Connor visits Notre Dame

IrishEyes caught up with Jim Connor, father of Strathhaven HS (Wallingford, PA.) linebacker Dan Connor. The 6-3, 215-pound (4.5) linebacker was not at home when I called. Fortunately, his father was nice enough to talk to me. </P>

"We actually just got back into town. Dan is out with some friends right now but we just got back from touring a few schools" said Jim. "We flew into Detroit and visited Michigan over the weekend. On Tuesday we went to Notre Dame and then visited Ohio State Wednesday."

So how was the visit to Notre Dame? "We had a great time. Coincidentally we visited Notre Dame the same day that ESPN Gameday was there. Dan really enjoyed the atmosphere. We also got to see the campus, visit with academic advisors and attend football practice. We also sat down with Coach Willingham for about an hour and a half."

What was it like talking to Coach Willingham? "He has to be the most intense man in the country. He makes you feel like everything he says has meaning. He's the type of guy that any parent would love their son to play for. He's the father figure that will give you the necessary discipline on and off the field to help you succeed. Still, he's the type of guy to give you a hug if it's needed."

Is Notre Dame high on Dan's list? "Right now, Dan has offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Southern Cal, and Tennessee. The four he's focusing on are Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State."

Will Dan be choosing a school early? "I have two other sons that were scholarship players. They decided early in the process so I think Dan will too. He doesn't need his ego stroked so their is no reason to drag it out. Dan will probably sit down and make a decision sometime after Memorial Day (after his track season is over). His decision should be sometime this summer or early in the Fall at the latest."

Connor had 160 tackles last season as well as 3 interceptions. He also had a great year playing fullback recording 1500 yards rushing and 29 TDs. Top Stories