Some of the top prospects in the country still have official visits to take and big decisions to…
Antonio Conner is one of the more decorated prospects in the country that remains uncommitted. The 6' 1", 200-pound safety headed into the Christmas break without taking an official visit. Speculation grew that Conner, Mississippi's Mr. Football, was nearing a commitment. He was scheduled to announce at the Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 4, but a verbal never came. The nation's No. 27 overall prospect decided to wait until Feb. 3 to announce on ESPN. Last weekend, Conner, rated a five-star prospect by Scout.com, visited Alabama. The Crimson Tide has always been in the thick of the Conner sweepstakes, as Ole Miss and Alabama have been the two schools who have consistently been at the top of his list. The plot thickened last week when Mississippi State hired former South Panola standout Deshea Townsend as its cornerbacks coach. Townsend was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals the last two seasons. He starred for Alabama from 1994-97 and helped South Panola to the 1992 state championship. The coach that Deshea replaced, Melvin Smith, left for Auburn. The Tigers were able to land an official visit for this weekend shortly after Smith was hired at Auburn. Coach Townsend was able to secure an official visit on the first weekend of February after a school visit today. Ole Miss is sandwiched between the two visits, as he is slated to trip to Oxford the weekend of Jan. 26. Visits are fluid but this much of the recruiting puzzle we do know: the decision will be between Ole Miss, Alabama, MSU, and Auburn. Conner helped South Panola to its third 6A state championship since he took over the starting role before the start of his freshman season. var VideoMediaID = "1138127" var VideoStillImageID = "1140215" var MediaDir = "http://video.scout.com/media/"; var VideoURL = MediaDir + "video/flv/" + parseInt( VideoMediaID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoMediaID + ".flv"; var ImageURL = MediaDir + "image/" + parseInt( VideoStillImageID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoStillImageID + ".jpg"; var so = new SWFObject ('http://cdn-cms.scout.com/swf/flvplayer.swf','mpl','425','340','8'); so.addParam ('allowscriptaccess','always'); so.addParam ('allowfullscreen','true'); so.addVariable ('height','340'); so.addVariable ('width','425'); so.addVariable ('file',VideoURL); so.addVariable ('image',ImageURL); so.addVariable ('backcolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('frontcolor','0xFFFFFF'); so.addVariable ('lightcolor','0x00FF00'); so.addVariable ('screencolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('logo','http://media.scout.com/media/a/_network/mediaplayer/scoutTVlogo.png'); so.addVariable ('showstop','true'); so.write ('player'); Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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