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Michigan 6th In ESPN's 2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings

ESPN has released its first college football recruiting rankings for the class of 2012. The rankings look at the top 25 classes that have been assembled so far, and Michigan is ranked sixth in the nation.

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The top five (in order) is Texas, Florida State, Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida. Michigan is sixth thanks to a class that includes 14 commitments, two of which are in the ESPNU 150. Six of Michigan's commits are four stars on ESPN and seven of them are three stars. Michigan's top commit based on ESPN's rankings is Terry Richardson.

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The only other two Big Ten teams in the top 25 of ESPN's rankings are Penn State and Ohio State. The Nittany Lions are ranked 17th and the Buckeyes are one spot behind at No. 18.

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Of course, these rankings are a very early look at the top classes. Signing day is still quite a ways away, and with the NCAA's case against Ohio State likely to have an effect on recruiting, a lot can change from now to February.