Antonio Conner update

South Panola (MS) High School class of 2013 defensive back Antonio Conner talks recruiting.

  • Name: Antonio Conner
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: South Panola (MS) High School
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • HT: 6-1, WT: 205
  • Ranking: 5-Star
  • Schools Of Interest: Nation-wide interest from schools

  • Now a five-star prospect in the 2013 class, the attention that Conner is receiving started in the 10th grade but his talent showed a couple of years prior to that.

    "I was in my 8th grade year and playing quarterback and safety and when we had games, some of the (high school) coaches would stay over and watch the games," said Conner. "Then, at the end of my 8th grade year coach (Lance Pogue) came to talk to me. He talked to me about being a starter for the high school team. That would be putting a lot on me but he told me that they needed a safety. I talked to my parents about it and they were cool about it. So, I went ahead and gave it a shot and everything went good."

    He wound up being one of the top tacklers on the team as a freshman.

    "I think I had the third most tackles and 5 picks," said Conner.

    A year and a half later his hard work paid off.

    "The (scholarship) offers started coming in the middle of my 10th grade year," said Conner. "Ole Miss and Alabama offered first. Ole Miss was the first one to offer. Alabama offered next.

    "(Former Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt told me that I was one of his top guys and that he was offering me right now. I told him thank you and that I appreciated it a lot.

    "(Alabama head) Coach (Nick) Saban was talking to me and told me that he has coached in the NFL and had a couple of guys who had left to go to the NFL. He told me that he felt it fit me at Alabama."

    Since those two offers he has received numerous other offers, including LSU, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Virginia.

    You would think with the recruiting attention he is receiving it would be tough to deal with his academics and football but he's got it organized.

    "When I go to school I focus on my work, then when football season comes I focus on my work and football," said Conner.

    He handles the recruiting aspect of it by taking unofficial visits to the schools that he's most interested in.

    "I take (unofficial) visits and see how the coaching staffs are and how it is at the school and to see if I would be happy there for three or four years," said Conner. "I have visited (Mississippi) State, Alabama, Ole Miss. I am still looking to go to LSU."

    While he hasn't removed any schools from his list, he hopes to do that soon.

    "I am planning on cutting it down to five or six schools," said Conner.

    It appears the schools will come from one conference.

    "I'm basically looking at schools in the SEC," said Conner.

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