He’s only been to Virginia Tech one time. And that came in July. But that visit has stuck with Trinity Christian (Fla.) 2018 three-star safety Chamarri Conner.
Over the past week or so, Conner began to think more about his recruitment. He decided only a few schools of his 20 offers drew his interest. And on Wednesday morening, he decided he didn’t need to wait any more. So he committed to the Hokies.
“I was thinking about what schools I wanted to go to,” Conner said. “I came down to a couple of schools and came to VT because that’s the one I liked the most.”
Conner made his aforementioned visit to Blacksburg with the majority of his teammates during Trinity Christian’s annual road trip of colleges. They also visited Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, North Carolina and Notre Dame among other schools.
The latter two in that list stood out most to Conner. But his trip to Virginia Tech, as well as seeing how the Hokies have played this season helped make his mind up.
“I like the VT defense they run, the Bud Foster defense,” Conner said. “I liked all the coaches. They’re alll real cool. I like, when I went up there, I liked everything about it, how it looked, just everything.”
Assistant coach Charley Wiles has been Conner’s primary recruiter. They haven’t connected often, but have stayed in touch over the past few months.
“I haven’t really been talking to him a ton, but we’ve talked a couple of times,” Conner said. “He’s real cool. I know he liked me.”
The last Trinity Christian player to suit up for Virginia Tech is junior wide receiver Isaiah Ford. But despite Ford’s presence with Conner and his teammates, including Ford’s visit in September for the Hokies’ bye week, Conner said Ford wasn’t a big factor in his decision.
“I talked to him, but never about Virginia Tech,” Conner said. “It was just regular stuff, like high school football stuff. I never asked him about Virginia Tech. He probably knew I was interested, though.”
Conner said Wiles and Foster have talked about him playing in a couple of possible roles for the Hokies. They’ve told him a few characteristics of his game could make him a weapon at a couple of spots.
“They told me I fit in good because I’m physical,” Conner said. “I can play safety and nickel. I like playing back deep at free, but I can play strong too, because I like coming down and blitzing.”
For now, Conner said he has no plans to look around at any other schools. He said he’s not sure when his next trip to Blacksburg will come, though he hopes it will be in the spring.