Gareon Conley Commits to Ohio State: What 4-Star CB Brings to Buckeyes' Program

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIDecember 7, 2012

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 commitment:

Commit No. 18 for Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class came in a big way when ESPN 150 cornerback Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) decided he wanted to join the Buckeyes.

Massillon coach Jason Hall confirmed the commitment.

Conley is an important commitment for Meyer and the Buckeyes for more than one reason, but one of those reasons is that they essentially stole his commitment away from Brady Hoke and the rival Michigan Wolverines.

Anytime you can steal a recruit away from your rival, that's a great thing, so don't underestimate how big of a commitment this is for Ohio State.

Conley is also a big win from a football standpoint, though.

He's 6'1'', 172 pounds, so he has great height for a cornerback, and the size will come through workouts and training at the college level. He's also an extremely talented recruit—one of the best in the nation. He's the No. 17 overall cornerback recruit in the country, according to 247Sports.

As a cornerback, he's very rangy and athletic. His height and length allow him to really blanket receivers and make plays that other corners simply can't. He runs with long strides that allow him cover a ton of space in the open field, and he's athletic enough to run it back once he gets his hands on the football.

Bournival also reports that Ohio State recruited Conley as a two-way player, as he can be effective as a receiver as well with his running ability and good hands.

In addition, Conley is from Massillon, Ohio, so he will go down as a big in-state recruiting win for the Buckeyes.

The fact that Meyer was able to snag Conley away from Michigan is really just the icing on the cake in regards to this commitment, because the big story here is that Ohio State just added a very talented player to its 2013 recruiting class.

Conley is going to be a playmaker for Ohio state.

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