Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Best Michigan for Big Ten's Top Class

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with his players after beating the Michigan State Spartans 17-16 at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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When all was said and done on national signing day, Urban Meyer and Ohio State surpassed Brady Hoke and Michigan for the Big Ten's top recruiting class of 2013.

While the Buckeyes picked up "only" one 5-star recruit this year (safety Vonn Bell), they posted the No. 2 overall class in the nation based on 19 4-star recruits (also second in the nation), according to 247Sports.com.

That included nine top-100 recruits: cornerback Eli Apple (No. 45 overall), defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 53), receiver Jalin Marshall (No. 57), cornerback Cam Burrows (No. 60), running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 70), tight end Marcus Baugh (No. 82), offensive tackle Evan Lisle (No. 89), outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (No. 95) and dual-threat quarterback J.T. Barrett (No. 100).

Meyer is at it again. After the Buckeyes posted the No. 7 overall class in the historic coach's first recruiting season with the team, they have now notched the No. 2 overall class. Meyer's work is perhaps only rivaled by Nick Saban and Alabama this year.

Hoke and the Wolverines must be shaking their heads.

Last year, Michigan posted the No. 9 class in the nation in Hoke's first recruiting season with the team, only to be bested by Ohio State. The Wolverines boast the No. 5 overall class this year, yet they are still behind the Buckeyes in that regard.

A lot of people are picking the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten next season. It's no wonder why. They have sensational dual-threat Braxton Miller under center, and they just hauled in an electric recruiting class. 

Ohio State went a perfect 12-0 last season, capped off by a 26-21 victory over Michigan in the regular-season finale. Now that the bowl ban has been lifted, the program has its sights set on the postseason.

It's not a sure thing that the Buckeyes capture the conference, of course. Michigan still has a lot to be proud of, including a stellar offensive line class and 5-star running back Derrick Green. USC also proved last season that preseason rankings mean nothing.

But you can say one thing for sure: Ohio State is in a great position to capture the Big Ten next season...and perhaps accomplish even more.


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