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Michigan finishes with best recruiting class in Big Ten for 2019 class

For the first time in over a decade, the Wolverines sit atop the conference rankings.

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Now that the second National Signing Day has come and gone, Michigan can officially say it has signed the top class in the Big Ten.

This is the first time since at least 2007 Michigan sits atop the conference. The 247Sports composite rankings were a little weird that year (it says Ohio State finished 72nd and only six ranked players) but hey, we’re gonna count it.

This breaks the Buckeyes’ eight-year run as having the best class, which mostly occurred under Urban Meyer. The only other year since 2007 that didn’t see Ohio State having the top class was 2010, when Penn State was first and Michigan was second.

Coming in second has been a theme for the Wolverines, who have mostly been the bridesmaid in this 11-year span between the No. 1 slots. They’ve finished second an astounding nine times in that stretch.

Michigan also finds itself in the top 10 nationally for the third time in four years under Jim Harbaugh. They have settled in at the No. 8 spot, which is subject to change as some stragglers sign later on.

Looking at the rankings slightly differently, the staff locked up a 26-man class with an average rating of 90.78, which is good for 11th in the country.

This is an exceptional haul as a rebound from the disappointing 2018 class. Harbaugh is proving last cycle was an anomaly and fans can expect the Wolverines to contend for the best class in the conference year in and year out and land a top 10 class in the country much more often than not.