Ranked Player in Mississippi
City: Batesville, MS
Vitals: 5' 11",
190, 4.51 at USM camp (275 bench/350 squat)
Birth: November 10, 1989
Primary Position: LB/RB
2007 Football Season:
98 tackles, 18 for loss, 14 sacks, 4 blocked punts, 5 blocked extra points/field
goals, 3 forced fumbles, 4 recovered fumbles. Named 1st Team All-State for all
classifications by Clarion Ledger. Earned Region 1(5A) Defensive Player
of the Year.
Why Top 40 in Football: "I am a
team leader. I never stop. I always keep us going. When I am tired, I try to make
the best out of myself. I keep pulling to play hard. Last year I was one of the
leaders as a junior. I try to help the guys keep going when they are falling in
their reps or stuff like that. I am always trying to keep the team going."
first thing that comes to mind when you think about David is his speed,"
stated South Panola head coach, Lance Pogue. "The kid can flat out fly. He
played cornerback for us until last year and then we moved him over to the rover
spot, where you play OLB but you line up at the rush end a lot of times. David
is a heck of a blitzer. He is also a great cover person. We put him on their best
WR to cover him up. He blocked 4 punts for us last year. He just has a knack of
making plays. We are going to use him some at tailback next year for us. He brings
that Tig (Barksdale) explosiveness to that position. I found out last year that
a player his size, like Alonzo Larwence, can go both ways and not wear down at
the end of the year. I might be biased, but I have not see a better football player
in the state than David Conner."
Colleges interested in Conner:
Auburn, Ole Miss, MSU, and Oklahoma are the most consistent. Arkansas,
LSU, USM, and Alabama are also showing a lot of interest.
offers: Ole Miss, MSU, USM, and AuburnOther
athletes in my family: Derek Pegues (MSU),
Darius Barksdale, John
Jerry (Ole Miss), Peria Jerry (Ole Miss),
Jamarca Samford (Ole Miss), Barry Conner (Uncle played for Ole Miss), Raymond
Barskdale (Uncle who played for N' West CC)
Closest to offering
next: Alabama or Oklahoma
Scouts at Spring
practice: Auburn, Ole Miss, and USM
Received phone calls
from: Auburn, Ole Miss, MSU, and USM
David's top schools:
Auburn, Ole Miss, MSU, USM, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and LSU
"The town is not that big. It is really calm and collected over there.
I am a small town boy, so that is what I am looking for. I have always dreamed
of being up there. I am a Tiger here and have always dreamed of being a Tiger
for life. My favorite two players are Carnell Williams
and Ronnie Brown. They were also one of my favorite teams growing up."
Miss: "When I went over there for Jr Day, they treated my like
I was at home. It is also close to home, and I have some kins who play over there.
I also love Coach Nutt. I like how he is running things over there. Their players
are listening closely, because like I said, I have some relatives who play over
there right now so they are giving me the low down. I actually loved Coach Nutt
when he was at Arkansas. I would love to be coached by him. That is why Ole Miss
is a big factor with me right now. It wouldn't hurt my feelings if they would
use me in that Wild Hawg set like they used Darren
McFadden too. That is how I am going to be used at South Panola next year.
They are going to line me up at QB and RB like Arkansas did McFadden. I am having
a blast with it. I hope I can get that chance at Ole Miss."
"I like how Coach Croom is running that team. He cares more about the team
than just being a player. He cares about you making your grades, getting your
degree, and staying spiritual with your life. He takes the whole team to churches
on Sundays. I just like how he is running things down there."
"Their colors stand out to me. I love their colors. I also think their campus
is beautiful. I want to major in Physical Therapy. My goal is to be a therapist
after my football days are over, and Coach Tony Hughes has been really staying
on me about my grades. He really stresses staying on your books. He has been an
inspiring person for me to look up to."
"They started sending me a whole lot of stuff recently, and they wanted me
to come to their Sr camp in July, but I have a family reunion on the same day
so I can not make it. But I really do want to check them out. I do not know too
much about Oklahoma other than they send a lot of players to the league. I was
taking a virtual tour of their campus on the internet the other day, and I like
how they have everything set up. It is a pretty campus. I also love Adrien Petterson.
He is my favorite pro player and he came from Oklahoma."
"Like I said earlier, I liked what Coach Nutt did up there. I have been watching
them for a while. My favorite college player was Darren McFadden. I loved how
they used him at Arkansas. I am trying to pattern my game after his."
"They are just a great team. They play their hearts out each and every day.
They also stress academics over there. I have some people who stay over there
so I could stay with them if I went to school down there. They could show me around,
and I would not be all by myself if I went to school at LSU."
Camps: USM (SR camp) Ole Miss (3 Day in June and SR on July 26th) and Auburn
(SR camp on July 7th)
Tell us something nobody else knows: "When
I was four, I was shot in the eye by a pellet gun. I survived that. My mom still
has the X-rays from that. I almost lost my eye, but God blessed me, and I have
no lasting effects from it. A lot of people do not know that I sing in the choir
for our church."
Player faced: William Moore (Provine)
not David Conner, who'll be Mr. Football for 2008: Chad
Game I'm most anticipating: Apopka (FL)
Favorite college team(s)
growing up: LSU
Favorite college football player: Derek Pegues
pro football player:Adrien Petterson
Favorite Pro Team: New
Favorite Food: Chicken Strips
Movie: Which way is up
Favorite Video: Play Station 2
my CD Player: Plies
Biggest Influences: Mom
Fan: Little Kids
Biggest Fear: Dying
2nd Best Sport:
First thing if I sign pro contract: By mom a new house
date: Mariah Carey
Grades: 3.4 Core GPA
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