Decommitment Updates His Interest in Auburn

This prospect has a favorite of who he would like to see as Auburn's new head football coach.

Mobile, Ala.--David Conner, who de-committed from Auburn after learning Tommy Tuberville was no longer head football coach of the Tigers, says that Auburn is still in the picture.

Conner, who is in Mobile working out for Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, says that one of the candidates for the vacant Auburn job has got his attention.

"Out of the coaches they're considering, I think I'd most like to play for Coach Gill," Conner says. Turner Gill has received national attention in the past week as a candidate for open jobs at Auburn and Syracuse and that is something that has interested Conner.

Gill has also received attention for taking the University of Buffalo from one of the weakest Division I programs in the country to Mid-American Conference championships in three years after his team upset unbeaten Ball State last week.

Conner, a 5-11, 190 safety, is hoping to wrap up his high school career at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium with a win after his team suffered an unexpected loss in the state championship game as his South Panola High team's 89-game winning streak was ended. Meridian won the state title with a 26-20 overtime victory that stunned people across Mississippi high school circles.

"We had a great season right up to the end," Conner says. "It was a great game. Both teams played hard. Meridian had a good team and a good quarterback. He completed a lot of passes. Things just didn't go our way."

Conner says he was very surprised when he heard the news that Tuberville was out at Auburn. "Our trainer had told me," he says. "I thought he was kidding because he wants me to go to Ole Miss. He's always playing around like that, but he was serious.

"The (Auburn) staff later called me and told me it was true," Conner says. "I have not heard from any of the coaches since so I went ahead and de-committed last week. But, I'm not staying away from them. I'm going to wait and see how good a coach they get. If they get a better coach or a good coach, I might recommit."

Commenting on why he chose Auburn originally, Conner says, "I picked Auburn because I had heard a lot of things about them. I had a cousin that played for him (Tuberville) at Ole Miss. My cousin told me about what a great coach he was as well as a person also. I wanted to find out so I took a visit over there for a few days and got to know him pretty well.

"He was a great coach and a great man," Conner says. "He was there not only for athletics, but academics as well. I got to know the coaching staff real good, too, so I made my decision and committed. I enjoyed the Auburn summer camp and like that they're building new dorms for 2009."

Both all-star teams reported to Mobile on Monday night and started their workouts on Tuesday.

"Practice is going good," Conner says. "All the players are getting along. Tuesday was our first day of practice. We're picking up on things real fast and just coming out having fun. We have a great coaching staff. They let us know that Alabama has a great team so we have to practice hard. That's what we do so we can be victorious on Saturday night."

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