Restocking the offensive line is always a priority for the USF staff and finding a few for the class of 2012 will be no different. One player that fits that bill is Braddock's Robert Conyers, an offensive lineman who has seen his recruitment take off over the last few months. Before the spring the 6-foot-5, 287 pound lineman didn't have an offer and now he's seen his offer list climb to 18.
Conyers has started the process of checking schools out and has already taken visits to Florida, UCF, Northwestern, and FIU. This past weekend he took an unofficial to Tampa to check out what the Bulls had to offer.
"This past weekend we took one visit and that was to South Florida," said Conyers. "It was a lot of fun and we had a good time while we were there."
The Braddock stand-out made the trip with his dad and got to take the tour of the campus, the facilities, meet the coaching staff and see the academic side of USF and liked what he saw.
"We got in around ten and first talked with my recruiting coordinator Coach Hargreaves for awhile and he showed us around," said Conyers. "We also met with some of the other coaches and then got to talk with the academic advisors and took a tour of the campus."
"The campus was real nice, and they have good facilities also," said Conyers. "The facilities weren't the biggest or best that I've seen, but they're nice and have a lot of plans to remodel everything, and a lot of the remodeling has already taken place. They told me about all the plans they have for the next year and I believe what they're saying, because they said the same things about the new practice fields and they look great. They got two grass fields and the turf field looks awesome. That whole area around athletic building looks completely different from when I was there last."
Conyers claims 18 scholarship offers including offers from South Florida, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Illinois, and Purdue to name a few. At this time he doesn't claim any leaders as he's still in the process of checking out schools, but a few are sticking out.
"No, I really don't have a top five or anything like that just yet," said Conyers. "There are a few schools are sticking out. USF is standing out there, FIU and a couple of other ones, but I haven't visited them yet."
Conyers talks about what has USF standing out to him at this time.
"I really like their coaching staff, the football team overall, and what they're doing with the program," said Conyers. "I like the campus and the academic side of USF, and the fact that they have what I want to major in and that's accounting. The coaches told me how interested they were in me and I told them they're at the top of my list."
The All-Dade County lineman plans on being busy this month attending team camps around the southeast starting this Friday.
"This Friday I'll be at Georgia for their camp, then I'll be at Vanderbilt on Saturday, and on the way back I'll be at the LSU camp on Monday," said Conyers. "I also want to see Duke, Michigan State, and Illinois this summer."
As to when he'll be making his college choice, Conyers said he wants to take some visits, see who offers before making his decision.
"After this summer I'll probably narrow it down to a top five or a top eight," said Conyers. "Then I'll think about taking my official visits. I'll probably wait until the season to make a choice, after I take my officials. I want to see everything first."
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