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.
Big Ten fans enjoyed a pair of men's basketball games on Thursday night. Wisconsin kicked off the action with an impressive 79-68 win over Ohio State in the first game of the evening. Northwestern followed that with a huge 82-58 victory over Minnesota to close out the night.
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.
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
Every year, it’s one of the best parts of National Signing Day. [ MORE: 2016 All-Big Ten signee team | Most fruitful states for B1G teams? ] The all-name teams, that is. The Big Ten’s latest recruiting class features no shortage of all-name worthy names. There are plenty of lists out there, for sure, but we had BTN analyst Mike Hall provide his list at the end of our eight-hour marathon SigningDayOnBTN coverage. Find Hall’s 2016 name team in the tweet above. Some other good ones: Quayshon Alexander (Nebraska); Devin Asiasi (Michigan); Max Bortenschlager (Maryland); Ko Kieft (Minnesota); Qwuantrezz Knight
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
What a day to be a Buckeye! Ohio State had an outstanding showing on National Signing Day, signing 25 prospects in the 2016 class. According to Scout.com rankings, the Buckeyes have the No. 2-ranked class in the nation, trailing only Alabama. Of the Buckeyes’ 25 commits, 19 of them are ranked as four-or-five-star prospects. “We had very little drama, which is good,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “We lost nine underclassmen, which threw us for a loop after the bowl game, but we rallied.” We had eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage as Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the festivities
It’s National Signing Day, and the national letters of intent are still being sent to schools across the country. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch our eight-hour #SigningDayOnBTN special ] One of the most popular days of the year for college football fans, we thought we’d take our annual look at how every Big Ten team announced its signings to its loyal fan base on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Every team had a social presence, of course, and several of the teams also included video highlights of their 2016 signees. See how all 14 Big Ten teams announced their signings on Twitter
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.