January 13, 2009

Conner Talks About His Official Visit to UAB

David Conner, a five-foot-nine, 185-pound safety from South Panola High in Batesville, Miss., is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals and ranked as one of the top 40 high school safeties in the nation. He took his official visit to UAB this past weekend and left smiling.

His reaction was simple. He loved the city, the school, the coaches, and the UAB football team. "I love the town and I love the players," he said. "They're great kids."

"It's a great school," he added, "the type of school that a college student should like."

And he lavished similar praise on the UAB coaching staff. "The coaches were terrific," Connor said. "They're great coaches. They remind me of my coaches."

One thing that particularly impressed Conner, who carries a 3.4 GPA, was the stress that the coaches placed on academics. "They stressed academics," Conner said. "To me they seemed more concerned about academics than the other places I've visited."

Despite his positive reaction to UAB, Conner is not close to a decision. He still has a visit to Arkansas Tech scheduled for Friday, then one to Ole Miss a week later. He plans to look at all of his alternatives before making a decision. "I will probably wait until signing day," he said.

His plan to delay a decision is understandable. Conner originally committed to Auburn in August, but he backed off of that after the departure of head coach Tommy Tuberville.

After all, he had plenty of choices. The Blazers have already offered him a scholarship, and he has also received offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss. And, Auburn is still in the picture.

"Right now I really love UAB," Conner added. "It's a great college. But I'll just take the rest of my visits and see how good they all are."

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