Friday, February 5, 2010
Big Ten in the final recruiting rankings
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com's recruiting rankings shuffled around several times on signing day, but the final rundown is out (sorry for not linking it sooner).
The Big Ten fell out of the top 10, as Penn State dropped to No. 11. Joe Paterno and his staff still signed a heck of a class, in my opinion. Most likely the only reason for the drop was having no real big splashes on signing day itself. Penn State wrapped up its class a little earlier than some teams, and there's nothing wrong with that as the Lions replenished their defense and added two outstanding quarterbacks in Robert Bolden and Paul Jones.
Michigan moved up to No. 14 in the final rankings, thanks to Demar Dorsey's surprise signing day decision. Dorsey gave a solid class some star power alongside quarterback Devin Gardner and others.
Ohio State dropped to No. 16 after signing a small class that didn't include offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson or Matt James. If Henderson ends up not signing with USC, Ohio State certainly would be on his radar. This is still a very solid class, especially at defensive line, wide receiver and defensive back.