Duke Offer A Mystery For Conrath

Chicago St. Rita (Ill.) defensive lineman/offensive lineman Matt Conrath (6-7.5, 240, 5.3) said he favors Stanford slightly over Duke, Vanderbilt, Miami (Oh), and Northwestern. All of these schools have offered except Northwestern.

"I'm quick and aware of my surroundings. I have really long arms though, so I'm doing hand drills to use my hands more and get them on guys quicker," Conrath said.

"I live in the suburbs of Chicago, so it would be nice to get out to the West Coast and go to school at Stanford. I like that it's part of the Pac-10 because it's a very competitive conference. I haven't been able to visit yet because of the price of airfare, but I'll definitely be taking my official visit," Conrath said.

"Duke's offer came in the mail out of no where. I've never even talked to their coaches. So all I really know about Duke is that it's a top academic school," he said. "I got my most recent offer from Miami of Ohio about three weeks ago. It's another school I don't know much about, except that it's part of the MAC.

"I got to make a trip to Vanderbilt because I was on the road for a baseball tournament so we stopped by Nashville, Tennessee on the way home for an unofficial visit. They have the McGugin Center, which has new facilities and everything about football is right there. I liked the campus, and the head coach, Bobby Johnson, and the defensive coordinator, Bruce Fowler," Conrath said.

"Coach Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern used to be my recruiting coach, until coach Randy Walker passed. Now he is the head coach, and he said that I should come to camp there so that he can see about offering me. I'm hoping to maybe make it up there in the end of this month (July)," he said. "Baseball recruiting just started on July 1, and Northwestern is the only school that's shown interest in me for baseball. I'm a pitcher and I throw 86 miles an hour, but even if you're the best, you can never get a full scholarship--so I plan to stay with football in college.

"Even though Stanford has a slight lead right now, I'm going to wait out my decision as long as possible. I want to take all my official visits and be sure," Conrath said.

Conrath reports a 4.3 core GPA on a 5.0 scale, and a 29 ACT.

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