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Michigan Didn't Land Any Of The Recruits It Hosted For The Ohio State Game

The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Michigan football may want to re-think its recruiting strategy.

College football programs often host top recruits for big games - hoping that a solid win over a quality opponent with produce an incredible stadium atmosphere that players will want to be part of moving forward. But it can backfire, too.

Michigan didn't put together a great recruiting class in 2018, finishing 21st overall, according to 247 Sports. The Wolverines also failed to secure a commitment from any of the top 100 players in the country.

But the most depressing fact of all stems from last year's Ohio State game. Michigan decided to host seven top recruits for the contest, and in the aftermath, none of the seven players wound up committing to play for the Wolverines. Ohio State won the contest, 31-20, in a game that exposed Michigan's lack of offensive firepower.

The seven players? Nicholas Petit-Frere, Eyabi Anoma, Jamarr Chase, Jayson Oweh, Tal Hufanga, Tommy Tremble and Tyler Friday. Petit-Frere, a five-star offensive tackle, actually wound up picking Ohio State this past Wednesday. That one has to hurt the most. Friday, a four-star defensive tackle, also picked the Buckeyes.

Anoma, a five-star defensive end, picked Alabama. Chase, a four-star wide receiver, picked LSU. Oweh, a four-star defensive end, picked Penn State. Hufanga, a four-star safety, picked USC. Tremble, a three-star tight end, wound up at Notre Dame.

Stadium put together a quick video to show the carnage for the Wolverines.

Jim Harbaugh is going to need to put together a solid 2018 campaign to get back on the right side of the fence when it comes to recruiting. If transfer quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible, that might be a lot easier to accomplish.