4-Star Justin Connor recaps Ole Miss visit

Justin Connor made the short trek from Sardis, Miss., over to Oxford for the weekend with his mother. This is his first and last official visit.


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"This is it for me," Connor said. "I'm not going on anymore (visits). Ole Miss is where I've dreamed about playing since I was a little kid. I never thought I would be in these shoes. North Panola gets no publicity. South Panola gets all of the pub and players going D1. Now I get a chance to go play for Ole Miss. It really doesn't get any better than this."

Connor rushed for 1, 640 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, but it will be at another position he will star for the Rebels.

"Coach Freeze told me I'll be playing defensive back. He likes me at cornerback because he said I'm fast and physical. He said I'm not scared to lay the wood on someone. He doesn't want finesse corners. He wants his defensive backs to come up and hit you. He told me that they have a lot of running backs on their roster, and if I wanted to make an impact my freshman season I needed to play corner. I'm down with that. I've gone both ways my whole career so it will not be a hard adjustment."

The head coach at Ole Miss and the All-State performer discussed another topic.


"We just talked about me taking care of my business in the classroom. I already have what I need on my ACT and GPA. He told me to not fool around and not let my grades slip. He said my scholarship was good, and he can't wait for me to report his summer."

Justin's father passed away of a heart attack recently and this has given him even extra motivation.

"I have got to play with a chip on my shoulder now. I want to fulfill his dreams and my dream too. He always wanted me to be a star at Ole Miss. It really started when I was seven years old when he introduced me to football. He showed me everything there is to know about the game and tried to mold me into a young man. I just want to make him proud. Every day I'm playing for him. The pain is still there. I'll always be playing for him."

Connor left the Ole Miss campus with a good feeling going into his next adventure.

"I just had a good time on the trip. I talked to coach Freeze about business and got those questions answered. I got a chance to hang out with a lot of their players. D.K. Buford was my host, and he showed me around the square. I also got to hang out with Quartney Davis. He really liked it at Ole Miss too. He said it was his best visit so far. He's going to Texas A&M this weekend. I'm hoping he'll join the family. But most of all I just enjoyed the people around Ole Miss. They are caring and not all uptight like some people. It just feels like home away from home."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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