A Different Recruiting Path
Christian Conley
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Posted Apr 29, 2010


ATHENS – Christina and Charles Conley wanted to make sure their son didn’t get swallowed up in the recruiting process.

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“We are very hands on parents,” Christa, Georgia commit Christian Conley’s mother, said. “We are aware of the calls and emails. Any time he did an interview we did a conference call because we wanted to know that he was being respected as a young person.”

“We chose to handle the recruiting process rather than him it handling us,” she said.

Conley committed to the Bulldogs earlier this month, saying that his commitment was his word, and that he would not renege on the decision. The Conleys knew they were getting into unknown territory for their family ahead of the decision.

“We were surprised with the amount of attention he was getting,” Charles Conley said. “The big thing with us is that we wanted to make sure that he was grounded.”

Conley is one of the few recruits in the country who does not use a cell phone. As mentioned above, the parents sat in on any phone interviews for the wide receiver. To say that the path the Conleys took was different is true, but the basics of recruiting was what pulled them towards the Bulldogs.

“We didn’t feel pressured at all,” Charles said about Georgia. “They didn’t sugarcoat anything. We felt very comfortable with them. They are family-oriented people. I believe it was genuine.”

While the decision to pick the Bulldogs was up to Christian, his parents grew fond of the way the Georgia staff went about recruiting their middle son.

“The fact that Coach Ball took my call when he was extremely busy one day,” Charles said. “That was very important. I felt very comfortable with Coach Ball. Again, he never sugarcoated anything.”

The realness of the Dawgs impressed Charles, but his wife acknowledges that she didn’t know the difference between Joe Cox and Joe Montanta.

“In our first visit to Georgia I was talking to Joe Cox, A.J. Green and Rantavious Wooten,” Christina said. “Keep in mind that I don’t know anything about football or anything about who these young men are. I just thought that they were wonderful young men. Meeting them was a very positive thing.”

“I think, too, that Christian understands that after football he will be one of the guys,” his mother said.

“We are all in and at peace with this decision,” Christina said. “But ultimately he has to do the work. We asked him to pray and seek God in this decision, and he did that.”


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