Four-Star Linebacker Nick Conner Commits to Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 17, 2014 at 8:56p
Nick Conner
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
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Ohio State struck gold in-state, today, as Dublin Scioto 2015 linebacker Nick Conner committed to the Buckeyes.

Conner, who announced his commitment on Instagram, had been waiting for the Ohio State offer, and when it came he didn't hesitate to accept it.

The Conner File

  • Size: 6-3/225
  • Pos: Linebacker
  • School: Scioto (Dublin, OH)
  • Composite: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 5 (ILB)

The 6-foot-3, 225 pound linebacker has been patient while he's waited, but his confidence has never waned. He believed that Ohio State would recognize that his skills — and the person he is off the field — made him an excellent fit for what Urban Meyer is trying to accomplish in Columbus.

"I know once they get to know me and who I am and how I do things it will work out," Conner told Eleven Warriors. "I know they've been wanting me to continue working on my speed and I have been."

It appears that Conner has shown Meyer and his staff what they needed to see after a mid-week camp performance and he couldn't be happier to be a Buckeye. It's the culmination of years of hard work, with everything pointed to this one moment.

Most likely a true inside linebacker at Ohio State, Conner chose the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, Oregon, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Cincinnati, West Virginia and others. 

The 8th-ranked player in the state according to OhioPreps.com evaluator Marc Givler, Conner becomes the first of what could be a trio of in-state linebackers to eventually commit to Ohio State.

As a junior, Connor led Dublin Scioto with 119 tackles, including 19 for a loss. He also contributed 5.5 sacks and 3 interceptions for the Irish. 

Conner will add depth to a linebacker corps that currently includes 10 freshmen and sophomores on Ohio State's roster.

The state's top player, Jerome Baker, and the third-ranked player, Justin Hilliard, are each very interested in the Buckeyes and Ohio State continues to pursue them heavily.

162 Comments

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Danify's picture

Booooooom! Fantastic! Wonderful! Outstanding...! Pumped for the young man for making his dream come true.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Why did I start this trend?

LEBRON

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AndyVance's picture

Why did I start this trend?

Because it's awesome?

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Killer nuts's picture

I like to think Kenny G started it

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BassDropper's picture

So much for him waiting a week to commit....

DIRECTIONER

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1967Buck's picture

Agreed BD and I am  glad he didn't. Very happy for the young man. Go Bucks!!

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edr4225's picture

 

lets go bucks!!

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skid21's picture

The kid has been patient and kept working. Congrats young man. Welcome aboard.

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gm3jones's picture

Someone must have it out for you. You got a DV for that comment? Tough crowd. UV to you good sir.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Skid probably has a couple of stalkers who are serial down voting him after the kerfuffle the other day. Hopefully it'll blow over soon.

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osu07asu10's picture

"Are we done with the flogging?"

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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KevinJ's picture

+1 for Mad Men, time to drink some Bourbon
 

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skid21's picture

I understand it. I was an asshole and deserved what I got. I'll take it.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Since so many people now seem to be interested in your opinion (why else would they keep mentioning it right?) you should start a weekly "Ask Skid Anything" blog post.

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

I am okay with guys saying they don't love a prospect and never DVd you.

I am however happy as a mudda f*gga about Nick Connor!!  Welcome to the fold!!

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TNbuckeye91's picture

Uv for having the balls to keep using the same username after getting risky burned and called out super hard by a staff member, but hey, has anyone else had an article written about them on here?

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HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

UV for working the word "kerfluffle" into a comment.

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Up vote to you for giving an up vote for the use of "Kerfluffle"..!!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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MN Buckeye's picture

Is this the Skid21 I have come to know and love?

Brutus' Left Nut's picture

Meh, Ray Lewis was better.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ITWASME's picture

I wish I could upvote you because every GoT reference deserves one

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BROSEPH's picture

Mayor Carcetti really let himself go, I see.

