Miami (Fla.) Braddock offensive tackle Robert Conyers hit the road this weekend making his way up to the University of South Florida to watch the Bulls host Florida A&M. It marked his first official visit of the recruiting cycle.
"It was pretty cool," Conyers said of the visit. "I have never been on an official visit before, so it was pretty nice. I got to learn a lot about the players and got to meet a lot of the players which I hadn't been able to before. I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches unlike before."
While on campus, the 6-foot-5, 277-pound lineman got to speak with his prospective position coach, offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler.
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"He said that they are taking a couple more guys for the offensive line," Conyers said. "He said that I was pretty skilled and could help the team right away."
The three-star lineman, as well as his father, had the opportunity to speak with head coach Skip Holtz.
"He said that I am a high priority for them in the recruiting war," Conyers said. "He said I could help their program."
Speaking of his father, Conyers said that he believed he got what he needed out of their time in Tampa.
"I think he just wanted to see if I could get along with the players and things like that," Conyers said. "I think he got the answers he needed."
During his time on campus, Conyers spent a great deal of time with current student-athletes at South Florida. He said the hands-on experience provided some great insight of what it is like to be a player at a major college.
"It is very different than high school," Conyers said. "It is a whole different life than high school. Hanging out with the players, seeing how they act and what they do, it is a lot different from high school students."
With the visit now concluded, Conyers said he isn't ready to name a leader but that the Big East program did a good job of establishing themselves as a major contender for his services.
"They are definitely up there," Conyers said. I am still trying to narrow it down to two or three schools so I can get close to a decision. I think they will be on that list."
Conyers next scheduled visit is at the end of the month when he travels to Florida International to see the Golden Panthers host Duke. Both of those teams are amongst his top schools at this time. He also intends to schedule an official visit to Vanderbilt during the season if possible. Conyers has also mentioned major interest in Central Florida, Michigan State, and Wake Forest.