South Panola Standout Checks Out Auburn

Comments from a Mississippi prep star are featured along with a game action video.

Batesville, Miss.--A visit to the Auburn campus has made the Tigers a player in the recruiting competition for South Panola High School standout David Conner.

Named first team All-State as a junior by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger after making 98 tackles and causing general havoc on defense, the 5-11, 190-pound defensive back says Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers are on his radar.

"My visit to Auburn was great," says Conner, who can play both safety and cornerback. "I mean, I saw a lot of stuff I really loved. I think I could be a part of the team."

One of the things he saw was Tuberville, the head football coach, who met with the rising senior. He also toured the football complex as well as the campus after arriving on Monday in Auburn and leaving on Tuesday.

David Connor

As a junior, his second season as a starter, Conner was credited with 14 quarterback sacks, five blocked extra points, four blocked punts, three forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles.

He expects to take an even larger role on the team this fall. "This year I am going to play tailback, just a little bit, and I am going to play quarterback like Darren McFadden did," he says, noting that is something he is looking forward to doing.

Although he was an outstanding basketball player in junior high, he has concentrated on football since getting to high school. He has spent some time running track and says he has a best clocking of 11.0 for 100 meters.

In the classroom he has been doing some concentrating, too. "I have a 3.46 grade point average," he says. "Right now I am thinking about majoring in exercise science in college."

As he prepares for this senior season, Conner notes he is focused on trying to improve his pass coverage and leadership skills.

"I am just trying to get better at being a team leader for South Panola and learn to cover the correct way," he says. "We are going to be pretty good again. We will have five or six starters back on defense. We have a couple of young guys who are pretty good, too. Being a team leader, I am going to let them know if we make a mistake keep their heads up. We are a team and we are going to figure everything out."

Auburn offered him a scholarship earlier this summer, joining three in-state programs–Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. Conner says he is considering all of those colleges and is also looking at Alabama, which he notes has given him a lot of recruiting attention, too.

Conner, who has been clocked at 4.51 in the 40, says safety is his favorite position. He is rated as a three-star prospect and is ranked as's No. 11 prospect in the state of Mississippi.

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