Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 4, 2015

How did your Big Ten football team do on National Signing Day on Wednesday?

I took a look around the Web and compiled a Big Ten-centric breakdown. Here's how the Big Ten fared today.

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TOP CLASS: Ohio State. Urban Meyer?s haul was without peer in the Big Ten, as he inked a consensus Top 10 class in the nation, one that has seven of the conference's top nine commits, according to The class is headed by QB Torrance Gibson, LB Justin Hilliard, RB Mike Weber and OL Isaiah Prince.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Illinois. Tim Beckman?s program has some momentum coming off the school?s first bowl since 2011. The class got a nice late boost from RB Ke?Shawn Vaughn, who picked the Illini on Signing Day.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Michigan has low rankings largely because it signed a small class and Jim Harbaugh got a late start in recruiting. Iowa is ranked in the lower half of the Big Ten by most prognosticators. Still, the Hawkeyes landed some nice talent, including defensive tackle Jacob Newborg and offensive lineman James Daniels.

TOP JUNIOR COLLEGE RECRUIT: Penn State will get an immediate and much-needed boost from OL Paris Palmer. Illinois landed a good TE in Andrew Davis, while Purdue?s wideout corps will get a much-need injection of size from 6-4 Anthony Mahoungou.


1. Ohio State (7 overall)
2. Penn State (12)
3. Michigan State (18)
4. Wisconsin (32)
5. Nebraska (33)
6. Illinois (34)
7. Maryland (44)
8. Northwestern (45)
9. Michigan (47)
10. Iowa (48)
11. Rutgers (49)
12. Minnesota (54)
13. Indiana (58)
14. Purdue (62)
1. Ohio State
2. Penn State
3. Michigan State
4. Nebraska
5. Wisconsin
6. Illinois
7. Indiana
8. Minnesota
9. Rutgers
10. Maryland
11. Northwestern
12. Iowa
13. Michigan
14. Purdue


Top 20 Big Ten recruits

1. OLB Justin Hilliard, St. Xavier (Cincinnati): Ohio State
2. RB Larry Scott, Hubbard (Ohio): Michigan State
3. ATH Jerome Baker, Benedictine (Cleveland): Ohio State
4. ATH Brian Cole, Heritage (Saginaw, Mich.): Michigan
5. QB Torrance Gibson, American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Ohio State
6. RB Mike Weber, Cass Tech (Detroit): Ohio State
7. DE Jashon Cornell, Cretin Derham Hall (Saint Paul, Minn.): Ohio State
8. CB Eric Glover-Williams, McKinley (Canton, Ohio): Ohio State
9. G Matthew Burrell, C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.): Ohio State
10. RB Saquon Barkley, Whitehall (Pa.): Penn State
11. CB Garrett Taylor, St. Christopher?s School (Richmond): Penn State
12. CB John Reid, St. Joseph?s (Philadelphia): Penn State
13. CB Eric Lee, Valor Christian (Littleton, Colo.): Nebraska
14. WR Juwan Johnson, Glassboro (N.J.): Penn State
15. DE Dre?Mont Jones, St. Ignatius (Cleveland): Ohio State
16. OT Ryan Bates, Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.): Penn State
17. PRO Zach Gentry, Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.): Michigan
18. G Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Okla.): Nebraska
19. OT Gabe Megginson, Jacksonville (Ill.): Illinois
20. G Kyonta Stallworth, Detroit (MLK): Michigan State

– Based on composite rankings from



Illinois: OT Gabe Megginson, Jacksonville (Ill.); RB Ke?Shawn Vaughn, Nashville (Pearl-Cohn)
Indiana: WR Leon Thornton, Lombard, Ill. (Montini); DB Tyler Green, Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha)
Iowa: OL James Daniels, Warren, Ohio (Harding); DT Jacob Newborg, Inwood, Iowa (West Lyon)
Maryland: DE Adam McLean, North Potomac, Md. (Quince Orchard); OL Quarvez Boulware, Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Academy)
Michigan: ATH Brian Cole, Heritage (Saginaw, Mich.); QB Zach Gentry, Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Michigan State: RB Larry Scott, Hubbard (Ohio); G Kyonta Stallworth, Detroit (MLK)
Minnesota: DB Dior Johnson, Southfield (Mich.); OL Quinn Oseland, Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart Griffin)
Nebraska: CB Eric Lee, Valor Christian (Littleton, Colo.); G Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Okla.)
Northwestern: OL Jared Thomas, Indianapolis (Cathedral); WR Flynn Nagel, Lemont (Ill.)
Ohio State: OLB Justin Hilliard, St. Xavier (Cincinnati); ATH Jerome Baker, Benedictine (Cleveland)
Penn State: RB Saquon Barkley, Whitehall (Pa.); CB Garrett Taylor, St. Christopher?s School (Richmond)
Purdue: QB Elijah Sindelar, Princeton, Ky. (Caldwell County); RB Markell Jones, Columbus, Ind. (East)
Rutgers: DE Marques Ford, Gibsonton, Fla. (East Bay); QB Michael Dare, Elmwood Park, N.J. (Memorial)
Wisconsin: RB Bradrick Shaw, Hoover (Ala.); RB Jordan Stevenson, Dallas (South Oak Cliff)

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