Michigan dethroned as Scout's No. 1 recruiting class by ... Ohio State
When signing day finally arrived, the Wolverines were knocked off their perch -- by Ohio State, no less.
As of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Michigan had fallen to second according to Scout.
It was holding at sixth according to Rivals, but fell from fifth to sixth according to ESPN. Ohio State was second according to both outlets.
Michigan had a drama-free day, wrapping up its 27-man class by noon with only one player even a slight question mark along the way. That's a no-loss signing day for Michigan, and any coach would take it.
But the Wolverines also didn't gain anyone, which allowed them to be caught from behind.
Ohio State picked up a surprise commitment Wednesday from four-star prospect Vonn Bell. There had been a prior report indicating the safety -- ranked the No. 32 player in the nation by Rivals -- had picked Tennessee.
Speedy receiver James Clark also chose the Buckeyes on Wednesday. Factoring in the commitment this week of tailback/receiver Dontre Wilson, a former Oregon commit, and Ohio State appears to have finished as strong as just about anyone in the country (besides maybe Ole Miss).
Ohio State's class now stands at 25 players, with five ranked among Rivals' top 50 players and nine in the top 100.
Michigan's class features 27 players, with one (Derrick Green) in the top 50 and four in the top 100.
Both classes are among the deepest in the country, but the Buckeyes feature better top-end talent, which helped them earn a unanimous edge over the Wolverines on signing day.
Needless to say, the recruiting rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State -- as well as Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer -- remains vibrant, and should make for some intriguing battles on and off the field down the road.
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