- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
With the recruiting season winding down and signing day fast approaching, the big what-if scenario for Michigan has to do with two former commits. There are three spots left in this class due to the fact defensive back Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) wanted to take visits and thus decommitted.
Both are still being recruited by Michigan, since both are still at a position of need. They also are being courted by Ohio State, which means there is a chance the Buckeyes could land both of the former Wolverines commits. So, what if that happened?
The first thing Buckeyes fans would say is that it was payback for Michigan nabbing former Ohio State commit Kyle Kalis in the 2012 class. Aside from that, the Buckeyes would be landing two very good players at positions of need for Michigan.
Former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler used to say the reason he recruited prospects from Ohio was because they played for him and they didn’t play against him. Current coach Brady Hoke has adopted similar philosophies from Schembechler and Lloyd Carr, so it would be no surprise that it would be a big loss if the two ESPN 150 prospects flipped to the school Hoke calls “Ohio.”
Landing the two highly rated prospects also would move Ohio State ahead of Michigan in the class rankings, where Michigan holds a slight lead now at No. 5.
Michigan does have other options if the two were to land at Ohio State, but it would be a big blow nonetheless. It looks as though the Buckeyes have a good chance with Conley, but it might be a more difficult battle when it comes to Dawson. Either way, the rivalry is alive and well between the schools.