Michigan V. Ohio State, Not Just an on the Field Rivalry

Nick ChartersCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2008

College Football Recruiting is a year round process; calls are made, visits are scheduled and letters are signed. With each recruit signed comes anticipation and excitement.  For the Big Ten Conference there was no bigger competition then between heated rivals Michigan and Ohio State.

With new coach Rich Rod at the helm, Michigan instantly became in the running for Rivals.com's top recruit Terrell Pryor, a running quarterback with little more than a Nerf gun for an arm. I mean seriously, he completed three quarters of his passes in the state title game. None the less he chose to attend THE Ohio State University, and who can blame him? Terrelle Pryor was just one of four other 5 star recruits Ohio State signed making them the top dog in recruiting for the Big Ten.

Even with their already tremendous defense, Ohio State built up by recruiting two 4 star linebackers and a 4 star corner. If a scrambling quarterback like Pryor was already hard to tackle, try pairing him with two 5 star o-linemen to block for him. Ohio State is turning into the USC East of the Mississippi.

Michigan, despite losing Pryor was able to land seventeen 4 star recruits including the human highlight Sam McGuffie out of Texas.  If you haven't seen McGuffie's highlights on YouTube take the time and watch; they're incredible. Along with McGuffie, Rich Rod was able to land a few more receivers as well as cornerback Boubacar Cissoko from Michigan. Pair him with last years 5 star recruit, Donovan Warren and there is a duo to watch. Much better than the Morgan Trent and Leon Hall combo of 2006.

As fierce as these two hated rivals are on the field, and believe me they are hated, they are just as fierce off of it.