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Thursday, December 6, 2012
It's time for OSU to get Conley

By Brad Bournival

The official visit of Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) is an interesting one, as the ESPN 150 cornerback will spend a whole bunch of time one-on-one with Urban Meyer and his coaching staff.

While most of this weekend’s heavy hitters --Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas, Prestonwood Christian) and Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) are expected in town -- will make their official visits beginning on Friday, Conley will not.

Because of the ACT test Saturday morning and a boys basketball game at Canton Timken later that night, Conley’s official visit actually started Wednesday night and runs through Friday.

Conley’s decommitment from Michigan happened nine days ago and Meyer wasted no time with an in-home visit on Thursday. The Buckeyes coach stuck around Friday and Saturday for the Ohio high school football finals, where Massillon coach Jason Hall was next to him most of the time.

Sometimes official visits lose a little of the personal touch because of the amount of recruits coming into town.

With Conley, it’ll be a lot of face-to-face time, with questions being asked with no one else around.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Conley is being recruited as an athlete by Ohio State and will have an official visit with Michigan next week. If the Buckeyes can’t persuade him to commit this weekend, they might never be able to get him.

Defensively, he made 25 tackles, forced a fumble, had 2 fumble recoveries and recorded an interception for a score. At receiver, Conley led Massillon in catches (50), yards receiving (1,096) and touchdowns (16).