Prospect Breakdown: Gareon Conley

Ohio State picked up a commitment from four-star athlete Gareon Conley Friday afternoon, as the Massillon star switched from Michigan to the Buckeyes. How will Conley fit into the Ohio State scheme?

PROFILE: Gareon Conley.

SCHOOL: Massillon.

SIZE: 6-foot-2, 170-pounds.

POSITION: Cornerback-Wide receiver.

RANKING: Four-star prospect.

PLAYER COMPARISON: Bradley Roby. Both players were slight of build coming out of high school, but both have plenty of speed and athleticism. Roby also played both sides of the ball in high school, but smartly played cornerback only in a redshirt year at Ohio State. Roby could have succeeded at wide receiver at Ohio State, but will be a high draft pick as a cornerback. It will be interesting to see where Conley lines up with the Buckyes.

WHAT ARE HIS STRENGTHS ON OFFENSE? Conley has great speed, first and foremost, a desired attribute in any offense. More than the ability to get deep, Conley has shown the willingness to make tough catches in traffic, and the skill to go up and over defenders for the football. Will need to be more consistent catching the football should Ohio State play him on offense, but his size/speed combination could see him at wide receiver for the Buckeyes.

WHAT ARE HIS STRENGTHS DEFENSIVELY? The past two seasons, Massillon has consistently matched Conley with the opposition's top receiver in man coverage. He has the hip turn, and the length to be effective in one-on-one coverage, against either quicker, slot receivers, or the taller, outside receivers. Will need to add bulk and strength, especially in his upper-body to be a more effective tackler. Adding strength will be a must no matter what side of the ball he plays, but Conley has the frame to add weight and still be able to keep his speed.

WHERE IS HIS BEST POSITION? I would love to see the kid dedicate himself to playing cornerback full-time, to see what type of player he could become at the position. I've seen both Conley and incoming freshman Eli Woodard, and I would rate Conley slightly higher as a pure cornerback, although I have only seen Woodard in camp and not live game action. I love his size, hip turn, and the ability to play the football in the air. If Cameron Burrows moves to safety, it's hard to imagine a better pair of lockdown corners in the Big Ten than Woodard and Conley, especially with their length and reach. I could also see Conley starring at wide receiver at Ohio State, and the last two plays of the highlight film listed below will probably be all anyone needs to see to be sold on Conley as an offensive player.

Canton McKinley game highlight:

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