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Gareon Conley next Urban Meyer flip?

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In the recruiting world, they call it flipping when one school has a recruit under its wing but by signing day that athlete commits to a different university.

As the days dwindle until national signing day, attention has turned to which players Urban Meyer and Co. might roll their way in an all-important 2013 recruiting class for Ohio State.

Some look at Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) or Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett). However, if odds were set, the most likely candidate is one most fans already know about.

Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has made it no secret that he wants to take visits -- whether official or unofficial -- before giving Michigan his signature.

A longtime Wolverine pledge, the cornerback has said he chose Michigan because no other big-name schools were really after him.

The Wolverines were the only visit Conley took, but now that he has interest from schools including Oregon and Ohio State he wants to see what they’re all about, even if that means he is no longer committed to Michigan.

The Ducks have shown strong interest, while Ohio State has extended an offer.

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Can Bama pry Liner from Auburn? 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When ESPN 150 defensive tackle Dee Liner (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals) committed to Auburn during the summer prior to his junior season, it surprised a lot of people. After all, he was the state’s top player, and he was making his decision almost two and a half years before he would have to sign his national letter of intent.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comAuburn commit Dee Liner visited Tuscaloosa in October when Alabama beat Mississippi State.
Liner grew up a fan of the Tigers, so the choice shouldn’t have come as a surprise -- but why pull the trigger so early?

Looking back, Auburn was coming off a national championship and had a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail. The in-state native had just visited AU two weeks earlier for their Big Cat Weekend. He must have felt right.

OU trying to flip OSU commit Okoronkwo 

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It’s not like Oklahoma isn’t set at the defensive end position for the 2013 class. Two of the Sooners’ first three commitments were at the position and both D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore) and Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy) are ESPN 300 prospects. Ward is No. 110, while Dimon is No. 284.

But the thinking all along has been OU wants three at the position. And the biggest targets for OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright had been a couple of committed prospects.


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Dawgs hope Foster keeps UGA on mind 

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Even though the University of Georgia has 27 commitments for the 2013 class, there are several top targets remaining on the board that the Bulldogs' coaching staff is hoping to reel in by signing day. One of those prospects, ESPN 150 prospect Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), has been a priority target for Todd Grantham and the defense for over two years, even after he made commitments to other programs.

Last summer, Foster was seriously considering Alabama, Auburn and Georgia before committing to the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs did not stop recruiting Foster, and he visited Athens several times during the spring.

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Could Conley be the next Ducks flip? 

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Under Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks have arguably become the hottest program in college football, both on the field and in recruiting.

Since Kelly first arrived in 2007, the Ducks have flipped LaGarrette Blount (Florida State) Darron Thomas (LSU), De'Anthony Thomas (USC) and Bralon Addison (Texas A&M) in recent years, proving they can go against the best and convince some of their top prospects to switch their commitments and ultimately sign with the Ducks.

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Courtesy Conley FamilyCould Ohio cornerback Gareon Conley decommit from Michigan and sign with Oregon?
The Ducks have become the trendy program out West, if not the entire country. By playing hard to get, or as Kelly calls it, "doing our due diligence," the Ducks leave kids yearning for an offer and a visit to campus.

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