While Michigan football practices in Florida, a Michigan high school football player became an Ohio State verbal commit.
The former is a new development, but the latter isn’t as rare as one might expect.
Three-star athlete prospect Antjuan Simmons of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School could be the fifth player from the Great Lakes State to sign with the Buckeyes since Urban Meyer took over as head coach of the Buckeyes in late 2011.
After nabbing none in his first two classes, Meyer signed four-star Damon Webb out of Detroit Cass Tech in 2014 and then took two more Technicians, four-star running back Mike Weber and three-star defensive tackle Joshua Alabi, a year later.
Last month, Canton offensive lineman Michael Jordan became Meyer’s fourth Michigan signee and the 20th player from the state to sign with Ohio State since 1990.
Jim Tressel signed six players from Michigan in his 10-plus years in Columbus, including eventual stars Johnathan Hankins (Detroit Southeastern) and Vernon Gholston (Cass Tech), who was an All-Big Ten player before he became better known as an NFL draft bust.
Tressel’s predecessor, John Cooper, signed 10 players from Michigan during his 13 years on the job.
Those efforts produced a pair of notable starters in linebacker Ryan Miller (Allen Park) and quarterback Craig Krenzel (Utica Ford).
Of course, Michigan has made a living off Ohio high school talent for decades, but news of the latest player to head the other direction comes after a recruiting season in which Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh signed no one from Ohio and only two of the top 10 players in Michigan.
The latter total matched how many were signed by Notre Dame and trailed Michigan State’s three.
For 2017, Harbaugh has two commits from prospects in Michigan, including four-star offensive tackle Jaraymond Hall of Oak Park.
Ohio State's signees from Michigan since 1988:
2016 Michael Jordan OL Canton, Mich. Plymouth
2015 Joshua Alabi DT Detroit Cass Technical
2015 Mike Weber RB Detroit Cass Technical
2014 Damon Webb CB Detroit, Mich. Cass Technical
2010 Johnathan Hankins DL Dearborn Hts., Mich. Detroit Southeastern
2009 Reid Fragel TE Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Grosse Pointe South
2009 James Jackson WR Grand Ledge, Mich. Grand Ledge
2007 Taurian Washington WR Orchard Lake, Mich. St. Mary's
2006 Aaron Gant DB Orchard Lake, Mich. St. Mary's
2004 Vernon Gholston DE Detroit, Mich. Cass Technical
2000 Marco Cooper LB Detroit Cass Technical
1999 Ricky Bryant WR Farmington Hills, Mich. Farmington Hills Harrison
1999 Craig Krenzel QB Utica, Mich. Utica Ford
1995 Charlie Sanders Jr. RB Rochester Hills, Mich. Rochester Hills Adams
1994 Dan Gibbons OL Birmingham, Mich. Rice
1993 James Ross LB Detroit Detroit MacKenzie
1993 Larry Waldon OL Detroit Detroit MacKenzie
1992 Ryan Miller LB Allen Park, Mich. Allen Park
1991 DeWayne Carter WR Orchard Lake, Mich. St. Mary's
1990 Randall Brown DL Detroit Detroit Cooley