Rivals updated their list of the top 100 high school recruits in the country this week. That means it’s probably as good a time as any to take a look at how the schools in the Big Ten are faring in luring some of the best high school players in the country to their respective campuses.
A quick glance of the list confirms what we already knew; Michigan and Ohio State continue to clean up on the recruiting trails. Michigan has received five commitments from players currently in the top 100 and the Buckeyes are right on their heels with four players verbally committed.
Penn State also is holding onto three players committed among the top 100, but the jury is obviously still out and whether or not the Nittany Lions can fight off the deluge of schools trying to lure these guys away from State College. So far the three players that remain committed are saying the right things, but the Nittany Lions have already lost five commitments overall and there’s along ways to go until finish line arrives in February.
Here’s a look at the 12 players listed among Rivals top 100 that are committed to Big Ten schools.
|25||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|27||Cameron Burrows||DB||Ohio State|
|29||Eli Woodard||DB||Ohio State|
|42||Christian Hackenberg||QB||Penn State|
|53||Jalin Marshall||ATH||Ohio State|
|56||Adam Breneman||TE||Penn State|
|65||Garrett Sickels||DE||Penn State|
Among the top 100 recruits nationally, 77 players have made their college choices which leaves 23 players yet to decide. Of those 23 players, just three reside in a state that is home to a Big Ten school (one each in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois) so if the Big Ten lands any other players in the top 100, they’ll have to continue hunting nationally which is no huge surprise.
Stepping outside Rivals top 100, the story is exactly the same. Among the next 65 ranked players, six are committed to Michigan and six more to Ohio State. The highest ranked player not committed to Michigan, Ohio State, or Penn State is Marcus McWilson coming in at 179 who is committed to Nebraska.
Among the best recruiting classes in the country, Michigan is currently ranked the highest among Big Ten teams with the second best class in the nation. Recruiting rankings certainly don’t win any games for you, but being at the top definitely beats the alternative and Brady Hoke has already made a gigantic splash in recruiting circles entering his second season in Arbor.
Urban Meyer is doing just what people expected he would in Columbus. His first full class at Ohio State checks in ninth nationally. Ohio State and Michigan are currently the only schools in the Big Ten teams ranked among the top 25 classes. Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin are next up with team rankings at 30, 31, and 34, respectively.
USC, LSU, Notre Dame, and Florida round out the top five classes in the country.