Per Scout.com’s Signing Day Primer we learn Rutgers and Maryland are all set to continue the Big Ten’s recent tradition of recruiting poorly:
Another sidelight to the 2014 class was the decimation of Rutgers’ class, which at one time was in the Top 30 but suffered through 12 decommitments.
The Scarlet Knights’ top in-state player is No. 10 Kevin Wilkins, and they only have two of the top 20 players in the state staying home. In fact, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Miami each have as many commitments from New Jersey’s Top 20 as the Scarlet Knights.
Maryland didn’t have much in-state success either as only one of the top 25 players in the state opted to remain home, although the state’s No. 1 player, four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince of Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara, has the Terps among his finalists heading into signing day.
With National Signing Day one day away, Ohio State (at No. 4) is the only Big Ten team in the top 10 classes nationally while Wisconsin checks in at No. 19, Penn State is 21st. and Michigan is 24th.
You can expect some shifting in rankings as the final prospects make their choices and others make last-minute flips, but the final picture is not likely to be very pretty.
Right now the Big Ten is fifth overall of the top five power conferences as the SEC again runs away with the top spot.
On the bright side, the Big Ten can claim more top 100 prospects (15) than the ACC (13), Pac-12 (11) or Big 12 (six), and the Big Ten moves up to third when measuring by average star ranking (behind the SEC and Pac-12 but ahead of the Big 12 and ACC).
Also of note from an Ohio/Midwest perspective: The MAC trails the AAC in average star rating but is ahead of the rest of the non-power conferences.