New Canaan’s Stewart commits to Michigan, Conley to Boston College
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
NEW CANAAN — On the same day New Canaan quarterback Drew Pyne sent shockwaves through the college football world by committing to Notre Dame, his bookends on the offensive line followed suit.
Junior tackles Jack Stewart and Jack Conley announced their decisions to attend Michigan and Boston College, respectively, via Twitter on Monday.
Stewart is a 6-foot-5, 280 pound left tackle and was courted by Michigan just weeks ago. He used his spring break to visit the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and several Texas schools before making his final choice.
“I started with Michigan and it couldn’t have gone any better,” Stewart said. “It was a family feel. Throughout the trip I was comparing the schools to Michigan, at the end of the trip I looked at my dad and said, ‘They don’t compare to Michigan,’ and we were all fired up.”
Conley — a 6-7, 315-pound right tackle — had essentially the opposite path.
“BC was my first offer,” Conley said. “It came in June of my sophomore year when I was on campus for a camp. When I stepped on campus I was like, this is where I want to be, it felt like home for me and that was the biggest thing.”
Despite both playing tackle — and sharing the same first name — the Jacks are fundamentally different players.
“Jack Stewart is a rough and tumble, physical kind of a kid,” New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli said. “He’s a grinder, he’s a heavyweight wrestler, so he’s aggressive but he’s also a skilled athlete.”
Conley meanwhile, is a physical monster with a ton of potential.
“Jack Conley is bigger and an exceptional athlete, especially for his size, and has a tremendous upside to him,” Marinelli said. “He’s only going to get bigger and stronger and he’s going to Lineman U; I think BC has more linemen in the NFL than any school in the country.”
Somewhat surprisingly, the biggest recruiting day in the history of the New Canaan program wasn’t planned originally.
“It was funny, we all knew we were committing this week but not the same day,” Conley said. “I think it was big for the program as a whole because we’re all leaders. Jack and I are captains and Drew is a leader at quarterback, so now that we all know exactly where we’re going we can focus on making the team better. I think it’s going to bode really well for us.”
The announcements don’t just bode well for New Canaan, but for players all over the state.
“To have two soon-to-be seniors and a junior sign at such high-profile programs certainly is a great day for New Canaan,” Marinelli said. “And I think it’s a great day for the FCIAC and Connecticut football.”
On the field however, other teams may not be so enthusiastic. Now that three of the top players in the state have their recruitments behind them, they can focus all their attention on winning next fall.
“Us committing is huge, recruiting is over, I’m 100 percent New Canaan football right now,” Stewart said. “I don’t have to worry about going on trips and not being with the team. I think this year the intensity level and the family feel in the New Canaan football program is incomparable to anything I’ve ever felt — we’re starting to really click.”