After leading his school to an 8-4 record and the second round of the 6-A playoffs, Conner Hempel began to receive a lot of attention from schools all over the region. "Western Kentucky was the first to offer and has been in touch the most," said Hempel. "I also hear from Bowling Green, who has offered, along with Harvard, Louisville, Indiana and several others," said Hempel.
Hempel has taken several visits already including Western Kentucky, Louisville, Stanford, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Indiana, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. But there are more visits in Conner's plans. "This summer I am visiting Harvard, Bowling Green, Miami and possibly Northwestern, Illinois, Wake Forest, Toledo and a couple more," he finished.
So why are so many schools interested in Hempel? It's a combination of skill and a winning mentality for the senior-to-be.
"I have a strong, accurate arm and can make plays with my feet if everything breaks down. The experience of being a starting quarterback the past two seasons will also be a strength heading into my senior year," said Hempel. "I had a solid junior season. I threw for 1900 yards and 18 touchdowns and I ran for three," he said. "Our team finished 8-4, and ranked seventh overall in Kentucky. Two of our losses came to (Fort Thomas) Highlands who finished number two in the country in the final USA Today poll and a loss in the playoffs to eventual state champion Saint Xavier," Hempel finished.
Hempel knows to be a solid division one quarterback; he needs to tighten up a few spots as well. "One particular area is to get even better at reading defenses and making last second adjustments at the line," he said. "My approach is that everything needs to still get better. You cannot put enough work into any part of your game, including the fundamentals."
Hempel hopes those improvements can help Ryle reach their ultimate goal. "I want to do everything I can to get better as a player and as a team captain to help Ryle win a state championship this season," he continued.
He's already been to a few camps and will attend some others in the summer before making his college decision.
"In January I was at the National Underclassmen Combine in San Antonio, then I attended the Elite 11 and Nike camps in Columbus this spring. I have already been to Vanderbilt's camp, Western Kentucky's camp and Football University Camp in Birmingham," Hempel said. But that's not all. "I will also attend camps at Harvard, Louisville, Miami, and possibly others depending on how the dates work out."
In the end, Hempel's college choice will come down to a few main factors. "I want the opportunity for a great education from a top academic school, a great football tradition with winning coaches where I fit in well and will contribute. I also want a good campus life and college experience," he finished.
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