Spartans Look to Ohio for Another Monster Offensive Tackle


As the old adage goes “games are won in the trenches” and for the Spartans, building depth in those trenches will be key if the program is to reach the summit where programs like USC and Florida reside. One possible building block on the offensive line could be Henry Conway of Shaker Heights High (OH).


Conway has gone largely unnoticed by many major programs until very recently when his scholarship offers started to multiply. Now holding a total of four offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana and Michigan State, the 6’6” 295-pound Conway is poised to take his final visits and make a decision by signing day. Conway also lists Michigan and Illinois as possible destinations and will pay official visits to both schools.


Spartan Nation has spoken with a Division I Head Coach who was at one point involved in the recruitment of Conway, and he told Spartan Nation about the massive O-Lineman.


“Henry is a smart kid but he plays with a mean streak. He’s got good, not great, technique but he makes up for it by being an excellent athlete,” said the Coach, “He has to get stronger but he has exceptional hands, which is very important at his projected position.”


As an Offensive Lineman, having strong hands is especially important. It is critical that an O-Lineman be able to get his hands on the defender before the defender can do the same to him. If Conway can use his hands effectively, he can steer defenders away from the Quarterback. It is much more difficult to teach using hands, whereas a college weight regimen would most likely help Conway gain the strength necessary to play Tackle at the college level.


The most telling comment about Conway was when the Coach said, “Off the field Henry is a tremendous kid but he plays possessed when he’s on it”.


It’s that type of attitude that has drawn in many a college coach to see Conway play.


MSU won’t be left out to dry with Conway, he plans on visiting East Lansing the weekend of January 16th, the weekend after he visits Michigan and before he goes to Illinois and Boston College. Conway has already visited Cincinnati as well.


Outside of his obvious physical talents some things that make Conway especially interesting to the Spartans are his life long dream of playing in the Big Ten conference and his outstanding work in the classroom. Coach Dantonio and the rest of his staff have stressed excellence both on and off the field with their recruits and Conway fits the bill to a tee, being a very talented Offensive Tackle along with an exceptional young man as well.


He would do well with the system that Coach Ken Mannie runs at MSU. He isn’t afraid to work hard and would add strength and speed fast. He has a frame that could easily hold 310-320 pounds, and would have an immediate impact after a red shirt season.


Conway looks to have a bright future and Spartan coaches and fans alike should hope that a talent like his will decide to make East Lansing his home for the duration of his college career.