After the game, Gareon Conley told GoBlueWolverine, "Its normal. This town loves football. We eat, breath and live football. To get that bell back, everybody is happy, and I'm happy, and I'm happy for my team."
"The atmosphere was great," added Conley. "We came in wanting to get that bell, ‘cause we haven't seen it in three years. A big win over McKinley—and we did it for Massillon, we did it for ourselves… and we've got to go fifteen weeks."
For his team to go fifteen weeks and cap a 9-1 regular season off with a state championship, Conley, the 2013 Michigan commitment, will need to continue his strong play. Defensively Conley shuts down half the field with the size, speed and physicality coaches love out of a corner. On offense, Conley is used as a decoy a lot, but when he gets his moments he takes full advantage.
"I get double covered and triple covered and that sets my teammates up for plays, and I'm happy when they make plays," said Conley. "When I'm single covered, that's when I make my plays."
"I've improved at receiver and corner," added Conley. "My coaches helped me a lot. All of the basics—you can never forget the basics. And I'm just doing whatever I can do for my team to win."
Although Conley shines on both the offensive and defensive side of the football, the question regarding his future in college hasn't centered around his position, but rather which jersey he might be wearing come next fall. Though committing to Michigan in March, Conley's interest from, and with, other schools hasn't died away. Offers have continued to roll in, and with each comes a new sense of excitement for Conley. The four star corner denied any sort of fractured relationship with the Wolverines because of this, and he even says visits haven't come up in their conversations.
"I haven't talked to them in a couple days, but Michigan is the only school that I've ever seen, and when offers come I just think about it sometimes," said Conley. "So I just want to take visits and see other schools and see what's out there."
Michigan hasn't been a stranger to a situation involving a commitment feeling the need to take visits. Senior Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson was recently cut loose by the Wolverines for his continued efforts to visit Florida. Conley, who is aware of Michigan's disdain for committed recruits visiting other schools, has his eyes set on doing just that no matter the consequences.
"Yeah, I want to take visits," said Conley. "I want to take visits, but I don't have any set up."
Oregon is one school Conley has had his eyes on as of late. Conley's mother, who lives in California, moved back to Ohio for Gareon's senior season with the intent of heading back out West after the year is over. With Oregon being much closer to California than Michigan is, some might assume the Ducks will play a significant role in this recruitment.
"Of course I want to be by my mom, but that doesn't have anything to do with it," said Conley.
Another school Conley could be on track to visit is Ohio State, and with a recent offer from the Buckeyes the Massillon star is certainly thinking about the scarlet and gray.
"I was happy," said Conley about receiving the Ohio offer. "Any offer that comes on the table, I'm happy. A free education, I just know it's a blessing to get any offer."
Regardless of what ends up happening, visits or no visits, sticking with Michigan or ending up somewhere else, Conley is looking for the best option for himself, and his family has his back all the way including his father.
"He just tells me to what I want to do and what makes me happy," said Conley. "My dad is behind me with full support. So is my step mom, and my mom, and they just want me to be happy."
To watch the full video interview with Conley, including highlights of him in action against Canton McKinley, press play below.