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Countdown to National Signing Day: 35 Days and the Big Ten

The Big Ten has surged into conversation as the best conference in the college football landscape. We have to wait to see if that holds true on the field, but what about in recruiting?

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The arrival of Jim Harbaugh to the Michigan Wolverines has paid off in a big way for the football program in the first year. They were not able to win the Big Ten Championship; that belongs to the ice cold assassin Michigan State Spartans who were able to win two games this year in which they didn't have a lead until the clock read 00:00 in the fourth quarter (Michigan and Ohio State).

And of course there is Ohio State, the defending National Champions who were just about underwhelming in every single game besides the Virginia Tech and Michigan game. These three teams sit at the top of the 2016 Big Ten Rankings and, much like on the field, nobody has a clear vision of who will win this race. Let's take a look at the rankings as of December 26, 2015.

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1. Michigan

Top Prospect: Ben Bredson, 4 Star Offensive Lineman from Hartland, Wisconsin

2. Ohio State

Top Prospect: Nick Bosa, 5 Star Defensive End from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

3. Michigan State

Top Prospect: Cameron Chambers, 4 Star Wide Receiver from Sicklerville, New Jersey

4. Penn State

Top Prospect: Karamo Dioubate, 4 Star Defensive End from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5. Wisconsin

Top Prospect: Garrett Rand, 4 Star Defensive Tackle from Chandler, Arizona

6. Iowa

Top Prospect: Toks Akinribade, 3 Star Athlete from Brownsburg, Indiana

7. Minnesota

Top Prospect: Thomas Barber, 3 Star Linebacker from Plymouth, Minnesota

8. Northwestern

Top Prospect: Roderick Brown, 4 Star Defensive Back from St. Louis, Missouri

9. Nebraska

Top Prospect: Marquel Dismuke, 4 Star Defensive Back from Calabasas, California

10. Maryland

Top Prospect: Keandre Jones, 5 Star Linebacker from Olney, Maryland

11. Illinois

Top Prospect: Joshua Black, 3 Star Defensive End Machesney Park, Illinois

12. Rutgers

Top Prospect: Patrice Rene, 4 Star Defensive Back from Alexandria, Virginia

13. Purdue

Top Prospect: Luke Campbell, 3 Star Offensive Lineman from Lewis Center, Ohio

14. Indiana

Top Prospect: Richard Lagow, 3 Star Quarterback from Cisco, Texas


  • Iowa has the most prospect commits with 24 which is seven more than Ohio State, six more than Michigan State, and one more than Michigan.
  • Ohio State has the highest rated commit in Nick Bosa. However, Rashan Gary, the No.1 overall prospect in the country, is believed to be a Michigan lean.
  • Ohio State leads all teams with a 3.82 average prospect rating.
  • Ohio State and Maryland are currently the only two teams in the conference to have a commitment from a five star prospect.
  • Indiana has the fewest amount of commits with 11.
  • Ohio State has the most four star commits with 12.
  • Iowa has the most three star commits with 20.