Shaker Heights OT Favors Michigan State

GSN caught up with a prospect head coach Mark Dantonio and staff targeted early in the process. Will the steady attention pay off in a commitment from the massive offensive tackle? Find out and get the latest on the Ohio native's recruitment.

Henry Conway has the attention of Michigan State's coaching staff and they have his.

With dwindling scholarships numbers after a torrid start to the recruiting season, offensive tackle is one position head coach Mark Dantonio will likely fill for sure.

Conway, out of Shaker Heights, Ohio, near Cleveland, has been on campus for an unofficial visit, and that's when Spartan coaches got a chance to see his 6-foot-6, 300-pound frame up close. They offered on the spot.

"I like their campus, their history and their traditions," Conway says of MSU. "(Offensive line) Coach (Dan) Roushar, he's a good guy," Conway says right away when asked about the coaching staff.

He also mentions defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Dantonio. "They're down to Earth people," he says, but also "intense, you know."

In fact, Conway says if his decisions were limited, it would be an easy choice.

"Michigan State, I would definitely commit to them right now if I didn't have any other schools to think about," he says. "Michigan State is the number one school right now, then Cincinnati and Indiana."

Along with the Spartans, Conway holds scholarship opportunities from Boston College, Cincinnati, Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio and Indiana.

Other teams showing interest include Michigan, West Virginia, Illinois and Pittsburgh. Those schools have told Conway an offer could be imminent pending the arrival of game film after the first few weeks of the upcoming season. "By the second or third week," of the season, Conway says he may be ready to make a decision

Over the summer, Conway has been doing his best to make sure academic requirements are not an issue. He spent time in summer school and raised his GPA, and with a strong SAT score he says he has no doubt he'll be prepared to step onto a campus like Michigan State in August, 2009.

"I've been concentrating on bringing my GPA up at summer school," Conway says. "So I combine that with my SAT score and I should be okay for the NCAA Clearinghouse."

For clarity, I ask him if he's at the point where he would qualify now, and he succinctly says, "I am."

Stay tuned to GSN for updates on Conway and other important Spartan recruits.

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