Just when you thought the Wisconsin Badgers might have enough quarterbacks to start off the Paul Chryst era, reports suggest two possible signal callers -- one transfer and one recruit -- may be looking to jump to the Cardinal and White.
Per BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull, soon-to-be former Houston quarterback John O'Korn has five programs as his favorites, including the Badgers.
That info comes from one of his coaches. Apparently O'Korn wants to decide in time for spring semester and playing time high priority— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) January 10, 2015
The list of potential suitors for the 6'4, 220-pound sophomore from Fort Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas), Fla., has grown to the five Power Five schools from the initial list of two (Texas and Florida) reported by Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman on Friday.
Starting as a freshman, O'Korn earned the American Athletic Conference's Rookie of the Year award in 2013 after throwing for 3,117 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. Despite a hot start to his collegiate career, he cooled off in 2014 during his sophomore campaign, throwing eight interceptions and only six touchdowns while completing only 52 percent of his throws and being benched during the season.
O'Korn was initially a Wisconsin target under Bret Bielema, and per 247Sports' Evan Flood, Gary Andersen made a pitch to the three-star star recruit before he ultimately chose Houston. O'Korn will have to sit out the 2015 season if he transfers, but he'll have two more years of eligibility.
Rich Walsh of KDKA in Pittsburgh also reported on Saturday that Pitt quarterback commit Alex Hornibrook is looking into the Badgers' program as well:
Told Pitt QB recruit Alex Hornibrook looking into admissions at Wisconsin.— Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) January 10, 2015
The 6'4, 210-pound quarterback is a three-star recruit out of Malvern (Malvern Prep), Pa. The first thing to notice with Hornibrook from the Hudl film below is that he's a left-handed quarterback. From the looks of it, he played primarily out of the shotgun but is listed as a "pro-style quarterback." He has offers from Akron, Colgate, UConn and Rutgers.
The question is, with a roster full of quarterbacks in Joel Stave, Tanner McEvoy (for now), Bart Houston, D.J. Gillins and a 2015 early enrollee in Austin Kafentzis, is there room for O'Korn and/or Hornibrook? Can the adage of "you can never have too many quarterbacks" ring true for Wisconsin?