Connors could be state's top safety prospect

There are several safety prospects in Louisiana's 2006 class that will play major college football and Tommy Connors of Marrero-Archbishop Shaw is one of them. <br><br> The 6-1, 200-pounder has 4.6-speed and is drawing interest from some big time programs largely because he is versatile enough to play both safety positions.

Last season, Connors earned Honorable Mention All-State and All-Metro after he posted 132 tackles and five interceptions. Whether he came up and threw a lick or dropped back and defended passes, the kid showed he could play the game with the best of them.

"His ability to make a lot of tackles and defend passes is what the coaches like," said Shaw head coach Scott Bairnsfather. "He does both real well but he may end up at strong safety once he gets to college. He is kind of old school in the fact he is all about football and being physical. He is very, very physical."

Connors, who is a full academic qualifier, is still waiting on his first scholarship offer but if the number of coaches expressing a genuine interest in him is any indication then he should have plenty of offers to consider.

Coaches from Ole Miss, Auburn, TCU, Arkansas and Alabama have scouted his highlight film and are among those who are scheduled to visit the Shaw campus during spring practice.

Bairnsfather said he had not personally talked to anyone from LSU but he gets letters addressed to Connors on a weekly basis. It would be a safe assumption that LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar will make his way to Marrero in the near future and when he does he will be well received by the standout safety.

"I think if LSU shows an interest in him he would be extremely happy," Bairnsfather said.

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