Newtown, Pennsylvania defensive lineman Connor Guzy had visited schools from the AAC and ACC, but it was the coaching staff at Western Michigan that ultimately impressed him the most.
On April 14th, Guzy gave his verbal commitment to P.J. Fleck and became the sixth pledge of the Western Michigan 2015 recruiting class.
"I visited Pittsburgh and Rutgers before WMU and I had some brief conversations with the coaches," Guzy explained.
"But when I went to WMU and sat down one-on-one with Coach (Vinson) Reynolds and Coach Fleck, and once I talked to them it sounded like they believed in my ability to help the team out."
"The atmosphere there and how the coaches treat you when you come in there... Rutgers is a big school, but when I went to WMU it was just as good, if not better."
Guzy's first and only offer was Western Michigan, but he was also hearing from the likes of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech.
Potential early playing time, coupled with Fleck's experience in the NFL also came into play during Guzy's recruitment.
"[Fleck] can be a great motivator," he said. "It's great."
"He just played in the NFL a couple of years ago and it's going to be great to learn from him. He told me that he sees a lot of himself in me."
"I'm a really hard worker and I'll outwork my opponents. Coach Fleck said he was all about that and was a hard worker himself as an undersized NFL player."
"I think I have a chance to play early and they gave me a shot. My goal is to get on the field as soon as possible, and help my team win in whatever way possible."
At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Connor Guzy will likely continue to play defensive end (five-technique) at the next level. Recruiting experts rave about his speed, explosiveness, strength, and high motor.
Guzy says he's only visited Western Michigan once, but he hopes to get back to Kalamazoo for an official visit this summer and meet some of the other 2015 commits.
"I'm not going to visit any other schools," Guzy stated firmly. "I'm committed to play for Western Michigan."