Ohio State Football: How Buckeyes' 2013 Recruiting Class Compares to Michigan's
Ohio State and Michigan are always competing with each other, and that includes the realm of recruiting.
Whether it be competing for the same recruits, getting a recruit to actually flip from one school to the other or just simply coming away with the better class, these two bitter rivals are always conflicting with each other.
To make things even more interesting, both programs have a great recruiters as head coaches.
Who is the better recruiter?
Urban Meyer's success and ability as a recruiter really speaks for itself, and Brady Hoke has done an excellent job of restoring the Michigan brand and rebuilding the football program.
How does Ohio State's 2013 class compare to Michigan's though?
First, let's take a look at the numbers:
Ohio State Commitments: 19
Michigan Commitments: 24
Michigan Class Ranking (Rivals.com): No. 4 overall
Ohio State Class Ranking (Rivals.com): No. 8 overall
Ohio State's Best Recruit: 4-star strong-side defensive end Joey Bosa
Michigan's Best Recruit: 5-star quarterback Shane Morris
By the numbers, it's evident that Michigan has the best recruiting class out of the two. Hoke's class features Morris as the main recruit—he's the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings—but Hoke has also recruited 15 4-star recruits as well.
Meyer, on the other hand, only has 12 4-star recruits committed and has yet to pick up a 5-star recruit.
For now, there's little arguing that Hoke has the better class by the numbers. It's worth noting that these stats and star rankings in no way determine the final result of a class though. We've seen two and 3-star players become stars, so anything is possible. That said, it's a good reference point so early into the process.
As far as the long-term results for each program, they both still have room for improvement.
There are still a few elite recruits that have a high interest in the Buckeyes program. That list includes 5-star safety Vonn Bell, who has Ohio State in his top three, 4-star inside linebacker Trey Johnson (favorite) and 4-star outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (top two)—all according to their respective 247Sports interest lists.
If Meyer can bring in at least two of those three defenders, Ohio State would be on the verge of having an elite defensive recruiting class.
Michigan still has a few few elite prospects interested in its program as well, including 5-star running back Derrick Green (top six according to 247Sports) and 5-star safety Leon McQuay III (top five according to 247Sports).
I like Michigan's chances of landing both of those elite recruits, so in the end, the Wolverines should end up with the better recruiting class.
Like I said though, the stats and rankings are just a reference point, so it's going to come down to how each coach is able to utilize these players on the field. Considering Meyer's track record as a coach, Ohio State fans have to be feeling pretty good about his 2013 recruiting class.
Michigan may win the recruiting numbers argument, but that doesn't mean it will beat Ohio State when it comes down to actual production on the field.
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