No surprise, Ohio State and Michigan signed the top two recruiting classes in the Big Ten.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer put together a 21-man class that includes five players who received five-star ratings from recruiting analysts and 14 who are four-stars.
“This could go down as one of the great classes,” Meyer said. “We’re pretty fired up about this class.”
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh brought in 28 players, including two five-stars and 19 four-stars, in a class widely regarded as the finest assembled in program history.
Below are the complete Big Ten recruiting rankings, according to 247sports.com, with national rank as well. The number after each team is the total of five- and four-star recruits:
1 / 2 Ohio State (19)
Three of the nation’s top 11 players in the 247sports.com rankings ended up at Ohio State: CB Jeffrey Okudah of South Grand Prairie, Texas, No. 7; DE Chase Young of Hyattsville, Md., No. 8; and OLB Baron Browning of Kennedale, Texas, No. 11.
2 / 5 Michigan (21)
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones of Detroit, ranked No. 12 overall nationally, is Michigan’s top recruit. DT Aubrey Solomon of Leesburg, Ga., was a late addition.
3 / 15 Penn State (11)
With most of its starters returning, Penn State likely will take a stash-and-develop approach.
4 / 18 Maryland (9)
Coach DJ Durkin’s first full recruiting class is the Terrapins’ highest ranked since Ralph Friedgen’s 2004 class was No. 17. “Maryland’s class is the biggest story in the Big Ten. And it’s a big story nationally,” Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo said.
5 / 23 Nebraska (5)
The top-ranked class in the West Division includes four-star WR Tyjon Lindsey from Las Vegas, who de-committed from Ohio State.
6 / 34 Michigan State (4)
Kevin Jarvis, a 6-5, 335-pound guard, did not allow a sack his senior season while helping Maine South to an Illinois state championship.
7 / 40 Wisconsin (2)
Jack Coan, one of two QBs signed, already has enrolled at the university and will participate in spring practice.
8 / 41 Iowa (2)
DL A.J. Epenesa, son of former Hawkeye Eppy Epenesa, could help give Iowa an elite pass rush in 2017.
9 / 42 Rutgers (3)
Rutgers failed to win a conference game last season, meaning the new class is going to get a chance to compete for starting jobs.
10 / 44 Illinois (0)
Second-year coach Lovie Smith landed 10 in-state players in his 23-man class, the most from the Land of Lincoln since 2008.
11 / 48 Northwestern (1)
Earnest Brown, a four-star recruit from Aubrey, Texas, is rated the No. 6 DE in the nation by 247sports.com.
13 / 61 Indiana (0)
The Hoosiers signed eight players from Florida, including LB Thomas Allen, son of new coach Tom Allen.
14 / 69 Purdue (0)
New coach Jeff Brohm signed five junior college players.