Ohio State recruiting: Gareon Conley commits to Buckeyes

Kirk Irwin

Defensive back Gareon Conley will join the Buckeyes next season.

Former Michigan recruit Gareon Conley has decided to commit to Ohio State, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Conley, a three-star defensive back from Massillion, Ohio withdrew his commitment to Michigan two weeks ago after telling the Wolverines that he would like to visit more schools. Conley also reportedly had offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern and Marshall.

Marcus Hartman of Buckeye Sports says that Conley could play on either side of the ball but may specifically fill a void at defensive back should Bradley Roby opt to enter the NFL draft. Roby has two interceptions for the Buckeyes this season and is still pondering his NFL options.

Ohio State was a perfect 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten in Urban Meyer's first season as head coach. The Ohio State defense gave up 22.8 points per game which ranked 32nd in the nation in 2012.

Ohio State will lose six players on the defensive side of the ball next season regardless of Roby's decision.

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