New USC tight ends coach Jody Wright continues to identify new recruiting targets for his position. His most recent offer went out to Jayvontay Conner (6-4 235), formerly of Opelika, AL but now living in Kernersville, NC. Miami offered Conner on Monday. He recently named a top 12 of NC State, Florida State, Mississippi State, UCF, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Pitt, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. With the offer, the Gamecocks also will factor in his recruiting.
“I feel real good about it,” Conner said. “Real interested in them. Real close to home. I feel real good about it. I haven’t been there yet for anything I will get out there for a visit real soon. My high school head coach has a lot of connections, and he knows them and is real cool with them. I’ve been talking with them for a little minute.”
Conner said he can play attached or unattached as a tight end, and his overall athletic skills at the position are what the recruiters really like.
“They like the fact I have good footwork and I can jump. Stuff like that in that area,” Conner said. “I can run routes real good and I’m not afraid to block.”
Conner has not yet visited USC, but he plans to get in for a spring practice in April. But he’s done some research on the program and sees things to like.
“I feel real good about a lot of stuff. I really like the offer from them,” Conner said. “I like the way they do a lot of things, how they use their tight ends and how they run their offense. I like the background knowledge of the school. Got a pretty school. I’ve seen a couple of their videos from games, and they have real good crowds. It’s real loud when they play.”
Kernersville is near Winston-Salem, so it’s about a three-hour ride from Columbia. Conner sees that as a positive factor for USC.
“My family will be able to come to the games. They are real close so it wouldn’t be a problem for my family to come for games,” Conner said. “It wouldn’t be hard for me to come home if I had to. They are definitely up there. I’m real interested.”
Conner has visited Duke and NC State. He will be at Virginia Tech this Saturday and will go to West Virginia March 29th. He also wants to visit Auburn and Alabama.