Safety/running back Kavell Connor has become the latest player in the Central Region of the state of Virginia to receive a scholarship offer. The Manchester High School (Midlothian, VA) standout made a splash recently when he received a scholarship offer from national power Oklahoma, giving Connor three total scholarship offers according to Manchester Head Coach Tom Hall.
“Oklahoma, Marshall, and Pittsburgh have offered him,” Hall said. “Clemson is probably going to offer him soon. Pretty much everyone that has come in to see has said they really like him. The two in-state schools [Virginia and Virginia Tech] said they are taking a wait-and-see approach, which is kind of unbelievable to me. I think they are still trying to see if he’s an outside linebacker, a strong safety, or a running back on the next level.
“Coach Groh said Kavell reminds him a lot of Jason Snelling. Virginia Tech likes him as an athlete. Coach Cavanaugh told me they really like him.”
Coach Hall is not the least bit surprised by the recent offers Connor has received. Many top Division I-A programs have been in to Manchester High School throughout May to evaluate his star prospect.
“I wasn’t really surprised [Oklahoma offered] because Nebraska with Coach Elmassian had been in and are interested,” Hall said. “There have been more schools in our school the last few weeks than I’ve ever had before, and it’s mainly because of him. Kavell deserves the attention he’s received.”
As a junior, the 6-2, 208 pound Connor served as a bruising tailback on offense and a hard-hitting strong safety on defense. A true leader, Connor has been captain of the Manchester varsity squad since his sophomore year. He has played varsity football for three seasons.
“Kavell is a special kid,” Hall said. “He was our team captain as a sophomore and as a junior. He’s 6-2, 208 pounds. His best time in the 40 was 4.47, but he usually runs a consistent 4.5 in the 40. He’s a workhorse back for us. He’ll carry the ball 25 times a game and wear down the defense. We run out of one back and split back formations. On defense, he’s the strong safety but we roll him up to outside linebacker sometimes.”
Connor plans on visiting several summer camps, with Virginia and Virginia Tech both being possibilities.
“I think he might go to Clemson’s one day camp, Virginia Tech’s one day camp, and Virginia’s too,” Hall said. “I think they will change...
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