Taking a Look at the Current State of Big Ten Recruiting
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Taking a Look at the Current State of Big Ten Recruiting

September 24, 2019

Now that Big Ten play is underway, what better time than now to take a snapshot of where conference teams are in 2020 recruiting? A good chunk of the conference is sitting with over 20 commits for the class. It will be interesting to see how much wiggle room those programs have. On the flip side, how big of a jump will teams like Nebraska make once it starts picking up even more steam on the trail?

Here is a look at where everyone is at.

Ohio State

National Rank: 3

Big Ten Rank: 1

Best Commit: 5-star WR Julian Fleming

Total Commits: 22 

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Cody Simon, a 4-star outside linebacker, took a summer official visit to Lincoln so it’s safe to say that the Huskers would love to have him.

 

Michigan

National Rank: 11

Big Ten Rank: 2

Best Commit: 4-star WR AJ Henning

Total Commits: 24

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Jordan Morant, a 4-star safety, is my pick here. He attends the same high school that Rahmir Johnson did. Having him in the class would start a Bergen Catholic pipeline.

 

Penn State

National Rank: 14

Big Ten Rank: 3

Best Commit: 4-star OLB Curtis Jacobs

Total Commits: 25

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Parker Washington, a 3-star wide receiver, was recruited hard by Nebraska. Standing at 5-foot-10, 201-pounds, he would fit the “Duck-R” role perfectly. 

 

Iowa

National Rank: 25

Big Ten Rank: 4

Best Commit: 4-star DE Logan Jones 

Total Commits: 22

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Josh Volk, a 3-star offensive line, took an unofficial visit to Nebraska right before joining the Hawkeyes’ class. He is the classic underrated Iowa lineman that will end up having a very productive college career.

 

Wisconsin

National Rank: 26

Big Ten Rank: 5

Best Commit: 4-star OT Trey Wedig

Total Commits: 17

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Malik Reed, a 3-star linebacker, from Arizona, took a summer official to Lincoln before choosing the Badgers. Most recruiting experts had him choosing the Huskers so it came as a big surprise.  

 

Northwestern

National Rank: 30

Big Ten Rank: 6

Best Commit: 4-star OC Peter Skoronski

Total Commits: 16

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Cullen Coleman, a 3-star outside linebacker, from New York, was a prospect the Huskers tried hard to get on campus for a visit. It ultimately did not come to pass and he picked the Wildcats.

 

Purdue

National Rank: 31

Big Ten Rank: 7

Best Commit: 4-star RB Tirek Murphy

Total Commits: 17

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Plainfield North High School start Marcellus Moore may be the fastest player in the Midwest. The 3-star athlete would be a great fit in the Huskers’ offense. 

 

Minnesota

National Rank: 32

Big Ten Rank: 8

Best Commit: 4-star WR Daniel Jackson

Total Commits: 24

Player Nebraska would love from the class: St. Louis athlete Itayvion Brown would have been a nice piece in Nebraska’s class. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect can play a number of positions. 

 

Maryland

National Rank: 39

Big Ten Rank: 9

Best Commit: 4-star OLB Ruben Hyppolite II

Total Commits: 16

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Georgia cornerback Rashad Battle is my choice here. The 3-star defender stands at 6-foot-2 and 187 pounds, so he has the size that defensive backs coach Travis Fisher likes.

 

Nebraska

National Rank: 40

Big Ten Rank: 10

Best Commit: 4-star OT Turner Corcoran

Total Commits: 11

Player Nebraska can’t lose from the class: Losing their cornerstone offensive tackle would be a big blow. There is no danger of this but Nebraska couldn’t lose Turner Corcoran. 

 

Michigan State

National Rank: 51

Big Ten Rank: 11

Best Commit: 4-star OLB Darius Snow

Total Commits: 14

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Texas native Darius Snow is a hybrid safety/outside linebacker that will be well-suited to stay on the field all three downs. He’d be a nice addition to keep the Blackshirts versatile.  

 

Indiana

National Rank: 55

Big Ten Rank: 12

Best Commit: 4-star WR Rashawn Williams

Total Commits: 14

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Williams was a player that the previous staff was recruiting. There is a good group of talent in the Detroit area this cycle which would have been nice to tap into. 

 

Illinois

National Rank: 87

Big Ten Rank: 13

Best Commit: 4-star QB CJ Dixon 

Total Commits: 8

Player Nebraska would love from the class: St. Louis running back Reggie Love would be a great addition not just because he is a good talent but also for the building of the pipeline into St. Louis.

 

Rutgers

National Rank: 89

Big Ten Rank: 14

Best Commit: 3-star OG Bryan Felter

Total Commits: 10

Player Nebraska would love from the class: Felter is another Power 5 level prospect from the talent-rich Bergen Catholic program in New Jersey. He’d be a nice piece in Nebraska’s offensive line class. 

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