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sharks's picture

Spoiler Alert

That's Governor Carcetti to you... He's probably president by now

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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rjenkins26's picture

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!! So excited to see this kid suit up! Also, sweet pic!

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gm3jones's picture

yeah, one of the better pics I have seen.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Love it. Looking forward to watching him

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Remember Ohio State's slow recruiting start? Neither do I.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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theopulas's picture

let this be a lesson for us all going forward....either we are going to trust this coach or we are not...i look forward to hopefully the next 20 years of doing it Urban's way...and not questioning his philosophy on recruiting in April ....

Theopulas

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Shangheyed's picture

Can someone pls make it stop... I think I am gonna puke!

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

This gif just never gets old!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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Seattle Linga's picture

My evening just got a lot better

 

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UrbanPirate's picture

Whoa... Nice

Just... Go Bucks.

    

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Mortc15's picture

Finally got his dream offer and didn't hesitate, like Green. This was one that could have hurt us at 1 point if he hadn't been offered and went to MSU and became a force. 

Glad he was, is, and now will always be a buckeye! 

Buck-I4Life

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ToledoBuck5's picture

Awesome! Glad to see him have patience and finally get the offer he wanted. Welcome to buckeye nation !

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irishfury's picture

No more Nick Conner threads :(

Going to miss everyone complaining about us not offering him.

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Killer nuts's picture

I assume Urban was reading the forums and finally realized we were right so he offered

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theopulas's picture

if you believe that... you really should blow that stuff out.....

Theopulas

irishfury's picture

It was clearly jest and poking fun at some people

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bigDbuck's picture

Happy for the kid. Can you imagine the great feeling, he worked his ass off to get this offer from his true love. Good for him, and hope he has a successful career as student/athlete.  

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MikeNugents BigToe's picture

Congrats to him and his family! I'm sure after that long of a wait, a very proud and happy moment.

"Remember that 55 yarder against Marshall?" -Not Mike Nugent

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LouGroza's picture

Now we know, don't we!!

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NeilAve's picture

Not gonna lie, that pic of him at the top of the article is bad ass. I love getting in state kids who are whole hearted buckeyes. I think that goes along way for a football team in unsung ways. 

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Phillips.449's picture

I was thinking the exact same thing about that picture Neil!

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doofenshmirtz's picture

No disrespect to Scioto, but someone should photoshop that green into scarlet in his picture.

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locko48's picture

Future All BigTen...book it.

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theopulas's picture

he has to become a starter first.....we are going to be stacked in the middle.....WELCOME to the family....the work starts now....

Theopulas

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Crimson's picture

we are going to be stacked in the middle

I'm not sure who will end up in what positions, but whoever gets classified as a MLB by our staff will be 2nd string when he steps on campus.  Unless of course you think Cam Williams will be 2nd string.

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Go Buckeyes14's picture

I've seen this kid play quite a few times. Excited that he'll be donning the Scarlet and Grey! Go Bucks! Go Irish!

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teddyballgame's picture

In for Skid21 analysis.

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703Buckeye's picture

Just cause he was offered by Michigan State does not mean Urban isn't reaching.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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osu407's picture

I am both extremely excited to see what he can do for us and very thrilled to not have to watch MSU get their hands on him and turn him into an incredible linebacker with a chip towards OSU on his shoulder. 

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bucks_symphony's picture

This commitment cannot be understated in its importance!

1. We keep our own

2. Keep em' away from our rivals

3. He bleeds scarlet and gray (this could not have been more obvious and would have bitten us badly later on)

Welcome to the family officially Mr. Conner!

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dubjayfootball90's picture

hell yea buddy!!! HELL YEA!!!!!!!!! Real pumped!!! This makes my sun poisoning not hurt as bad... HELL YEA!!!

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MN Buckeye's picture

Dammit Dubs, I hate it when that happens!

Hovenaut's picture

I like where this class is going...

Welcome, Nick Conner!

