Recruiting in 2010 for Michigan Vs. Ohio and how Urban and Ohio remains one step ahead.
For the wolverines we already know the effects 2010 recruiting has held over us. We absorbed transfers, academic ineligibility etc. Michigan looked poised to ink an amazing class highlighted by Devin Gardner and Demar Dorsey. The class was great and as we all know the O-Line recruiting was not so great. Michigan had signed only one lineman (Christian Pace).
From the 2010 roster we have, Devin Gardner, Jeremy Jackson, Jibreel Black, Josh Furman, JMFR, Courtney Avery, Will Hagerup, Drew Dileo.
that is what remains from our 2010 class that contained 27 signees.
For the Buckeyes Urban Meyer inherited another great Ohio Recruiting class from 2010 that has stayed intact. Current players on the Ohio three deep from the 2010 class are, Carlos Hyde, Corey Brown, Christian Bryant, Andrew Norwell (OL), Bradley Roby, JT Moore, Rod Smith and Drew Basil. This is all from a class of 19 total commits.
This puts 42% of their 2010 class in the two deep. While Michigan trots out 8 as well from 2010 but that’s basically all the players they retained from that class. Michigan retained 8 of 27 commits from 2010 (correct me if I am wrong). This is good for 29%.
So the difference between the two programs at this point could be directly related to recruiting. Hoke did get in late and was only given a month to finish the 2011 class. Urban Meyer was in early and was able to finish 2012 recruiting very strong and he also inherited a 2010 and 2011 class that now has thirteen players on the offensive two deep and another nine on the defensive two deep.
The argument is how far are we away from OHIO in terms of being competitive? My argument is we are one year behind. 2010 is the setback year. Ohio has not seen the attrition we went through during the end of the Rich Rod era. Michigan was poised to have a good 2011 season one way or another. Hoke and company capitalized on what I think would have been Rich Rods best year had he been retained. Right now Urban is in this same pattern except he has two classes from the Tressel era to build on and he has not seen the attrition Michigan has. This year Ohio will lose 7 starters from the offense to graduation, 2 more starters from the defense. This does not include the possibility that Braxton may make a run at the draft early. 2014 Should be the year we can bridge the talent gap. Right now it’s the timing in which Urban was hired and what he inherited vs. what Hoke inherited and the depleted 2010 recruiting class.
This should work as a pass to give the staff another year to work with their own talent. I keep arguing that Urban inherited a Big Ten title contender from the start. Tressel recruited and developed his teams. I also have argued that Urban did the same at Florida with Zook recruits, minus the fact Zook never developed anything. Right now Hoke is developing his own recruits on the fly why Urbz is still redshirting his recruits and living off of the tressel classes from previous years. Time will tell and if the gap is to be bridged we need to see this team be competitive VS. Ohio at home this year and win a few big games on the road in 2014.