A prospect that I really like this year is Antonio Conner of South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi.
Conner is a great two-way player, but he's a safety prospect in recruiting. In fact, I currently rank him as the premier safety prospect in the country and the best uncommitted DB left on the board.
Recently, Conner visited Ole Miss, to which his high school serves as a de facto feeder program to. Scout.com reports that the trip went well, and Conner liked what he saw overall.
With him attending a school that pipes talent into Oxford, do the Rebels lead for the 5-star safety? Let's see.
Conner is a safety prospect that stands nearly 6'1" and weighs close to 205 pounds. He is very, very competitive.
A great athlete, Conner has the ability to play both safety spots due to his great instincts, play speed, agility, quickness and vision. He is very quick to read the run and shoot down from the back end to insert himself in the box to stop a ball-carrier.
Conner can thump with big hits or throttle down in space and athletically make an open-field tackle. He has the speed to get off hashes against the pass and plays with good range.
He will need to improve his coverage awareness and ball skills as a pass-defender, but Conner has the potential to become an All-SEC safety.
Conner attends South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss. Batesville is just a 30-minute drive to Oxford, Miss., which is home to Ole Miss.
Temario Strong, Nicholas Parker and Issac Gross are all on the current Ole Miss roster and are also South Panola alums. With Ole Miss being so close to home, and with three former teammates already there, you can see the connections.
Conner paid a visit to Ole Miss last weekend for the Rebels' game with UTEP. He seemed to really study the secondary and also took time to evaluate the roster to see if he has a chance to play early.
Conner has a relationship with Mississippi State commit Kailo Moore, who is a stud RB prospect with great speed. Moore is a prized commitment for Dan Mullen, as he tries to get the Bulldogs among the SEC elite.
With Conner being the state's best player and having a friendship with Moore, surely Mullen and Moore are in his ear about being a Bulldog.
Would the recent recruiting accusations against MSU impact Conner's decision?
Another school that Conner is looking at is Louisiana State. He told Scout.com that he wants to see the Tigers play in person, which means he'll likely take a trip to Baton Rouge.
With LSU annually boasting one of the nation's best secondaries, it would be a smart move for a great safety prospect like Conner to take a hard look at the Tigers.
LSU puts DBs in the NFL, and Conner more than likely eyes that as a career goal. Look for LSU to be in the race heavily for a while.
Conner also has Alabama as a key school of interest in his recruitment, reports Scout.com. He recognizes that 'Bama is a perennial power and also has great DB play.
Conner also states that the Crimson Tide defensive coaches have told him they feel he can come in and play as a freshman. While that may be a stretch due to the depth chart and complexity of the 'Bama defensive scheme, Conner still will give Alabama a very hard look.
You can surely anticipate a trip to Tuscaloosa this fall.
Well, for starters, it's easy to predict that Conner will play in the SEC. All of the schools that we've named as his main suitors are SEC schools. Being from the Dixie State naturally implies he would desire to play in the SEC.
Alabama will definitely be an option for him until the end, but I predict that he will end up at Ole Miss.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL draft magazine.