In light of this recruiting race to the finish, I thought I'd review the history of recruiting. I'd already known Michigan has been a dominant recruiter but I wanted to clarify my opinion.
Below is a table showing Scout's recruiting rankings for the Big Ten since 2002 (all the data they had):
Things to consider:
- Michigan hasn't ever had a class ranked lower than 19th Nationally.
- Michigan has never had class ranked lower than 3rd in the Big Ten.
- Only Ohio St. and Penn State have ever had classes that ranked higher than Michigan in the Big Ten.
- Michigan classes ranked on average in the top 10 for the period.
- Over the nine classes before this one, Michigan had 4 top classes, 3 second ranked classes, and 2 third ranked classes in the Big Ten.
While I realize this data is limited, I think it's safe to say that it is reflective of our history. I'm sure we all agree that recruiting rankings aren't perfect, however they do correlate to success. Let's hope Hokes race to the finish allows us to try to keep our top three streak alive and our streak of beating State for recruits.
BTW- I reviewed Rivals rankings as well and the results are nearly identical. Their data wouldn't copy and paste well so I stuck with Scout.
Also - Indiana is pathetic.
Edit - I replaced the table with an image of the table for size. I hope you can still read it.