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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tennbuckeye19's picture
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sharks's picture

Pulling this out of retirement.   Hey Dantonio:

 

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks Sharks - hadn't seen it for awhile - Nicely done

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Sauce Bauss's picture

Nice to see a Dublin kid in Scarlet and Grey! Congrats Nick! 

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Danify's picture

Where is the Kenny Commit Dance!?!?

osu07asu10's picture

Why only Kenny? When we can get the whole team involved...

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Danify's picture

That's good too!

dubjayfootball90's picture

I love watching that snippet. I was dying first time I saw it.

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BassDropper's picture

Connor is now the 2nd highest rated commit in this class. 

DIRECTIONER

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Seattle Linga's picture

TBDBITL - Approves with this moonwalk

 

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ODEEZ330's picture

BINGO

O'Deez330
stark county football

KingsRite's picture

 

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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Silver Bullet 10's picture

What a badass true Buckeye. He got the juice. I got the juice. We got the juice!

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

The Juice is Loose!!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

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poop's picture

The juice is good!

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

I liked the picture at the top of the article, too...

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Great story!!!  Welcome aboard Nick!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

MAVBuck's picture

Yes! Green, Burrow, and Conner: the leaders of this class. 4 years from now I truly believe we're talking about an extremely elite group of kids

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osu07asu10's picture

Congrats Nick! Glad you'll be staying home for college!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

WOOOOOO!  welcome!  Keep that sweet neck plate kid.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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KingsRite's picture

 

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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warosu's picture

Domino Muthaf#@ka

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Congratulations on earning that spot Nick!

IMO camp offers are special.

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Chilimac419's picture

good stuff.... i think the offer came , knowing that they were not going after another qb or two te's so   why not get another solid lb , especially a columbus kid...  great pick up  go bucks

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MotownBuck's picture

 

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

From the front Beyoncé. But from the side id say Shari Shepard!!!

Gooz-fra-bah...

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

Justin Hilliard at the end of the month? Would be great

Buckeye fan from PA

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Yes! Looks to have great eyes and instincts for how plays develop. 

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WhySoSerious's picture

Nice too see the kid go and get what he wanted. Hopefully all 11w members are happy with the offer and the outcome. Welcome.

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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jamesrbrown322's picture

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Seattle Linga's picture

Playboy Leo giving us his approval

 

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Northbrook's picture

Wanted it, worked for it, got it. I'm a fan.

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TheToledoBuckeye's picture

Really excited to see this kid get an offer. Dude looks like a punisher!!!

"Buckeye, born and bred" - Cris Carter

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GirthBrooks's picture

So excited nick conner is a buckeye. He went to the rivals challenge and won LB mvp over alot of talent and still camped because he wanted to earn an offer. Such a competitor

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jamesrbrown322's picture

If they land Hilliard and Baker, along with last year's class, this is what I'll think of our LB Corps- 

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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dmurder's picture

kid first step is nasty, and love to see him fly to the ball.

Don't think we will be talking about linebacker depth again for a long time!

Welcome to the family

 

 

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

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Buckataltitude's picture

So..... We now have Wolverine on our team?

Awesome!

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DC-town's picture

Dear Nick Conner- thank you for pissing excellence on my otherwise soul crushing Tuesday... 

You the man, it's going to be awesome to watch this linebacker corps get back to the all time great buckeye level- 

'Piss excellence' -RB

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BuckToAsT's picture

Rough day at work.  Then I see this.  Now, I feel like this:

 

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DannyBeane's picture
Today is a great day for Ohio State football!

 

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BroJim's picture

Happy to have you here, Nick!

I season my simple food with hunger

Rocket Man's picture

Don't know much about the young man other than he is well-liked on this site, but I'm very happy to see a talented Ohio kid join the home team.

O H !

Illegitimi non carborundum

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swainpm's picture

I-O ! Didn't want to leave you hanging.

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stcburn's picture

He will make the Buckeye Nation proud, congrats young man.

