By JAMIE HODGES
Sports Writer for the Statesboro (Ga.) Herald
Seated next to Aaron Conner, l-r, is his mother, Deborah Conner, Brewton-Parker soccer coach Ben Moore, and Conner’s father, Paul Conner. Standing is SHS soccer coach Chad Prosser.
Statesboro High senior Aaron Conner will extend his career into the collegiate level, after signing a soccer scholarship with Brewton-Parker College at the Statesboro High School gym lobby.
“This is a very exciting day for me,” said Conner, after signing the national letter of intent. “I’ve been waiting and waiting for this day to get here. I’m just glad to finally get it over with.”
On hand for the ceremony was Conner’s father, Paul Conner, and mother, Deborah Conner, Blue Devil head soccer coach Chad Prosser and Brewton-Parker head soccer coach Ben Moore, along with Conner’s classmates.
“We like to sign athletes that some of the bigger schools look over,” Moore said. “We consider prospects like Aaron to be a diamond in the rough.”
Brewton-Parker College is a private four-year school located in Mount Vernon, and is affiliated with the NAIA. The Barons compete in the GACC (Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference) against other schools located in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.
Prosser said while he was sad to see Conner go, he is also happy to see him extend his playing days.
“I’m glad to see Aaron get the chance to continue his soccer career and get a college education,” Prosser said. “This was a big day for him.”
Conner said he is happy to be going to a smaller school like Brewton-Parker. He said he thinks the small school environment will suit him more.
“Brewton-Parker is a small school, but it has a great campus,” Conner said. “I just enjoyed the whole atmosphere there when I went on my campus visit. And they’ve got a strong, solid soccer program.”