Big Ten lunch links: Zook courts FSU's Trickett

January, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Expect the links to have more of a recruiting flavor as we inch closer to National Signing Day. 

"The biggest news emerging from the weekend is the moves Michigan made with the two highest ranked visitors from the weekend -- [Marcus] Hall and Greenwood, S.C., defensive end Sam Montgomery."
"In the last five drafts, 166 Big Ten players were chosen, third highest among conferences. The SEC led the way with 192 players, followed by the ACC with 176. The Pac-10 had 157 while the Big 12 had 143.

If you break it down to first-rounders, the Big Ten also fared pretty well. The conference has had 28 such players in the last five drafts, including one chosen first overall -- Jake Long of Michigan by Miami last year. Only the ACC (39) and the SEC (37) have had more first-rounders. The Big 12 and Pac-10 each had 17."

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