The familiarity with UCF’s tight ends coach was enough for Kernersville (NC) East Forsyth tight end Jayvontay Conner to finalize his college decision.
So the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Conner chose UCF from a top six that also included Florida State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Mississippi State.
He made the announcement moments ago.
“I am going to UCF,” he said. “I like the fact I am a big body, I can make plays with my legs. I can do a lot of good things. I feel real confident about my decision. It’s all about relationships and I feel like they beat everyone out with the relationship part of it.”
What sealed things for Conner was a recent trip to UCF to meet the coaching staff and tour the campus. In fact, he spent the last two weeks making visits as he worked toward a decision.
“I like the fact the campus is really big,” he said. “The facilities, they have a lot of nice things there.”
Connor transferred to East Forsyth after his junior season, which was spent at Opelika (Ala.) High. That UCF tight ends coach Brian Blackmon coached there through 2016 wsa a factor in his decision as well.
“I have a good relationship with all the coaches there, and mainly my tight ends coach,” Conner said. “He used to coach my high school team so I have a good relationship with him. They are all from the area I am from, so it is something we have in common.”
The offensive fit was also big for Conner.
“I like the fact they run the ball and they pass the ball,” he said. “I really like the pass ball.”