Nation's No. 2 safety sets SEC official

Antonio Conner is willing to follow Melvin Smith to Auburn -- at least for an official visit.

Conner said he'll take a visit to see the Tigers on Jan. 18. Before Smith left Mississippi State, Conner had expressed no interest in Auburn. That changed when Smith accepted a position on Gus Malzahn's new coaching staff. Smith was Conner's primary recruiter for the Bulldogs. Coaches from Auburn were in Orlando on Friday to visit with Conner after the Under Armour All-America Game.

It's unclear which school Conner will drop from his NCAA-allowed five official visit list as his travel continues to come into focus. Last week, Conner said he will take his five official visits to Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU and Georgia. That plan has changed. Conner said he will not visit LSU and Georgia.

It's reasonable to think that Conner wouldn't need to take an official visit to either Ole Miss or Mississippi State. He lives a short drive from both campuses.

Conner has said he will announce his college decision on Feb. 3. He is the No. 21 prospect in the country, the No. 2 safety in the nation and the highest-rated prospect in Mississippi.