When he committed to the Huskies on Feb. 9, 2016, 2017 running back and defensive back prospect Connor Wedington (Sumner, Wash. / Sumner High School) quickly learned that his recruitment was just getting started.
“I figured if I committed early, it would slow down a little bit. I was wrong,” he says with a laugh.
When I talked to Wedington (who says he now measures in at 6-0.5, 190 lbs.), he had just recently returned home from The Opening competition at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. There, Brandon Huffman of scout.com reports that Wedington turned in the best shuttle drill time of anyone in attendance, tallying 3.87 seconds.
“It was great going down there and competing against the top players in the nation. Everybody down there put in the work to get there,” says Wedington, who mentions that his goal coming into the event was to register a top-10 rating in the SPARQ competition. He finished just short of his goal, registering the 11th-best score.
“I wanted to get top-10, but out of everybody there, I can’t not be satisfied with that,” he says.
Despite his commitment to Washington, Wedington continues to hear from some big-time Power-Five competition, and isn’t opposed to hearing what they have to say.
“Oregon, Stanford and Cal are the schools other than Washington that are recruiting me the hardest right now,” he says. “Every school that offers me, I’m going to put into consideration. It’s an honor just to receive an offer. Cal and Stanford both have awesome academics and a great education, so that’s intriguing. The Huskies have great academics too, so I’m not really worried about that. And Oregon’s Oregon, you know what I mean? The Huskies and Oregon have a great rivalry.
“I haven’t really decided if I’m going to be taking officials or not, because that’s against Coach Pete’s philosophy,” he continues. “But I’m going to talk with my family, and we’ll see what goes on.”
Still, Wedington stresses that he loves what he sees at Washington, and mentions that he is in contact with the entire Washington coaching staff, and speaks with running backs coach Keith Bhonapha, defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake and head coach Chris Petersen the most.
“They’re just amazing coaches. I think they’re the best in the Pac-12,” he says in reference to the Washington staff. “They truly care about the person you are and want to help make you a better football player and person at the same time. That’s one of the main things that caught me for them.”
While the Huskies are recruiting him as a running back, Wedington says that he is willing to line up at whichever position he is needed the most.
“[The Washington coaches] are recruiting me more as a running back, but they definitely said they can see me playing either side of the ball. I’m going to go in there as a running back at first, but I’m willing to play wherever helps the team the most,” he says. “I love running back and DB, so I’m split between the two. I’m happy to do whatever gets me on the field.”
For now, Wedington is just trying to enjoy his recruiting process while working to lead the Spartans to a South Puget Sound League championship.
“I’m enjoying the recruiting process. It’s awesome. There are times when it’s a little much, but it’s a blessing to be in this position,” he says. “Sumner is a school that’s on the rise, and we have a lot of great players on the team. I’m just ready for it to get going.”