May 17, 2011
Illinois offer surprises Conyers
Illinois teams under the direction of current head coach Ron Zook consistently have looked to the state of Florida to nab some of their best prospects, and this year will be no different.
Illinois offensive line coach Joe Gilbert made a recent trip to the Sunshine State, and he extended several offers to top Illini recruiting targets. One prospect who was able to receive an offer was Miami offensive tackle Robert Conyers. Conyers said that although the offer came as a bit of surprise, he's excited to learn more about the Fighting Illini.
"My recruitment has been going well," said Conyers. "It seems like I'm getting more and more offers every week. The offer from Illinois came as a bit of a surprise because I hadn't really been talking to them at all. I'm excited about the offer and still have to learn more about the program."
Conyers said he was able to form a quick connection with Gilbert and is excited to further develop their relationship as his recruitment continues.
"Coach Gilbert recruits with a lot of energy and enthusiasm," said Conyers. "He wants me to learn a little bit more about the Illinois program because it's far way. He just wants me to check it out and see if the school fits me. I already know that I want to major in Accounting, and Illinois has one of the best programs in the country for that. That's about all I know about them so far, but I'm going to be researching them more in the future."
Conyers said he already has made one trip to the state of Illinois, and location won't be a factor in his recruitment.
"Leaving home doesn't bother me, and I definitely plan on visiting Illinois at some point during the summer," he said. "I've already made a trip to the state when I visited Northwestern a while back. I'm interested to check out the vibe on the school and see if it's a place where I could see myself at."
Conyers said he will be looking at a variety of factors when he starts to check out the numerous schools on his list.
"The coaching staff and how well I think they can develop me as an athlete and student will be a primary factor," said Conyers. "I will also be looking at academics and the university itself and how well they handle their students."
At the age of 16, Conyers is quite a bit younger than the normal high school junior. He said that it can be a bit frustrating, but colleges are recruiting him largely based on the amount of huge potential the 6-foot-5, 277-pound prospect possesses.
"Being so young for a junior has some advantages because the colleges tend to look at how much bigger and better I can become," said Conyers. "It also has its disadvantages because a lot of other kids have more offers than me since they're all bigger and older. I'm probably going to be still growing when I'm a freshman in college. I feel like I have good athleticism, footwork and I have the ability to get to the second level. I need to just get bigger and stronger in the weight room."
Conyers said he is just excited for his upcoming senior season and will not set a deadline for when he will make his college decision.
"I haven't really looked into when I will make my decision," he said. "I just need to see what all the different schools have to offer. I'm excited for my high school team to build on the successful season that we had last year and have another big season this fall."
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