Welcome Home: Conley Makes the Switch
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — His official visit is not even over yet, but the word is already out.
Gareon Conley, a wide receiver/cornerback out of Massillon Washington, has flipped his commitment from Michigan to Ohio State, according to numerous reports. The Columbus Dispatch was the first to confirm Conley’s commitment through his high school coach, Jason Hall.
Conley, who committed to play for Michigan back in March, was taking his visit during the middle of the week because of an ACT test on Saturday. Rated 3-star prospect by Rivals.com, Conley is considered a 4-star by both Scout.com and 247 Sports.
He is commitment No. 18 for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes in the class of 2013, and their first public commitment since Tyquan Lewis pulled the trigger back in late September.
At 6-2, 175 pounds, Conley could play offense or defense for the Buckeyes. They could use more help at cornerback, especially if Bradley Roby elects to turn pro before the January deadline for underclassmen, but Meyer is also on a never-ending hunt for playmakers at the offensive skill position.
Exactly where Conley ends up could depend on how the Buckeyes finish out the 2013 class. They already have verbal commitments from three other defensive backs; Cam Burrows, Eli Woodard and Jayme Thompson. Woodard is considered to be a corner while Thompson is a natural safety. Burrows could start at corner, but also has the frame to play safety.
The Buckeyes do have commitments from Ezekiel Elliot, Jalin Marshall and Taivon Jacobs at the offensive skill position, but they are still going hard after receivers like Shelton Gibson and James Quick.
Conley is considered to a raw prospect who exploded on to the scene as a senior this past season. He did not start playing football until his sophomore year of high school, but Conley is ranked as high as the ninth best cornerback in the country by ESPN’s recruiting service. He will play in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game down in Florida on Jan. 4.
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