February 20, 2008

NC quarterback should have strong 2009

Quarterback Danny O'Brien is one of several prospects from Kernersville (N.C.) East Forsyth that have a chance to be highly rated in the Class of 2009. He's coming off a solid junior year and he already has the attention of several major college programs.

The 6-foot-3, 194-pound quarterback passed for 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds, but considers himself to be primarily a pocket passer.

"I'm a pass-first quarterback definitely," O'Brien said. "I can move on my feet and make plays on my feet. We run the spread in high school but there are a lot of different offenses I feel like I could run in college. Other than that my biggest strengths are my leadership and arm strength."

O'Brien went on to talk about his experience with the recruiting process thus far.

"I just went to a Junior Day at UNC," he said. "I've been to South Carolina, Clemson and Wake Forest, and I plan on going to Maryland. Then as far as letters go, I get a lot of those from Duke, Northwestern and Michigan State.

"Everyone's pretty even, but the Junior Day at UNC was pretty good. I'd put them pretty high. I also like Clemson and Duke a lot. With Clemson I just love the coaches and the campus. Coach Napier is my recruiting coordinator and I get along with him really well. We've clicked pretty well.

"This was the second time this week I've been to North Carolina. I'm just comfortable with all the coaches there."

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