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You might remember Michigan wasn’t pleased with the fact that Meyer and the staff he was assembling was allowed to recruit while the old staff was preparing the Buckeyes for their bowl game. The NCAA signed off on the arrangement. This just after Ohio State was handed a one-year bowl ban for transgressions under former coach Jim Tressel.

Considering Meyer’s track record, simply having him on Ohio State’s side was probably all the advantage the Buckeyes needed.

Meyer’s class was a consensus top-five, loaded with defensive linemen, including Noah Spence from Harrisburg, Pa., and Adolphus Washington from Cincinnati. The Buckeyes got a late boost when offensive tackle Kyle Dodson from Cleveland switched from Wisconsin to Ohio State on Wednesday.

“We had to have him,” Meyer said of Dodson.

Dodson was one of at least a half dozen players who switched commitments to play for Meyer.

“He’s done an amazing job flipping kids away from schools like it was easy as can be. And it’s not,” said Mike Farrell, national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com.

Michigan did OK for itself, too. Coach Brady Hoke’s recruits received high marks from the experts and stacked up nicely with Ohio State.

So signing day was just like the old days in the Big Ten. There was Ohio State and Michigan, then everybody else.

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FLORIDA TROJANS

With NCAA sanctions kicking in at USC, Lane Kiffin had 10 fewer scholarships to hand out this year.

While the quantity is down, the quality of the Trojans’ class was not, and Kiffin’s crew made a couple of big scores in Florida on signing day.

Defensive end Leonard Williams from Daytona Beach, Fla., and receiver Nelson Algholor from Tampa both chose the Trojans.

After announcing his decision on ESPNU, Algholor said he was looking forward to catching passes from Matt Barkley, who decided to return for his senior season.

Looks like Kiffin can thank his quarterback for that victory.

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