Ohio State and Michigan have dominated the Big Ten conference for over 100 years now, and the two programs are No. 1 and No. 2 in college football history in terms of total wins. With USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten conference in 2024, however, it will add two quality teams who seem to be on the rise. What does this mean? Well, the two newcomers will create more intriguing recruiting battles in the years to come.
The question is, will Michigan be able to win anything significant if it can't recruit at the same pace as the other big-name programs? Will it be able to compete for Big Ten titles at all? Not with the way it's recruiting right now.
While Ohio State aims to continue its streak of dominance on the recruiting trail, Michigan is doing the complete opposite. Three four-star players have de-committed from the program in the 2023 recruiting class alone.
After the de-commitment of Raylen Wilson, a top 100 player and the fifth-ranked linebacker in the 2023 recruiting cycle according to the 247sports composite rankings, the Wolverines now have the 49th-ranked class in the country and the second-worse class in the 14-team Big Ten conference.
Just to point out how wide of a gap there is between Ohio State and Michigan's classes, Michigan's highest-rated recruit, Cole Cabana, is the 233rd-ranked prospect in the class while 13 out of Ohio State's 16 commits are ranked above him. The rest of Michigan's class is flat-out awful.
Hell, even Rutgers, Purdue, and Maryland have better classes at this juncture.
If Khaki-Pants Harbaugh doesn't get things rolling, he will continue to be an average, overrated coach at an above-average, prestigious program.