SOLON, Iowa - Connor Ham has flown under the radar during a strong year for prospects in the state of Iowa. If the Solon senior keeps playing like he did against Regina on Friday night, the word on his talent won't stay a secret for long.
Ham, a wide receiver and defensive back, caught six passes for 61 yards. He also rushed four times for 51. In addition, he delivered some hits and was steady in coverage on defense.
EVALUATION: Ham is an intriguing prospect who projects at several positions. It's hard to know if he has the actions to play cornerback as Regina didn't really throw his way, but I could see him at either safety spot and receiver.
Ham caught everything thrown his way. He played well in space on screen passes and also hauled in a ball over the middle in traffic, showing excellent concentration. The Spartans ran him deep down the middle on one play where he got behind the safeties and would have scored had the ball not been overthrown.
Ham shows excellent acceleration, getting to his top speed in a hurry. He easily reached the edge on the sweeps and then outran the defense when he got there.
Ham is listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and although those measurements might be a tad inflated, they're in the neighborhood. He's still on the thin side but will fill out in a college weight program without losing athleticism.
Ham reminds me a little but of former Mid-Prairie High standout Tanner Miller, who started at free safety at Iowa for three years. Miller picked up a scholarship a few days before signing day and Ham could be in line for the same if he continues a strong senior season.
Please Watch Ham's Game Highlights Against Regina below: