Ohio State football got its first real “dividend” of being bowl ineligible today. If Ohio State is going to be banned from the postseason, and, thus, ineligible to hold coach-monitored practices without imminent competition, then Ohio State’s coaching staff can get cracking on filling out the 2013 recruiting class. The last recruit Ohio State got into the fold previously was Tyquan Lewis, back in September. It started what should be a sprint to the finish this afternoon by adding Gareon Conley, who could either be a wide receiver or cornerback for Ohio State.
Conley, who was one of Brady Hoke’s many verbal commitments in an early race out front in the recruiting rankings, was having second thoughts on pulling the trigger on the Wolverines’ offer so soon. With offers from places like Oregon and Ohio State, Conley began to reconsider. However, Hoke’s policy on committed offers taking visits elsewhere is a bit draconian. Whereas many schools may, understandably, treat a commit visiting elsewhere as a signal that a coaching staff may want to recruit as if that recruit was no longer committed, Hoke pulls the offer. Conley’s visit to Ohio State was enough to convince him to switch for good.
Conley could be either a wide receiver or a cornerback, wherever he makes the biggest impact first. I think his trajectory could be similar to Roby (though maybe not identical), who was a wide receiver commit to Vanderbilt before becoming a potential All-American at cornerback for Ohio State. Wide receiver depth is more problematic right now than cornerback depth, but I’m actually a bit more concerned about the latter than the former. Conley, a rangy 6’2 prospect, could be special on the defensive side of the ball, working under the tutelage of Kerry Coombs (our favorite fire-breathing assistant coach).
Film is below. Death to Michigan, obviously. I would think.