Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: Ohio State Leading the Way, and it's Not Even Somewhat Close

By Nick Polak on October 3, 2016 at 9:31 am
Ohio State's Tim Beck with top 2018 QB recruit Emory Jones
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2017 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings
Rank Team # of Commits Average Ranking Blue Chip % State with Most Commits
1

Ohio State
17 95.60 94.12% Florida/Ohio (4)
2

Michigan
17 89.00 58.82% Michigan (4)
3

Maryland
17 87.30 35.29% Maryland (8)
4

Iowa
17 86.24 17.65% Texas (6)
5

Penn State
15 87.48 33.33% Virginia (4)
6

Nebraska
15 86.71 26.67% Florida (3)
7

Rutgers
20 84.52 10.00% New Jersey (14)
8

Michigan State
16 85.87 18.75% Ohio (6)
9

Northwestern
18 84.83 0% Ohio/Texas (5)
10

Wisconsin
11 86.15 9.09% Wisconsin (6)
11

Illinois
12 84.61 0% Illinois (6)
12

Indiana
14 83.18 0% Indiana (6)
13

Minnesota
12 82.93 0% Minnesota (5)
14

Purdue
13 82.21 0% Florida (3)

All team logos are courtesy of 247Sports. Blue Chip % designates the percentage of the class made up of four and five star recruits.

Observations

  • Ohio State's 2017 class is insane. Not only because they only have one (ONE) player in their 2017 class who is not currently rated a four-star or higher (and he's a kicker), but because they have four of the top players from the state of Florida. For a Big Ten school to do that is the stuff of legend. You're amazing, Urban Meyer.
  • There's no two ways about it- Maryland's class, as currently constructed, is crazy impressive. Led by defensive end Joshua Kaindoh (IMG Academy, Fl.), D.J. Durkin has quite a group set to join the roster, and they could be the ones that finally help the Terps take a tangible step towards competing on a national level.
  • It's not secret that many of the schools in the Big Ten are in awkward areas when it comes to recruiting. Everyone wants to pull kids out of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, but there are only so many kids to go around in that respect. Iowa typically doesn't recruit as well as they are in 2017, but they're ranked so highly thanks to out-of-state kids. A.J. Epenesa (five-star DE) is from Illinois, and their two four-stars, Chevin Calloway and Eno Benjamin, are both from Texas.
  • New Jersey has long been one of the recruiting hotbeds of the northeast, but that typically doesn't help Rutgers. Under new coach Chris Ash, however, the Scarlet Knights are making a true effort to get as many kids from their home state as possible. While only having three of the top-15 kids in their state may not sound great, it's a step up from what Rutgers is used to. With already 20 commits, though, their class may be nearly full.
  • Mannnnn, Minnesota. The Gophers are only one year removed from consecutive eight win seasons, but were never able to parlay that into success in recruiting. Now, they've lost the opportunity to use those seasons as a jumping off point.

What things stand out most to you on these rankings? Sound off in the comments.

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