The January Gauntlet

The January Gauntlet

Offensive lineman Henry Conway already visited Cincinnati on Dec. 12 and will be seeing Michigan State on Jan. 17, Illinois on Jan. 24 and Boston College on Jan. 31. The Eagles have impressed Conway the most this season. "They really surprised me," Conway said. "I didn't think they'd be very good after Matt Ryan left. But they did real good this season and did a great job. I also really like..."

Henry Conway, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound, three-star offensive tackle from Shaker Heights, Ohio, says he now has 10 scholarship offers and has narrowed it down to a final six, planning to decide on signing day.

Conway continues to deny a leader and favors Cincinnati, Michigan State, Illinois, Boston College, Michigan and Indiana. All except Michigan have offered.

Scout.com's No. 85 offensive tackle was originally supposed to visit the Wolverines on Jan. 9, but says he will likely not take the trip to Ann Arbor. "I'm not gonna take a visit there unless they offer me," Conway said.

"They've made a lot of early offers and don't have any scholarships left," he said of the Wolverines. "So unless someone commits somewhere else or tells them ‘no' there won't be an offer to open up."

Conway already visited Cincinnati on Dec. 12 and will be visiting Michigan State on Jan. 17, Illinois on Jan. 24 and Boston College on Jan. 31.

"My trip to Cincinnati was all right," he said. "I liked the coaches. They all seem pretty cool and are good people. I really liked coach Brian Kelly and think he's doing some great things there.

"The campus around Cincinnati is pretty nice too," Conway said. "It's an urban vibe and there's things to do there. I think they need some linemen, so it may be a good opportunity to play early."

"Michigan State is a good program too," he said. "They had a great season this year. It was good considering they had new coaches and a pretty young team. They are real appealing right now because they are still coming up."

Another team that Conway believes has a great upside is Illinois. "But I thought that they'd do better this year," he said of the Fighting Illini.

"But they have pretty good tradition and some great coaches and have been recruiting really well," Conway said. "They took a small step backward this year after last season, but I think they'll be real good next year."

But the school that has impressed Conway the most this season has been Boston College. "They really surprised me," he said.

"I didn't think they'd be very good after (first year NFL quarterback) Matt Ryan left," he said. "But they did real good this season and did a great job."

"I also really like the academics at Boston College," he said.

Conway says he never followed one specific school as a youngster but liked Miami, Texas, Ohio State and Florida. "I remember really liking the Miami helmets," he said.

"Texas always had a great offense and were fun to watch," he said. "Same with Florida.

"And Ohio State is the home school, so it's hard not to root for them," he said.

Conway says he likes Ohio State, but the Buckeyes never really recruited him. "They filled up their spots so quickly it was tough to get recruited by them," he said.

"They only saw one of my games and it wasn't very good," Conway said. "I didn't like how I played and apparently they didn't either, so that was it."

Conway says he also has offers from MAC schools like Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio and Akron.

"I really want to improve all the areas in my game," he said. "I haven't been playing football too long. I only started playing about three years ago and have been a starter for two years, so I've got a lot of work to do.

"I want to get stronger and improve my footwork," he said.

Conway says he can bench 335-pounds, squat 500 and claims a 32" vertical jump.

"I'm real aggressive and have good feet," he said. "I'm also good in pass protection."

Conway also throws the shot put (50' personal best) and hopes to also compete in track in college. "I might try and do both," he said. "I like doing track and going to the meets and it's a good way to meet new people. It's fun."

Conway reports a 2.7 core GPA and an 890 SAT, which he plans on retaking.

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