After spending time with my son’s family in Hilliard, I stopped by Hilliard Darby HS to watch some football. I wanted to meet junior RB/LB Connor Jones.
Connor is a 6’2-215 fullback type runner who gained over 1400 yards and scored 9 TD’s last year. Good balance. Shows some initial quickness. Breaks tackles. Gets north/south. Ideal type runner for Darby’s offense.
As I told him today, his college position will be linebacker. Believe that, going into his junior year, he will see much time at linebacker, as well as fullback. Winning is huge, and Conner will help his team, by running the ball. But he is an excellent linebacker prospect on the next level. Really at either inside or outside.
Like most high school players, he will have to get bigger/stronger/faster. Like his frame to be able to do this. Besides improving his overall speed, he needs to get better at re-directing. Or simply put – changing direction.
Plays baseball in the spring. Spent time with the varsity, but was a solid j-v player. Played different positions, but he looks like a catcher. I like his overall athleticism.
In the classroom, he is chasing the 4.0 GPA, but right now, he carries a 3.8. Likes history.
His strength on the football field is his leadership. He likes the idea of leading by example. I could sense that, while talking with him today. Really like the way he carries himself. Also feels that he has good vision and can read and react. He has a trainer to help improve his hips and flexibility.
In some college camps this summer, Conner drew some individual attention from some college coaches. Among those coaches were Marcus Freeman from UC and Alan Washington from OSU. As I told him, next summer will be huge for his camp exposure.
The recruiting “noise” has not reached him yet. Really seems focused on this football season. Really like his potential to play Division 1 college football. Really looking forward to seeing him this fall.
Connor Jones (Class of the 2021) will be a very good high school fullback. At 6’2-215, as he gets more reps, he will continue to improve at linebacker. By season’s end, he will be on the “board” for many college coaches. Excellent character guy, as well.