We're taking snapshots of each position group with each Big Ten team entering the spring. Up next: the defensive lines. Illinois: This is a significant concern for the Illini, especially after the recent departure of Houston Bates, who started last season at the Leo (defensive end/outside linebacker) spot.
about 129 days ago | Adam Rittenberg | Penn State Nittany Lions
National signing day is just 48 hours away. To get you ready, we checked in with our ESPN.com recruiting experts for their take on how the Big Ten is faring. Senior national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill and Big Ten recruiting reporter Tom VanHaaren spared time from their busy schedules to answer these questions: Ohio State and Michigan again lead the way in the Big Ten recruiting rankings.
about 157 days ago | Brian Bennett | NCF On The Trail
Nebraska suffered a big blow along the defensive line when the Huskers lost defensive end Darius Slade (Montclair, N.J./Montclair). The three-star end decommitted on January 16, which meant his spot needed to be filled.
about 164 days ago | Tom VanHaaren | NCF On The Trail
As the calendar year winds down, there is still plenty to talk about within recruiting. Big Ten teams have been on a roll on the recruiting trail as of late, and each program is hoping that continues into signing day.
about 203 days ago | Tom VanHaaren | NCF On The Trail
Wisconsin's loss is Nebraska's gain as the Cornhuskers landed junior college defensive end Joe Keels (Kenosha, Wis./Highlands Community College) on Tuesday. The No. 42 prospect in the ESPN JC 50 had been committed to the Badgers, but felt as though it wasn't the right decision for him.
about 212 days ago | Tom VanHaaren | NCF On The Trail
There hasn't been more pressure on a Big Ten coach this season than Bo Pelini at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers finished the season 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the conference. After the a loss in the regular-season finale against Iowa, Pelini said, "If they want to fire me, go ahead.
about 213 days ago | Tom VanHaaren | NCF On The Trail
The end of the regular season means coaches will have more time to focus on recruiting and closing out their recruiting class. The Big Ten has seen plenty of movement within the last week, so here is a look at where the conference stacks up in the recruiting class rankings.
about 218 days ago | Tom VanHaaren | NCF On The Trail
Junior-college prospects are often an outstanding way for programs to fill their rosters. Because of the experience the prospects have with a higher level of play, they can immediately help at positions of need.
about 219 days ago | Tom VanHaaren | NCF On The Trail