Michigan-Ohio State Recruiting 2014: Both Teams Would Like These Prize Prospects

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Michigan-Ohio State Recruiting 2014: Both Teams Would Like These Prize Prospects
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Michigan-Ohio State, 2011

It's still a month until "The Game," but the recruiting battle is already heating up.

Both Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer have placed their lines in the sand for the top 2014 prospects.

Hoke is still playing catch-up from the many years Ohio State dominated this part of the rivalry. Meyer, who's only in his first year as the Buckeyes' head coach, is just continuing where Jim Tressel left off.

While both teams recruit nationally, the bulk of each team's players are found closer to home.

For years, the Buckeyes have landed the best players from talent-rich Ohio, while the Wolverines have concentrated on Ohio, Michigan, the Chicago area and western Pennsylvania.

Each team relishes the idea of taking a recruit from under the other school's nose.

In fact, Hoke's first commit of the 2014 class is Michael Ferns, the nation's No. 6 inside linebacker from St. Clairsville, Ohio, according to scout.com.

The 6'3", 235-pounder was offered by Ohio State and 18 other schools.

Here are a few of the other 2014 recruiting battles already underway.

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