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Farrell Files: Final 2023 Big Ten Team Recruiting Rankings

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

The 2023 football recruiting class is in the books. Here’s my final ranking of the Big Ten classes.

#1) Ohio State — The Buckeyes didn’t finish as strong as hoped and struggled at DE in the end but this offensive class is epic especially at WR.

#2) Penn State — An elite class on the offensive line and tight end will keep them effective running the ball and in short yardage while the defensive backfield is deep.

#3) Michigan State — A small class that won’t get the love of math formulas, but Mel Tucker nailed it on defense.

#4) Michigan — Wide receiver help is on the way for a class that isn’t ranked as high as expected but you can’t argue Jim Harbaugh’s evaluation skills. Imagine if he didn’t flirt with the NFL?

#5) NebraskaMatt Rhule did a stellar job in year one and nailed some key commits led by local ATH Malachi Coleman.

#6) Iowa — A typical Iowa class with a ton of tough, physical kids but lacking elite athletes.

#7) Illinois — Bret Bielema loves fit and he hit a home run at many positions especially on the DL and DB.

#8) Wisconsin — A small class as they transition to Luke Fickell but enough to rank higher than some bigger classes based on quality.

#9) Minnesota — A solid group led by some good wide receivers and another good OL class.

#10) Northwestern — Despite a horrible season, Pat Fitzgerald did well on the OL and at DB.

#11) Maryland — What stands out is the versatility at many positions in this class and that will help.

#12) Rutgers — Greg Schiano hasn’t returned to his old form recruiting yet but he’s still landing talent locally and in Florida.

#13) Purdue — A small class with no headliners so Ryan Walters will need to do work in 2024.

#14) Indiana — The smallest class in the Big Ten has some talent up top but there are some reaches as well.

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