After a long recruiting process, Dutch Fork receiver Austin Connor is going to be a South Carolina Gamecock.
Connor announced on Twitter that he will be heading to USC and will walk on. He will report to school June 20. In January, he said the Gamecocks might a possibility as a walk-on for football and to run track.
“I'm just ready to ball out,” Connor said. “This process was long and stressful happy. Just happy it's over.”
Connor, who has a 4.3 GPA, is rated as a three-star recruit and No. 12 ranked player in the state, by 247Sports. He didn’t sign on National Signing Day when many of his friends and teammates did.
“It’s been very stressful but a lot of things in life are stressful,” Connor said in January. “Never thought I would be in this position but I’m still not stressing. I still talk to coaches pretty often. I will see what teams do after signing day.”
Connor received an offer from Hawaii in April and plenty of offers in the spring of his junior year. Virginia Tech was the first school to offer Connor and the Gamecocks were next. He said he thought about committing to USC and then Virginia Tech in the summer but Connor said both schools were full as far as receivers.
Connor’s numbers were down in his senior season after amassing more than 800 yards receiving as a junior. This year, he caught 30 passes for 454 yards and five scores for the Class 5A champion Silver Foxes.
Connor was picked to play in the Shrine Bowl but couldn’t because of conflict with the state championship game. The 6-foot, 180-pounder was injured during third-round playoff game but returned for the championship game and caught two passes for 27 yards in the win over Boiling Springs.