• position Outside Linebacker
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 213
  • class Junior
  • Hometown East Lansing, Mich.
  • High school East Lansing

2021 – Freshman

  • Practiced with the team

High School

  • A dual-sport standout (football and track & field) at East Lansing High School
  • Two-year starter at outside linebacker for head coach Bill Feraco
  • Helped the Trojans win three straight Capital Area Activities Blue Conference championship titles
  • Led the conference with 65 tackles, 15 sacks and three fumble recoveries in nine games as the Trojans finished 8-1 in a COVID-shortened 2020 season
  • Earned first-team All-Conference, All-Region and All-State as a senior
  • Selected to play in the 2020 Xenith Senior All-Star Game and the 2021 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
  • Also an all-state performer in track in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash
  • Choose to play football at UK over scholarship offers to run track
  • Member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the Black Student Union
  • Chose Kentucky over Michigan State


  • Born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Son of Octavis and Lynette Long
  • Has one sister, Nia
  • Father, Octavis, was a wide receiver at Michigan State from 1995-97, while his mother, Lynette ran track for the Spartans
  • Major is African American and Africana studies

Conner Says

  • He chose Kentucky because of the coaches, the fan base and it’s a great program
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a lobbyist
  • Besides football, he’s also good at track and public speaking
  • One word to describe him on the field is “relentless”
  • His sports hero is Lebron James
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