Morehart Looking for More Exposure

Morehart Looking for More Exposure

Pennsylvania two-way lineman is heading to the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio. Penn State is already well aware of his talents.

There hasn't been much of an offseason for Connor Morehart.

His high school season ended in November when Governor Mifflin High (Shillington, Pa.) lost to Wilson in the opening round of the PIAA AAAA. Since then, Morehart has been hitting the weight room and pavement hard. The workouts are to get better for his senior season while the travel will be to take part in the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio Jan. 5.

“I'm more excited than I am nervous,” Morehart said. “It's my first real combine experience. I just see it as a huge honor to be one of the 500 Class of 2014 players to be selected. It just means a lot to me.”

At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, the two-way lineman finished his junior season at Governor Mifflin with 37 tackles and a fumble recovery. But most colleges are pursuing him in the offensive trenches, and it's easy to see why. Morehart was a part of an offensive line that helped pave the way for 3,065 rushing yards for the Mustangs, an attack that spotlighted senior tailback Ryan Barbon (1,126 yards and 10 touchdowns).

But now, recruiting is taking the place that daily practices once held in his busy schedule. Morehart was a frequent visitor to University Park during the season, and received a visit from Nittany Lions' secondary coach John Butler during the recent evaluation period.

“Coach Butler came by my school early in December, and he took my highlight tape and we just talked for a little bit,” Morehart said. “I'm just trying to keep building a relationship with him, and I also hope to attend their Junior Day. I'm just waiting on the information on when that will be.”

He's also trying to make a name for himself. Claiming an offer from Rutgers, Morehart believes his trip to Texas could be an opportunity to make his name more well known in recruiting circles. To do that, he stays in town, training with world-renowned fitness trainer John Schaeffer. The 61-year-old operates the Winning Factor Sports Science Training System, and has trained, among others, winter Olympic standout and speed skater Apolo Ohno, as well as Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

“I wanted to train with the best, and that's why I went to train with Mr. Schaeffer,” Morehart said. “I had some areas I wanted to improve in, and I knew he could help me do it.”

The combine consists of two 40-yard dash attempts, a pair of short shuttle tests, three vertical jumps, the 185-pound bench press and one-on-one competitions.

“My shuttle is very impressive. I ran a 4.65 with my trainer earlier this week,” Morehart said. “I hit 24 reps at 185 before the season started, but I haven't tested that in a while. I feel like my strength may have gone down some during the season, but I still hope I can do well in that test, too.”

Really, his overall goal for the trip to Texas is simple.

“I just want to turn some heads and perform well,” Morehart said. “That, to me, would make it a success.”

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