NCF On The Trail: Antonio Conner

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When the ink dried Wednesday night, the University of Alabama came away with the No. 1 recruiting class for the second year in a row. Coach Nick Saban garners most of the attention, but the job done by his staff should not go unnoticed.

Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart deserves credit for staying with Reuben Foster. The ESPN 150 linebacker initially committed to Alabama and then flipped to Auburn. But in the end, he signed with the Crimson Tide. Smart never gave up on him.

With three days until national signing day, Antonio Conner was ready to break down his top three schools.


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NSD TV announcement schedule

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National signing day is just around the corner on Feb. 6. That day, a number of the nation’s top football recruits will announce their college destinations and 18 ESPN 300 prospects are scheduled to do so on ESPNU.

Below is the full schedule of announcements on ESPNU, which kicks off with the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, making his long-awaited decision at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Note: All times are Eastern

The Uncommitteds: Antonio Conner 

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Editor's note: Leading up to signing day, TideNation will examine the remaining uncommitted prospects still considering the University of Alabama. Today, we look at ESPN 150 safety Antonio Conner.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Last year, the Crimson Tide pulled five-star safety Landon Collins out of Louisiana, away from the Bayou Bengals. This year, they’re trying to do the same thing in Mississippi, attempting to take ESPN 150 safety Antonio Conner away from Ole Miss.


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ESPN 300 RB Moore makes pledge 

January, 11, 2013
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Running back Kailo Moore has made a decision on where he will attend college.


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Antonio Conner is willing to follow Melvin Smith to Auburn -- at least for an official visit.

Conner said he'll take a visit to see the Tigers on Jan. 18. Before Smith left Mississippi State, Conner had expressed no interest in Auburn. That changed when Smith accepted a position on Gus Malzahn's new coaching staff. Smith was Conner's primary recruiter for the Bulldogs. Coaches from Auburn were in Orlando on Friday to visit with Conner after the Under Armour All-America Game.

It's unclear which school Conner will drop from his NCAA-allowed five official visit list as his travel continues to come into focus. Last week, Conner said he will take his five official visits to Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU and Georgia.

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Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

#UAGame practice: Day 4 notebook 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With just a player walk-through Thursday, things were relatively easy in Day 4 of practice at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports. A four-star defensive tackle gave further explanation about his decision to decommit from an SEC school, several players talked about who impressed them the most, and an ESPN 150 safety changed his decision date.


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ESPN 150 safety Antonio Conner will announce his decision Feb. 3, according to a post on his Facebook page.

The four-star prospect from Batesville (Miss.) South Panola told ESPN this week he was considering announcing his decision Friday, during events leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game. That apparently won't happen know.

Conner told ESPN that Alabama and Ole Miss were standing out among the other schools recruiting him. However, Conner said he plans to take all five of his official visits. He has also expressed interest in Mississippi State and LSU.

Conner is the highest-rated prospect in Mississippi. He is the No. 2 safety in the country and No. 21 overall prospect.

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#UAGame practice: Day 2 notebook 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There were several standouts at Tuesday's Day 2 practice for the Under Armour All-America Game (5 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN). Two players -- one for Team Nitro, the other for Team Highlight -- said they are closing in on their college decisions and will make their announcements Friday. Meanwhile, the nation's No. 1 player left the field at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports with an injury.

Folston closing in on decision

Four-star athlete Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) is set to make his college decision Friday. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound ESPN 150 will chose between Notre Dame, Florida State and Oregon.

Folston has been a standout defensive back during the first two days of practice, but he's being recruited by all three of his final schools to play running back.

He said he likes the familiar feeling he gets from Notre Dame and Oregon.

"It's just a home feeling, the fans around there are great fans. The community is all involved in football. It's just a nice town and a home feeling environment. With Oregon, it's pretty much the same as Notre Dame. They are two different schools but I call it 'the village,' just everybody in that place comes together and helps support the team."

Florida State is the only school Folston is considering from his home state, but he insists distance won't be a factor in his decision.


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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Antonio Conner (Batesville, Miss./South Panola) is set to make his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete will choose between Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU and Georgia.

Despite making a decision, Conner plans to take all five official visits.


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Weekend Rewind: Southeast 

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Safety Antonio Conner takes Ole Miss win in stride

Antonio Conner saw the improvement at Ole Miss when he visited the Oxford campus this weekend. The state's top prospect has been impressed.

The Rebels beat Mississippi State 41-24 to become bowl eligible at 6-6 and 3-5 in the SEC on Saturday. The also have one of the top recruiting classes in the nation under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.

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Antonio Conner was hoping to visit Alabama last weekend for the Texas A&M game. When that trip fell through, the top prospect in the state of Mississippi took a familiar trip to nearby Oxford.

"They just need a couple more guys," the four-star prospect from Batesville (Miss.) South Panola said about Ole Miss' 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt.

It seems that help is on its way. There were several top prospects at the Ole Miss game.

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ESPN 150 prospect Conner talks visits 

November, 7, 2012
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Antonio Conner is focused on his team and academics. That's been evident by his unwillingness to take official visits during his senior season. Such trips take 48 hours and can cause a prospect to miss school or practice.

That's not doable for the No. 21 overall prospect in the nation. He's focused on bringing a title to Batesville (Miss.) South Panola. Yet when the nation's second-best safety has a chance to visit a school on a Saturday, he's willing to hit the road.

Alabama and Mississippi State have been recent beneficiaries of such travel. Georgia might soon be as well.

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The battle continues to heat up for the state of Mississippi's top prospects. Of the top 21 prospects, 10 are committed to Mississippi State and six are committed to Ole Miss. Two are committed to Southern Mississippi. Three are uncommitted. Here's a breakdown of the final trio, for whom in-state schools are battling:

S Antonio Conner -- The state's top prospect and 25th overall prospect in the nation told ESPN he is down to Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia and LSU. He already has taken visits to check out the Crimson Tide, Rebels and MSU Bulldogs. All have made strong impressions.

Trips to Ole Miss and Mississippi State are easy to make for the standout from Batesville (Miss.) South Panola. Both are a reasonable drive. Considering he hasn't visited Georgia and LSU, Conner didn't have much to say about either. That will change when his visits begin after the season.

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