The Hawkeyes asked Conner to call them a few weeks ago. He tried responding to position Coach Jim Reid. He left the assistant voice messages. No response.
It turns out that Iowa issued that phone to Reid but he didn't like it. He was using a different one and not receiving Conner's messages. The mix-up was fixed Monday night when Reid called Dublin (OH) Scioto Coach Karl Johnson.
"After lifting last night, my coach gave me the right number and I called Coach Reid," Conner said. "He offered me the scholarship. He said he would have offered it two weeks ago if we had talked."
Scout.com ranks Conner as the No. 8 outside linebacker nationally in the 2015 Class. He's regarded as a four-star prospect on the service's five-star scale.
Reid told him Monday that he fits the mold of what Iowa looks for at the position.
"He said he loves the way that I play hard-nosed football," Conner said. "He said I have that linebacker look."
The 6-foot-3, 223-pounder is intrigued by the Hawkeye opportunity.
"It's a Big Ten team, which I like," said Conner, who reports a 4.75-second, 40-yard dash time. "I watched a video about the tradition of their linebackers (Monday) night. It seemed pretty promising."
Conner reports scholarship offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, NC State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse and West Virginia. He said Michigan State, Ohio State and Duke are showing him a lot of interest.
Ohio State, Illinois, Penn State and Kentucky have received visits from Conner. He plans to travel this summer to more of the schools that have offered him scholarships, he said.
Conners plays fullback, tight end and linebacker at Scioto. Hudl.com lists his bench press at 270 pounds and his squat at 345.