Tony Conner: 5-Star Recruit Would Be Wise to Commit to Ole Miss

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIFebruary 6, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247 Sports
Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Tony Conner has an extremely difficult decision on his hands on national signing day, but his best option is to stay in his home state and choose Ole Miss over Alabama.’s Creg Stephenson notes that Conner is expected to choose between the Rebels and the Crimson Tide. Saying no to the program that has won three of the last four national championships will be extremely difficult, but it will ultimately be best for the talented defensive back.

At 6’1” and 203 pounds, Conner excels in the secondary. 247 Sports ranks the Mississippi-based prospect as the 25th-best recruit in the nation and the second-best safety.

He would be a valuable addition to any school’s recruiting class, but if he opts to stay close to home and head to Oxford, he has a chance to be a part of a truly special set of players.

Alabama will once again have one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, and Conner will be caught in a sea of extremely talented players. While competition is something an elite athlete should welcome, Ole Miss presents him with an entirely different challenge, while also offering him a chance at glory.

With the Rebels, Conner will have a chance to work his way into the starting lineup with much greater speed, but other top talents will also surround him.

Hugh Freeze has done an incredible job in his first year at the helm in Oxford and he has helped create a significant amount of excitement. 

But even more thrilling is that Ole Miss is the frontrunner to land Robert Nkemdiche—the nation’s top recruit—as the Associated Press notes (via

Nkemdiche’s older brother Denzel plays for the Rebels, and this has led to widespread speculation that the defensive end will sign with Ole Miss. USA Today’s Dan Wolken cites Rivals’ Mike Farrell in noting that Nkemdiche’s expected commitment has allowed Freeze to secure other talented players.

This has allowed Ole Miss to put together 247 Sports’ No. 11 recruiting class, and this ranking will likely improve if there are no surprises on national signing day. 

With Conner and Nkemdiche headlining the list of defensive recruits, Ole Miss will have one of the best classes in the program’s history.

Conner will be surrounded by enough talent to compete in the SEC, and he will also be a hero in his home state.  Ultimately, the upside of attending Ole Miss is just too exciting to pass up, even for a chance to play at Alabama.