Gareon Conley is a Buckeye!!!

Written December 7th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye
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Mr. Conley

Urban Meyer’s staff continues to win, even during the offseason.

On Friday, it was announced that former Michigan verbal Gareon Conley has now committed to be a member of the 2013 Ohio State recruiting class. He visited over Thanksgiving for The Game, and has been on a “official” in Columbus since Wednesday night.

The Massilon Washington star committed to the Wolverines earlier in the year, but recently withdrew that, telling folks who follow scouting that he wanted to see other programs and make sure that he was making the right decision. Per TTUN’s protocol, a recruit visiting other programs meant that they did not consider him a part of their class- whether this meant that they were dropping him or just acknowledging the change in his status is subject for debate.

The 6’2″ DB/WR was also considering a visit to Oregon, but today’s news makes that highly unlikely.  He was ranked all over the boards by the various scounting services, with the highest being ESPN’s #9 defensive back.

He has been rated as a four star recruit, and will be participating in the Under Armour game this year. You can check out his junior highlights after the jump.

With this commitment, Urban Meyer has now “flipped” recruits from Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Michigan.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Mr. Conley- it’s good to have you home.



  1. ZenitramNo Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Did we promise him he could play WR?


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Not sure- I’ve read that both Ohio State and Michigan gave him the option to do so.


  2. John B.No Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Now that’s what I’m talking about! We’ve only just begun to feel the impact of having one of the top 3 Coaches in the Country leading our team. Having lived in the South for decades, I watched Coach Meyer at Florida consistently recruit speed and you saw the results. He helped a team that had some talent deficiencies go undefeated this year. Just wait until his team is made up of his own recruits!


  3. thehall2013No Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Go Buckeyes…..


  4. KenNo Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Good to see a Massillon man come to OSU. Things are getting back into Cosmic Balance


  5. DaleNo Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    It’s gone to be a great Buckeye weekend!!


  6. Sam Go blue!!!!No Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    It’s all good. The blue still has a great recruiting class. The blue is back baby !!!!


    ScottNo Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Always remember that it takes alot of Ohio boys to help your team out (24) on your current roster and we have only (2) from Michigan. So you better stand up and thank the great state of OHIO for that.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Bo was an Ohio man; Gary Moeller was an Ohio man, Brady Hoke is an Ohio man, Charles Woodson was an Ohio Man- heck, even the great Fielding Yost’s first gig was at Ohio Weslyan.

    Canada’s Alabama would be nothing without the great state of Ohio.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    And we’re glad that they are… seriously, what were you people thinking during the Rodriguez administration???

    Happy 8-4.


    BigBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    We can enjoy watching the Bowl games from our couches in Columbus boys. We should pat ourselves on the back for 12-0 with our schedule – let’s enjoy our accomplishments with some class!


    ZebedeezyNo Gravatar
    December 10th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I love the argument that Michigan always gets recruits from Ohio. Who cares where we get them from. Just because the Buckeyes can’t keep their talent in their own state means nothing wrong for us. Ohio has a lot of great high school talent, but that says nothing for Ohio State. Lets not forget…. Your last national championship quarterback (Krenzel) was from Michigan.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 10th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Yup, and your last national title QB was from…. wait… when was that again? :)

    All kidding aside, you’re right- there’s plenty of talent in Ohio to go around; that’s what makes the rivalry so good. The element that your coaches “get it” is important to, which is why I loved Tressel over Cooper and Hoke over Rodriguez.


    JimNo Gravatar
    December 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Michigan raiding Ohio for football players isn’t an argument, it is a fact.

    Michigan fans who think they would even be a blip on the college football radar without the state of Ohio are delusional.

    With scholarship limitations, it is impossible for Ohio State to lock up every good player from the state, making it inevitable that some good Ohio plays will defect north each year.

    The trick isn’t preventing all Ohio players from going north- that would be impossible. It will be winning the head to head battles.

    Conley was a victory for Ohio State in a head to head battle which they didn’t even enter until very late in the game. It is understandable why many UM fans are so bitter about it.


  7. ZbdNo Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    If a Massillon player went to ttun, Chris Spielman would kill him.


    BradNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Saw an HBO documentary where Chris Spielman was basically in tears because he really wanted to go to michigan but his father called him a traitor and essentially forced him to go to osu.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Yup… that’s a famous story, and an important lesson in how parents need to help keep their children from making stupid mistakes. :)

    But, you got him once he went pro, so “win/win”, right?


  8. JohnnyGaltNo Gravatar
    December 7th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    It’s time to do the Hoke-y Pokey!!!


  9. JeffNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    why is there blue on the board? god it looks like bug splatter on my windshield. in light of this flip, i would like to thank all the people that kept us up to date! thank you battlecry! keep it going strong!


    C-DogNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Even Ohio State WEBSITES are better than skunk websites.


    JeffNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 3:17 pm



    JeffNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    does anyone know how many spots exactly does urban have left with scholar ships? I am most curious. He needs to fill all the voids. I think both Hanks and roby are gone. Updates please…

    your faithful ready


  10. BWNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    This isn’t a flip. He was de-committed from Michigan.


  11. Sam go blue!!!No Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Great reply!!!! There are 24 Ohioans on the U of M. Makes me wonder why they chose Michigan. I’ll tell you why. Well bcz they are smart and want a real education. I love when the ohio ppl say look how many guys you got from Ohio. And? They are from ohio who chose to go blue!!!


