Alabama was the consensus football recruiting champion for the fifth consecutive season, but now the Crimson Tide has the challenge of living up to its rating on the field — which it couldn't do after being top ranked at the end of the last regular season.
Ohio State's biggest win of the day was running back Mike Weber, who chose the Buckeyes over rival
"We do keep score against our rivals in everything we do," Meyer told reporters.
Harbaugh, who had about a month to fill out Michigan's small class, missed on the Wolverines' three biggest targets. Weber went to the Buckeyes; tight end Chris Clark to UCLA; and cornerback Iman Marshall to USC.
The Wolverines did sign Tyrone Wheatley Jr., a tight end-defensive end whose father is a Michigan assistant, and defensive end Shelton Johnson, who chose Michigan over Florida State. The Wolverines' class was rated No. 38.
Another first year coach, Jim McElwain of Florida, had a recruiting class rated among the worst in the Southeastern Conference just weeks ago. But he picked up two five-star linemen Wednesday and has now filled out a class that is ranked No. 21 overall.
Byron Cowart, a defensive end whom some analysts considered the best recruit in the nation, announced he would sign with
In the end, he sent in his fax, and Auburn class rose to a No. 9 ranking.