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Michigan vs. its rivals in the ESPN 150 over the past five years

4/16/2012

Every year, ESPN ranks out the top 150 recruits in the country based off combines, camps and highlight reels.

The experts don’t always get it right. Players like Jordan Kovacs and Blake Countess never appeared on the list, despite being staples in the Wolverines' secondary. And there are players that make the list and then are never heard from again once they hit the college circuit.

And the most successful school on the field doesn't always get the most top recruits on the trail.

When looking at Michigan's rivals, Ohio State has had the most wins over the past four seasons (39), but hasn't attracted as many ESPN150 members as Notre Dame, which has just 29 wins during that time. And shockingly, Michigan State, which has experienced almost as much success as the Buckeyes in that time period, has only been able to draw four ESPN150 recruits over the past five seasons, less than the per-year average of Notre Dame.

But here's a further breakdown of where Michigan and its top rivals stand on ESPN150 recruits over the past five recruiting seasons going into Tuesday's release of the initial ESPN 150.

RECORDS FROM 2008-11:

MICHIGAN: 26-24

OHIO STATE: 39-13 (This includes the 2010 season, which Ohio State officially vacated due to NCAA sanctions).

MSU: 37-16

NOTRE DAME: 29-22

ESPN 150 COMMITS OVER THE PAST FIVE CLASSES:

MICHIGAN: 17

OHIO STATE: 31

MSU: 4

NOTRE DAME: 32

2012:

MICHIGAN: 4

Joe Bolden, Kyle Kalis, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Terry Richardson

OHIO STATE: 5

Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington, Se'Von Pittman, Joey O'Connor, Tommy Schutt

MICHIGAN STATE: 0

NOTRE DAME: 6

Davonte Neal, Gunner Kiel, Justin Ferguson, Tee Shepard, Jarron Jones, Sheldon Day

2011:

MICHIGAN: 0

OHIO STATE: 7

Steve Miller, Curtis Grant, Doran Grant, Braxton Miller, Ryan Shazier, Evan Spencer, Michael Bennett

MICHIGAN STATE: 1

Lawrence Thomas

NOTRE DAME: 7

Aaron Lynch, Matthew Hegarty, Ishaq Williams, DaVaris Daniels, Ben Koyack, Stephon Tuitt, Anthony Rabasa

2010:

MICHIGAN: 2

Demar Dorsey, Devin Gardner

OHIO STATE: 4

Rod Smith, James Louis, Darryl Baldwin, Corey Brown

MICHIGAN STATE: 1

William Gholston

NOTRE DAME: 2

Louis Nix, T.J. Jones

2009:

MICHIGAN: 7

Craig Roh, Je’Ron Stokes, Quinton Washington, Isaiah Bell, Denard Robinson, Tate Forcier, Taylor Lewan

OHIO STATE: 7

Jaamal Berry, Dorian Bell, C.J. Barnett, Jamie Wood, Melvin Fellows, Jack Mewhort, Duron Carter

MICHIGAN STATE: 2

David Barrent, Edwin Baker

NOTRE DAME: 7

Manti Te’o, Tyler Stockton, Shaquelle Evans, Chris Watt, Zach Martin, Cierre Wood, E.J. Banks

2008:

MICHIGAN: 4

Dann O’Neill, Darryl Stonum, Brandon Moore, J.B. Fitzgerald

OHIO STATE: 8

Terrelle Pryor, Etienne Sabino, Michael Brewster, Andrew Sweat, J.B. Shugarts, Mike Adams, Jake Stoneburner, Travis Howard

MICHIGAN STATE: 0

NOTRE DAME: 10

Dayne Crist, Michael Floyd, Ethan Johnson, Jamoris Slaughter, Jonas Gray, Darius Fleming, Deion Walker, Kyle Rudolph, Steve Filer, Braxston Cave