Top Pa. LB Connor Makes Midwest Tour

I spoke early Saturday evening with once of Pa's top five prospects, linebacker Dan Connor from Wallingford, Pa., Strath Haven (in Eastern Pa.). This past week he and his parents made a circle tour of Michigan, Notre Dame and OSU, and the outgoing Connor filled us in about it.

LB Dan Connor (6-3, 220 lbs, 4.55 in the 40, 3.2 GPA/1050 SAT) told me:

"We flew out of Philly into Detroit Metro Airport last Sunday (Apr. 13), then drove to the three schools -- Michigan first on Monday, then Notre Dame on Tuesday, then Ohio State."

Tell us about the Michigan visit.

"It was unbelievable. We were with Coach Boccher most of the day, and we met with Coach Carr for about an hour. We also met with Coach Herrmann. We saw the facilities -- they are building a new lockerroom -- and the stadium. We also got a tour of the campus, and met with the academic support people."

You've also previously visited Penn State, Syracuse and Maryland. How would you compare them, and do you have a 'top list' from the schools you've visited?

"It's tough to compare. But Michigan is definitely up there, I'd say along with Penn State and Notre Dame .... close behind is Ohio State. All were great really."

Are you going to a Nike Camp?

"I don't think so. I'm busy with track this spring. I do several field events: the high jump (I've done 6-2), the shot put (53 ft. is my best), the discus (146 ft.) and the javelin (183 ft.)."

Are you going to any summer camps?

"I don't think so ... the coaches I've talked to don't think it's necessary."

Do you have a list of favorites?

"I have a top five: in random order, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame ... and maybe Ohio State or Tennessee. I'm not sure when I'll make a decision: during the month of May coaches will be coming in, and making their phone calls; I'll know more then."

As a junior Connor made 160 tackles and three interceptions; as a fullback he rushed for 1,500 yards and 29 touchdowns. Connor is one of's top three weakside linebackers.

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