You won’t often get Nebraska fans excited about a 2021 recruit but when that recruit is an offensive lineman with the size (6-5, 280) of Hayden Conner from Katy, Texas, that will get anyone’s attention. The young prospect actually made his third trip to Lincoln this past weekend when he checked out the spring game.
Like most of the prospects in attendance, the spring game atmosphere blew him away. Overall, Conner had very positive thoughts about the day.
“It was amazing," he said. "I didn’t expect the stadium to be sold out for a spring game. It was pretty crazy.”
Unreal Day in Lincoln! Want to thank @GregAustin2717 @coach_frost & @HuskerFBNation for a great visit. #HuskerNation, you are amazing! There’s no place like Nebraska! #GBR 🌽 pic.twitter.com/L4pNimYDtx
— Hayden Conner (@HaydenConner) April 21, 2018
The lineman visited Nebraska last summer for a camp and was in Lincoln for a game last fall. When the coaching change happened, he was nervous that the new staff would not have interest because he had already grown fond of the program and city. Since he had been on campus twice before, was there anything different?
“Not really”, Conner said. “It was good to meet the new coaching staff. That was the big difference.”
The main objective for Conner was meeting the new staff and he accomplished that. He was able to spend time with offensive line coach Greg Austin and head coach Scott Frost, both of whom he described as “really awesome.”
There is a long way to go in his recruitment but with Conner having been to campus multiple times already, I wanted to know what draws him to Nebraska and has his interest. His answer won’t surprise Husker Nation.
“I really think the way everyone carries themselves there," Conner said. "I have been there three times and the town and the fans are amazing. The fans are a big part of it. The fans are a big part of why I would want to come here to play."
Heading into his sophomore year Conner is wanting to work on getting stronger and getting more flexible. Other than Nebraska, Conner says that Texas, Stanford and Michigan are on his radar. He also tells me that he plans on being back in Lincoln for a fourth time this fall for a game.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.