Plainfield (Ill.) North offensive tackle Cody Conway is one of the most talented players in the Midwest. He gave Syracuse a verbal commitment on Friday after the Orange were on top since his mid-April visit.
"I knew they had other kids committing," Conway said. "They were my top school as of now and I didn't want to lose an opportunity to play at a good school like that.
"I kind of felt it (when I visited). It was a gut feeling that I was going to like that place the most and it would be really hard for another school to beat that out."
The three-star offensive tackle had plenty of options including others from BCS conferences. Even in-state Illinois was involved. But Conway's relationship with the Syracuse coaching staff, including his primary recruiter Tim Lester, was a big factor.
"That was a huge factor," he said. "That was basically the deciding factor. I felt a really good bond with them. I felt at home there because of them. I just felt like I could relate to them because they're from around here.
"They're family is from here. I just felt like I could have a good conversation with them and not necessarily about football. I could talk about anything with them. (When I committed) they were pretty excited. They were fired up and ready to go."
Conway says his parents were on to his plans ever since he visited for the spring game. So the decision was not a surprise.
"I think they knew that was what was going to happen," Conway said. "They knew that was up there. They kind of knew that was where I was going to end up. They were supportive of my decision."
With his decision made, the 6-foot-6 tackle is looking forward to wearing the new Orange uniforms and playing in front of his home crowd.
"I'm looking forward to just playing in front of the crowd," Conway said. "That's going to be a different mentality than it is now. One of my goals is to play early. I want to prove myself and at least play as a redshirt freshman.
"I would like to play then. I don't want to wait until my junior year so that's my main goal."
Conway added that he is still going to stay in communication with other coaching staff's, but that is mainly just as a precaution in case something happens with the Syracuse coaches. If there are no major changes, Conway says Orange fans do not have to worry about a flip.