So two things are playing into this observation here:
1) I had three uncles that were very successful athletes Michigan, one football, one track, and one swimming. So as you can imagine, I said "GO BLUE!" Before I said "Mom." I've been bred to hate everything about Ohio and Ohio State (oh and that sh*t school in Indiana).
2) The recruits I'm talking about here are usually from Michigan or Ohio and have also grown up following the rivalry and is a huge fan of either Michigan or Ohio State
It seems to me that you get a lot of these kids who are big time recruits that Michigan and Ohio State battle over in recruiting, and, more frequently than one would think, the kid ends up choosing the school he grew up hating. I'm just thinking of a list of recent recruits, please comment to add on:
Chris "Beanie" Wells
The Judas Brothers (Borens)
I'm pretty sure Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard fill this category but correct me if wrong.
I know there's more kids like this.
Anyways, this got me to thinking. Say my knees didn't go my frosh year and I became a national recruit QB like I dreamed about. Obviously there's a 95% chance I go to Michigan. However, having grown up in the rivalry and knowing just how good and storied a program OSU is, I feel as though I'd be a fool to not at least listen to them. I remember Herbstreit told the story of his recruitment of how he listened to Schembechler and Bo asked him, "Kirk, why are you even listening to me, I know you want to go to OSU" and kirk replied along the lines of, "I've grown up in this rivalry and respect you so much, that I want to be recruited by you"
Anyways, your guy's thoughts on this observation