QB Causing Football Fever In Small Town

An exciting high school football star who likes the Tigers is scoring touchdowns and making big plays with regularity.

Macon, Miss.--Football fever is running near the epidemic level in Noxubee County, Mississippi and a big reason why is the play of one of the most exciting high school prospects in the nation.

Omarr Conner is putting up the kind of numbers that raise the blood pressure of college coaches and cause traffic jams on Friday nights as fans want to check out the action in person.

Going into the first round of the state playoffs, Conner has thrown 28 touchdown passes and run for 19 more touchdowns. He has 2,808 yards passing and 640 on the ground. He has also scored on seven two-point conversions while leading his team to a 9-1 record.

Last week, a crowd of more than 7,000 fans turned out for the regular season home finale, which is an impressive statistic considering there are only around 12,000 people in Noxubee County.

"I think I am doing pretty good, but I couldn't be successful without my teammates," Conner tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Right now we are one of the best teams that ever came through the town of Macon. We are trying to stay focused and do what we need to do to win the state championship. The town is more excited than any other time in my life."

Another big crowd is expected this Friday night when Conner's team takes on Jackson Lanier. The senior quarterback, who is six-foot-one, 205 pounds with 4.5 speed, figures about everybody in his town will be there. Fans who have been there throughout Conner's high school career have seen him amass 10,209 total yards as a four-year starter.

What might be exciting to Auburn football fans is that Conner seems to be very interested in the Tigers. "Coach Phillip Lolley is recruiting me and what I like about Auburn and Coach Lolley is that they are up front with me," Conner says. A four-sport standout, who also plays basketball, baseball and runs track, Conner says the fact that Auburn is not stacked up with quarterbacks on the depth chart is another reason to take a serious look at the Tigers. However, he is putting the recruiting on the backburner until after the state playoffs are finished.

When it does come time to make official visits, Auburn is a good possibility to get one of those. He is being recruited by other SEC colleges such as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Kentucky and Georgia and others from outside the league like Clemson, West Virginia, Grambling, Jackson State and a variety of others. "I will set up my official visits after my high school season is done," he says.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Conner has a quick release and a very strong arm. He says his maximum range for throwing a deep pass is 80 yards. His team runs a spread formation offense and Conner is a very dangerous runner out of the shotgun formation in addition to having the ability to drill the football into traffic or use a soft touch. He is also excellent at throwing on the run. Conner says one of the reasons he believes he has been able to amass so much yardage as a passer is that he feels comfortable and is patient in the pocket. However, he is not afraid to run like his favorite quarterback, Michael Vick, the former Virginia Tech star who is now with the Atlanta Falcons. "I think I am the type of quarterback who likes to sit in the pocket and wait for a receiver to break open, and I am also the type of quarterback who can use my feet to get 25 yards downfield if a receiver isn't open and the pass protection breaks down," Conner says.

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