The Spartans may have a chance to bolster its No. 5 defense in the coming weeks.
Recruiting analyst Tim Sullivan announced Tuesday that 2013 cornerback Gareon Conley wishes to take visits to additional college campuses. He is currently committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines.
“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 via Rivals.com. “I haven’t talked to (Michigan’s coaching staff), but I’ve got to talk to them about it.”
Michigan has a policy where it revokes scholarships from players who take visits to other schools after verbally committing to play in Ann Arbor. Although it has not been confirmed by any of the sources close to the story, it is likely that Conley will have his offer revoked by coach Brady Hoke in the coming days.
Conley (Massillon, Ohio, Washington High School) ranks as the No. 56 corner in the nation by Rivals.com, and is 6-foot-2 and 165-pounds.
According to Sullivan, he is interested in visiting Oregon and Ohio State. It is not out of the realm of possibility for him to take a visit to East Lansing and get a scholarship offer from coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans have plenty of selling points, including having a top ten defense in the nation, the ability to send defenders to the NFL and an opportunity to have his talent showcased by national media on a weekly basis.
Two weeks ago, Michigan revoked the scholarship offer of offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit, Mich., Cass Tech High School) after he visited Florida. Conley has not visited any colleges yet, but if he does decide to, he, more than likely, will lose his offer just as Dawson did.
The good part about Dawson, however, is that he has strong interest in playing for the Spartans and has since named Michigan State in his list of top colleges along with Ohio State and Wisconsin. It would be interesting to see two ex-Wolverines commits end up at MSU, but that does sound farfetched at this point.