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Future Cougar John O'Korn Hits The Recruiting Trail

Many college football fans actively avoid recruiting news, and with good reason. Highly-rated recruits don't pan out, under-the-radar prospects end up being stars, and 18-year old kids change their minds constantly. The idea of a player giving a "verbal commitment" to a school is often laughable, and usually ends up defying the definition of the word 'commitment'.

But sometimes a recruit falls in love with a particular school and goes to great lengths to let everyone know that his mind is made up. Sometimes a recruit does something that every member of his future fan base should enjoy.

A good recent example of this is Michigan commit Logan Tillman burning a recruiting letter from Ohio State. Another would be future Cougar quarterback John O'Korn leading the Twitter campaign to bring the best 2013 recruiting class possible to Houston.

O'Korn was a somewhat surprising get for Tony Levine's staff in the first place. The 6'3" signal-caller hails from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Despite reported interest from most of the power programs in the eastern United States, and offers from local programs like UCF and South Florida, O'Korn was drawn to the high-scoring Cougar offense three states away.

But any concerns that O'Korn might reconsider his decision and choose to stay closer to home have been eased, as O'Korn has been publicly (via twitter) campaigning anybody who will listen to join him on Cullen Boulevard. He let 4-star defensive end prospect Tyquan Lewis (who holds an Ohio State offer, among several others) know which program had more success last year by tweeting him this picture. O'Korn seems to be have plenty of midwest ties, as he also recently tweeted at Chicago linebacker Reggie Spearman, declaring Spearman a "#FutureCoog". While Spearman, a 3-star recruit, holds plenty of scholarship offers (including from local Illinois) and no major recruiting site has yet reported a commitment from Spearman, Spearman did re-tweet O'Korn's prediction.

Looking to step up his efforts even further, O'Korn created another twitter account, @CoogCrew2013, specifically to keep the Cougar faithful abreast of all of the top-flite recruits that the Cougar staff (and O'Korn) are after. From Houston to Florida, right down to St. Thomas Aquinas, there doesn't seem to be anybody O'Korn won't give the recruiting pitch to.

That kind of dedication is already winning O'Korn plenty of fans in Houston. Even those who normally avoid recruiting news.

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