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Video: Urban Meyer talks recruiting, NFL entrants & more

To the surprise of few, Ohio State reeled in the Big Ten’s top 2016 recruiting class. [ MORE: Twitter: Here’s how Big Ten teams announced 2016 recruiting classes ] Prior to Wednesday’s National Signing Day, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo visited Columbus, Ohio, to sit down with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. DiNardo asked Meyer, who just finished his fourth season with the Buckeyes, about this recruiting class, recruiting in general and Ohio State’s nation-leading nine underclassmen who entered teh 2016 NFL Draft. Watch the full interview in the video above. Here’s our #SigningDayOnBTN interview with Meyer, too.

The sleepover worked! Michigan gets nation's No. 1 kicker

Turns out, the sleepover worked. [ MORE: Watch Ric Flair fire up the ‘Signing of the Stars’ crowd ] Quinn Nordin, the nation’s No. 1 kicker, committed to Michigan on National Signing Day on Wednesday. Nordin, a previous Penn State verbal commit, hosted a now-famous sleepover with Harbaugh last month. The sleepover was Harbaugh’s idea. He went over to Nordin’s house at 12:01 a.m., the minute after the recruiting window opened. Clearly, it worked. As a result, don’t be surprised if more coaches try the tactic in coming years. ***

BTN's Shelley Till: Three women's hoops games to watch this week

We’re halfway through the Big Ten season and so far the preseason coaches’ poll has held true in terms of the top 3 teams in the Big Ten. They remain Ohio State, Maryland, and Michigan State. As we enter into the downhill portion of the schedule and race toward the Big Ten tourney, here is what you need to pay attention to this week. There are several great games and you’ll want to make sure that you tune into, set your DVR, or use your BTN Plus account for these games. [ MORE: Latest standings | Polls | Scoreboard | Stat leaders ] Michigan at Michigan

Watch four-star CB Lavert Hill pick Michigan Wolverines

Lavert Hill will be joining his older brother in Ann Arbor, Michigan. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch our eight-hour #SigningDayOnBTN special ] The four-star cornerback announced Wednesday on #SigningDayOnBTN that he will attend the University of Michigan. Hill’s brother, Delano, is a safety on the Wolverines. Delano just completed his junior season, playing in all 13 games, including eight starts. Lavert also was considering in-state rival Michigan State and Penn State.

Big Ten links: Signing Day notes, Wisconsin's new DC & more

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

#SigningDayOnBTN: Live coverage rolls into the afternoon

It’s the first Wednesday of February, and that means one thing: It’s National Signing Day. We’re airing eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage, until 5 p.m. ET, and you can watch it all live on BTN TV and via BTN2Go. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) is anchoring the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). We have reporters across many Big Ten campuses, too. Use this link to get all of their updates. Are you on Twitter? Use the Twitter hashtag #SigningDayOnBTN to submit your questions to our on-air panel, and they’ll

Jon Crispin, Jess Settles offer best of the first half of Big Ten play

Every Big Ten men’s basketball team has played at least nine conference games, meaning we’ve reached the unofficial midpoint of the 2015-16 league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Bracketology | Scores | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney ] That being the case, we asked BTN analysts and regular BTN.com contributors Jon Crispin and Jess Settles to share their best of the first half of the conference slate. See their picks below. BEST PLAYER Jon Crispin: Jarrod Uthoff,

#SigningDayOnBTN: 8 hours of live coverage on BTN/BTN2Go

BTN will cover all 14 Big Ten football programs live, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, on National Football Signing Day. On the go? You can also watch our coverage on BTN2Go. Also, follow the Big Ten Network on Facebook (main page here here and social video page here), Twitter (main account here and 14 school accounts here) and YouTube for exclusive BTN video content, including show clips, interviews and analysis. Hosted by Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), Wednesday’s eight-hour show will feature BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@GerryDiNardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith), as well as Scout.com recruiting analyst Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu), with each providing in-depth

#SigningDayOnBTN: Get video answers to Signing Day tweets

During BTN's eight hours of live Signing Day coverage on TV and BTN2Go, our on-air guests will deliver video answers to viewer-submitted Big Ten football recruiting questions on Twitter. Just use the hashtag #SigningDayOnBTN to get your question in front of our panel as the roll through an entire day of live television starting at 9 a.m. ET and up through 5 p.m. ET..

Player Rankings: Top two stays the same in Jess Settles' latest list

Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff remains atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, but Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine is closing fast. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Bracketology | Scores | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney ] New to the list this week: Maryland’s Robert Carter Jr., who has been on the list a few times this season, and Michigan State’s Matt Costello, who continues to compile silly statistical nights. Check out my latest list below. 1. Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa.