The Coaching Associations from Michigan and Ohio have agreed to have an annual High School All Star game starting next year in Findlay, Ohio. Apparently this will replace the current Michigan High School Football game that has been played annually for the last couple of decades.
I applaud this move by the organizations because I believe it will help high school football in the state of Michigan get better. Obviously these two states have a rivalry that most likely dates back a few hundred years but the Michigan/Ohio State football rivalry is probably the main reason for the current rift or hatred.
Many in Ohio have already termed this game a bloodbath in favor of their home state but I couldn't disagree more. If Michigan approaches this game the right way, that is, by playing our best players; we will be more than competitive.
I have been tooling around on the ESPN recruiting database and seemed to have found some interesting numbers. Looking at the class of 2014, Michigan has sixty-seven players that have committed to Division I schools while Ohio has around seventy-nine. These numbers may not be entirely accurate but I did get them right from the database. Each state will field a team of 40 players. Does Ohio have an edge here? Maybe, but exactly how much?
Let's hope that Michigan chooses to send multiple players from each school. The Michigan All Star Game only allowed one player from each school to participate. This was for obvious reasons but a school like Cass Tech could have had 5 or 6 play in the game instead of 1 if the rules were different.
If Michigan sends their big boys every year this will be a game worth going to see on an annual basis.