Exclusive: Gators OL commit David Conner explains ‘crazy’ recruiting journey

Editor’s note: Deerfield Beach senior offensive tackle David Conner wrote the following first-person story to explain why he committed to the University of Florida.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Conner announced his decision on Tuesday night. He received seven FBS offers and narrowed his list to four finalists: Florida, Arizona, Maryland and Florida Atlantic.

Considering where I was at this time last year, this is crazy.

I flew way under the radar until the last three months. It all happened so fast.

I didn’t really talk to anybody until moving to South Florida and going on college tour with my team this summer. I felt like I deserved it though.

It’s crazy because I knew that I could do it. I knew that I could play at the highest level of college football. I just needed the rite opportunity to come.

My old school, Martin Luther King in Lithonia, Georgia, isn’t known for a lot of recruits. Nobody went Power 5 when I was there. The only schools I had talked to before I transferred to Deerfield Beach were Mississippi State and Morgan State.

It’s different at Deerfield Beach. I know that I’m going to be looked at on a higher pedestal and playing against higher competition — a lot of the same guys I’m going to be playing against in college. It’ great being here.

Deerfield Beach senior OL David Conner committed to Florida on Tuesday.
I went up to Florida for the first time in June on the college tour. I liked it. It was big and everything was up to date and new. That was my first time meeting coach Hevesy. After talking a lot and I mean a lot with Coach Herron in recruiting about the “Gator Nation” he convinced me I definitely needed to come take a 2nd look.

I went back there in July and it was just a good environment. I liked the way coach Hevesy worked me out. He didn’t just want to see what I could do, he really wanted to make me better and coached me really hard during the workout.

I wanted to go somewhere I know that I’m going to be taken care of. And not just as a football player, but somewhere where I can grow as a man and also a player.

Florida felt like a family environment and I felt like I could be there for the next three to four years.

This feels good. It’s long-awaited. The process has been long and I’m glad to finally have it over with and just focus on football.

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