During the 2022 recruiting cycle, the Huskers are looking to add playmakers on the outside. One of their top targets at wide receiver isn’t very far from campus. Kansas City native Quinton Conley has been a priority target for Nebraska for a couple of years now.
Conley stars at Pembroke Hill and his team went 9-2 this past season. The team had a good season but Conley sees some clear areas where his game grew from his sophomore to junior year.
“Definitely releases and catching 50-50 balls,” Conley said. “I think 7-on-7 really helped with that. I’ve also grown in strength too just being really diligent and getting into the weight room a lot. That’s where I think my game has grown significantly.”
The pass catcher is up to 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds now. He also plays basketball for his school which went undefeated in the regular season. Conley likes that being physical, rebounding and toughness translates well to both sports.
In his recruitment he is hearing from Nebraska’s coaching staff often. He texts with running backs coach Ryan Held every other day. The pair also hop on the phone once or twice a week which helps the relationship.
“It’s a pretty good relationship,” Conley said. We’ve been corresponding for over a year. He’s from Kansas City too so we have that connection. Everything is cool with Coach Held.”
Conley hears from wide receivers coach Matt Lubick often too. When talking to the offensive staff, they’ve laid out a vision for how the team wants to use him. Nebraska wants him as a bigger presence outside at wide receiver.
Conley is being recruited by some schools at wide receiver and some at tight end.
“I don’t really have a preference either way,” Conley said. “I know that I play wideout a lot in in high school and in seven or seven. I know with my size and frame that it’s a good possibility that I’ll be moved to tight end. I’m not really opposed either.”
Nebraska isn’t the only school after the Missouri native. He’s hearing from Kentucky a lot. He recently picked up offers from Army and Air Force. He also texts with UCLA, Arizona State and Iowa State. Right now the only official visit he has on the books is to Kentucky in June or July. He does have some criteria that he is using to sort through the schools that are in contact.
“I just want to look for a school that has the degree that I want to pursue which is political science,” Conley said. “Then from a football standpoint, just somewhere that I feel like I can fit in and potentially play early.
“Distance isn’t really the biggest factor but I just want to be able to get out and look at these schools. You know, it’s kind of hard right now obviously without being able to do visits. So just seeing places where I like the campus and like the facilities and coaches.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.