Simon Connette watched his brother go through the recruiting process and the Corona (Calif.) Santiago safety learned a lot of lessons. He's ahead of the game because of it as he gets going with his own recruitment this spring and summer.
"It was good seeing how he went through everything and how he did everything because it kind of shows me what I'm supposed to do, how I'm supposed to be acting," Connette said at a B2G Sports workout in Los Angeles. "It gave me a look into the future of things that I should expect."
So what did Connette mainly learn from his brother?
"Just never throw out any colleges even if it's not the college you're looking for don't throw them out of the picture," he said. "Try to get as much exposure as you can, try to get out there as much as possible, go to as many camps as you can and always put in the hard work and it will pay off in the end."
Connette, a 6-foot, 182-pound prospect who finished with 93 tackles and two interceptions last season, said Air Force is the main school recruiting him and he's also hearing from North Carolina, Duke, San Jose State and Oregon State.
His brother, Brandon, is a freshman quarterback with the Blue Devils and Connette said Brandon's experience in Durham might influence him a little bit when it comes to his recruitment and decision making. If things go well at Duke, Connette said he'd be more open to leaving home for college.
"It will influence things a little bit," Connette said. "If he likes it and everything it will give me more ease to go out further away from home but it goes both ways at well with that stuff."
No offers have arrived yet for Connette, who said he plans to camp at North Carolina, Northwestern, San Jose State and Air Force this summer. A combine at Corona Santiago should also help his recruitment take off.
"No early favorites yet," he said. "They're all even right now."