February 2, 2011
Mike FarrellRecruiting Analyst
Rivals.com analysts rank the 2011 Big Ten recruiting classes after National Signing Day. Check back Thursday for an in-depth, team-by-team breakdown of the league.
1. Ohio State: Great in-state class capped by commitment of linebacker Curtis Grant, the nation's No. 2 prospect.
2. Nebraska: Huskers are joining the Big Ten with a top 25 class, led by running back Aaron Green.
3. Michigan: Great recovery from coaching change and indecision, credit Brady Hoke.
4. Iowa: Strong class led by a major move into the state of Maryland.
5. Michigan State: Strong in-state haul led by best player in Michigan, linebacker Lawrence Thomas.
6. Penn State: Small class got off to slow start but finished strong on offensive and defensive line.
7. Wisconsin: Two in-state studs lead small but powerful class for the Badgers.
8. Illinois: Strong in-state haul helps keep Illinois above the cellar-dwellers.
9. Minnesota: Interesting first effort for new head coach Jerry Kill with kids from all over the map.
10. Indiana: Strong start derailed by a few late de-commitments, but some success in Ohio helps.
11. Northwestern: Balanced class has no stars but few duds as well.
12. Purdue: Very small class hurt by loss of quarterback Russell Bellomy to Michigan late.
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