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Thursday, January 10, 2013
OSU tops Michigan in final ESPN 150/300

By Brad Bournival

The Horseshoe isn’t the only place Ohio State beat Michigan this season, as the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class is currently ahead of the Wolverines after the final ESPN 150 and 300 lists were released.

After all-star weekend was completed, ESPN analysts went back to the drawing board one last time and put together their final numbers. On paper, it was a Buckeyes day again.

Not only did Ohio State have more ESPN 150 representatives (10) than Michigan (9), it led in overall ESPN 300 athletes by one as well with 15.

Added up, 71 percent of the Buckeyes’ class appeared on the list with six future Ohio State players ranked ahead of the highest Wolverine. Michigan had 58 percent of its class represented.

The Bucks also had 15 four-star commits and one five-star pledge.

Evan Lisle (145 to 106), Ezekiel Elliott (139 to 109), Trey Johnson (78 to 48), Jalin Marshall (78 to 49), Marcus Baugh (129 to 102) and Gareon Conley (62 to 43) were the biggest movers for Ohio State, which is currently ranked fourth in the ESPN class rankings.

Eli Apple fell five spots but kept his fifth star as the No. 11 overall player with Joey Bosa (56), Cam Burrows (62) and Mike Mitchell (128) falling in line to give the Buckeyes double digit members in the top 150.

When that list expands to 300, five more names appear as Michael Hill (216), Jayme Thompson (218), J.T. Barrett (261), Donovan Munger (281) and Billy Price (287) enter the mix.

Tracy Sprinkle, Johnny Townsend, Tyquan Lewis, Darron Lee, Tim Gardner and Taivon Jacobs were not ranked in the final ESPN 150/300.