Michigan has parted ways with committed prospects who have taken visits to other schools in the past. Now, Massillon (Ohio) Washington cornerback Gareon Conley is considering whether he will sacrifice his spot with the Wolverines to see other schools.
"I'm taking visits somewhere else because Michigan was the first ever college I visited so I want to see what's out there," Conley said.
Asked how he would respond if the choice came down to taking visits or remaining committed to Michigan, Conley said he had not decided on that or spoken with Michigan coaches about it recently.
"I haven't talked to them in awhile, but I've got to talk to them about it," Conley said.
The choice became even more intriguing in recent days when Ohio State informed Conley they had a spot for him in their 2013 class.
"That's a new offer for me," Conley reported. "It gets me excited… any offer gets me excited, but I've got to talk with my parents and see what I have to do."
Cincinnati and Oregon are two other schools Conley has considered visiting. Oregon has not yet offered, but there is contact between the two parties.
Saturday afternoon, however, Conley's thoughts were not on his recruiting process. His Massillon Washington team took down rival Canton McKinley by a final of 37-28 in front of a home crowd that numbered more than 17,000. It was the first time in the last four games Massillon Washington has won the Victory Bell.
"This means a lot," Conley said. "We wanted to bring that bell home, so we came out hard and played like Tigers. We wanted to do it for our city, our town, the coaches and all the players that came before us."
After a quiet first half, Conley came alive in the second half with several key catches, including a 66-yard touchdown reception. Recruited as a cornerback, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound Conley is open to trying that position in college as well if the opportunity came along.
"I'm open to anything, as long as I can get on the field and help my team win," Conley said.
Saturday's contest was the final in the regular season for Massillon Washington. They now move into the playoffs, and Conley said his team's season is his first priority, not recruiting.