Hattiesburg’s Jarod Conner commits to Memphis

Hattiesburg’s Jarod Conner commits to Memphis

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Jarod Conner figures he will be a running back when it comes to continuing his football career at the collegiate level.

And the Hattiesburg High School senior quarterback liked what he saw of how the University of Memphis uses its running backs.

Conner confirmed Wednesday morning that he had verbally committed to Memphis and intends to sign in the early December period.

"What led me to pick Memphis is that it was the best fit for me," Conner said in a text Wednesday. "It's a good RB program and, of course, a great place to get my education."

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Conner had played running back for the HHS Tigers before moving to quarterback last season and compiling one of the most prolific seasons in the program's history.

Over 15 games, he accounted for 53 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 25 passing, while amassing more than 4,000 yards total offense, leading the Tigers to a 15-0 record before they fell in the Class 5A state championship game to West Point High School.

Conner said he also considered the University of Mississippi before choosing Memphis.

Conner and HHS kick off the 2018 season Saturday at 7 p.m., hosting Petal High School at D.I. Patrick Stadium.