they'd see him in a Wisconsin uniform.
But now, O'Brien will join a group of Wisconsin quarterbacks that is equal parts injured and inexperience. Only redshirt freshman Joel Stave and redshirt sophomore Joe Brennan are active in spring camp, while redshirt senior Curt Phillips is limited as he recovers from a knee injury and redshirt Jon Budmayr is out with an elbow injury.
Like Russell Wilson did last year, O'Brien will have earned his degree before he comes to Wisconsin, allowing him to play immediately without sitting out the normal one-year waiting period. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.
O'Brien threw for 2,438 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a freshman in 2010 before struggling in the spread offense instilled by new Maryland head coach Randy Edsall in 2011, eventually suffering a season-ending arm injury Nov. 12.