Plainfield (Ill.) North High offensive tackle Cody Conway is one of the latest prospect in the Midwest to pick up an offer from Syracuse. The Orange continue to hit the region hard, specifically the state of Illinois.
Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester uses his connections from his days as the Elmhurst head coach to find targets that can help Syracuse all over the field. Conway's film impressed them enough to pull the trigger.
"They offered a couple of days ago," Conway said. "It was coach Lester, the quarterbacks coach that contacted me. He was talking to my high school coach. He said that they really liked my film.
"They got the highlight tape that I had sent to them and they liked it. So they wanted to offer me."
This was the first offer for the 6-foot-6, 280-pound junior. During the recruiting process, that first one can often snowball the process. It also holds a special meaning for some prospects.
"It was really nice," Conway said. "It was kind of surreal. That's obviously what I've been working for my whole career. Knowing that it's here and actually happening is nice. It obviously makes me a little more interested in them.
"They took the risk and offered me right away to be the first team that offered. Obviously I'm interested in them. I mean, they're interested in me and they're a pretty big school, I know that. With their conference and all that."
Conway is still learning about Syracuse, both the school and the football program. One way to get a crash course in what its like to be Orange is by visiting the campus. That could happen soon for the Plainfield North standout.
"I'm going to try to go up for their spring game," Conway said. "I'm probably going to bring my dad and maybe my mom."