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
There are three games this week that will go a long way in shaping the season. Is this the week Maryland finally loses a Big Ten home game? Can Michigan stay hot? And maybe we’ll get an upset along the way. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Ranking the week’s games | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s action. 1.
The season has hit the halfway point, and the race for the top remains fast, furious and wide open with Iowa and Indiana leading the pack. Here is a look at the week ahead. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of the first half of B1G play | Previewing the week ahead | Ranking the week’s games | Bracketology | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Game of the week: Michigan State at Michigan, Saturday. Nothing beats a rivalry. And no rivalry is
This is pretty neat: An interactive analysis of Wisconsin recruiting from 2006-2015 from Madison.com. The map and graphs show a detailed look at Wisconsin football recruiting since 2006. On the map, each red circle represents a scholarship recruit signed by Wisconsin. The graphs show a breakdown of recruits by state, class and rating. There are more guys from California than you’d think. *** Penn State and James Franklin are in better shape for 2016 than you think, according to StateCollege.com. Penn State’s returning players for the 2016 season have a collective 276 starts to their credit. That’s more than twice