Pitches similar, pitchmen differ

Recruits say U-M, Alabama both sell tradition, so it comes down to coaches

Updated: August 31, 2012, 10:37 AM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation
The last time Alabama and Michigan met on the field was Jan. 1, 2000, in the Orange Bowl. The Wolverines prevailed, 35-34 in overtime, when Tide kicker Ryan Pflugner missed an extra-point attempt.

But in truth Alabama and Michigan, who will meet in the season opener on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium, have battled several times since -- on the recruiting trail. Top programs often are chasing the same top prospects. Because of it, recruiting battles play out and act as precursors to what could happen on the field.