Michigan, USC & Ohio State land top college football recruiting commitments from last week

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, left, and Ohio State's Ryan Day have not always had the friendliest relationship.Harbaugh Day composite 2
Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, left, and Ohio State's Ryan Day have not always had the friendliest relationship.Harbaugh Day composite 2 /

The fireworks are picking up on the college football recruiting trail and that’s especially true for Michigan football and rival Ohio State. 

Michigan football has a ton of momentum in the 2024 college football recruiting class but the Wolverines aren’t alone — Ohio State is also on fire.

There was a bunch of talk from Michigan football fans when the Wolverines were able to land four-star running back Jordan Marshall last month.

Marshall is the No. 3 player in the state of Ohio, a top-100 recruit, and the seventh-ranked running back in the 2024 college football recruiting class.

It was a sign that Michigan football recruiting is getting back to where it needs to be, at least to compete at an elite level, and landing top-ranked players from Ohio is always good. However, it might be a tad too early to say the Wolverines are recruiting as well as Ohio State.

The Buckeyes landed a pair of four-star offensive linemen last week and then on Sunday, Ohio State picked up a major commitment in 2024 from four-star running back James Peoples.

Peoples is ranked as the fifth-best running back in the 2024 college football recruiting class, meaning he ranks even higher than Marshall and it shows that while Michigan recruiting is trending up, that doesn’t mean Ohio State football recruiting has changed at all.

It hasn’t and the Buckeyes aren’t going to stop recruiting at an elite level anytime soon.

Michigan football, Tennesee land elite quarterbacks

The Wolverines were a winner in the month of March in part because of the commitment of Marshall. But in the past week, Michigan football landed its biggest recruit in the 2024 class as Jadyn Davis, a five-star QB, committed last Friday.

Davis is ranked fourth among quarterbacks in the 2024 class and 28th overall. He offers a clear succession plan for J.J. McCarthy and after back-to-back Big Ten title, Michigan football is finally recruiting like a college football powerhouse again.

Tennessee took another big step forward on the recruiting trail by landing a top-100 quarterback for the second year in a row. Nico Iamaleava was an impressive get in the 2023 college football recruiting class as he ranked third overall.

Jake Merklinger, the most recent commitment, who pledged last Friday, is ranked 55th in the 2024 class and sixth among quarterbacks. It’s another impressive win for Tennessee and the Vols, like Michigan and Ohio State, have top-7 classes right now according to the 247 sports composite team rankings.

USC football lands elite playmaker

USC was ranked as one of our big winners in the month of March and it was simply due to the commitment of Duce Robinson, the five-star tight end in 2023.

Robinson is actually ranked as the No. 1 tight end in the 2023 class. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound pass catcher caught over 80 passes last season. He was incredibly productive in high school and playing with Caleb Williams, I’d expect Robinson to make an immediate impact.

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That’s why he’s easily one of the most impactful commitments of the past week.