Big Ten lunch links
February, 7, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
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- RecruitingNation grades all the Big Ten classes.
- Ohio State's recruiting class shows it's ready to compete with anyone. Recruiting is the top priority for Urban Meyer's assistants, Rob Oller writes. The Ohio State staff is no longer a group of "cowboys" trying to piece together classes.
- Michigan's running backs fit the program's traditional mold again, Jeff Seidel writes. The Wolverines' newest quarterback is committed to leadership. A look at where running back Derrick Green and the other Michigan recruits fit into the depth chart.
- Nebraska's recruiting success in 2013 will be determined by its defensive line, Sam McKewon writes. Recruit Josh Banderas follows his dad's footsteps to Nebraska. After admitting he should have played more young players last season, Huskers coach Bo Pelini will keep no bullets in the chamber this fall.
- Bob Kravitz goes behind the scenes during Indiana's signing day and sees the gains the program is making. The Hoosiers focus their recruiting on the defensive side. IU coach Kevin Wilson scores big in what he considers his first recruiting cycle (subscription required).
- The Big Ten's two traditional powers are marking their territory on the recruiting trail, Bob Wojnowski writes. There's plenty of parity in the league after Ohio State and Michigan.
- Coach Bill O'Brien stabilizes Penn State during a potentially turbulent time. The loyalty of Penn State's early commits pays off on signing day. The Lions will have a three-man QB race this offseason.
- As a former junior college All-American, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen doesn't shy away from the juco ranks in recruiting. Andersen is excited about his first class with the Badgers.
- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio reminds us that in recruiting, it's not where you start. The Spartans' linebacker recruits could see the field early. Recruit Delton Williams will play RB with the Spartans.
- Urban Meyer is lobbying the Big Ten to have more night games -- to help recruiting.
- Northwestern looks both near and far for its newest recruits. The Wildcats' recent success pays off on the recruiting trail.
- Illinois' in-state recruiting efforts pay off on signing day. Several new Illini will have the chance to play right away in 2013.
- Iowa likely will never bring in blue-chip recruits in bunches, Pat Harty writes. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz addresses several topics Wednesday, including the NCAA's new recruiting policies.
- Two late additions upgrade Minnesota's 2013 recruiting class. The Gophers added only one in-state player, but coach Jerry Kill likes him a lot.
- New Purdue coach Darrell Hazell sees "so much quality" in his first recruiting class. Snapshots of all of Purdue's newest recruits.
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