Plainfield (Ill.) North offensive tackle Cody Conway plays basketball during the football offseason. That means when it’s time to refocus on football, he has to work on getting his body back into prime football shape.
“The main thing I’ve been working on is my strength,” Conway said. “That was down from playing basketball and stuff. I’ve been mainly lifting to try to do that. I’ve improved a lot especially in my squats.”
Even with playing basketball, Conway is still trying to refine his blocking technique.
”I’ve been working on keeping my elbows in,” Conway said. “Also using my hands a lot more. My progress has been pretty good.”
Conway’s Plainfield North squad has opened training camp. In the early going, he is encouraged by what he has seen from his team.
”Things are going pretty good,” Conway said. “It was a good way to start things off. I think we’re going to have a pretty good year. I definitely want to be all-conference and then after that all-state. We want to win states but first our goal is to win a playoff game.”
Despite Conway’s commitment to Syracuse, other schools have not backed off. But that hasn’t changed his affinity for the Orange.
”Some schools are,” Conway said. “Illinois is still pretty consistent with their recruiting. A new one that came up is Missouri. They’ve been talking to me a lot. With Mizzou, I don’t know because they haven’t offered yet. So I can’t really determine anything there. But I’m solid in my decision.”
While other programs stay in touch with Conway in hopes of swaying his decision, he also communicates with the Orange on a regular basis.
”Syracuse talks to me almost every week,” Conway said. “I’ve been talking to coach Adam more now. He talks about how things are going with me. Family stuff sometimes.”
While the two have not discussed an official visit yet, Conway said he is looking forward to getting back to campus this fall.
”I’ve thought about that quite a bit,” Conway said. “It’s kind of bitter sweet. I’m definitely going to miss it but I’m going off to college football after that so that’s a good thing.”
Conway added he expects Syracuse to be top three in the ACC.