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OSUStu's picture

Awesome awesome awesome! Congratulations Mr. Connor!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Congratulations to Nick Conner!  As many have already pointed out, I love seeing Ohio kids who grew up dreaming of playing at Ohio State get the chance to do so.  Nick certainly earned the offer and I am grateful he had the confidence and patience through the recruiting process to let this play out.  

From someone who is not much into social media, Nick's Instagram announcement is pretty cool.  Go Bucks!

 

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Sin City Buckeye's picture

 

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

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wyatt's picture

Nothing like getting the best in Ohio players. Now Justin Hilliard from St. Xavier and Jerome Baker from Cleveland Benedictine.

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otrain2416's picture

3 Ohio Bread LBs sounds really nice for the 2015 class. Come on down Hillard and Baker

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Crimson's picture

Bread LB, that sounds tasty.  What is that, aLmond Butter?
 

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome to Ohio State University, Mr. Connor (and the entire Connor family)! 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Justin Hilliard , you're on deck...

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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WarBuckeyes17's picture

Feelin that noise! Lets keep the momentum flowing into camp and through the rest of the year. 

If you are the big tree, we are the small axe - Bob Marley 
 

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moopdawg's picture

Glad we didn't let this local kid get away.  Congrats to Nick Conner! 

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chirobuck's picture

Great news...ive said it on here before that I love how urban recruits nationally and we are gonna pull in some big names but its equally important to keep the best ohio kids here.....there is something to be said for those kids who grow up knowing and understanding what it means to be a buckeye

 
^ best post ever ^

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ohiowhitesnake's picture
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sivaDavis's picture

The high ranked kids that bleed scarlet and gray I'm always excited about. They are the ones that understand the excellence and I can guarantee you he understands the rivalry. Those kids are the type that make BIG plays in late November against TTUN. Been waiting for this day for a while. So glad he is a part of this class.. Welcome Nick!!! 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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NatiBuck's picture

This makes not getting Kilby Land hurt a lot less! And Hilliard just said he would announce this month.... Mother fucker we Rollin (Kanye voice)

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Nutty's picture

Welcome. Nice to see a born and bred Buckeye get their dream offer.

EDUGOON's picture

Boom,Pow,Ping and Bang!!! Nick Conner will be our Max Bullough in the middle. He will only get better. Congrats Nick!!!

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

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Evannati's picture

I am still bummed about losing Mitchell, but this goes a long way towards easing my pain.

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cdkmike's picture

so much respect for this kid got his offer and took it no games if he never plays still we be one of my fav players

Michael green

Grande Gustavo's picture

Finally, he got his offer and committed, which means no more OMG Coach Meyer knows nothing about recruiting why hasn't he offered Nick Conner?!?!?! threads.  Today is a good day.

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

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Hilliard WB's picture

His highlights look damn good, a man among boys.  Give him more development and we will have yet another special player joining the team (and a native son on top of that!)

S-Row the Best Row

BuckChoi's picture

Love to see a kid get rewarded for his hard work.  Also love to see a kid who is willing to earn his scholarship instead of feeling entitled to one.  Welcome to the buckeye family young man.  

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ELJTSA76's picture

Gotta love it when an Ohio kid camps and throws a wrench in the numbers game with a stellar showing. I've liked Connor for a long time and hoped he would finally receive this offer. Congrats Nick!

 

i don't know what his career will look like when it is finished at tOSU, but I am pretty sure Connor will be remembered with with wide smiles all around. This kid is all heart and all Buckeye, but he has plenty of talent to back up this offer too - as Coach Meyer confirmed for us today - well, yesterday it looks like according to my phone. Connor is a foundation block-type of player, all things considered, the kind of kid that is worth more than just a summary of statistics, and will prove to be a leader by the time he is done here. This is a perfect example of the home grown player OSU needs to keep in-state, and I'm glad to see that will happen indeed. 

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Johnny_Buck71's picture

I feel like the reporting on recruiting has been really solid. you really got the sense the staff here thought some things were gonna happen over the last few weeks, and they did.

