Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Conley decommits; what's next?
By Tom VanHaaren
Michigan has lost the commitment of defensive back Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), the No. 9 ranked cornerback prospect in the 2013 class. With 22 commitments for Michigan, there are roughly three spots open in this class.
The Wolverines have a few main targets out there, and a few prospects who could find themselves with a Michigan offer depending on how things play out.
Running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) is still a main target and has an in-home visit with Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery on Tuesday night. Green has seen two schools in his top list, Auburn and Tennessee, fire their head coaches, which can't hurt Michigan. The coaching staff has also reached out to former target and current USC commit Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), who also could be getting an in-home visit from the coaching staff.
Michigan would like to land another running back and another offensive lineman to replace the void left by David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech). The main options for now seem to be Cal commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe) and Na'ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough).
The coaching staff also still is targeting the No. 1 receiver, Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), safety Leon McQuay (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and 2013 linebacker Jon Reschke (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice).
Despite going against Michigan's strict no-visit policy, Conley has been told that he will remain a target of the Wolverines. He has expressed interest in officially visiting Ohio State and Oregon, so a decision from him will likely come after those two trips get scheduled. It doesn't seem out of the question for Conley to come back to Michigan since he has publicly said he still likes Michigan, but it will depend on when other Michigan targets make their decisions.
Green, Isaac and McQuay are planning on enrolling early, which means all three will need to make final decisions in the near future. There is a good chance that Hunt also makes a decision sooner rather than later, and that means if Michigan lands three of the top remaining targets Conley could be out of luck.
Conley's decision is one he is comfortable with, knowing the potential ramifications of his decision. He felt that he made a decision too early and needs to explore his options further. He has plenty of time to explore, but time might be running out if he still wants to be a Wolverine.