Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder, but the ESPN 150 cornerback is in Florida this week ready to prove he belongs ... as a wide receiver.
Originally a Michigan commit, Conley was recruited by Ohio State as an athlete for his unbelievable ability at the wideout position as well. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Conley committed to the Buckeyes on Dec. 7 after a whirlwind courtship by Urban Meyer and his staff. He accepted his Under Armour jersey Oct. 18. Conley is ranked No. 62 overall and is the ninth-best cover corner in the nation according to ESPN.
An impact two-way threat, Conley heads to Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game with impressive numbers. In just his first season as the starting wide receiver for the Tigers, Conley led the team in every statistical category. His most impressive moves came when he was afforded space as he made 50 catches, for 1,096 yards receiving and scored 16 touchdowns.
Defensively, he made 25 tackles, forced a fumble, had two fumble recoveries and returned an interception for a score despite the fact teams rarely threw his way.
Conley joins Buckeyes commits Jalin Marshall, Joey Bosa, Cam Burrows and Marcus Baugh as Under Armour All-Americans who will play in St. Petersburg, Fla. Here are the ESPN 150 defensive back’s thoughts on the Under Armour Game, which will be played at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 and will be televised on ESPN:
BN: What do you hope to accomplish at the Under Armour Game?
Conley: I want to compete, get better and have fun.
BN: Which prospect who you’ve never met do you want to meet and why?
Conley: I don’t know of anybody in the game that I haven’t already met.
BN: What’s the best advice you’ve received going into the Under Armour Game?
Conley: To go down there and represent yourself, your family and Massillon and play the game you’re capable of playing. And ask to play wide receiver (my teammates said that).