Personally, I come here for solid information on things I care about but simultaneously ignorant of the details, and feel like I get that. so not to be overly 11w homerish, but from my perspective, good job. 

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra

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hit_the_couch's picture

Already has decent size too. 15 more lbs of lean mass and this kid could be a terror on the field.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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bodast67's picture

 

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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cinserious's picture
lee

This is how its done!

Gone ham, be back soon...

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Crimson's picture

I always thought it was more like this:

You are the one, Neo!

 

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buckskin's picture

Yes, finally.  With Hilliard and Baker, we will have 3 backers from OHIO this year.  Go Bucks.

FROMTHE18's picture

will this positively or negatively impact Hilliard? I think positively more than anything but just curious what people think. Also I dig how the staff seems to be holding out on players until they prove they are willing to put in the work via Camps. Welcome Aboard Mr. Conner, now go get Hilliard, Clark, Cornell, and Harris. 

Crimson's picture

I dig how the staff seems to be holding out on players until they prove they are willing to put in the work via Camps.

What you dig apparently pisses off most of the fan base.  Slow recruiting start, and so forth . . .

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Balkestud's picture

Was I watching Conner's HS tape or Bobby Carpenter's HS tape? Maybe a hair shorter than Carpenter, but the same size and agility. Looks like he has a great future ahead of him. The real " Linebacker U" seems to be coming back with a vengeance, great job guys.

 

It gets kind of rough in the back of my limousine,

 

 

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Poison nuts's picture

No time for a .gif right now - just a very enthusiastic HELL YES!!! I was hoping this would happen...Domino Motherf...er!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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buckguyfan1's picture

I watched Nick's highlights for the 1st time 5 minutes ago because I previously didn't want to get caught up in his hype if he was heading some place else.  Wow, I'm damn glad to have him as a Buckeye.  Beautiful football instincts.  Go watch an old Spielman high school highlight tape... such similarities.  Welcome aboard Nick!

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allinosu's picture

I read an article yesterday that in an earlier camp he got slapped pretty hard during one on ones by Damien Harris and you could see in nick's eyes he had never been hit like that and was taken back but he hung tough.  The next time this reporter seen him was in the last one and said Conner was completely different and owned the camp. He never left his lanes unless it was a sure tackle and had a big engine the whole time. He also said he made an acrobatic interception down field only gifted athletes do. He said Conner works tirelessly on his weaknesses and the sky was the limit for him. Glad he is ours.

Colerainbuck's picture

Pretty surprised by his athleticism. Kept hearing he needs to work on his speed but from the highlights he's not exactly a three toed sloth. But from the highlights he has pretty decent speed on a few of those TD runs...nice hands out of the back field too!

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jpbuckeye's picture

UV for 3-toed sloth reference. Made me laugh when I needed it. Thanks!

 

 

...oh, and WELCOME ABOARD Mr. Connor!

buckeyedude's picture

So....what I really want to know...is he going to commute or live on campus?

 

 

pdan46's picture

I am very happy for Nick Conner and even happier for us Buckeyes!  I think this kid will be a leader and a quality player on the field and off!

BuckeyeJ's picture

Congrats to his young man and his family!!! His hard work and comming to the camp paid off for him. I LOVE the talent we have at LB!!! 2 more "Ohio grown" to go!!

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Rogabone's picture

 

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

"That's God," St. Peter replied. "But he thinks he's Woody Hayes."

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ChazBuckeye's picture

It's about damn time they offered him a scholarship. So glad he joined the good guys bc if they would have waited, it might not have turned out this way. But I'm sure glad it did;-)

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

Osurrt's picture
Reminds me of another "small, slow LB recruit" that I attended OSU with in 1984 as Freshmen........he turned out pretty good.
#36

 

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Great to see all his hard work pay off.  Welcome to the Buckeye family Nick, I have no doubt that you will do us all proud.

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Buckeyefan23's picture

Through watching him compete and fight for what he wants, I am a huge fan.

osubuckeye4life's picture

I'm way late to the party. 

Welcome aboard Nick!