Scout: ★★★★, #20 CB, #227 Ovr
Rivals: NR CB
ESPN: NR CB
24/7: ★★★, NR CB
Let the pillaging of Ohio continue. This week, it's 4-star cornerback prospect Gareon Conley who hails from Massillon, OH, home to the annual Ohio football state championship game, thus a regular breading ground for top football talent (i.e. Paul Brown, Chris Spielman).
Don't let Conley's size fool you, he's as good a corner as their is around. He's listed at 6-2...or 6-1, which is tall for the corner, thus would lead you to believe he lacks in agility. Not so says 24/7's Mark Porter:
“I think he may be the best pure corner in Ohio. His ball skills are second to none. His range and athletic ability are second to none. He can match up with the number one receiver. The trait that Cam (Burrows) has over him is he may be more physical. But Gareon is ‘twitchier’ in the hips.”Rarely do corners step in and start as freshman, and given Michigan's rather unexpected turn of luck in the secondary since Brady Hoke stepped on campus, having young corners and safeties come up through the ranks could be more and more of a trend. Conley might be just the type of kid that makes an impact as a sophomore or junior as Avery, Countess, Floyd and other leave.
Being well stocked at corner now for the 2013 class, Conley does standout due to his size. You don't see too many 6-2 corners – usually 5-10 or 5-11. This does make him sort of a wildcard in that regard.
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