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College Football Recruiting: Danny O’Brien Headed to Wisconsin, Not Penn State

| by Alex Groberman

And just like that, the Wisconsin Badgers have added a new highly sought-after quarterback transfer.

On Wednesday morning, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema announced that former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O’Brien has committed to the Badgers.

"We're excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin," Bielema said in his statement. "The first thing we did when we were aware of Danny's interest was to try and find out what type of person he was and if he would fit into our program. From our dealings with him and all the things I have heard from those who have been around him, he is a tremendous person and has great character. He had a fantastic visit and our current players who met him came away impressed. Having graduated from Maryland in just three years, you know right away that he is a smart kid.

"As is the case with any player who joins our program, we have not promised Danny anything other than the chance to come in during the fall and compete for the starting quarterback position. He understands that and is excited for that opportunity."

O’Brien will have two years of football eligibility remaining once the transfer becomes official. According to multiple reports, he spurned both Penn State and Vanderbilt en route to making this decision.

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In 2010, O’Brien earned Freshman All-American honors after he threw for 2,438 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 starts. Unfortunately, 2011 proved to be a tougher year for the talented youngster. He threw for only seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions in limited action before ultimately breaking his arm during a November showdown versus Notre Dame.

Clearly, despite last year's struggles, Wisconsin is expecting him to return to old form.

Over two seasons at Maryland, O’Brien started a total of 17 games.

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