The Best of Both Worlds
A phone conversation between Montrell Conner and Dan Mullen resolved any feelings of anxiety that the talented running back had. "I was a little concerned about everything because Florida doesn't really use a big back," said Conner. "Tim Tebow does a lot of running between the tackles, but Coach Mullen said there is only one Tim Tebow in the world. "He told me that Tyler Russell is going to be his quarterback and that he needed me to be the running back to run between the tackles. He said he was going to run the offense based on what we all can do." One of the schools that made a strong push for Montrell's commitment the Bulldogs made a coaching change was Southern Miss. Running backs coach Frank Wilson did a great job getting the Golden Eagles in the picture for Montrell. "I have a lot of respect for Coach Wilson," said Conner. "He had a rough life coming up and he still made something of himself. "He came up to see me and my family on my mom's birthday. He drove up through the snow and everything to see us." Wilson was able to get Conner to agree to take an official visit to Hattiesburg later this month. Earlier this week Coach Wilson accepted the running backs coaching job in Starkville as a member of Dan Mullen's staff. "I took that as a sign from God," said the four star running back of Wilson's move back to the SEC. "I guess God wanted me to have Coach Wilson and Mississippi State in my life. I am really excited about him being there." Montrell reports he will still take his scheduled visit to Southern Miss on January 9th. The following weekend he will officially visit Mississippi State. Before Conner takes those trips he will do his part to represent his family and his community this week in the Under Armour All-American Game. "There are some of the best players in the country here, really the best," said Montrell. "I just thank God that I have the chance to come here and be a part of this and compete against all of these talented players. "I know there are a lot of people who talk about this player or that player is overrated, but I don't worry about my ranking. I know that any player who comes here has talent and was already showing that spark for someone to pick them to come. "I am just down here looking to do my best and just have fun. Having fun is the main thing, but I am not going to back down from anybody either."
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