Three-star defensive end James Conner of Erie (Pa.) McDowell arrived at the Rivals/VTO Camp in Pittsburgh with no offers, but after winning overall MVP everything has definitely picked up for him. Now with five offers, Conner is pleased with how his recruiting process is moving along.
"I picked up a lot more offers and my grades are coming up, so everything is good," said Conner, who is 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds. "I'm really excited."
Conner's offers are from Pittsburgh, Toledo, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Youngstown State. He has stayed busy with several camps this summer, including his two most recent at Pittsburgh and Michigan State.
"Both were really good," he said. "I have yet to lose a one-on-one rep."
Pittsburgh was Conner's most recent offer and is currently recruiting him the hardest.
"I like them a lot," he said. "It seems like they take their academics very seriously and my relationship with the coaches there is really good. I love those guys. It's also close to home so my brothers could come to my games."
Conner mentioned that he is done with his summer camp schedule and will now turn his full attention towards his senior season.
"It's going to be a whole new me this season," he said. "I want to be nationally ranked. I'm trying to improve everything. I'm trying to improve my speed, strength, endurance and just be a leader on the field."
Conner will play defensive end and running back this fall at McDowell, and while all of his recruiting attention at this point is at defensive end he believes that may change after this fall.
"Greg Garmon was our running back last year, but now I will get all of the carries this year so that might change," said Garmon.