Conner Recaps Official Visit

James Conner earned first-team all-state honors at running back this past season. Is there a chance we can see him starting his collegiate career on the offensive side of the ball?

James Conner has been committed to Pitt for awhile, and he's gotten to know the rest of the 2013 commits pretty well since he decided to become a Panther over the summer.

Therefore, his official visit to Pitt this weekend was less about the school, and more about just visiting with his future teammates. Of all the official visit weekends so far, this one had the highest ratio of committed prospects.

"It just felt like I've known these guys forever," Conner said. "Tony Harper was there. We went to the basketball game, and we were just cracking jokes the whole time. It was like we've always been there. My host was J.P. Holtz, and I liked hanging out with him. It was just a good overall experience."

A big part of these visits, or at least one consistent comment that comes back after the visits, is the amount of food the players get. Conner said it was even a lot for his appetite.

"They took us everywhere," Conner added. "The first night, we went to Dave & Buster's. We went to Jerome Bettis' Grill, then at the basketball game they had ribs and chicken for us. There was food everywhere."

One uncommitted prospect on the visit was Clairton receiver Terrish Webb, who committed on the visit. Conner said that wasn't much of a surprise, but he also talked about a couple other uncommitted players he hopes will join the class.

"(Walled Lake Western, MI corner) Josh Jones was there, I think he might come," Conner said. "It seemed like he had a good time. There was a big defensive tackle from Hawaii (Jeremiah Taleni). It was the first time he came out of Hawaii. Everybody made him feel at home. I thought that was real good."

Conner also got into the football side of things, possibly taking a look at playing on the offensive side of the ball.

"I spent my whole weekend with (running backs) Coach (Desmond) Robinson," Conner said. "We'll see what happens. A couple people have asked me if my position is set in stone. I would say, not all the way. They've talked to me about it a little. The other commits know I played running back, the coaches know me pretty well. Coach Chryst talked to me about it. He also talked to me about coming on the field on third down, and rushing the quarterback."

Overall, Conner's thought on becoming a Panther after the official visit?

"I couldn't imagine going anywhere else," Conner said.


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