Top Safety Tony Conner Continues South Panola Pipeline to Ole Miss

By Patrick Schmidt
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The nation’s No. 2 safety, Tony Conner (Batesville, Ms., South Panola) listed his three finalists as Ole Miss, Alabama and Mississippi State, where he visited last before signing day, and the No 24 prospect according to ESPN announced he will be the latest from South Panola to be a Rebel.

Conner has a number of former high school teammates at Ole Miss, including Isaac Gross, who was a top freshman defensive lineman for the Rebels last season and continues the pipeline of South Panola players to the school down the road from Oxford.

Alabama was seen as Ole Miss’ top competition for Conner and he could have been the next in the long of long line of All-American defensive backs to play for Nick Saban, but Conner wants to be the start of something special at Ole Miss with Hugh Freeze and the class of special recruits coming on board this season.

Mississippi State was a distant third in the race for Conner who had former South Panola prep star and new defensive backs coach, Deshea Townsend who begins his first year on Dan Mullen’s staff after coaching in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals after a playing career that saw him win two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, the top player in the state of Mississippi could not be persuaded to leave the school that is essentially in his own backyard and is the latest piece to Freeze’s recruiting class that has moved all the way up about 15 spots in the last month and bordering on a top-five class.

Think the fans at Ole Miss are screaming Hotty Toddy right about now and ready to celebrate in the Grove next season?

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