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February 20, 2013

Getting to Know: John O'Korn



The Vital Stats
Name: John O'Korn
Position: Quarterback
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 210 lbs.
Ranking:
Other offers: Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse, Central Florida, Wisconsin.
The Houston Cougars expanded their recruiting footprint in the 2013 recruiting class and snagged Sunshine State signal caller John O'Korn, the first signee from Florida for the Cougars since the 2006 class.


In today's installment of the "Getting to Know" series we take a look at O'Korn who was arguably the jewel of the Cougars signing class...


An up-close and personal look:


WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAREER?

"Winning the state championship in my final game at St. Thomas Aquinas and being named 7A Player of the Year, Finals MVP, and 1st Team All-State."

DO YOU HAVE A PRE-GAME RITUAL?

"Pray and stay loose with some music"


AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOU HAD THE ABILITY TO PLAY D-I FOOTBALL?

"When I received my first letter from Oklahoma the summer before my sophomore year."


WHAT POSITION WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT HOUSTON?

"Quarterback."

ARE YOU EXPECTING TO REDSHIRT YOUR FIRST SEASON ON-CAMPUS?

"I'm going in to my freshman year with the mindset that I'm going to be the starting quarterback. If I end up as a backup and redshirt, ill do my best to learn the offense and get settled in at UH and keep preparing every day like I'm the starter."

WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON IN ORDER TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL?

"I have to keep getting better in every single phase of my game but one thing I need to work on is to spread the ball around and let my teammates make plays instead of trying to do too much on my own."

BESIDES FOOTBALL, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT HOUSTON?

I really love the city and I'm looking forward to living there and becoming a part of a growing UH family."


Personal preferences:

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

"Stromboli."

WHAT IS THE LAST ALBUM YOU LISTENED TO?
"The Lumineers."

WHAT PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SIT DOWN AND HAVE DINNER WITH?

"Tim Tebow. He represents everything I want to be as a person, athlete, and Christian."

DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

"JOK."

WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON MAJORING IN AT HOUSTON?

"either Business or Sports Marketing."

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

Friday Night Lights."

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE CELEBRITY?

No Answer


A look at the recruiting process:

WHAT ONE THING WAS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION?

"knowing that I will be happy living at UH and in the city of Houston."


IS THERE A HOUSTON COACH THAT YOU FEEL ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO?


"I am definitely closest with Coach Levine. We talk every day. But I have great relationships with every single coach on both offense and defense."

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS?

"my official visit to UH"

DID YOU MAKE FRIENDS WITH ANY CURRENT PLAYERS OR OTHER INCOMING FRESHMAN DURING THE PROCESS?

"I've gotten to know almost every new recruit in my class and a lot of the current and former players at UH."

WHAT SCHOOL WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU HADN'T SIGNED WITH THE COUGARS?

"Mississippi State."


The future and goals:

WHAT NUMBER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WEAR AT HOUSTON?

"2."

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL GOAL FOR THIS SEASON?


"My goals are to earn the starting spot, win the the Big East, and go to a BCS bowl."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING TO THE HOUSTON FANS?

"Get ready for Cougar Football to be back on top! The right people are in place for great things to come at UH!"

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