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Through all the ups and downs of the 2021 season for the Gators, one thing has remained constant.
The commitment of David Conner.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle is headed to the Swamp to rep the orange and blue. Let’s get to know him a little bit better in this edition of Getting to Know.
What went into your commitment to Florida?
“It was just a great environment. It was really the workout I went to this summer. I got a feel for the coaches throughout the workout. They instilled a lot of knowledge in me.”
Were there any discussions after Mullen was let go and Napier was hired? Or was it always Florida?
“I didn’t really have any discussions about decommitting because as long as Florida was committed to me, I was committed to Florida.”
What brought you into football? Did you play any other positions or sports growing up?
“I played baseball and growing up I was always a defensive lineman. I didn’t really play offensive line until this year.”
So talk to me about that transition. Did playing defense give you an advantage when trying to block?
“I had an advantage. I always pick up tendencies when I see the defensive lineman about to make a move. I was always like ‘Oh yeah, I know this because I did this.’”
Have you talked to any of the other prospects in your class?
“Oh yeah, we always talk. I talk with Kamari [Wilson] and Devin [Moore] a lot. We really built our relationship on the official visit, so that’s who I really got to know. And Christian [Williams].
So now you have the recruiter hat on?
“We just picking up new players and more people. Just making the team better.”
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On a typical game day, what are some of your pregame rituals or superstitions?
“I call my dad and we talk before the game every time. I always listen to music and eat Skittles. It’s always Skittles.”
Any particular songs or types of music?
“I always listen to Freestyle by Lil Baby and One Shot by NBA Youngboy and Lil Baby.”
“Going into the game it’ll be hype music and right before we go on the field, I’ll listen to calm music to calm my nerves and get ready to go.”
Who has been the biggest role model for you in your life?
“That’ll have to be my dad [Don Conner] for all he’s been through to push through it and still come out on top. That’s got to be my biggest role model.”
Can you tell me a bit about your dad?
“Back when I was in first grade, about 10 or 11 years ago, he had a stroke, and a lot went down. He never really been himself again after that, but he is still here. That’s why I make sure I never quit.”
You’re given the AUX cord for the locker room, what is the go-to song you’re playing?
“I’m going to have to go down to my Broward County roots and I’m going to turn on Need Dat Crack by FCG Heem.”
What are three things on your bucket list?
“I want to go to the NFL.”
“I want to graduate college.”
“I want to be a Hall of Famer.”
Going into college, do you have any majors you want to explore?
“I’ve been looking at architectural engineering or even joining the journalism program.”
If you could have dinner with three people from any point in history, who would they be?
“George Washington was the first president, so I’d like to know what went into all of that. What was on his shoulders carrying that load of being the first person to run America.
“Martin Luther King. He had a vision to make everybody equal and create peace. I would like to see what made him do that, what motivated him, and how we went on the main scale and did that.”
“Clay Matthews. That’s just my favorite football player ever. If you came to my room, you would see Clay Matthews everywhere. I got posters. I got Green Bay Packers everything. I’ve been enjoying him since I first found the game of football.”
What meal are you having at this dinner?
“I got to have the meal I had on the last day of my official visit. It was steak, lobster macaroni, chicken wings, and salad.”
What TV show are you binging right now?
“I’m watching All-American and that new Kevin Hart series on Netflix, True Story, you got to watch that. That’s amazing.”
Is the football in All-American realistic?
“It’s bad. It’s real bad.”
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
“I got to go with super speed. I’m a big dude, so I ain’t that fast. I’m fast but I ain’t that fast. I’m already strong so the super speed would balance it all out.”
What would be your first purchase if you got drafted by the NFL?
“I got to get my momma a house.”
What is one item that you cannot live without it?
“My phone. It holds everything. If it’s gone, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
What is your favorite movie?
If you could live one day in the life of someone else, who would it be?
“My momma. She always did so much for me and my siblings. Always put a meal on the table. Never had to worry about my next meal. Always kept me in the best possible position I can be. I’d love to see how she does that.
If you had a chance to go on a dream date, who would it be with?
What are you doing on this date? Romantic sunset? Movie?
“Nah. We are going to reenact Spiderman.”
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
“Making millions of dollars in the NFL.”
What is one thing about you that the Gator Nation would be surprised to find out about you?
“I’m a very shy person.”