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Urban Meyer wants the Big Ten to step up its recruiting game

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Urban Meyer wants other Big Ten coaches to improve their recruiting. (US Presswire)

If you were to rate the recruiting classes in the Big Ten this season, you'd have Ohio State and Michigan at the top and then everybody else. Which, more often than not, reflects the standings in the Big Ten.

This, though, is something Urban Meyer would like to see change in the future. Appearing on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, the Ohio State coach said he was going to talk about the Big Ten's poor recruiting with his fellow coaches at the upcoming coaches meeting.

"We do need to as a conference need to keep pushing that envelope to be better," said Meyer.

"Our whole conversation [at the Big Ten coaches meeting] needs to be about 'how do we recruit?' When you see that 11 of the SEC teams are in the top 25, that's something that we need to improve."

In other words, the rest of you Big Ten coaches -- save Michigan's Brady Hoke -- just aren't doing a good enough job to please Urban Meyer. Or at least, that's how some people might interpret it.

In truth, the point that Meyer is probably trying to get at is that the Big Ten is never going to compete with the SEC as a league if it doesn't improve its recruiting and bring in better talent. And he has a very good point.

If you look at 247Sports.com's top-25 recruiting classes for 2013, only Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska represent the Big Ten. There are 10 SEC schools -- 71 percent of the conference -- in that same top 25. It's not much different over at Rivals, where it's the same three Big Ten schools in the top 25 and 11 SEC schools are represented.

To further point out the difference in classes, the lowest-ranked SEC team at 247Sports.com is Kentucky, which checks in at No. 39. Here is a list of Big Ten teams that are ranked behind Kentucky: Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota.

No wonder Meyer is so disappointed in his Big Ten coaching brethren. They can't even recruit with Kentucky.

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