Brady Hoke and the Wolverines Are Now Dominating Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes
By Tony Gerdeman
It's never an easy thing to admit when you're wrong, especially when you're always right. But after receiving some grief from a few Michigan fans Tuesday night, it's time for me to acknowledge an error that I made over a year ago when I wrote that Urban Meyer was dominating Brady Hoke and the Wolverines on the recruiting trail.
When I wrote that sad mistake of a piece in the middle of last February, the data supported my stupidity. The information at the time showed that when it came to head-to-head battles, Meyer was dominating Hoke, and so that's why I made the decision to write what I did.
I wish I would have held off, however, because the day after it was published, Hoke went on a run of landing 10 commits in the span of a week, four of whom had Ohio State offers. Imagine my embarrassment!
Since I wrote that idiotic piece of hog bile, Hoke has received 31 commitments, and according to Scout, 14 of them had OSU offers. Meanwhile, in that same span, Meyer has landed 27 commits, but only seven were deemed worthy of Michigan offers.
It's no shock that Hoke is now dominating Meyer. Meyer has pretty much taken his ball and left home to find players.
It's very clear what is happening here – Meyer is ducking Hoke on the recruiting trail! Just look at the out-of-state signees that Meyer was forced to sign in the 2013 class because there was no use going head-to-head with Brady Hoke.
Vonn Bell? Dontre Wilson? Ezekiel Elliott? James Clark?
What's that? Vonn Bell chose Ohio State over Alabama? Dontre Wilson was an Oregon flip with a Texas offer? Ezekiel Elliott was an Army All-American? James Clark had offers from Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and Miami?
Whatever. If they were any good they would've had Michigan offers, and according to Scout, they didn't. Hoke wins again!
Brady Hoke is picking and choosing, and Urban Meyer is panicking, snatching up anybody that he can find. He's like the last man in line at the grocery story with a blizzard on the way.
"The only thing left on the shelf is Vonn Bell? Beggars can't be choosers, I guess. I better get me a James Clark and Ezekiel Elliott while I'm at it. Sigh."
Of Ohio State's 14 out-of-state signees last year, Michigan only offered two of them. Those two were Eli Apple and Joey Bosa. Fortunately for Urban Meyer, both players had Buckeye connections. Apple had attended OSU camps since he was a child, and Bosa's uncle Eric Kumerow played at Ohio State.
If not for those advantageous relationships, then I think we all know that Michigan would have beaten Urban Meyer here as well.
To me, this is a wide-eyed glimpse into what the future holds for both schools. Sure, the Buckeyes are always going to recruit Ohio, but they're going to try and get what they can as quickly as possible so that they can then get out of Brady Hoke's region because constantly losing to him is disheartening.
And while Hoke is snatching up prospect after prospect, Meyer will be traveling the country trying to find some players that Michigan doesn't want.
Players like five-star middle linebacker Mike Mitchell out of Texas. Or linebacker Trey Johnson out of Georgia, who said no to Nick Saban, Florida, USC, Florida State and South Carolina. Or Michael Hill out of South Carolina. He only had offers from Alabama, Florida, Clemson and South Carolina.
Good luck making something out of that mess.
Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines are so thoroughly dominating Urban Meyer and Ohio State right now, that Meyer has been forced into battling the likes of Alabama while out recruiting.
How embarrassing for him!
Buckeye fans might want to brace themselves, because there could be some very dark days ahead. Ohio State and Michigan were always equal because they basically recruited the same players. If Meyer stops recruiting the same players that Michigan is recruiting, then what's to stop the Wolverines from going on a Tresselian spree of their own?
Five-star kids from around the country are nice, but they're not going to win you championships. Having a nice, strong, midwest base is.
It's a formula that has won Michigan and Ohio State countless national championships. And now Hoke's domination has forced Meyer to find another way to win.
This is not going to end well.
And come this fall, Hoke and the Wolverines will probably have the top-ranked recruiting class in November for a third straight year.
I don't want to tell Buckeye fans that it's time to panic, but
if your coach is panicking, then who am I to tell you not to?
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