Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15
Why is it that everything about Indiana is about the schedule? How many Big Ten teams do you see reaching the NCAA Tournament? Is Greg Gard doing a good enough job to satisfy Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez? You brought the questions and BTN's Tom Dienhart has his answers.
Could Iowa's Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let's get into all of Friday's Big Ten headlines now.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with 247Sports national writer Kevin Ryan to really dig into 2016 Big Ten recruiting. Best class? Overrated class? Underrated class? And what does he think of Jim Harbaugh's tactics? That and more are covered in this Q&A.
Michigan and Jim Harbaugh stole the show on Signing Day 2016 with their big "Signing of the Stars" gala. Ohio State flexed its recruiting muscle once again. Penn State got much-needed help on the offensive line and Mark Dantonio just put the finishing touches on his best signing class since 2007. We round up Thursday's Big Ten headlines.
The dust has settled on Signing Day. Here are my eight observations from the big day! Jim Harbaugh makes news just getting out of bed—or it seems that way. There has been tree climbing, Tweeting at rappers, sleepovers, satellite camps. Now, this: The “Signing of the Stars” spectacular which was a pep rally on steroids trumpting the arrival of the 2016 class. There was Derek Jeter, Tom Brady and John Harbaugh pumping up the event that has set a new standard in over-the-top hype in a recruiting system that already is overloaded on hype. How will Harbaugh top this next
So, what type of team could you build if you assembled the highest-ranked players at each position who signed with Big Ten teams? A pretty good one. Check back in four or five years to see how many of these guys are first-team All-Big Ten in 2019 and 2020. [ MORE: Meet Michigan’s Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 recruit ] Ohio State leads the way with nine guys. Michigan has seven. In all, eight different schools are represented: OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Maryland. 2016 ALL-RECRUIT TEAM, based on rankings by 247Sports.com OFFENSE WR
It’s always interesting to look at what states schools dipped into the most to assemble their recruiting classes. [ MORE: Check out the 2016 All-Big Ten Signee Team ] Here is a look at the number of states each school signed a player from, and which state produced the most signees for each school, according to the school’s signing day releases. Purdue: 16 states (Florida 4) Wisconsin: 15 (Wisconsin 8) Illinois: 14 (Florida 7) Nebraska: 14 (California 4) Michigan: 13 (Florida, New Jersey 6) Minnesota: 12 (Minnesota 11) Ohio State: 11 (Ohio 10) Iowa: 10 (Illinois, Iowa 5) Indiana: 9
It’s National Signing Day! And, it looks like it’s gonna be a big day for Ohio State and Michigan. That’s bad news for the rest of the Big Ten—especially East Division rivals of the Buckeyes and Wolverines. “If you’re Indiana, Maryland or Rutgers, you have to convince yourself to have hope,” said Mike Farrell, the national recruiting director for Rivals.com. “Penn State is fourth in the division, and the gap between Penn State and the rest is massive.” *** Here is why the 2016 Class is so important to Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh didn’t get a full recruiting cycle to ink
Signing Day is a day when rosters are stocked and every recruit looks like a can’t-miss prospect. I took a look back at the last four years of recruiting in the Big Ten to see which schools have lived up to hype generated on National Signing Day as compared to their record over that same span. Scout.com was the source of the recruiting data. Schools are ranked based on won-loss records. Editor’s note: Figures for Maryland and Rutgers are for just the two seasons they have been in the Big Ten. 1. Ohio State 50-4 overall 31-1 Big Ten Average