ESPN Recruiting has released its list of top recruiters for 2011, and three Big Ten assistants made the rundown.
Nebraska running backs coach Tim Beck, Ohio State linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and Wisconsin tight ends coach Joe Rudolph for their recruiting prowess. Only assistant coaches were recognized in this list.
Beck was recognized for recruiting four Nebraska prospects this year, including running back Aaron Green, rated as nation's No. 11 overall player and the Big Ten's top recruit by ESPN Recruiting. Colleagues Corey Long and Jamie Newberg write of Beck: "Beck knows the state of Texas well, after coaching high school ball at Turner (Carrollton, Texas) and Mansfield. Knowing the area well helped him reel in two key recruits for Bo Pelini and his Cornhuskers in Green and [Jamal] Turner."
Fickell landed ESPNU 150 linebackers Curtis Grant and Ryan Shazier, both of whom hail from outside the Midwest. Long and Neweberg write: "Although Ohio State is an easy sell and one of the elite programs in college football, recruiting to the Buckeyes is still a difficult chore in today's college football world. It takes hard work and a daily grind. That's what Fickell had to do in landing Grant as well as a trio of other linebackers to Columbus."
Rudolph did well in the state of Ohio, luring prospects like receiver A.J. Jordan. Long and Newburg write: "Three of the Badgers' top four prospects came from the state of Ohio and that's where Rudolph did his best work. All in all, he was the lead recruit on six of the program's signees from the Buckeye State."
Rivals.com also recognized all three among its top national recruiters. Iowa linebackers/special teams coach Darrell Wilson also made the rundown.