Thursday, July 19, 2012
Michigan now No. 2 in latest class rankings
By Brian Bennett
Michigan debuted at No. 1 in the ESPN.com initial Class of 2013 team recruiting rankings earlier this summer.
Well, the Wolverines have done great work on the recruiting trail, but now ESPN likes another school a little better. USC has overtaken Michigan for the top spot in the latest class rankings, which were released yesterday .
The Trojans have 16 commitments for 2013, 12 of whom are in the ESPN 150. The Wolverines, by contrast, have 22 pledges and half of those are in the ESPN 150. USC may have nudged ahead by landing running back Ty Isaac, who was also considering Michigan.
If you're the type to get worked up over such a thing, fine. But it doesn't really matter if Michigan finishes No. 1 or No. 2, since they don't hand out trophies or hang banners for winning recruiting rankings. It should be enough to know that Brady Hoke and his staff are killing it out on the trail.
Speaking of which, Ohio State continues to do the same. The Buckeyes remain No. 5 in the latest class rankings, with 15 commits and six ESPN 150 prospects in the fold. And the rankings were done before today's news that four-star wide receiver Taivon Jacobs from Maryland had committed to Ohio State. Jacobs, a speedster who's been timed at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash, is a big get for a program seeking more offensive speed and playmakers.
The only other Big Ten school in the top 25 class rankings is Penn State, which remains at No. 14. You can't say enough about the job Bill O'Brien and his staff have done in putting together a top-flight class under difficult circumstances, to put it lightly. Will the Freeh report have any negative impact on the recruiting class, which hasn't gained a commitment since the investigation was completed last week? Time will tell, but so far the prospects on board seem to be staying loyal to the Nittany Lions.