247Sports released its first set of rankings for the 2015 class on Wednesday including 16 five-star prospects.
The nation's top OT in 2015 in Mitch Hyatt looks forward to visiting Ohio State this summer.
Several of those five-star future blue-chippers hold high early interest in Big Ten schools.
A look at where the conference stands with some of the elite in 2015. Ohio State is already making a lot of early inroads.
Terry Beckner Jr.: The nation’s No. 2 prospect overall out of East St. Louis (Ill.) High has Ohio State in his early top three along with Kansas and Missouri. LSU and USC are two other programs he’s hoping offer. Other Big Ten offers for the standout defensive lineman include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue.
Mitch Hyatt: Ranked No. 4 nationally and the country’s No. 1 offensive tackle, Hyatt plans to visit Ohio State this summer. The Buckeyes are the only Big Ten program currently in the mix for the Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett product.
Josh Rosen: Michigan offered the nation’s No. 2 quarterback and No. 5 prospect overall on Tuesday, quickly becoming a major contender for the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco gunslinger.
Martez Ivey: Ohio State is a top-three program for the Apopka (Fla.) High offensive tackle along with Florida and Florida State.
Tim Settle: The Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle has Ohio State in his top two with North Carolina and really wants to visit the Buckeyes campus this summer along with Wisconsin’s.
Kevin Dillman: Nebraska was one of the first schools to offer the La Miranda (Calif.) High quarterback, who ranks as the nation’s No. 12 prospect overall.
With Michigan in strong position to land five-star CB Jabrill Peppers on Sunday, Brady Hoke and the Wolverines could move up to No. 1 in the national recruiting rankings.
Jacob Daniel: Iowa and Wisconsin have early offers out to the Clovis (Calif.) North defensive tackle, the country’s No. 15 prospect overall.
George Campbell: The nation’s top receiver and No. 16 player overall is very high on Michigan early in the process. The Wolverines are battling many schools including Florida and Florida State for the Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake standout.
Michigan Pushing For No. 1
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic five-star athlete Jabrill Peppers is expected to give Michigan another boost to what is already an outstanding recruiting class, when he announces his college decision on Sunday.
Perhaps all the way to the No. 1 spot.
The Wolverines currently have the nation’s No. 5 ranked recruiting class, including the top spot in the Big Ten. Peppers himself is ranked as the country’s No. 3 prospect overall according to the 247Composite.
Perhaps a boost all the way to the No. 1 spot.
Peppers would be the 11th commit for head coach Brady Hoke and his staff in the class-of-2014, and the seventh to be ranked inside the Top247.
Wisconsin recently picked up a commitment fron the nation's No. 7 FB Ula Tolutau.
As Michigan continues to make a push for the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, the Wolverines remain a top contender for several other blue-chippers including five-stars Da’Shawn Hand (ranked No. 1 overall by 247Sports), John Smith (AKA JuJu, ranked No. 23 overall by 247Sports), Adoree’ Jackson (ranked No. 8 by the 247Composite) and Malik McDowell (ranked No. 26 overall by the 247Composite).
Around The Conference
-Bossier City (La.) Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris, the nation’s top-rated dual-threat passer according to 247Sports, is planning to visit Ohio State on May 30 before taking part in the Elite 11 Regional competition in Columbus. Harris’s trip isn’t 100-percent booked at this point, but it’s a good sign for Urban Meyer and company that Harris is trying to come up early and visit. Other schools in the mix includes Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn, Nebraska and South Carolina. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see others in the area that weekend participating in the Elite 11/Nike Football Training Camp to swing through the Ohio State campus as well.
-As expected, Salt Lake City (Utah) East athlete Ula Tolutau committed to Wisconsin last Thursday, the sixth pledge for the Badgers in the class-of-2014. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Tolutau is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 7 fullback. He is commit No. 6 for head coach Gary Andersen, as Wisconsin moves up to No. 30 nationally in the 247Sports recruiting rankings. This coming Tuesday, Cincinnati (Ohio) Mariemont offensive tackle Joe Bezney will visit Madison after recently picking up an offer from the Badgers.
-Indiana is still looking for their first commit in the 2014 class, but they were able to add to the 2013 recruiting haul over the weekend. Newport (R.I.) Naval Academy Prep two-way lineman Nate Hoff joined the Hoosiers program and arrives this summer with four seasons of eligibility. He played his high school ball at Solon (Ohio) High. Kevin Wilson’s 2013 recruiting class ranks No. 41 nationally.
-Lawrence (Kan.) Free State defensive tackle Fred Wyatt will be on Northwestern’s campus this weekend. The Wildcats are in a strong position here, with Kansas, Arizona State and Oklahoma State also having offered.
-Genoa (Ohio) Area offensive guard prospect Michael Deiter will visit Illinois this weekend. Besides the Illini, he holds offers from Nebraska and Wisconsin.
-Camp season begins in June. Expect every conference program to host several top recruiting targets.