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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Ultimate 300: Big Ten's top recruits

By Tom VanHaaren


There have been plenty of memorable prospects and players to come through the Big Ten, but RecruitingNation's scouts have put together their Ultimate ESPN 300 list of top recruits.

Here are the top five Big Ten recruits who made the list:

OT Taylor Lewan -- Michigan
Ultimate ESPN 300 rank: No. 31
Lewan was an ESPN 150 prospect out of high school but came onto the scene late. He initially played defensive tackle, then transferred schools and moved to left tackle on offense. That move proved to be a wise one as Lewan started all four years at Michigan and is now projected to be a first-round draft pick.

QB Braxton Miller -- Ohio State
Ultimate ESPN 300 rank: No. 32
Miller took over at quarterback for the Buckeyes during his freshman season and hasn’t looked back. He was the No. 4-ranked quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class and has decided to return for his final season at Ohio State. Miller has won the Big Ten offensive player of the year award two seasons in a row and is considered a Heisman Trophy candidate for next season.

Terrelle Pryor
Terrelle Pryor spurned Penn State to sign with Ohio State in 2008.
QB Terrelle Pryor -- Ohio State
Ultimate ESPN 300 rank: No. 38
Pryor ended his career at Ohio State with 31 wins and only four losses. He was the No. 1-ranked quarterback in the 2008 class and No. 4 prospect overall. He was such a good athlete that he was even ranked as the No. 39 basketball recruit out of high school as well.

DE Brandon Graham -- Michigan
Ultimate ESPN 300 rank: No. 44
Graham was the No. 31-ranked prospect in the 2006 class before heading to play for the Wolverines. He was the first defensive player at Michigan to be voted team MVP twice in his career. After a very successful college career, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Graham in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

QB Christian Hackenberg -- Penn State
Ultimate ESPN 300 rank: No. 55
Hackenberg, the No. 1-ranked quarterback in the 2013 class, won the starting role at Penn State as a true freshman. After his first season, he was selected as the Thompson-Randle El freshman of the year. Hackenberg threw for more than 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in high school, amassing over 5,000 yards in his high school career.