Ohio State and Michigan are tearing it up on the recruiting trail in 2013, loading up their offensive and defensive lines. For Ohio State, last year’s defensive line recruiting was arguably unmatched. Mix that in with the current commits for 2013, and you’re looking at perhaps the best D-line pull in the last two years.
Flip it around, and Brady Hoke has done a great job in getting the Michigan offensive line back to where it was before the Rich Rodriguez days. Though these opposing lines might not be going against each other right away, it’ll be a fun sight to see the dog fights that occurs in the trenches in the next few years.
In 2012, Urban Meyer and Ohio State brought in three 5-stars on the defensive line (all ratings courtesy of Scout.com’s prospect rankings). Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Tommy Schutt all received playing time as true freshmen last season.
Michigan brought in highly-touted offensive tackle Kyle Kalis last year, but their offensive line haul this season is what really impresses.
With the nation’s No. 1 ranked guard, Patrick Kugler, currently committed to the Wolverines, many others have followed in his footsteps. The No. 6 and No. 7 ranked guards will join Hoke’s team next fall in Chris Fox and David Dawson, and there's no forgetting Kyle Bosch, who Scout.com lists as the No. 3 tackle prospect in the nation. No way can any team compete with this kind of talent on the offensive line, right?
Well, Urban Meyer has countered in his own way.
In addition to bringing in a massive haul in 2012, Coach Meyer was able to pull Joey Bosa out of Florida, who ranks as a 5-star defensive end prospect. Bosa checks in at 6’5" 270 pounds, and can play inside or come off the edge as a pass-rusher.
Ohio State was also able to pull in a handful of 4-star prospects along the defensive line such as Michael Hill, Tyquan Lewis, Billy Price and Donovan Munger. Though Munger recently visited Florida State, things seem to be settled back down as he affirmed his commitment back to the Buckeyes, according to ElevenWarriors.
Donovan Munger has reaffirmed his pledge to #OhioState— 11W Recruiting (@11WRecruiting) January 25, 2013
Now, I know recruiting "stars" don't mean everything, but when these kids haven't played a college snap, it's definitely something to keep note of.
The great Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is headed back in the right direction, where The Game hosts two top 10 teams annually. It all starts in the trenches, and both coaches seem to have that figured out.
As the years go on, The Game will give us some of the best line matchups we could ask for. Whether it’s Noah Spence verse Kyle Kalis or Michael Hill verse Davis Dawson, these matchups will have an old-school feel to them. A new Ten-Year-War has started, and the Buckeyes and Wolverines are on their way back up to national dominance.