Henry Conway, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound three-star offensive tackle from Shaker Heights, Ohio, committed to Michigan State yesterday, Jan. 21, after officially visiting the Spartans on Jan. 17.
“I think I pretty much knew that’s where I wanted to go after I got back from my visit,” Conway said. “I talked to my parents about it and my guidance counselor about it and we realized that Michigan State is best suited for me.”
Conway, Scout.com’s No. 81 offensive tackle, called Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to give him the good news. “I told coach Narduzzi that I canceled my official visit to Boston College (scheduled for Jan. 31) and that I was ready to be a Spartan,” he said.
“Coach Narduzzi was real excited and he had me talk to coach Mark Dantonio to make it official,” he said. “Coach Dantonio was really happy to hear my decision and said he can’t wait to have me.
“The coaches were a big reason why I chose them,” Conway said. “I love all the coaches. Coach Dantonio has a great relationship with his players and the other coaches.
“I also really liked the campus at Michigan State,” he said. “It kind of reminds me of Cleveland and that’s where most of my family lives. They seem like fun and easy going people. It’s the kind of place that just fits my personality.
“I also loved the stadium,” Conway said. “It was huge and real impressive. Plus, they are in the Big Ten and that’s where all the big linemen are from.”
Another plus for the Spartans was that Conway is friends with Michigan State commits (three-star offensive center) Nate Klatt and (two-star offensive guard) Micajah Reynolds. “We got to know each other during summer camps and are pretty good friends,” he said. “They’ve been committed to Michigan State for a while and have been talking to me about them and going there a lot.”
Conway first starting paying attention to Michigan State last summer and says his coach knew he was going to be a Spartan since that time. “My coach (Anthony Watkins) told me that he knew I was going to choose Michigan State,” he said. “He kept telling me that since the camp. He was sure that’s who I’d choose. I wish I was as sure as he was…I would have committed sooner. Turns out he was right.”
He says he picked the Spartans over Boston College and Cincinnati (Dec. 12 visit). “Boston College was too far,” he said. “And I didn’t really like the campus at Cincinnati, plus the academics at Michigan State are better.”
Conway also had offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio, Akron, Illinois and Indiana.
“My goal is to play in the NFL and become a Hall of Famer,” he said. “I think I’ll be able to get there from Michigan State.
“I’m 100 percent,” Conway said. “That’s it for me.”
Conway reports a 2.7 core GPA and an 890 SAT, which he is retaking in February.