All it took was 24 hours on Ohio State's campus with Urban Meyer for ATH Gareon Conley to switch sides in the rivalry.
The former Michigan commitment and Massillon Washington product became the eighteenth member in the Buckeyes' recruiting class of 2013 when he decided to give the staff his verbal pledge during his Wednesday through Friday visit to Columbus with his mother.
The 6-2/170 Conley is an Under Armour All-American (videos here and here) rated as a four-star prospect by 247, Scout, and ESPN, and a three-star by Rivals. He is ranked as high as the ninth best cornerback in the country (ESPN) and has a composite ranking of seventeenth best at the position, although the OSU coaches have talked to him about possibly playing wide receiver in Columbus.
This is a huge get for Meyer and the staff for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, Conley is an excellent player who can provide much needed depth at either cornerback or wide receiver. Second, the Bucks land another Massillon Washington star, allowing them to continue a strong relationship with the program that has most recently brought them Devin Smith, and has some talented 2014 prospects on the radar. Finally, OSU takes away a significant member of Michigan's recruiting class, adding more fuel to the rivalry and weakening a conference opponent at the same time.
We will catch up with Gareon to get more on his commitment to Ohio State, so stay tuned to the 11W front page for a story in the near future, as well as the latest happenings on the recruiting trail.
Highlights of Conley in action: