McConnell Looks To Follow Familar Footsteps

Anytime you are a high school football standout being recruited, it's an honor, but when you are the nephew of local sports royalty, it takes on added significance.

Anytime you are a high school football standout being recruited, it's an honor, but when you are the nephew of local sports royalty, it takes on added significance.

For Grain Valley (MO) defensive end/linebacker Ramontay McConnell, is the nephew of former Kansas City Chiefs and Nebraska standout Eric Warfield, the opportunity to follow in familiar footsteps is humbling and exciting at the same time.

Still, ask McConnell, who prepares for his senior year of high school and he'll tell you that being even keeled and not looking too far ahead is the best approach.

"It's just a lot of focus, I can't get too big headed," McConnell said. "I need to stay focused on my school work. That's how I was brought up."

Several schools are looking at McConnell, including Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa State and Northwest Missouri State. He's seen each and likes what each has to offer.

Kansas: "The first thing that stood out was their team. It really is like a family and a brotherhood and you notice it immediately.

Nebraska: "I love their attitude and how they treat you. They don't judge you and accept you."

Iowa State: "I really like their defense and the way they run their offense."

Wherever, McConnell chooses to play at the next level, he already knows that with taking the next step will likely come with a position change, moving from a mostly hybrid defensive end/backer position to being just a straight linebacker. It's challenge that he embraces and hopes to be ready to play.

"I feel comfortable with it and learning it," McConnell said. "I have a lot of work to do on the field to get ready for the college level."


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