Big Ten Football Recruiting Class Rankings

    Big Ten football football recruiting rankings following National Signing Day 2017. Ohio State and Michigan cleaned up as expected, Maryland surprised with its class.

    February 1, 2017

    Big Ten football football recruiting rankings following National Signing Day 2017. Ohio State and Michigan cleaned up as expected, Maryland surprised with its class.


    Urban Meyer has plenty to be happy about when it comes to his 2017 recruiting class. Meyer and his staff lured six 5-star recruits to Ohio State, tying Alabama for the most in the nation.

    The Buckeyes finished with 12 of the top 100 prospects in the country according to Scout.com and also signed 13 four-star players. That gives Ohio State the fourth-best class overall as it continues to reload rather than rebuild.

    The fact that the Buckeyes don’t have the top class doesn’t mean they didn’t land the most top players. Michigan sits one spot ahead of Ohio State in the team rankings despite signing only two 5-star players. Jim Harbaugh’s staff got signatures from 20 four-stars, though, and especially built up its corps of wide receivers.

    Neither of those developments are that surprising. One of the Big Ten football’s better stories from National Signing Day is Maryland landing the No. 12 class nationally as D.J. Durkin attempts to rebuild the Terrapins.

    Eleven 4-star prospects and 16 three-stars are headed to College Park next season, including a pair of top running backs who are expected to make a big impact.

    Here’s a look at how the rest of the Big Ten’s classes rank following National Signing Day.

    2017 Big Ten Football Recruiting Class Rankings

    1. Michigan (No. 3 overall ranking)
    2. Ohio State (4)
    3. Maryland (12)
    4. Penn State (14)
    5. Nebraska (18)
    6. Michigan State (22)
    7. Illinois (34)
    8. Minnesota (38)
    9. Iowa (40)
    10. Rutgers (45)
    11. Northwestern (74)
    12. Wisconsin (51)
    13. Indiana (55)
    14. Purdue (78)

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