DeMarcus Conner: I'm Still Solid

DeMarcus Conner, who plays for one of the nation's top ranked high school teams in Spring (Texas) Westfield, said Monday night he is still a solid commitment to Oklahoma State. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver said he is looking forward to getting the opportunity to get involved in the Cowboys' no-huddle, spread offense next season.

"I know they need some people to come in and make plays, and I think that's good for me," said Conner, who has nine catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns for a Westfield team that is No. 6 in this week's USA Today Super 25 poll. "I want to come in and play, and it makes me want to work harder at what I'm doing now."

Conner's best game this season was in Westfield's 50-7 victory over Alief Taylor when he had four catches for 116 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown reception on the third play of the game. Conner's statistics are not overwhelming but you have to take into consideration that he's rarely playing in the second half as Westfield has won its five games this season by scores of 40-12, 50-7, 33-0, 49-13 and 61-0. "I'm usually not in there much after the start of the third quarter," he said.

Conner has watched the Cowboys struggle in Big 12 play in recent weeks. "It's like they're regrouping," he said. "But that has not influenced my decision at all. I'm not just looking at their record. I'm looking at somewhere I can go get an education and graduate from, and where I can get a chance to help right away. I want to catch the ball, and I think I'll be helpful in the offense they run."

Conner plans to make an official visit to Stillwater sometime in December. The Mustangs, 5-0, only have two games remaining on their regular season schedule because Hurricane Rita forced the cancellation of games against Port Arthur Memorial, Humble and Spring. They finish the regular season with games against Baytown Sterling this Friday and at Beaumont West Brook on Oct. 28, before beginning the playoffs.

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