The Early Signing Period starts Wednesday, and recruiting races across the country are boiling hot right now as teams look to lock in their recruits. It is even hotter among conference rivals looking to gain any advantage upon their local foes for the next few seasons.
Here’s the 2023 Big Ten On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings, as of Wednesday at 5 p.m.
1. Ohio State (93.253)
1 five-stars | 18 four-stars | 1 three-stars | 20 total recruits
Top Commit: Miami Gardens (Fla.) American Heritage wide receiver Brandon Inniss, No. 28 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The big Ohio State recruiting news this week doesn’t even involve the 2023 class. But Ryan Day looks to finish this week with yet another top five recruiting class. Inniss, four-star wide receiver Carnell Tate and On3 five-star wide receiver Noah Rogers make up one of the best position groups of the entire recruiting cycle.
2. Penn State (91.583)
0 five-stars | 15 four-stars | 8 three-stars | 23 total recruits
Top Commit: Reading (Pa.) Wyomissing interior offensive lineman Jven Williams, No. 35 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Williams, an On3 five-star recruit, and four-star interior offensive lineman Alex Birchmeier are the top two recruits in the class and could be linchpins on the offensive lineman for multiple seasons. But after them, eight of the next nine top-rated recruits are defensive players.
3. Michigan (89.474)
0 five-stars | 8 four-stars | 15 three-stars | 23 total recruits
Top Commit: Colleyville (Texas) Covenant Christian Academy four-star defensive lineman Enow Etta, No. 119 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Wolverines class currently ranks outside the top 20 after finishing top 10 in 2022. But the Wolverines finished incredibly strong in December and January last season, and it looks like that may be the case again this year.
4. Michigan State (89.074)
0 five-stars | 9 four-stars | 6 three-stars | 15 total recruits
Top Commit: Norman (Okla.) Community Christian School EDGE Bai Jobe, No. 79 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Spartans have three top-200 commits in their class, which is shaping up to be in the top 25 once again for Mel Tucker. The Spartans did try to flip Dante Moore but instead Portland (Ore.) West Linn quarterback Sam Leavitt, who is ranked as a top-10 player at the position by On3.
5. Nebraska (87.595)
0 five-stars | 3 four-stars | 16 three-stars | 22 total recruits
Top Commit: Lincoln (Neb.) Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman, No. 68 in On3 Consensus
Summary: It is going to take at least one full recruiting cycle for Matt Rhule to really make a major impact in recruiting, but he has done a good job in the limited time he’s had this year. Coleman and four-star EDGE Princewill Umanmielen were both major commitments.
6. Iowa (86.960)
0 five-stars | 0 four-stars | 21 three-stars | 21 total recruits
Top Commit: Iowa City (Iowa) linebacker Ben Kueter, No. 420 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Des Moines (Iowa) Southeast Polk offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor flipped to Alabama, putting a real damper on this recruiting class. It’s tough to say a class breaks based on getting one player, especailyl a non-quarterback, but that is the truth with this group.
7. Northwestern (86.756)
0 five-stars | 1 four-stars | 18 three-stars | 19 total recruits
Top Commit: Dayton (Ohio) Northmont linebacker Nigel Glover, No. 287 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Northwestern was bad on the football field this season, finishing with a 1-11 record. But the Wildcats have done good work on the recruiting trail, even though they have seen a few players decommit this fall. Glover is ranked by On3 as the No. 4 player from the state of Ohio, making him a major win for the Northwestern coaching staff.
8. Minnesota (86.551)
0 five-stars | 2 four-stars | 19 three-stars | 21 total recruits
Top Commit: Savage (Minn.) Prior Lake interior offensive lineman Greg Johnson, No. 368 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Two of the top three Minnesota recruits will be staying in-state to play for the Golden Gophers. In-state running back Darius Taylor, an On3 four-star recruit, is also a major pickup for the program.
9. Illinois (86.774)
0 five-stars | 1 four-stars | 21 three-stars | 22 total recruits
Top Commit: Arthur (Ill.) Arthur Senior athlete Kaden Feagin, No. 320 in On3 Consensus
Summary: For the first time in a while, there is sustained momentum and optimism at Illinois. This recruiting class may not blow anybody away, but Bret Bielema has built a solid group led by Feagin and On3 four-star athlete Saboor Karriem.
10. Maryland (86.201)
0 five-stars | 2 four-stars | 23 three-stars | 25 total recruits
Top Commit: Hickory (N.C.) EDGE Rico Walker, No. 309 in On3 Consensus
Summary: It has been a strong final week for Maryland as they have landed both Walker and On300 linebacker Dylan Gooden, and flipped Neeo Avery over the past few days. Those three are the top commits in the class.
11. Wisconsin (85.909)
0 five-stars | 1 four-stars | 13 three-stars | 14 total recruits
Top Commit: Hamilton (Ohio) Stephen T Badin safety Braedyn Moore, No. 361 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The question with Luke Fickell now in charge is whether or not they can pull a few flips or big swings during the Early Signing Period and in February. The class is small right now at just 12 commits so there is plenty of room for other players looking to join.
12. Rutgers (85.007)
0 five-stars | 0 four-stars | 18 three-stars | 19 total recruits
Top Commit: Union City (N.J.) interior offensive lineman JaSire Peterson, No. 520 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Scarlet Knights are on the outside of the top 50 at the moment, but might be able to sneak their way in if they have a few moves up their sleeves.
13. Purdue (84.146)
0 five-stars | 1 four-stars | 12 three-stars | 13 total recruits
Top Commit: Indianapolis Cathedral defensive lineman Kendrick Gilbert, No. 330 in On3 Consensus
Summary: The Boilermakers class has been up-and-down this year, and Jeff Brohm’s departure for Louisville has not helped them heading into the stretch run of the season. Purdue has done a good job on in-state recruiting as about 50% of their players come from Indiana.
14. Indiana (84.281)
0 five-stars | 0 four-stars | 12 three-stars | 13 total recruits
Top Commit: Shreveport (La.) Northwood defensive lineman TaDerius Collins, No. 472 in On3 Consensus
Summary: Last cycle, Indiana finished 27th overall and as the fifth-ranked team in the Big Ten. Now, Tom Allen’s 2023 class ranks last in the conference and 64th nationally. Last year’s class has 22 recruits, including four four-star players. This year’s class has only 10 recruits, none of whom are Blue Chippers.