Braddock offensive tackle Robert Conyers has been busy training and getting ready for spring football.
"We just started spring football and every things going good," said Conyers. "I've been running a lot and putting a lot of work in the weight room to get ready for it."
The 6-foot-5, 286 pound lineman earned All-Dade County 6A first-team offense honors after recording 39 pancake blocks while playing left tackle and has worked hard to build off that to prepare for his senior campaign.
"I played around 255-260 pounds last year, but I've been eating right and have put on a lot of good weight," said Conyers. "I've gotten stronger in the weight room and I'm benching around 285, squatting 390 and have a 245 power clean."
Conyers plays mostly left tackle, but can also play on the right side and has seen time as guard as well. He also knows what his strengths are and what he needs to work on.
"My best assets are my footwork, hands, and my ability to get to the second level. I'm also aggressive and have nasty o-line mentality," said Conyers. "I'm not as strong or as big as I like to be, but a lot of that is because of my age. I'm only 16 years old and I think I have a lot of growing still to do."
On the recruiting front schools have taken notice and shown plenty of interest. Before the spring Conyers didn't have an offer and now he has six including Illinois, Wake Forest, Memphis, Marshall, FAU, and on Wednesday USF extended an offer.
"My recruitment has really taken off over the past month," said Conyers. "Now the bigger schools are starting to come through."
USF has been sending him a lot of mail and on Wednesday USF Coach Vernon Hargreaves came by and after watching him practice extended the offer.
"Coach Hargreaves came by my school and said I passed the eye test and then came back to watch me practice," said Conyers. "He watched me go through drills and saw how athletic I was and offered me. He said the offensive line coach really liked my film and wanted to know how I practice and what my transcripts were like. When they were down here they liked what they saw."
Conyers talked about getting the offer from the Bulls.
"The USF offer was a good one to get, its top three of the ones I've gotten so far," said Conyers. "It's a big school and they're really up-and-coming. I like they're football program and what they've done over the last couple of years. "
The Braddock offensive linemen has seen the Bulls play on TV and has been to Tampa to watch the spring scrimmage at Raymond James and like what he's seen out of the Bulls football team
"They have a good team and have a real good coaching staff," said Conyers. "During the scrimmage I watched everything but paid a lot of attention to the O-line. They're good, especially for being a young team."
"I've seen them play several times on TV and they're a young team but have done really well," said Conyers. "When they beat Miami and Clemson in the bowl game, I was really impressed. I thought they hung tough with Florida too."
While at the spring game Conyers got to speak with USF Offensive line coach Shankweiler as well and like his coaching style.
"I like offensive line coach Shankweiler," said Conyers. "I like the way he coaches the offensive line up. They're very athletic and play very hard."
Even though he's been to the USF campus as a freshman, he hasn't really seen the school.
"When I was a freshman we came up to USF for a camp, but I really didn't see it," said Conyers. "Coach told me that they've done a lot of upgrades since then and are building more, so I'll have to make it up there to check it out and see more."
Conyers said that USF is in his top three along with Illinois and Marshall, and talks about the top three schools that have offered him.
"Illinois they have a really good accounting program and that's what I want to do after college. Marshall has a good coaching staff and has known my coach for a long time and he says lot of good things about them. With USF, I liked what I've heard from their coaches and I've seen what they've done over the past few years and I'm impressed with their program."
In the classroom Conyers is a solid student that carries a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1500 in all three sections on the SAT and is already qualified.
"The coaches all like the fact that I'm already qualified and don't have to worry about me getting grades through my senior year," said Conyers.
Conyers has also taken some recent visits to Northwestern, seen Florida and Miami a couple of times, and been to FAU and was at USF briefly. He also plans on taking a lot of visits for camps this summer
"I plan on going to the Carolinas this summer to visit Wake Forest, UNC, and Duke. I also may see Marshall and Illinois as well," said Conyers. "I can't make it to USF's camp, but I'll make it up to their campus sometime this summer."
With the spring evaluation period in full swing, plenty of college coaches have come by to check out the offensive line prospect.
"At least one or two coaches come by every day," said Conyers. "UNC, Duke, Northwestern, Vandy, FIU, Memphis, Marshall, Illinois an USF all have come by. A lot more said they going to sto in this week and next."
The standout lineman said he probably won't make a decision until after the season, and is enjoying the recruiting process, but does know what he's looking for in a program.
"I'm looking at the quality of the education, the coaching staff, and how well they develop you as an athlete and as a student," said Conyers. "Right now I'm just taking it all in. This is an experience that I never thought I'd go through. It's very exciting."
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