Ohio FB/LB Likes West Virginia

An athletic fullback who projects as a linebacker in college had a good visit to West Virginia's rising senior camp, and is now preparing for other visits on the summer circuit.

"I liked the atmosphere," said Lakota West's John Connor, who checked out the West Virginia campus last month during a one-day camp visit. "It is a nice quiet town, and I had a good trip. I've been over to WVU before - I came over for the Cincinnati game last year."

Despite WVU's loss in that game, Connor still came away with good impressions.

"They (WVU) lost the game, but they played hard."

Connor's father, also named John, adds that his son was impressed with his trip to camp.

"He liked West Virginia a lot, and he has a lot of interest in the school. He really enjoyed his visit there."

Connor also has hit it off with Mountaineer coaches Bruce Tall (recruiting coach) and Jeff Casteel, who worked with the Ohioan during the camp.

"I get along with Coach Tall well," Connor said. "He is just a good guy. And I liked Coach Casteel. He is a really good coach."

Although Connor has been featured as a fullback during high school, he is being looked at as a linebacker by some colleges, including West Virginia. He worked out with that group during camp, and showed good footwork during agility drills.

Connor is a tough player who likes contact, be it on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. He adds that it doesn't matter where he winds up on the collegiate level.

"I'll play on either side," the rising senior observed. "I am a really good blocker and tackler - those are my strengths. I've played since I was six."

Connor doesn't have any offers yet, but lists West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan along with some MAC schools on his interest list. He is scheduled to attended camps at Michigan and possibly Tennessee.


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