Ohio State has landed some pretty notable recruits over the last few days to remind everyone that it is still the king when it comes to recruiting in the Big Ten. But what team in the conference is best poised to eventually take over the Buckeyes in landing talent?
Buckeye Battle Cry: What B1G Team Is Best Poised Beat Ohio State In Recruiting Eventually?
There is no doubt these days who the king of recruiting in Big Ten football is, and it has a Scarlet and Gray crown. We were reminded of that these last few days as the Buckeyes landed three big-time prospects to separate itself from the rest of the conference yet again in pulling in the goods.
But it won’t always be that way. At some point, one of the teams in the conference is going to get hot and start to overtake Ohio State from time to time in recruiting.
The Buckeyes will always pull in the talent and be near the top on a yearly basis, but when not, which team is in the best position to end that reign?
Our writers debate this very topic in the latest Buckeye Battle Cry.
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As much as I hate to say it, I think TTUN would be the program to creep past the Buckeyes in recruiting eventually. The Wolverines are a sleeping giant, and it seems like they’ve been hitting the snooze button for a while now.
After living the first half of my life on the depressing side of this rivalry, I’m thankful that the Buckeyes are in the driver’s seat and I’m enjoying the ride.
We keep hearing promises of a revival in Ann Arbor, a triumphant return even, with each new college football season. Clearly, that hasn’t happened yet, but one thing history has taught me about this rivalry is that it is one of runs and streaks.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see this happening anytime soon, especially with Urban at the OSU helm. And I don’t see “Captain Khakis” leading the maize and blue back to the promise land. But there is just too much tradition, lore, and fan base pressure to keep UM a middle of the pack program for the long haul.
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Let me qualify my comments by saying that I don’t think this will happen as long as Urban Meyer is the head coach at Ohio State. Top players want to play for a coach that knows how to win championships. Few coaches – if any – know how to do it better than Meyer.
With that said, I think Penn State is the Big Ten team most likely to overtake Ohio State in the future when Meyer retires. James Franklin landed three five-star prospects in the 2018 class and has another one committed for 2019. Considering that Franklin won’t hire an assistant coach who doesn’t know how to recruit, that trend ought to continue over the next few years.
The fact that the Lions have posted back-to-back 11-win seasons certainly doesn’t hurt, either. After all, what would stop him from saying, “unlike that guy in khaki pants that makes ESPN stop talking about the SEC for 10 seconds, I’ve actually won a conference championship?”
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Those are both two great choices and the two programs that I went back and forth between as well, but at the end of the day, I’m going to agree with Mark and go with Darth Vader — Michigan.
Penn State has made a splash lately with gaining some momentum with some five-star recruits that everyone got down-right giddy about, but the Nittany Lions still have some miles to walk to catch up to Ohio State and currently sit at No. 25 in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings, which is No. 4 in the Big Ten. The buzz has calmed since then.
But you look at Michigan, and despite coming up light years away from the expectations heaped upon Harbaugh when he arrived, the Wolverines are still pulling in the goods that keep them as arguably the second best recruiting force in the Big Ten.
I truly believe that Michigan will eventually get things right,and when it does, it’ll be in position to overtake Ohio State in recruiting down the line somewhere.
However, as Terry points out, that may not happen while Urban Meyer is stomping around Columbus. He’s always recruited at an elite level and will likely continue to do so.