Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines have lost the commitment of one of their top defensive back recruits, 4-star corner Gareon Conley.
Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com reports on Conley's decision:
The ESPN 150 prospect took a visit to Ohio State unofficially on Saturday when the Buckeyes took on the Wolverines and has decided to decommit.
"Coach [Greg] Mattison was at my school today and we told him [I was decommitting]," said Conley, the No. 2 player in Ohio. "I felt like I did it too early and didn't wait to see what else would come. I like Michigan, but I like other schools too, and I want to visit them."
While it's never good to lose a recruit, it's even worse when your rivals may have played a part in it.
Was Ohio State the reason Conley decommitted?
It's worth noting that even if he was planning on decommiting anyhow, Michigan would have dropped his offer in the first place because of Brady Hoke's no-visit policy for his commitments.
That being said, it has to be rather disconcerting for Michigan that Conley was unofficially in attendance to watch the Wolverines lose to their rivals in Columbus. Ohio State is now listed as one of Conley's top two according to 247Sports, along with Oregon (the other program VanHaaren reported Conley has interest in).
247Sports doesn't have an offer from Oregon listed for Conley, but they do have Ohio State down as a school that's made him an offer, and he is from Massilon, Ohio, which is just over two hours away from Columbus.
Considering he was in Columbus last weekend and his proximity and interest in the program, it's not a stretch to say that Ohio State was one of the main reasons Conley is no longer a Michigan commitment—and either way you look at it, that's a big recruiting win for Urban Meyer and his staff.
They may not have a bowl game to play in this season, but that doesn't mean competition is over for the Buckeyes. The recruiting battles between Ohio State and Michigan are sometimes just as intense as the games themselves, and it appears the Buckeyes have struck first.
Ohio State is now one of the leaders for Conley, and if Meyer can bring him into their 2013 class, it would go down as a huge steal for the Buckeyes, and a notable recruiting loss for the Wolverines.
The process has been started, because it's not hard to see that Ohio State played a huge role in Conley's decommitment from Michigan.