2014 Recruits Michigan and Ohio State Will Go Head-to-Head For
It's almost a forgone conclusion that Ohio State and Michigan will boast two of the best recruiting classes in the 2014 cycle, but arguing about which program will come away with the better class is the topic that both fanbases want to discuss.
The two major Big Ten programs usually compete for many of the same recruits, and determining which program has the better class normally comes down to which one wins these head-to-head recruiting battles.
Everything in this rivalry is a competition, and that includes recruiting.
With that in mind, here are three recruits who Michigan and Ohio State will be fighting for in this recruiting cycle:
Chase Winovich, 3-star OLB, Thomas Jefferson High School (Pa.)
Pittsburgh could end up becoming a player in this race, but Winovich seems to be debating between Michigan and Ohio State. He has offers from both programs, and he's made visits to both schools.
Winovich has taken three visits to Michigan and was last in Ann Arbor on May 10, according to his 247Sports timeline. He's only taken two visits to Ohio State, the last was in late April.
According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, six experts predict Winovich will go to Ohio State, while just two predicted Michigan.
Either way, look for this race to come down to the two powerhouses, with a potential outlier in Pitt.
Predicted Winner: Michigan
Jamarco Jones, 4-star OT, De La Salle Institute (Ill.)
Michigan is in Jones' top four, though, and it's easy to see this recruiting race coming down to the Buckeyes and Wolverines, especially if Notre Dame can't sneak into the running. Jones did take an unofficial visit to Michigan early in April.
Jones may find a bit more opportunity at Ohio State considering Michigan's impressive offensive line hauls of late. But a good year in the Big Ten for Michigan could even things in this race.
Eventually, it's tough to see Urban Meyer missing out on Jones. But considering Brady Hoke's abilities on the recruiting trail, this should be an interesting finish.
Predicted Winner: Ohio State
Damon Webb, 4-star CB, Cass Technical High School (Mich.) *Ohio State Commitment
Don't be naive enough to believe that Michigan won't stop recruiting Webb just because he's committed to Ohio State. That actually may increase Michigan's aggressiveness with him on the recruiting trail. Webb is the No. 7 cornerback in the 2014 class, and he's the No. 3 player from the state of Michigan, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
He's a huge in-state recruit for Michigan, and he also goes to Cass Tech, which is a known Michigan pipeline.
Ohio State seems to be in good standing right now, but if Michigan can land a few of its big targets (See: Jabrill Peppers and Malik McDowell), the Wolverines' momentum could make them an interesting option. Michigan has the "home-state advantage," and Hoke and his staff shouldn't let their Cass Tech connections go to waste here.
At the very least, Michigan will try to make this interesting. Still, look for Meyer to close the door come crunch time.
Predicted Winner: Ohio State
(Note: All recruit-star rankings are according to 247Sports.)
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