Michigan Should Be Worried About Urban Meyer Recruiting Its Home State

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIMarch 5, 2013

Michigan fans should be more than a little bit concerned with Urban Meyer's recent success up north.
Michigan fans should be more than a little bit concerned with Urban Meyer's recent success up north.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

With two straight top 10 recruiting classes under their belts, the Michigan Wolverines do not have a whole lot to worry about on the recruiting trail; however, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer poaching prospects from the Great Lakes State will be a concern for the next several years.

Meyer has already managed to snare 4-star cornerback, and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Michigan, Damon Webb.

The early victory by Meyer sent a loud warning shot in the direction of the Wolverines, considering the fact Webb hails from Detroit Cass Tech High School. Michigan has landed six prospects from Cass Tech since 2011, which made the Maize and Blue the favorites to land Webb.

Unranked defensive end Lawrence Marshall committed to Ohio State in February, though, he rescinded his verbal pledge just a few days later. Still, Meyer's recruiting pitch is obviously working up north.

The Buckeyes will continue to pursue Marshall, and they remain strong contenders for the services of 4-star wide receiver Drake Harris. Meyer will not go down without a fight in the recruitment of 4-star defensive end Malik McDowell either.

Head coach Brady Hoke has done an excellent job of recruiting the state of Ohio since taking over in 2011, but missing out on recruits close to home stings Michigan a lot more than stealing a prospect from Ohio State's backyard hurts Meyer.

There is not enough highly-touted players in Michigan for the Wolverines to lose more than one battle per year with Meyer. This year's Rivals 250 features just four Michiganders. Ohio has 11 nationally ranked prospects.

Hoke is going to win plenty of battles for in-state prospects over the next several years. None of them will be easy with Meyer constantly on the prowl, though.

With the Buckeyes set up to be contenders for Big Ten Conference and national titles year in and year out thanks to stellar 2012 and 2013 classes, Meyer's recruiting pitch will only get stronger.

The Wolverines can cope with the loss of Webb this year since their 2013 haul included three cornerbacks. Allowing Harris, McDowell and Marshall to wind up with the Scarlet and Grey would be a much more substantial blow.

Michigan is attempting to rebuild its defensive line and needs to land a game-changing wide receiver come February 2014. Losing those prospects to their arch-rival is something Hoke and the Wolverines must prevent.

The Maize and Blue faithful should get used to hearing about Meyer making waves with the top prospects in Michigan. Fans will simply have to hope Hoke is able to best his biggest rival.


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