Braddock's Robert Conyers, a 6-foot-5, 287 pound lineman has begun the next step in the recruiting process and took his first official visit this weekend to check out what USF had to offer.
"It was a pretty good visit," said Conyers. "I got to spend more time with the coaches, meet a lot of the players, and watch them play. It was a lot of fun and I really had a good time."
The Braddock stand-out made the trip with his dad and got to take the tour of the campus, the facilities, meet with the coaching staff and check out the academic side of USF. Conyers has seen all of it on his previous summer visits, but this time was different.
"I got to see the school when it's in session and see what it's like with all the students," said Conyers. "It's real nice and a lot of its either brand new or just remolded. The dorms were nice to and what they have is a lot nicer than a lot of other places I've seen."
"They have real nice facilities also," said Conyers. "I've already seen them this summer, and they have a lot of plans to build a lot of new stuff in the near future. They told they're going to build an indoor facility where the soccer practice fields are."
On this visit Conyers was hosted by Bulls freshman lineman Thor Jozwiak and really enjoyed spending time with the USF players.
"I never go to hang with college players before and spending time with the players was a great experience and a lot of fun," said Conyers. "I spent a lot of time with Thor, he's a pretty laid back guy and very easy to talk with. You can have a real conversation with him."
"I also hung with Brynjar Gudmundsson and Mark Popek. They're all a bunch of real nice guys, laid back and have easy going personalities. They made me feel real comfortable," said Conyers. "They just told me to take my visits and compare them to South Florida and then I'll see why it's such a great place to be at."
Conyers also got to spend more quality time with the Coach Shankweiler, the Bulls coaching staff and Head Coach Skip Holtz.
"I already had a good relationship with Coach Shankweiler, but it was good to talk with him again face to face," said Conyers. "We just talked more about my situation and recruiting, it went well."
"I spoke with coach Holtz several times through the weekend. He's seems like a great coach and is a real interesting guy to talk with," said Conyers. "He was just telling me how I'd be a great addition to their recruiting class, and things like that."
While on the weekend visit Conyers got to see USF take on FAMU and see the Bulls romp the Rattlers 70-17, and was impressed with what he saw.
"The game was pretty cool and a lot of fun. There was a lot more fans there then I thought there would be," said Conyers. "It was exciting at first, but they started to roll so easily that it was as exciting late in the game. It was still a lot of fun to watch."
"What they did offensively was impressive. They put up like 500 yards of offense in the first half and had 49 points, and even the second and third stringers were doing well," said Conyers. "I watched the O-line closely and they very physical and played well. I liked how Coach Shank would make adjustments with them on the sidelines."
After spending a weekend getting to know the school, the coaches, and the players, Conyers said it was very beneficial to how he feels about the program.
"The visit helped a lot. It gave me a chance to meet with the players and got a great feel for the atmosphere for the school," said Conyers. "It's a very energetic place and there's a lot going on there all the time. I really liked it. My dad though the same things I did and we both liked it a lot."
"They really took care of me on the visit, we ate really well, and they treated me right," said Conyers. "After the game I hung with the players and they were very positive about their win, but didn't seem to get caught up in it or let it go to their head. They seemed really focused on the task at hand and the next game."
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, but at this time he doesn't want to name any leaders.
"No, I really don't have a leader board. I want to take one or two more official visits first before I do that," said Conyers. "USF is standing out though."
Conyers talks about what has USF standing out to him at this time.
"I'd say their coaching staff and the football team overall," said Conyers. "I like what they're doing with the program, the campus and they have what I want to major in and that's accounting."
As of now Conyers said he plans on taking a few more official visits and then will narrow things down.
"I'm thinking about taking one to Vanderbilt and one to Duke," said Conyers. "I'll take an unofficial to FIU when they play Duke."Conyers said that he doesn't have a timetable for a decision, and it will probably come later during the season, but does know what's most important to him in making his choice.
"It's a little bit of everything," said Conyers. "The coaching staff and how much they like me. How I feel about the players and whether they're the type of guys I could hang out with for the next 4-5 years, and just feeling comfortable with everything."
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