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Penn State Football: Danny O'Brien Tour Hits Happy Valley, Reports Say

by on March 20, 2012 6:30 AM

Former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien made a visit to Penn State this past weekend, per multiple reports.

And, indications are it went well, according to the Penn State football website, FightOnState.com, one of the first to report on the Penn State visit, including Lions247.com and Blue White Illustrated.

But O’Brien’s spring tour is not done yet. CBSSports.com’s top-notch college football insider Bruce Feldman reported O’Brien and former Maryland left tackle Max Garcia will visit Ole Miss this week. Ole Miss has a track record of welcoming in transfer quarterbacks, previously bringing in former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and former Texas quarterback Jevan Snead.

And then, it's on to Madison. BadgerNation.com, of the Scout.com network, reported O'Brien will visit Wisconsin this weekend.

Expected to graduate this spring, O’Brien is eligible to play at his next school right away and would have two years of eligibility left.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback, he threw for 1,648 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. As a redshirt freshman, he threw for 2,438 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Last week, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien said Danny O'Brien (no relation) had contacted Penn State and was interested in transferring to the school.

Doing so would shake up a muddy quarterback situation in fifth-year senior Matt McGloin and junior Rob Bolden, who split snaps throughout 2011. McGloin completed 54 percent of his passes last season and threw eight touchdowns in 12 games.

Bolden completed just 39 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns and seven interceptions in 10 games.

Those two, as well as redshirt sophomore Paul Jones and incoming freshman Steven Bench, must grasp a new offense and impress a brand new offensive coaching staff. Truly, the job is up for grabs.

A final decision is expected to come by mid-April, O’Brien’s high school coach, Todd Willert, said. Willert could not be reached for comment Monday.

“He’s gonna wanna look for a pro-style offense,” Willert said last week. “I don’t think he’ll visit any school that is not a pro-style offense. He’s not a zone read guy.

“He’s a very intelligent kid — just a great kid, student of the game, all the stuff you kind of hear. You hear a lot of stuff in the media . . . it’s a lot more in-depth to what happened at Maryland. He’s not like he’s trying to shop himself around. He needs to find a better situation for him.

“Right now, if he had his way, he’d know exactly where he’s playing and know the playbook.”

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Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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