State of the Rivalry: Linebackers 

February, 27, 2013
The writers at WolverineNation and BuckeyeNation put their heads together to break down the rivals' 2013 recruiting classes. They'll give readers a position-by-position look at who coaches Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer signed and, ultimately, which class edged out the other. It's too early to say what will happen through the next few seasons, and we won't make any promises except that Hoke and Meyer are going to put talent on the field.

Ohio State got: The Buckeyes looked like they were fine when Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) and Lewis Neal (Wilson, N.C./James B. Hunt) gave early commitments. But both decommitted, leaving the position in a state of need. That need carried on for the better part of eight months, until a January weekend took Ohio State from a state of uncertainty to one of strength. ESPN 150 inside linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) committed to Ohio State during the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4. ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) followed suit the next day during the U.S. Army All-American Game. Three-star outside linebacker Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville), who can also play safety, rounded out the unit after committing on Jan. 11.

The signing of Johnson, Mitchell and Worley was a sigh of relief as linebacker was the biggest position of need in the class. Last year, fullback Zach Boren had to move over to defense to help. If the play of Mitchell and Johnson lives up to the hype, these two could be the talk of Columbus. Worley hits like a tank. He could play the role as an intimidator over the middle.
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