Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rivals: OSU and Michigan bring in top Big Ten units

Kelly Karloff
Rivals released their position rankings for the class of 2012, and the news is - unsurprisingly - good.  The Wolverines ranked #1 at running back, #5 at wide receiver, tied for #1 at tight end, #1 at offensive line, #1 at defensive tackle, #2 at defensive end, #1 at linebacker, and #2 at defensive back.  Michigan didn't take a quarterback or an athlete, so they were unranked at each of those positions.  Michigan's average ranking in those eight categories (not counting the two in which they were unranked) is 1.75.  Ohio State's average ranking in all ten categories (since they took a quarterback and a couple athletes) is 2.4.


  1. I did not delve too deeply into other teams, but I have to say I was underwhelmed with our RB class. Johnson and Houma were middling 3 stars and Norfleet is a bit of a little guy. Might be great combined, but I don't think there is a single major every down back here, a la Perry or Thomas, like Dunn would have been.

    1. I agree with you. Ohio State got a couple guys who could be feature backs (Warren Ball, Bri'onte Dunn). Meanwhile, Michigan got a fullback (Houma), a guy who Fred Jackson said would be a specialist/change-of-pace back (Norfleet), and kind of a development prospect (Johnson). If the Buckeyes offered their two for our three, I would probably take the trade. But who knows? If Norfleet can be a game-changing returner and Johnson or Houma can become solid starters at some point, then maybe Michigan got the best out of the deal.