Tigerillustrated.com first reports the verbal commitment of Kavell Conner to the Clemson Tigers. The dynamic 6-foot-2, 210-pound speedster, who hit a 4.49 at the Nike Camp this spring, has pledged to recruiter, Clemson defensive coordinator John Lovett. Conner's commitment is the second among defensive backs for the Clemson coaching staff.
On Friday Tigerillustrated.com spoke with Midlothian, Va. - Manchester head coach Tom Hall about one of his star players, athlete Kavell Conner, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back - safety who can flat out fly.
“Well, I talked to Coach (John) Lovett I guess Thursday of last week, right before they played Wake Forest. I called him and said I’ve got a gentleman here who wants to talk to you. Kavell got on the phone and said he wanted to commit, and then Coach Lovett accepted it and said that Clemson wanted him,” said Hall. “Clemson is where Kavell wanted to go. Oklahoma offered him early, then Pittsburgh came in with an offer, but I think Clemson just felt right. He went there this summer on an unofficial visit, and liked it, and just felt comfortable with everything about Clemson.”
Conner, who according to Hall never comes off the field, needs just 39 more yards to become Manchester’s all-time leading rusher. He projects as a linebacker or perhaps a rover on the next level.
“He runs a 4.48, and is really, really quick. He’s a great kid, a good student, he’s a kid that you would want in your program. Last year he was all-state, he was all-district, and he just proved to everyone that he was an exceptional football player,” said Hall. “Kavell is a four-year starter, and has been voted team captain by his teammates for three straight years, so I think that says a lot about him and his character and his leadership.”
"I'm real excited about Clemson right now. I told Coach Lovett that I was firm and that I wasn't going to be taking any other official visits. Clemson is going to be my only choice and my only stop. I'm solid," said Conner.
Conner said Lovett told him Clemson was taking him as a safety.
Manchester has yet to play a game, but begins its season later tonight. Last season Conner rushed for nearly 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns. On defense he collected 43 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks.
Clemson commitments to date
1. Durrell Barry (TE 6-5, 242, 4.7) Summerville - Fork Union, Va.
2. Phillip Merling (DL 6-5, 265, 4.8) Memphis, TN - Fork Union, Va.
3. Barry Humphries (OL 6-3, 291, 4.96) Belton-Honea Path
4. Rendrick Taylor (WR 6-2, 210, 4.6) Bennettsville - Marlboro County
5. Tyler Grisham (ATH 5-11, 183, 4.45) Birmingham, Ala. - Spain Park
6. Tony Nelson (RB 5-10, 190, 4.5) Germantown, MD - Northwest
7. Paul Muse (TE 6-5, 245, 4.8) Jacksonville, Fla. - First Coast
8. Hadrian Lewis (DB 6-0, 180, 4.55) Summerville - Stratford
9. Quentez Ruffin (OL 6-4, 287, 4.9) Tallahassee, Fla. - Leon
10. Thomas Austin (OL 6-4, 286, 5.1) Camden
11. Jamarcus Grant (OL 6-5, 320, 5.1) Mullins
12. Josh Miller (LB 6-1, 215, 4.5) Manning
13. Kavell Conner (S 6-2, 210, 4.49) Midlothian, Va. - Manchester
14. Jacquez McKissic (DL 6-7, 280, 4.9) Opelika, Ala.
15. Elsmore Gabriel (DL 6-4, 260, 4.9) Fork Union, Va.
16. Corey Lambert (OL 6-7, 290, 5.0) Greenville
*** Of this year's 11 prep commitments, Tigerillustrated.com has "first" reported eight of them in Barry Humphries, Rendrick Taylor, Tyler Grisham, Paul Muse, Quentez Ruffin, Jamarcus Grant, Josh Miller, and Kavell Conner, also first alerting readers the day before Thomas Austin's commitment story ran in the Camden Chronicle.
Of the holdovers from the 2004 class, as their pledges fell last season, Tigerillustrated.com first reported the commitments of Jacquez McKissic, Corey Lambert and Phillip Merling. Last season overall Tigerillustrated.com first reported 17 of the 26 commitments/signees.
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