Final Big Ten 2017 Recruiting Team Rankings: Ohio State Finishes on Top

By Nick Polak on February 7, 2017 at 9:30 am
Urban Meyer signed yet another strong class in 2018.
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Final 2017 Big Ten Recruiting Team Rankings
Rank Team # of Commits Average Rating Blue Chip % Top-5 Commits

1

Ohio State

21 0.9447 91% ★★★★★ CB Jeffrey Okudah (0.9954) 
★★★★★ WDE Chase Young (0.9953)
★★★★★ OLB Baron Browning (0.9936)
★★★★★ CB Shaun Wade (0.9903)
★★★★★ OG Wyatt Davis (0.9870)

2

Michigan

30 0.9103 70% ★★★★★ WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (0.9922)
★★★★★ DT Aubrey Solomon (0.9869)
★★★★ OC Cesar Ruiz (0.9781)
★★★★ WDE Luiji Vilain (0.9722)
★★★★ OLB Drew Singleton (0.9600)

3

Penn State

21 0.8880 52% ★★★★ CB Lamont Wade (0.9778)
★★★★ OG C.J. Thorpe (0.9571)
★★★★ PRO Sean Clifford (0.9210)
★★★★ SDE Yetur Matos (0.9182)
★★★★ DT Fred Hansard (0.9171)

4

Maryland

28 0.8682 29% ★★★★ APB Anthony McFarland Jr. (0.9518)
★★★★ CB Deon Jones (0.9245)
★★★★ ATH Markquese Bell (0.9210)
★★★★ OG Marcus Minor (0.9106)
★★★★ PRO Kasim Hill (0.9076)

5

Nebraska

20 0.8758 25% ★★★★ WR Tyjon Lindsey (0.9756)
★★★★ CB Elijah Blades (0.9351)
★★★★ ILB Avery Roberts (0.9248)
★★★★ PRO Tristan Gebbia (0.9184)
★★★★ WR Jaevon McQuitty (0.8944)

6

Michigan State

23 0.8507 17% ★★★★ OG Kevin Jarvis (0.9108)
★★★★ TE Matt Dotson (0.8985)
★★★★ WR Hunter Rison (0.8923)
★★★★ OLB Antjuan Simmons (0.8919)
★★★ OG Jordan Reid (0.8856)

7

Wisconsin

18 0.8517 11% ★★★★ OG Kayden Lyles (0.9171)
★★★★ WR Danny Davis (0.9121)
★★★ TE Jake Ferguson (0.8875)
★★★ RB Jonathan Taylor (0.8854)
★★★ OT Tyler Beach (0.8804)

8

Iowa

22 0.8382 9% ★★★★★ SDE A.J. Epenesa (0.9853)
★★★★ OT Tristan Wirfs (0.8911)
★★★ OT Mark Kallenberger (0.8866)
★★★ CB Djimon Colbert (0.8757)
★★★ DUAL Peyton Mansell (0.8580)

9

Rutgers

26 0.8365 12% ★★★★ OT Micah Clark (0.9365)
★★★★ WR Bo Melton (0.9068)
★★★ OLB Tyshon Fogg (0.8940)
★★★ WR Eddie Lewis (0.8583)
★★★ DUAL Johnathan Lewis (0.8558)

10

Illinois

25 0.8410 0% ★★★ WR Ricky Smalling (0.8868)
★★★ DTKendrick Green (0.8801)
★★★ ILB Delshawn Phillips (0.8737)
★★★ OG Larry Boyd (0.8721)
★★★ WDE Owen Carney (0.8695)

11

Northwestern

19 0.8512 5% ★★★★ SDE Earnest Brown (0.9143)
★★★ DT Sam Miller (0.8817)
★★★ SDE Trevor Kent (0.8797)
★★★ S J.R. Pace (0.8624)
★★★ OG Rashawn Slater (0.8584)

12

Minnesota

26 0.8326 0% ★★★ OT Blaise Andries (0.8857)
★★★ S Kendarian Handy-Holly (0.8664)
★★★ CB Demetrius Douglas (0.8528)
★★★ CB Adam Beck (0.8502)
★★★ WR Chris Autman-Bell (0.8499)

13

Indiana

23 0.8302 0% ★★★ ATH Juwan Burgess (0.8782)
★★★ ATH Bryant Fitzgerald (0.8525)
★★★ RB Morgan Ellison (0.8500)
★★★ DT Juan Harris (0.8486)
★★★ OT Caleb Jones (0.8457)

14

Purdue

23 0.8155 0% ★★★ CB T.J. Jallow (0.8582)
★★★ PRO Nick Sipe (0.8569)
★★★ CB Dedrick Mackey (0.8559)
★★★ WR Tyler Hamilton (0.8515)
★★★ WR D.J. Edwards (0.8509)

Best Overall Class: Ohio State

Duh. The Buckeyes have been consistently sending players to the NFL early the past years, and if you're going to make a habit of doing that, you need to recruit at a very high level. Luckily for Urban Meyer, he's doing just that. With an average recruit rating of 0.9447, the Buckeyes have a very valid claim to having the best class in the entire country, as well.

Death, taxes, Ohio State recruiting. You know the deal.

Best Under-the-Radar Class: Nebraska

Quietly, Nebraska put together a top-five Big Ten class. They got a late, big boost in the form of Ohio State defection Tyjon Lindsey to help get them there, but it was still a solid class even without him. Since joining the Big Ten, the Huskers have made a habit of putting together better classes than the average fan realizes, and 2017 was no exception.

Best Surprise: Maryland

While it was somewhat predictable thanks to the famous 'new coach bump', Maryland's 2017 class ended up being one of the best in the league and top-20 in the country. They finished ahead of Nebraska, Michigan State and Wisconsin, all teams that perennially finish near the top of their divisions (minus last year, Sparty).

Nearly 30% of the class is made up of blue chip players, which is a huge step forward for a program that could be doing so much better than it is. If Durkin's team can take the next step forward on the field in 2017, he could begin to reap the benefits of the fertile DMV recruiting grounds even more in the 2018 class.

Most Impressive First Year Coach Recruiting: Rutgers

Yes, Maryland class was far better than Rutgers', but Chris Ash had far less to work with to sell his program than Durkin did. Also, although many teams recruit the DMV, there's at least some sense of hometown pride when it comes to local kids at the Terps. In New Jersey, there's very little of that when it comes to Rutgers, which is why Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama and others have never had any issues recruiting kids from the Garden State.

Ash's class may not stack up with the top teams in the Big Ten, but grabbing three big-time players in Bo Melton (APB/WR), Micah Clark (OT) and Tyshon Fogg (OLB) is huge for this program. They also grabbed one of the best sleeper candidates in the conference, in wide receiver Raheem Blackshear, from Archbishop Wood in Pennsylvania.

Best Desperation Job: Michigan State

Mark Dantonio didn't have much to sell to recruits concerning his program after its performance in 2016, but still managed to grab some quality players in this class. Hunter Rison (WR), Kevin Jarvis (OG), Matt Dotson (TE), Antjuan Simmons (OLB) and Jordan Reid (OG) are all players that were sought-after by other Big Ten schools. Rocky Lombardi, the dual-threat quarterback, is another name to watch for in the future with the Spartan quarterback position being anything but clear in both the short term and long term.

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