  12. Sam go blue!!!No Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Not to rip on Ohio but in all honesty they only beat 1 good team and that was Michigan bcz their OC forgot he had denard Robinson on the team still They beat nobody else. We all no they could not beat anyone of those top 6 or 7 teams. Michigan lost to Alabama 12-1 notre dame 12-0 (both playing for the national championship) and also ohio ( with there soft schedule ) and garbage Nebraska ( we had no qb) when ohio decides to put top teams on there schedule let me know. Not cal , CF and UAB seriously !!!!! And ur
    Excited. Go blue !!!!


    RyanNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Anything that starts with “not to rip on Ohio” I believe is an intentional rip. We took CF and UAB because two teams on our schedule dropped out at the last minute. These were if I remember correctly mid-level Big East schools, but please remember both were scheduled a decade ago when the teams were relevant. We scheduled 3 guys from AQ conferences hoping that at least one would pan out. None did. These things happen. Not everyone can schedule Bama at the last mintute, and I have to say props for taking that on.
    I know people give the Big Ten crap, but going through the conference schedule without losing is a big deal, particularly when the only decent team we didn’t play was Northwestern (haha). I have to say the Michigan in the last game of the year was wildly different from the Michigan on the first day of the year. Hoke keeps trying to run his offense with key guys that can’t do it (denard), but then halfway through the season decides to run a hybrid offense. They are so much better with Gardner, Robinson and Fitz in the backfield together. I wished all three would be playing vs Georgia, but good luck.
    So I would appreciate not ragging on 12-0. I do hope Hoke can keep pushing the program forward. Things are more fun when OSU UM are battling at the top. I think with Urbans more national approach to recruiting, Hoke will have a better shot at Ohio kids, which he will need, because won’t recruit nationally.


    JgardNo Gravatar
    January 6th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Funny how you call our schedule “soft” Y’all got beat by a real “soft” App State team and Toledo team a few years ago! At least we didn’t lose to our “soft” schedule and seriously you UM fans got things twisted You guys may have played a tougher schedule but you didn’t beat 1 good team! I do agree our schedule was weak but we you guys didn’t help the strength of our schedule and btw you guys have done nothing in the last 10 years and continue to run off at the mouths DO something on the field NOW and quit bringing up HISTORY cuz OSU dominates this rivalry if you take away the first 20 or so games when we were a tech school and u guys were a university!


  13. Go bucks Booo blueNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Urban meyer is interested in 5 star spees and not much of ohio has speed like the state of flordia, alabama and texas. michigan can have ohio high school players and be like the 2006 buckeyes and meyer will continue to recite speed and ohio state will play like the 2006 gators


    BradNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Pretty sure those 5 star speed athletes lost to michigan in the capital one bowl. Just saying


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    That was a good win for the B1G… and for TTUN.


  14. buzzbuckNo Gravatar
    December 8th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I love the color envy – its what u get when u mix maize and blue

    very few of those football players choose a curriculum at MU’d that gives them a so called better education.


  15. PanzerNo Gravatar
    December 9th, 2012 at 6:40 am

    We will keep Kyle kalis, who was the best offensive tackle in ohio and you can have the 3 star Conly who will never start. Nicely played Blackeyes


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 9th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Always fascinating to see “Awesome parts of our top 5 class!!!” turn into “three stars that we don’t want” once they change affiliations.

    Fact of the matter is that Mattison wouldn’t have gone by his school following his visit for The Game if TTUN didn’t value him.

    Oh, and how did Kyle’s “Blood on the field” prediction turn out? He’s not a Mayan or anything, is he? If so, we’re totally screwed on 12.21.12


  16. mike schmidtNo Gravatar
    December 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    go bucks booblue, speed, not in ohio, i would put up any ohio state hs champ against any others state champs. what a dumb comment. Meyer gets kids for NEEDS with SPEED kids from trotwood, middletown, Mass, colrain pickerting on and on and on, along with other kids from out of state. His linemen are from ohio. Lets take those teams from down south and play teams here in Nov.


  17. The F*** EyeNo Gravatar
    December 10th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    What a joke this piece of [Ed - no swearing please] Blog is.


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    December 10th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Good catch… but I was going to leave it on the basis that it would have been the first time that a Michigan Man had ever spelled that right on our site.


  18. Andrew BrittonNo Gravatar
    December 12th, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I am a very big Michigan fan so this news while expected is still tough because of the skill of Conely. The kid is a very solid corner with great size, speed and toughness, but he also has the ability to contribute on the other side of the ball as a WR also. Ohio has really done a nice job to acquire the services of a very good player with a diverse skill set, and not to mention they were able to steal a player away from the hated wolverines. Like I said I am a Michigan fan but good for Ohio and for Conely as they have both found a place they are excited about the possibilities. But dont let yourself panic too much Michigan fans, With the youth in the secondary and the skill obtained in the last two recruiting classes the secondary will continue to be solid as will Ohio’s with this addition along with their other succusses in recruiting. Lets not forget though, that if Michigan is able to secure the services of one Leon McQuay III, Conely’s decision will not be forgotten but will be pushed far back into the mind of Wolverine fans. Also if they are able to make the addition of Treadwell (which is a total question mark with a kid who changes his mind hourly) they will have covered Conely’s skills with the addtion of two players that are projected and appear to be player with great careers ahead of them. But as we can see from this story none of those commitments aswell as from Dawson and Green in which Michigan appears to be ahead for Dawson, Green and McQuay, are a guarentee until the signature is on the LOI and they are on campus. Good for OSU with the commitment of Conely and I wish the best for that kid with the exception of the Michigan game, I wish him good health and a good career but for when he lines up agains the wolverines. Go BLUE!!!!!


  19. BoNo Gravatar
    December 14th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Remember with Meyer there comes baggage!!!


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