COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Coach Urban Meyer was exultant today after signing a class rich in wide receivers along with help up front and in the secondary on defense. Many scouting services rated the Ohio State haul among the top five in the nation. Vonn Bell, an acclaimed defensive back out of Rossville, Ga., was a late addition to the list, choosing the Buckeyes over Tennessee. Unhappy with his receiving corps most of last season despite a 12-0 record, Meyer brought in potential wide-outs James Clark from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., along with native Ohioans Gareon Conley, Darron Lee and Jalin Marshall, and JC transfer Corey Smith. Although still facing NCAA-mandated recruiting limitations, the Buckeyes also landed three prime players out of Texas: QB J.T. Barrett, LB Mike Mitchell and RB Dontre Wilson.
Marcus Baugh, Joey Bosa, Johnny Townsend and Jalin Marshall have a tough act to follow this weekend. The Ohio State commits have to try and at least equal what Ezekiel Elliott, Tracy Sprinkle, Tim Gardner, Cam Burrows, Billy Price, Evan Lisle, Darron Lee and Jayme Thompson did the first week of December. The eight Buckeyes pledges were on hand for official visits a month ago along with Mike Mitchell, Donovan Munger, Gareon Conley and Tommy Sanders.
If fans don’t know about many of the Ohio State commitments in the recruiting class of 2013, it might be a good idea to watch some of the all-star games this weekend as nine pledges will be in action with a 10th getting recognized as well. The sixth annual Under Armour All-America Game leads things off Friday with some of the biggest names, as defensive tackle Joey Bosa (70 tackles, 9½ sacks), cornerback Cam Burrows (39 tackles, 14 pass breakups, fumble recovery), athlete Jalin Marshall (2,186 total yards, 25 Tds) and two-way star Gareon Conley (1,096 receiving yards, 16 Tds, 25 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, interception) headline the event.
Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) will stay in his home state this weekend for his all-star game, but the ESPN 150 defensive tackle will do so with the attitude that made him a state champion this season. A hard-nosed senior, Bosa joins an Ohio State fearsome five of Jalin Marshall, Marcus Baugh, Gareon Conley and Cam Burrows in the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday and will do so with the idea of proving his rankings are exactly where they should be.
Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder, but the ESPN 150 cornerback is in Florida this week ready to prove he belongs … as a wide receiver. Originally a Michigan commit, Conley was recruited by Ohio State as an athlete for his unbelievable ability at the wideout position as well. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Conley committed to the Buckeyes on Dec. 7 after a whirlwind courtship by Urban Meyer and his staff.
Last year, Urban Meyer was able to flip seven recruits before national signing day. This year, he’s already done it twice. But the most meaningful of the bunch might actually be in his own backyard after the first-year coach got Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) to drop the Michigan commit moniker for one of Ohio State. When Conley flipped, he joined former West Virginia commit Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) in that department for the recruiting class of 2013.
Craig Haubert goes over the latest RecruitingNation class rankings and looks at how things have changed at the top with the commitments of Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods), Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage), Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), and Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy).
Urban Meyer might be calling Cam Burrows, Ezekiel Elliott, Tim Gardner, Darron Lee, Evan Lisle, Billy Price, Tracy Sprinkle, and Jayme Thompson his elite eight by the time they get to campus. Either that or the octet might have bright futures as recruiting coordinators, as they were a big part of an incredible weekend for Ohio State. ESPN 150 wide receiver Gareon Conley and outside linebacker Mike Mitchell took official visits, as did ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger and junior college linebacker Tommy Sanders.
4-star cornerback and former Michigan commitment Gareon Conley has verbally committed to play football for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Brad Bournival of ESPN Recruiting Nation reports on the Buckeyes’ latest…
We’re only hours into Urban Meyer’s big recruiting weekend, and the Ohio State Buckeyes have already secured a commitment from former Michigan pledge Gareon Conley. Bill Greene of Scout.com heard the rumors first,…