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.
Why is the secondary primary for Ohio State in the recruiting class of 2013? Just look at the names. Eli Apple (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) leads the way as the third-best cover corner in the nation and is ranked No. 6 overall in the ESPN 150. Apple, formerly Eli Woodard, is joined by the No. 6 cornerback in the nation in ESPN 150 defensive back Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), another ESPN 150 senior as well as the No.
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).
On the heels of landing ESPN 150 cornerback Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), Ohio State picked up another verbal from an in-state defensive prospect as ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) committed Sunday. When Conley announced his decision, we mentioned that the Buckeyes’ 2013 class is continuing to be defined by its strength among the ‘skilled’ positions, but there is still a noticeable push to strengthen the defensive trenches in Columbus, especially inside.
The official visit of Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) is an interesting one, as the ESPN 150 cornerback will spend a whole bunch of time one-on-one with Urban Meyer and his coaching staff. While most of this weekend’s heavy hitters –Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas, Prestonwood Christian) and Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) are expected in town — will make their official visits beginning on Friday, Conley will not.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is looking for a little help from his friends, and not just his assistant coaches. That’s why the two-time national champion and first-year Buckeyes coach isn’t resting on his resume this weekend. With ESPN 150 targets such as linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Catholic), offensive guard David Dawson (Detroit, Cass Tech), cornerback/wide receiver Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) scheduled to take official visits, Meyer needs all the help he can get to land the big four.