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Recruiting battles, the numbers

2/29/2012
Brady Hoke has made up ground quickly on U-M's chief rivals in just two-plus years of recruiting. Getty Images, AP Photo

Recruiting battles have picked up steam over the last year, and the landscape has changed completely among Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Let's take a look at just how much it has changed over the past few years. We'll first look at the number of commitments among Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State that held offers from the other programs between 2008 and 2011. We will then compare the numbers of the same parameters between 2012 and the current recruiting class, 2013.

2008 - 2011:

Michigan commits with MSU offers: 17

Michigan commits with OSU offers: 6

MSU commits with Michigan offers: 13

MSU commits with OSU offers: 3

OSU commits with Michigan offers: 32

OSU commits with MSU offers: 22

2012 - present:

Michigan commits with MSU offers: 18

Michigan commits with OSU offers: 10

MSU commits with Michigan offers: 2

MSU commits with OSU offers: 2

OSU commits with Michigan offers: 13

OSU commits with MSU offers: 11

Those numbers are pretty remarkable if you look at just how fast things have turned around among these schools. Michigan currently has more commitments that held offers from Michigan State between one and a half recruiting classes as it did over four classes going back to 2008.

What might be even more important for Michigan is having four more commitments with Ohio State offers between these two recent classes than in the past four years.