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Michigan Football: OSU Edging Wolverines for Big Ten's Top Recruiting Class

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 20:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 12-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 28, 2012

Here we go again.

That's what Michigan fans must be thinking as Brady Hoke and the Wolverines once again compete with Urban Meyer and Ohio State for the Big Ten's best recruiting class.

In Meyer's first recruiting opportunity at Ohio State, after taking over for Jim Tressel in 2012, ESPN ranked his class No. 6 in the country—one spot above Michigan.

It looks like there will be more of the same in 2013.

In ESPN's latest rankings, Ohio State's class is ranked fifth, while Michigan's is ranked sixth.

Eli Apple, a 5-star cornerback out of New Jersey, currently leads Ohio State's list of commits. He's followed by 13 4-star recruits (according to ESPN) and five 3-star recruits.

In comparison, Michigan currently has five more commits than Ohio State (24). That includes quarterback Shane Morris, ranked as a 5-star recruit by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. According to ESPN, Michigan has 16 4-star recruits (including Morris) and seven 3-star recruits.

What sets Ohio State apart in my eyes (at least for now) is that the Buckeyes are more top-heavy with their 4-star recruits. For example, Ohio State has five recruits in the top 80 of ESPN's recruiting rankings, while Michigan has only one (Morris).

Those recruits include Apple, defensive tackle Joey Bosa, athlete Jalin Marshall and two more top cornerbacks in Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley (Burrows, Conley and Marshall are from Ohio).

Of course, perhaps this isn't as significant as it seems. After all, what may be more important is that Brady Hoke got more of what he wanted on the offensive line, which is clearly a big focus for the program. Five offensive linemen are ranked in ESPN's top 150 recruits, including top-100 guard David Dawson.

One thing's for sure: Michigan and Ohio State are once again battling for the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and it only adds to the longstanding rivalry between the two programs. Hoke is doing his best to keep up with Meyer, a historic recruiter.

 

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