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The All-Big Ten recruit team: Michigan, Ohio State, and everyone else

What if there was a team comprised of the best recruits in the Big Ten? As of June 2013, two teams appear to be running away with Big Ten recruiting.

Jamie Sabau

There's an accepted truth in college football recruiting over the last few years that Ohio State and Michigan will dominate the conference and bring in an overwhelming amount of top talent. In 2012, Ohio State and Michigan combined to sign 31 of the Big Ten's 54 prospects rated four- or five-stars. In 2013, the number was 38 of 61. In 2014, the trend continues, with the pair currently holding commitments from 15 of the conference's 26 prospects to hold a rating of four or five-stars.

One way to demonstrate this is with an all-conference recruiting team.

The format is simple. Using the 247 Sports Composite of the four major recruiting rankings (Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247), we'll assemble the top QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, 5 OL, 5 DL, 4 LB, 5 DB.

Note: Every effort was made to slot players at the positions they'll be playing in college. Analysis follows the table.

Player From Stars Committed to


Northwestern and Maryland were close to making the list with their respective quarterback commitments.
Michael O'Connor Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4 Penn State
O'Connor is a 6'4, 225-pound pocket passer who has blossomed at the IMG Academy. He formerly played in Tennessee after moving from Canada.


Can Minnesota and Northwestern hold on to the top running back spots in the B1G?
Jeff Jones Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn 4 Minnesota
Jones has excellent agility and moves for a 6'0 back.
Justin Jackson Carol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North 4 Northwestern
Jackson is an all-purpose back with the ability to take any touch for a score.

Wide Receiver

There is no shortage of good receivers in the Big Ten, and the race for the top spots was tough.
Drake Harris Grand Rapids (Mich) Christian 4 Michigan
Harris is one of the five best receivers in the country and has excellent potential as a big play and 6'4 red-zone threat.
Parris Campbell Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary 4 Ohio State
Campbell is a skinny four-star speedster who should thrive in Urban Meyer's spread.
Chris Godwin Middletown (Del.) 4 Penn State
Godwin is an athletic athlete capable of playing multiple positions.

Tight End

Ian Bunting Hinsdale (Ill.) Central 4 Michigan
Bunting is a solid tight end recruit who should become a better blocker as he adds strength to his 6'6, 210-pound frame.

Offensive Line

The five are the five highest-rated offensive linemen, regardless of position (tackle, guard or center).
Ross Pierschbacher Cedar Falls (Iowa) 4 Iowa
Pierschbacher is an athletic 6'6, 285-pound tackle with good balance and technique. He's been on the radar of the recruiting world for several years.
Mason Cole Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake 4 Michigan
Cole is an athletic 6'4, 280-pound guard, who could also play tackle in some systems, particularly if he keeps growing.
Jaden Gault Madison (Wis.) Monona Grove 4 Wisconsin
It's always nice to have a 6'7, 285-pound tackle who can move playing in your backyard.
Kyle Trout Lancaster (Ohio) 4 Ohio State
The 6'6, 300-pound Trout will be in contention to play early for the Buckeyes.
Juwann Bushell-Beatty Paramus (N.J.) Catholic 4 Michigan
Bushell-Beatty is a massive tackle at 6'7 and 310 pounds. He chose Michigan over offers from Florida, Florida State and Tennessee.

Defensive Line

These are the four highest-rated defensive linemen, be they ends or tackles.
Bryan Mone Salt Lake City (Utah) 4 Michigan
Mone is a massive defensive tackle at 6'4 and 338 pounds, with good athleticism relative to his size. He should contribute immediately for the Wolverines.
Lawrence Marshall Southfield (Mich.) 4 Michigan
Marshall is the prototypical edge rusher at 6'3 and 225 pounds.
Craig Evans Sun Prairie (Wis.) 4 Wisconsin
Evans is a quick defensive tackle recruit standing 6'3 and 300 pounds.
Conor Sheehy Milwaukee Marquette University 4 Wisconsin
Sheehy is a run-stopping defensive end at 6'4 and 260 pounds.


As usual, the Big Ten is loaded with linebackers.
Dante Booker Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St.Mary 4 Ohio State
Booker is an exceptional prospect with great length at 6'4 and 210 pounds.
Michael Ferns St. Clairsville (Ohio) 4 Michigan
The 6'3, 235-pound Ferns is the traditional thumper at middle linebacker
Kyle Berger Cleveland St. Ignatius 4 Ohio State
Berger is a very good linebacker prospect, with a promising 6'3, 215-pound build.
Sam Hubbard Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 4 Ohio State
Hubbard is listed as an athlete by some recruiting services, but he's a linebacker at Ohio State.

Defensive Back

With teams playing more and more nickel and dime defense, it was appropriate to include five defensive backs. It is surprising that the conference doesn't have five commitments rated four-stars or better at this point.
Jabrill Peppers Paramus (N.J.) Catholic 5 Michigan
Peppers is a ridiculous, 6'1, 200-pound athlete who could excel at receiver, running back, corner or safety, and in the return game. For Michigan, he plans to be a cornerback.
Damon Webb Detroit Cass Tech 4 Ohio State
Webb is an excellent corner, with solid technique and a motor that doesn't quit. He is relentless and has OK size at 5'11 and 180 pounds.
Marcus Allen Upper Marlboro (Md.) Dr. Henry Wise 3 Penn State
Allen can cover, but he is a big hitter at 6'1, 180-pounds.
Jordan Thomas Spring (Texas) Klein Collins 3 Northwestern
Collins is an excellent cover safety at 6'1 and 175 pounds.
Daquan Worley Coatesville (Pa.) 3 Penn State
Worley is a good cover corner with size at 5'11 and 170 pounds.

Do Michigan and Ohio State dominate the conference? That depends on your definition of dominate. The Buckeyes and Wolverines do have 14 of the top 25 players, and most of the best prospects are committed to the pair, but 11 other prospects are committed to schools other than the two.

Will that trend continue? Will teams like Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan State, Rutgers and Maryland land a representative on the squad? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned, as this team will be updated monthly until National Signing Day 2014.

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