Lost in Friday’s excitement was the Orange’s third commitment of the day. Cody Conway committed to Syracuse Friday afternoon, shortly after teammates Sam Clausman and Colin Byrne pledged their allegiance to the Orange. Conway is supposedly the best prospect of Friday’s commitments.
All three future Orange play the offensive line. These three are the first, second, and third 2015 recruits to play the line and are also the recruiting class’s fifth, sixth, and seventh recruits. Recruiting efforts for the Class of 2015 have really picked up steam in the past few weeks. The trio will join Davante Davis, Gerald Robinson, Tyrone Perkins, and Jordan Fredericks at SU in the fall of 2015.
While many of the Orange recruits have come from the growing-pipeline of Southern Florida, Conway actually comes from the Midwest. He attended Plainfield North High School in Plainfield, Illinois. Conway is a three-star, 6’6”, 280-pound lineman. The University of Illinois and Rutgers also heavily recruited him.
The Orange originally extended its offer to the tackle in mid-March. Conway visited the Syracuse University campus this past April prior to announcing his commitment. He did so via twitter, in which he shared a photo of the Orange’s new uniforms and said:
“Will be wearing these jerseys soon enough. Verbally comitted [sic] to syracuse [sic]!”
According to Conway, he just had a gut feeling that he wanted to play for Syracuse. This could be attributed to head coach Scott Shafer’s roots in the Midwest. The 2014 recruiting class has six players from the state of Illinois alone. Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester and running back coach DeAndre Smith both have roots in the Midwest, like Shafer.
With the new commitments, Syracuse’s recruiting class has slid up to 53rd best in the nation, and the seventh best in the ACC. Look for the class to continue to build in the coming weeks, as summer recruiting really starts to gather momentum.
Posted by: Jason Weingold