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Early signing period: Big Ten football recruiting winners and losers – cleveland.com

Early signing period: Big Ten football recruiting winners and losers – cleveland.com


By Tim Bielik, cleveland.com | Posted December 19, 2018 at 03:14 PM

Jim Harbaugh and Michigan have the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten. (Tony Ding, Associated Press)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2019 Early Signing Period saw many college football teams secure a majority of their 2019 recruiting classes. The rest will be filled up on the traditional National Signing Day in February.

Just as we judge winners and losers in football games, we do the same for recruiting. Although we don’t know how these players turn out for a few more years, we can get an idea on days like this. 

And the Big Ten in particular is no exception.

Here are the winners and losers of Big Ten recruiting. Also, see who has the best recruiting class in the conference.

Winner: Michigan

At the moment, Michigan has the top class in the Big Ten and has 27 commits.

But the big news for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines came early in the day when five-star safety Daxton Hill, who flipped to Alabama earlier in December, flipped back to Michigan.

He is Michigan’s lone five-star commit. But they have three top-50 commits according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.

Getting Hill gives Michigan a signature player in its class.

Loser: Maryland

It’s hard to call a school a recruiting loser when it just hired a new head coach in Mike Locksley.

But Maryland falls into that category because of how well the rest of his division has recruited.

The top three teams in the Big Ten recruiting rankings hail from the East in Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State. Michigan State (No. 7) and Indiana (No. 10) also have some good signees.

Maryland has just 11 commits for 2019 and is ranked last in the Big Ten for recruiting. Locksley has his work cut out for him in the final two months to add some good players.

(Darron Cummings, Associated Press)

Winner: Purdue

Purdue didn’t just win by keeping Jeff Brohm in West Lafayette for at least another year.

But the Boilermakers have recruited very well, signing four four-star prospects in 2019 including top-50 prospect George Karlaftis at defensive end.

Other four-star signees for Purdue were receiver Milton Wright, safety Marvin Grant and defensive tackle Steven Faucheux.

The longer Brohm sticks around, the better Purdue’s prospects for the future seem to be.


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