Part of a series detailing the merits of the players who signed letters of intent for the Dukes on signing day on February 5th, 2014. We’ll be going in alphabetical order (almost) each day, from Allen to Wittig. Let’s get to know the new class of Dukes!
When I was totaling up the All-State selections among the Duquesne recruits while bragging about the class, I missed one – that was Alex Conley. He was listed as All-Ohio, which isn’t going to get a hit when you search a page for “All-State.” Not only was he that caliber of player, he also played for a conference championship-winning team this past season at Walsh Jesuit High School.
I keep talking and talking about what Schmitt is doing along the lines, and if you haven’t believed me, this is the third lineman entry in a row that we’ve done, and with Alex standing at 6’4″ and weighing 290 pounds, you may be starting to notice a trend.
Alex Conley is a fantastic get for this coaching staff. He had interest from several FBS programs in the MAC, and was offered by Buffalo. I’ve also seen evidence that he was scouted by Michigan State. For him to choose Duquesne is yet another great statement about where the program is and the academic position of the school.
And all of this attention that Alex received comes with good reason. Give his highlight reel a look. He’s a powerful blocker. One-on-one, defenders seem to be moving backwards pretty consistently. He shows good technique, especially with his footwork when a defender attempts to juke around him. He also doesn’t try to do too much – he appears to know what and where his assignment is and he takes it.
The Dukes are clearly building an offensive line for the future with this recruiting class, and Conley is yet another example of that. Welcome to the Bluff, Alex.