The 2013 national signing day is more or less in the books and the obvious winners in the Big Ten are Michigan and Ohio State. Both schools put together consensus top 10 recruiting classes, and Scout.com has the Buckeyes and Wolverines ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively (and by a comfortable margin) as of Wednesday afternoon.
Ah, but which is better? There, the debate truly begins.
There are two ways to evaluate recruiting. The first is in terms of pure numbers and star power. That's not an invalid way to evaluate classes, and rare is the class filled with 4- and 5-star prospects that completely flames out or otherwise fails to make a significant impact on the first.
There's also the issue of whether the class adequately fills the needs of the roster. This is more of a complicated issue than who graduated or transferred, because replacing guys at every one of those positions is only a perfect fit if the roster was at a perfect equilibrium before graduations, and nobody believes that about their rosters.
There are always strong and weak spots before graduation and as such a position can still need to be addressed without anyone leaving it. So that's something well worth consideration.
Got all that? Good. Let's go position by position and declare a winner, once and for all. Or for this February, anyway.