Big Ten rankings

From, with national ranking in parentheses:


1. Ohio State (3)

The biggest catch was five-star DL Nick Bosa, brother of former Buckeyes All-America Joey Bosa. He and DE Jonathon Cooper should get plenty of playing time as freshmen.


2. Michigan (4)

The Wolverines snared DT Rashan Gary, the first consensus No. 1 recruit to sign outside of the SEC since 2008. Graduating linebackers should get Elysee Mbem-Bosse on the field sooner and more often.


3. Michigan State (19)

Whoever replaces QB Connor Cook off a national semifinals team will have a talented new target in Donnie Corley, the best of four WR recruits.


4. Penn State (22)

Finally out from under NCAA sanctions, the Nittany Lions could again be building into a Big Ten power. James Franklin’s top recruit looks to be four-star RB Miles Sanders.


5. Nebraska (24)

The big question:Will QB Patrick O’Brien challenge incumbent Tommy Armstrong for the starting job? The Huskers also beefed up the offensive line with John Raridon and Matt Farniok.


6. Wisconsin (33)

Sam Brodner joins an already deep roster at RB behind Corey Clement. DL Garrett Rand, an invitee to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, adds to a young, talented position group.


7. Maryland (40)

New coach D.J. Durkin looks to turn around the Terrapins’ 1-7 Big Ten finish. Recruiting got a big boost from late commit by QB Tyrrell Pigrome, the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year.


8. Iowa (42)

The Hawkeyes, coming off a Big Ten West title, stole a QB of the future from the Badgers in 6-4 Nathan Stanley of Menomonie, Wis. Defensive line depth was also addressed by signing Cedrick Lattimore and Romeo McKnight.


9. Northwestern (47)

The Wildcats will lose a couple of wide receivers, and they’ll backfill with recruits Riley Lees, Bennett Skowronek and a local star, Breck’s own Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman.


10. Gophers (50)

Injuries decimated the offensive line last season, so the hope is a pair of 300-pound-plus junior college recruits, Garrison Wright and Vincent Calhoun, will be ready to start. Eden Prairie LB Carter Coughlin is the lone four-star recruit.


11. Indiana (62)

The Hoosiers landed a junior-college gunslinger in 6-6 QB Richard Lagow, who threw for 4,496 yards, 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions in two years. Athlete Jonah Morris could fit in at receiver or safety.


12. Purdue (71)

The Boilermakers are building a solid nucleus of skill position players and added to it by signing 6-4 WR Terrance Landers. Simeon Smiley could help a depleted secondary.


13. Illinois (74)

The Illini ran out of tight ends last season, so they signed three of them, led by Zarrian Holcombe. They also pulled in 13 recruits on defense for some much-needed depth.


14. Rutgers (80)

After a 1-7 Big Ten season under Kyle Flood, new coach Chris Ash is starting from scratch. The offense will get some help from QB Tylin Oden and RB Trey Sneed, who had more than 10 scholarship offers from other schools.