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@moserd220 I decommitted todayTo say this was a surprise would be very accurate. I'm sure you're wondering why I say this since Conley has been on the fence about his commitment for some time now. Hear me out. We all heard about how Conley insisted he was going to take visits and therefore put his commitment status in jeopardy. Then he actually did.
— Well Done 2+1 (@BlackSwarm_21) November 27, 2012
Conley was on hand for "The Game" Saturday afternoon, which according to Hoke's "no visit policy," would void his scholarship and Conley would no longer be a part of team 134. But this case was different. Conley's visit was considered non-recruiting related and he was very up-front with Coach Hoke about his plan, unlike previous de-commits OL David Dawson and DE Pharoah Brown from last year's class. He even avoided the Ohio coaching staff to make sure he wouldn't go against Coach Hoke's policy.
Then this came out last night and all us Michigan faithful rejoiced:
After trip to OSU Saturday, Gareon Conley says "I consider myself 100% committed to #Michigan." - ($)michigan.scout.com/2/1244013.html…But as the old and slightly senile Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast my friend." Scout wasn't the only one to report this news either; there were multiple sources reporting the news. It was almost as of this morning, no one would even remember the controversy Conley had created over the past couple months. Until this:
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) November 27, 2012
I just spoke with Gareon Conley, he has made a decision on his future with Michigan insider.espn.go.com/insider/michig…And this answers your question as to why I'm surprised by this move. Conley ended up de-committing a day after he reportedly was "100% committed." Nothing else to say except best of luck to ya kid.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) November 27, 2012
Now what does this mean for the class the rest of the way. Michigan still has 4 very talented DB's in the '13 class in Thomas, Lewis, Douglas, and Stribling. Similar to Dawson's de-commitment, this was an area that could afford to lose a player and still not hurt from it.
This puts the class at 22 commits, which if no attrition happened from this years team, would put them at the max. Attrition is likely. Saying that, this allows this staff to close out the '13 class with a bang (hopefully). We now have room for the likes of Treadwell, McQuay III, and Green should they choose to go blue. And if they miss out on one of those, an OL is almost a guarantee to use a spot with others sitting on the back burner as back-up plans. Looks like the days leading up to signing day could be a little more interesting then imagined; with the class filling up so soon.