November 7, 2008

Hurricanes interested in three-star OL

While Miami performed below the expectations of many in recent years, Randy Shannon and his staff have the Hurricanes playing much better in recent weeks.

There has been little doubt about Shannon's ability to attract top talent to Miami, whether he's keeping it at home or reaching into other states, and now he can start to point to progress on the field as a sign that things are moving in the right direction.

While much of their recruiting doesn't require their coaches to travel across the country, they are looking at several prospects from different parts of the country. One is Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights offensive tackle Henry Conway, an impressive specimen at 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds.

While Conway is sitting on offers from Boston College, Michigan State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Indiana and others, he's hoping an offer from the Hurricanes might be in the works.

"Coach (Jeff) Stoutland, Miami's offensive line coach, came to talk to me (Thursday)," Conway said. "We had a good conversation. He said he was interested in me and I told them I'd be interested in them. It was the first time we had met but it went well. He was on his way to Detroit but he stopped here because he had heard about me. They said they're going to keep in contact with me and let me know what they're going to do."

Boston College and Michigan State have been at the top of Conway's list for a while. Has that changed?

"I'd throw Cincinnati and Miami in there but Boston College and Michigan State are definitely up there at the top," he said. "I've scheduled an official visit to Cincinnati for December 12 and I'd like to set up trips to Boston College, Indiana, Pittsburgh and maybe Michigan State or Illinois. If Miami offers I'd like to take a visit there."

In the meantime Conway will be focused on making sure he grades are as good as possible.

"I just sent in my SAT scores and there's a two week period before that goes through, I think. I think I did pretty average on it. I know I can do better so I plan on taking it again. I think that's in January, but I plan on taking the ACT in December, too."

Conway is ranked the No. 57 prospect in Ohio and the No. 75 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com.

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