KATY MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2019
By Anne Lee
In a football town like Katy, young players learn the game and build strong bonds by working hard and competing together. But sometimes, friends find themselves on opposing teams. Meet Katy high school football standouts, Hayden Conner and Jalen Milroe, childhood best friends and former teammates. These high school juniors have plans to reunite on the college playing field at the University of Texas.
Hayden Conner, Taylor High School and Jalen Milroe, Tompkins High School; Photo courtesy: Jennifer Miko
Jalen Milroe and Hayden Conner have been playing football together from a very young age, either on the same team, or as rivals.
In sixth grade, they played for Football University (FBU), as Sun Devils. Their dads, Quentin Milroe and Steve Conner, coached them and led the team to a national victory. The Sun Devils included many other young men (including Casey Shorter pictured below) from Katy schools who are also being recruited by elite college football programs from all over the United States.
Casey Shorter, Hayden Conner and Jalen Milroe
“FBU was the largest platform to go out and compete in,” Steve Conner says.
The team ended their season winning the national championship, beating 64 other teams from all over the country. Hayden and Jalen said it was during these times that structure, direction, and discipline were being instilled in them.
“We even had to bring our report cards to show our coaches,” Hayden recalls. Hayden also credits Katy ISD for keeping both young men connected through their high school years.
“When we play against each other, I am all smiles, Jalen says. "I want nothing but the best for Hayden even when our teams play against each other." Hayden fully agreed.
A Mustang Targeting a Longhorn
Hayden Conner, born and raised in Katy, Texas, attends Taylor High School in Katy ISD. Since his freshman year, he has played varsity football for the Mustangs.
The 16-year-old offensive tackle looks like he could play college level ball right now. At 6’6” the high school junior weighs 330lbs. Last year he made First-team All-district Selection at Offensive Tackle.
“Hayden has been a vital part of our program since he was a freshman,” says Coach Jensen, Defensive Line/Kicking Game Coordinator. “He has worked extremely hard to master his craft on a daily basis.”
Although Hayden has verbally committed to the University of Texas, he has goals for his last two years of high school. He wants to keep his grades up, spend time with his family, and he help make the Mustang football team even better.
Hayden has spent his summer helping the Offensive Line Coach Travis Sharp install the blocking schemes and run offense with the underclassmen.