Another Commitment: Conner Picks Tigers

The Auburn football team has picked up a commitment from a prospect from a defensive back from Mississippi.

Batesville, Miss.--David Conner, one of the top football prospects in Mississippi, became Auburn's second verbal football commitment of the day on Monday and 21st overall.

The rising senior from South Panola High School was a first team All-State selection as a junior. The 5-11, 190 safety and cornerback made 98 tackles and 15 1/2 sacks as a junior and was known for being a disruptive force in the secondary.

A recent visitor to check out the Tigers, he said, "My visit to Auburn was great. I mean, I saw a lot of stuff I really loved. I think I could be a part of the team."

David Connor

As a junior, his second season as a starter, Conner was credited with 14 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.

He has run an 11.0 100 meters and has a 3.46 grade point average at South Panola High.

South Panola head coach Lance Pogue says the Auburn coaches like his player's all-around athletic ability. "They liked his coverage skills. David could play anywhere from cornerback to safety to outside linebacker. He has those kind of skills. He will even play some tailback for us this year. That should give you some kind of idea on his ability."

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, 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.

(More to come.)

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