Part of the on-field celebration was the father of Massillon senior cornerback and 2013 Michigan commitment, Gareon Conley who could barely control his emotions, oozing with pride after his son came up with some big offensive plays in the win.
"It's overwhelming," Mr. Conley told GoBlueWolverine. "It's a great feeling. I'm proud of my son. I'm proud of the whole team actually. It was a good game I mean, this is crazy. It was a great win today."
In March when Conley committed to Michigan, the Wolverine coaching staff could relate to such emotion after securing a commitment from one of the top prospects in the state of Ohio. For Conley's father, the feeling was just as special.
"Of course I was proud of him cause I love Michigan," said Mr. Conley. "I've always loved Michigan. When we went up there, just when we got up there the whole atmosphere at Michigan was just good. That was the only school he looked at, but still we just felt like it was the best thing for him. And the coaching staff and everybody, everybody was nice and down to earth and that went around the whole school.
"Everything just seemed real good up there. I love Michigan and I'm pushing him to go to Michigan. But at the end of the day it's still his decision. I'm rooting for Michigan."
Since Conley's commitment, other schools have entrenched themselves in his recruitment offering scholarships and the opportunity to take visits. One of those schools, the Cincinnati Bearcats, nearly secured a campus visit from the four-star corner. But after talking with his father, the trip never came to fruition. With Oregon, which hasn't offered, and Ohio State, which recently did, looking to add him to a visitor list at some point, Mr. Conley is left in a tough spot.
"The Cincinnati thing he got spooked up, I don't know why," said Mr. Conley. "He didn't really—he wasn't really into Cincinnati and I said, well then there's no sense in going down there if you're not really that interested in going. That's just a waste of time to go down there.
"As far as Oregon and Ohio State, those are all good schools too. I can't put any of them down, but I root for Michigan. At the end of the day, like I said, this is all up to him. If he wants to go see them, I'm behind him, whatever school he goes to."
The Michigan coaching staff evidently adamantly opposes and does not allow a committed recruit to take visits to other schools. After recently dropping Cass Tech offensive lineman commitment David Dawson due to his on going desire to take trips, Conley's father is aware of the issue and admits to having a chat with his son about his plan of attack moving forward.
"Yeah we had a conversation about that," said Mr. Conley. "I just told him he has to go over that with his coach. And he has to talk to them. If he wants to go, he needs to call and let Michigan know that's what he wants to do, that's all."
If Conley follows through on his word and eventually pays Oregon and Ohio State visits, Michigan would likely (it seems) remove him from their commitment list. This doesn't necessarily mean the Wolverines would part ways with Conley completely given his talent and situation.
As for what Mr. Conley see's unfolding on national signing day, well its safe to say even he doesn't have a solid read on which document his son will sign.
"I don't know," said Mr. Conley. "I don't even know. I'm just – I don't know. I'm just behind him whatever he does. I don't know what he's going to do. I'm hoping for Michigan."
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