With 19 commits averaging 3.8 stars, Ohio State's 2010 class is solid and lays a great foundation. I think the Buckeyes' "need" for an offensive lineman or linemen was overstated—they've recruited excellently along the line for the past four years.
Coming up short for OT Matt James and Seantrel Henderson made it look like some need wasn't getting addressed, but I don't think any Ohio State fan is really hitting the panic button.
That said, there's really no focal point in the 2010 class, no Dorian Bell or Terrelle Pryor to hang a scarlet and gray hat on. Among the new commits are several good but few great prospects: ATH/WR Corey Brown, RB/FB Roderick Smith, and DB Christian Bryant are the three best.
Losing in-state stud Jordan Hicks to Texas gives the Bucks a temporary hiccup in great LB depth down the road. Great linebacker play is one of the many things that got Ohio State to where it is today, so it will be interesting to see if it costs them.
The Bucks got a QB commitment on the year in Taylor Graham, a pro-style QB out of Illinois, but it's hard to get excited about him; anyone after Pryor will be a letdown. Call it the Troy Smith/Todd Boeckman Hangover Effect.
Compared to Ohio State's, Michigan's class averages fewer stars. But their signees address needs better both by volume (27 commits, the largest in Michigan's history) and by focus.
Sixteen defensive players out of 27 commits (and one special teams player, the nation's No. 1 punter, Will Hagerup) will jam-pack Michigan's moribund defense with impact ability and depth this fall.
DT Jibreel Black, OLB/FS Marvin Robinson, CB Cullen Christian, and top athlete Demar Dorsey should see time almost immediately, while S Carvin Johnson, DB Courtney Avery, DT Richard Ash, and DE Ken Wilkins provide crucial depth.
On offense, the Wolverines picked up a crucial quarterback commitment from Devin Gardner, Rivals' No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, a year after signing two four star QBs in Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson.
I could natter on all day about reasons to be excited about all 27, but I don't want to get too imbalanced here. In sum, Ohio State didn't lose anything, but Michigan won, at least this year.
It's about time, by God, because we've yet to do it on the field.