New Jersey cornerback Jabrill Peppers is the cornerstone of Michigan's 2014 recruiting class. (Frank Conlon / Newark Star-Ledger)
Michigan was given a grade of B+ for its 2014 recruiting haul by ESPN while Michigan State was given a B.
EPSN rated the Wolverinesí class No. 18 in the nation and the Spartansí No. 28.
That went against the grain of the major recruiting services, as both ranked the Spartans higher. Scout had MSUís class at No. 21 and U-Mís at No. 27 while Rivals went with MSU at No. 22 and U-M at No. 31.
Here is ESPNís analysis on the Wolverines and Spartans:
Michigan (B+): The Wolverines started off the 2014 class with a bang, landing several big names, led by No. 2-overall Jabrill Peppers. Michigan went into Virginia for ESPN 300 quarterback Wilton Speight, and Florida and New Jersey for ESPN 300 offensive linemen Mason Cole and Juwann Bushell-Beatty, respectively. Wide receiver and No. 85 Drake Harris has a high ceiling. Defensive linemen Bryan Mone, No. 91 overall, and No. 121 Lawrence Marshall are key gets. No. 200 Ian Bunting could be a red-zone weapon as a tight end
Michigan State: (B): The Spartans are doing what they seemingly always do, evaluating well and flying under the radar nationally in recruiting. This year's class is headlined by Malik McDowell, the No. 5 DT in this class, and a key in-state pickup with a lot of physical ability to develop up front. Fellow ESPN 300 prospects ATH Montae Nicholson and center Brian Allen are other significant lands, along with bruising four-star running back/full back Gerald Owens. Four-star athlete Byron Bullough and defensive tackle Enoch Smith Jr. fit the physical defensive style of the Spartans.
Here is ESPNís analysis of all the Big Ten teams (pay site).