Dublin (Ohio) Scioto
No. 25 OLB in nation, No. 22 player in Ohio
Committed on June 17, 2014
Conner's Recruitment: Conner grew up an Ohio State fans just northwest of Dublin but got his first offers from Kentucky and Illinois by the summer of 2013. He then visited OSU'S Friday Night Lights camp and checked out the Buckeyes' night game vs. Wisconsin that fall and left impressed.
"We went into the locker room after the game and heard the postgame speech," he said. "It was pretty cool listening to everybody and all the coaches after a big win. I got to talk to coach (Luke) Fickell after the game just to touch base and see how I was doing. It was a great experience."
He returned for the Penn State game later that year, and at the end of his junior campaign, he was moved up to four-star status thanks to an excellent sophomore campaign for Scioto.
Pittsburgh, Indiana, Boston College, Cincinnati and West Virginia offered soon after the campaign, and then he impressed at the Best of the Midwest combine. While Conner was checking out Big Ten schools during the winter, another visit to Ohio State followed.
"I just walked in with Coach Meyer into his office," he said. "We all sat down with my family. We got to know each other. He said I had a great family and I know he does too. He'd love to see me again on campus and working on football so he can see me personally. Coach Meyer said that he would like to see me improve my speed and my footwork. He thinks those aspects of my game can be worked on."
"I also met with Coach Fickell," he added. "He's a great guy and wants to continue to build the relationship with me and my family. He'll continue to recruit me and he wants me to perform at camp. They all want to see me at camp to determine if they want to offer."
He checked out Miami (Fla.) in March and Notre Dame in April then camped at Michigan State in June, earning an offer. With OSU in on some of the top linebackers in the nation and the Buckeye State stocked with excellent LBs in the 2015 class, many wondered if Ohio State would have room for the local four-star prospect, but the answer came in June when he was offered at a camp and quickly accepted.
He didn't get a chance to show his skills that much over the season, though, ashe suffered a knee injury at midseason that ended his campaign. Still, Connor made a trip to the Semper Fi All-American Bowl to be with some of his teammates, and he's expected to be good at go as he begins his OSU career.
Early Impact: Assuming Conner is 100 percent healthy he'll be able to get into the rotation at linebacker. The Buckeyes were young but banged up there in 2014 with freshmen Kyle Berger and Dante Booker battling injuries. Conner will start learning the schemes right away and will give the Buckeyes another downhill LB as he gets comfortable in the system.
Expert Take: "Outstanding pure football player. A throwback who is tough, aggresive and best when coming forward. Straight line and closing speed is solid and plays with an excellent motor. Good ability to fight his way through the wash, and shows good timing on the blitz. Sure tackler with good technique. Must continue to improve lateral agility and pass coverage skills. Defensive end is not entirely out of the question in college." - Scout Midwest analyst Allen Trieu
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