Dejon Conway finished the 2017-18 season for the Luella High School Lions (Ga.) with 800 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns.
Impressive numbers for the 5’11, 192-pound junior running back from Fulton County, Ga., who only started the last four games of the season for the Lions went 1-9 (1-5 4A Region Four).
When I spoke with him seven months ago, he didn’t have any scholarship offers but he was still working hard to get himself out there and so far it has worked.
He received a U.S. Army All-American Combine invite, 4A All-Region Special Teams Player of the Year honor (four kick returns, 598 yards) and two-time Henry Herald Player of the Week for weeks seven and eight of the season and a regional invite for Nike’s “The Opening.”
“I believe I have improved physically and mentally from my freshman to my sophomore year. And with it currently being my junior year, I would also say I have definitely gotten more game savvy,” Conway said.
Going into his senior season later this fall he wants to do several things: be a better leader to his teammates in terms of not letting his teammates fall behind in practice, gain 10 more pounds of muscle, earn First-Team All-State honor and 1,100 or more total yards.
In the grand scheme of things, getting offers from football programs who could utilize his skill set would be ideal for him as well.
He said that the past six months weren’t the easiest for him but his preparation in the offseason was what allowed him to have a stellar junior year.
“…I had a college recruiter from University of Tennessee-Chattanooga come watch me play against Woodward Academy a state-ranked team and had 300 yards total with three touchdowns so that was one of the most influential factors [for] why I’m being recruited by them. I have definitely continued to go hard in the books, which has paid off tremendously as well (first term GPA 3.4). The U.S. Army All-American invites were such a blessing.”
Those accomplishments allowed him to see that he could show college scouts and recruiters what he was made of.
The top five schools on his radar right now are The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University of Central Florida, University of Georgia, University of North Carolina and Wake Forest.
“All five of these colleges all have great programs that [I] would fit smoothly in. I have met with every coach except Georgia’s coach. [I] have been very welcomed and shown interest. When I visited UNC-Chapel Hill there was a family-oriented bond throughout the whole team which attracted me a lot,” he said.
He plans to take unofficial visits to Central Florida, Tennessee-Chattanooga, North Carolina, University of Southern Illinois, Wake Forest and Georgia. He believes his first official visit will be closer to the summertime at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Dejon Conway said him staying focused when he becomes distracted will be important in addition to learning to adjust and listen even if he doesn’t agree with something.
“Once my recruiting process is over, I’m hoping to look back and say job well done. I will be extremely thankful for all the opportunities had and offers received and I will not only be proud of myself for the hard work I put in but thankful to all [the people] that helped me achieve my dreams.”