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Big Ten class of 2013 team rankings

By Bryan Fischer | Blogger

We're still over seven months away from National Signing Day, but that doesn't mean we can't check in and see how each conference is doing on the recruiting trail. Given how accelerated the entire process has become, the team rankings are a nice checkup with plenty of time to make a move up (or down) the list. Without further ado, here are the team rankings for the Big Ten:

1. Michigan

Commitments: 21 total, six in the top 100

Top pledge: Shane Morris (16th overall)

The biggest class in the country is close to being the best, falling narrowly behind Alabama for the top overall spot in the country. While Morris is the headliner, this group is loaded with several good linemen and skill position players who will likely play early.
2. Ohio State

Commitments: 12, five in the top 100

Top pledge: Jalin Marshall (35th)
A smaller class than their rival to the north, the Buckeyes nevertheless have some great athletes coming in for 2013, including defensive back Cameron Burrows. Quarterback J.T. Barrett is also a great fit for Urban Meyer's offense.

3. Penn State

Commitments: 11, two in the top 100

Top pledge: Adam Breneman (18th)

Tight end Breneman is a perfect fit for what Bill O'Brien is looking to do offensively and should be a big target for quarterback Christian Hackenberg. There are a few under the radar guys, but overall this is a great class considering what has gone on around Happy Valley.

4. Nebraska

Commitments: 11, one in the top 100

Top pledge: Courtney Love (96th)
Love is a nice pickup for the Blackshirts out of an area the coaching staff is familiar (Ohio). Linebacker Josh Banderas is versatile enough to play at defensive end and Tre'vell Dixon adds some much needed speed to the class.

5. Illinois

Commitments: 10, one in the top 100

Top pledge: Aaron Bailey (72nd)
New coach Tim Beckman has done a good job making inroads with some of the in-state guys, landing Bailey among others. Not a ton of skill guys among the 10 commitments.

6. Iowa

Commitments: 9

Top pledge: David Kenney
There are no 'wow' players, but that's the philosophy that the Hawkeyes have used for years, and it's served them well. Heavy on defense so far, Kenney is a nice addition to go along with underrated DBs Delano Hill and Malik Rucker.

7. Michigan State

Commitments: 6
Top pledge: Jon Reschke
This is a promising start to 2013 with the linebackers, Reschke and Shane Jones, being a pair to build around on defense. Damion Terry is a big quarterback who should fit right in as a Spartan signal-caller.

8. Wisconsin

Commitments: 8

Top pledge: Chikwe Obasih
It's not at all surprising that most of the Badgers who have committed so far play with their hand in the ground. T.J. Watt and Hayden Biegel are not as highly regarded as others in the class but do have the best genes.

9. Northwestern

Commitments: 7

Top pledge: Matt Alviti
A perfect fit at quarterback, Alviti will likely be the headliner on Signing Day just as he is in June. Center Brad North is a good interior presence.

10. Purdue

Commitments: 2

Top pledge: Danny Etling
A small class, Etling is an Elite 11 quarterback commitment for the Boilermakers.

11. Minnesota

Commitments: 2

Top pledge: Alex Mayes
Lots of work left to do, but Mayes has some upside along the offensive line.

12. Indiana

Commitments: 1

Top pledge: Isaac Griffith
The Hoosiers only recently got on the recruiting board, but Griffith is a nice in-state pledge who should fit in well with the offense.

 
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