- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
"Coach [Greg] Mattison was at my school today and we told him [I was decommitting]," Conley told WolverineNation's Tom VanHaaren. "I felt like I did it too early and didn't wait to see what else would come. I like Michigan, but I like other schools too, and I want to visit them."
Whether that opens the door for Oregon is another story. On Monday night, Conley wrote on his Twitter account that the Ducks weren't going to offer him because they wanted a safety.
Might that change now that Conley has officially decommitted?
After stating publicly that Oregon was his favorite school, and showing up to his Under-Armour All-American jersey presentation in Oregon gear, the Ducks visited Conley at his school. They told him that if he was serious about his interest in the Ducks, he would need to decommit and an offer would come once he visited Eugene.
The Ducks have shown interest in several elite safeties, starting with ESPN 150 recruit Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). They also hosted ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, GA./Tucker) earlier this fall. While McQuay is unlikely to sign with the Ducks, Williams is by no means out of reach.
"I really like Oregon a lot," Williams said. "I know they want me, and I think I could do great things there. My parents think it's kind of far away. I have some options and need to explore them further."
In addition to McQuay and Williams, the Ducks are in hot pursuit of recent USC decommit Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo). Redfield, an ESPN 150 athlete, decommitted from the Trojans last month after a visit to Notre Dame. Redfield has wanted to visit Oregon throughout his recruitment, but the Ducks didn't want to host him on an official visit while he was committed to the Trojans.
After decommitting and letting his feelings for Notre Dame be known, Redfield took an official visit to Washington earlier this month. Redfield was impressed with what the Huskies had to offer but also said he would still like to visit Oregon before making a decision.
The Ducks either feel really good about their chances with one of the three or their thoughts on Conley have changed dramatically in recent weeks. Either way, Oregon fans will likely question the decision not to offer the Under Armour All-American, especially if they are unable to land one of the targets that has kept them from offering Conley.