Monday, February 25, 2013
Michigan, OSU load up at key positions
By Adam Rittenberg
Both Ohio State (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 6) finished in the top 10 of ESPN Recruiting's overall class rankings for 2013. When it comes to specific position groups, however, both the Buckeyes and Wolverines top the chart.
ESPN Recruiting recently completed its team rankings for position groups in the 2013 class.
Not surprisingly, Ohio State finished No. 1 in the defensive back category. The Buckeyes signed five defensive backs ranked in the ESPN 300, including cornerback Eli Apple -- the Big Ten's highest-rated recruit overall at No. 11 -- and safety Vonn Bell. Ohio State's secondary haul is even more important as the Big Ten recently has slipped a bit in recruiting elite defensive backs.
In another clear choice, Michigan finished No. 1 in offensive line recruiting for 2013. Four of the six offensive linemen Michigan signed rank in the ESPN 150, including guards David Dawson and Patrick Kugler. This could be the class that solidifies Michigan's offensive line depth for years to come.
Ohio State also finished No. 1 in the wide receiver/athlete category. The late addition of Dontre Wilson, who originally committed to Oregon, along with wideout Jalin Marshall and junior college receiver Corey Smith put Ohio State over the top. This is another critical area to upgrade as the Big Ten has seen a significant drop-off in elite receivers the past year or so. Ohio State is positioning itself to have a major edge on the perimeter.
Michigan received honorable mention for its running back haul, headlined by Derrick Green. Ohio State earned honorable mention for its defensive line class.
No other Big Ten teams were recognized in the position group rankings.