The Michigan and Notre Dame rivalry is coming to an end soon, and so too have some of the bigger recruiting battles between the programs.
The schools are ending their annual meeting after the 2014 season, and the Irish are moving toward an ACC-focused schedule. There has already been a shift in the number of recruiting battles between the rivals, and that change in scheduling might be a reason for it.
Of the 11 prospects who committed to Michigan or Notre Dame who held offers from both schools, only three -- tight end Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and offensive linemen Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) -- really came down to one or the other.
Michigan linebacker commit Michael Ferns (Saint Clairsville, Ohio/Saint Clairsville) had offers from both schools but says Michigan was the clear choice for him. Ferns says the opportunity to play close to his hometown factored into his decision to pick the Wolverines.