Recruiting Again Becoming as Big a Part of Ohio State-Michigan Rivalry as Playing
The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is one that goes way back and includes tons of epic battles on the football field. Many (especially those close to either school) will argue it’s the best rivalry in college football and some extremists will say it’s the best in all of sports. When the Wolverines made the mistake of hiring Rich Rodriguez as their head coach a few years ago, a certain dynamic of this rivalry took a hit, but Brady Hoke is bringing it back with a super recruiting class in 2013. In fact, it rivals the one put together by Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, which definitely brings the spark back to this rivalry off the field.
Michigan has been a good team under Hoke, but the Wolverines certainly haven’t been great. They finished 11-5 in 2012 and the second-to-last ranking in the top 25 poll. Their regular season ended in a five-point loss to the Buckeyes, which capped a 12-0 season in Meyer’s first season in Columbus. However, that could change this season as Hoke already has 27 recruiting commitments for 2013, a class that is ranked in the top five in every recruiting poll.
Hoke can start building these stellar recruits around an offense that now has an identity. Denard Robinson is gone and Devin Gardner is Michigan’s quarterback, which means the Wolverines will have somewhat of a more balanced offense in 2013 and maybe they’ll be able to combat the athletic and disciplined teams that Meyer fields.
It’s great to see Michigan back near the top of the college football recruiting mountain and putting up more of a fight against Ohio State to secure those commitments. That is sure to make this rivalry even better in 2013, both on and off the field.