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Michigan and Michigan State in heated recruiting battle over top MI recruit

The Wolverines and Spartans are currently in a close recruiting battle over a top-ranked in-state recruit.



Nick Marsh, Michigan football
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The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is one of the best in college sports; these two neighboring schools — separated by about an hour’s drive — compete at just about anything and everything. Among the things that the Wolverines and Spartans compete at is football recruiting, which is precisely the case right now. Currently, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan football team and Mel Tucker’s Michigan State Spartans are battling it out for Nick Marsh, a top-ranked recruit in MI in the 2024 recruiting cycle.

Michigan, Michigan State battling for top-ranked recruit in MI

Nick Marsh committed to the Michigan State Spartans a few months ago. As the offseason has gone on, Marsh decided to decommit, though he remains that the Spartans are still among his top choices heading into the 2023 season. Still, Jim Harbaugh took note of this significant recruiting move, and his Wolverines are currently in hot pursuit of one of the top players in the state for the 2024 recruiting cycle.

Nick Marsh is a four-star wide receiver from River Rouge High School in Wayne County, MI. According to On3’s rankings, Marsh is the No. 123 player in the nation, the No. 19 wide receiver in the class, and the No. 2 player in the state of Michigan. Needless to say, he is at the top of the big board for Michigan and Michigan State, as well as other major programs, such as the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Since decommitting from Michigan State, Marsh’s attention still seems to remain within the state; right now, the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine lists the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines as the top-2 remaining schools in his recruitment, though it was also noted that Penn State exceeded his expectations during a recent visit.

Marsh has no more visits to East Lansing scheduled, though there is an upcoming visit to Ann Arbor listed — he will be visiting the Michigan football program on April 23rd.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.