In the 2013 class according to the 247Composite, 18 players in the Top100 signed with a Big Ten program.
Could the nation's No. 1 ranked prospect Da'Shawn Hand be Michigan bound?
Ohio State led the way with 10 of those signatures en route to the nation’s No. 2 class.
Michigan inked six Top100 prospects in 2013, finishing with the country’s No. 5 class.
Penn State had the other two, as the Nittany Lions scored the 30th-ranked class.
247Sports takes a look at what 247Composite Top100 prospects could very likely be Big Ten bound in 2014.
Da'Shawn Hand – The nation’s No. 1 player loved his spring visit to Michigan and said he’s “absolutely” coming back for the Notre Dame game in the fall. The Wolverines have a lot of competition for the defensive end out of Woodbridge (Va.) High, but Brady Hoke and his coaching staff are pulling all the right strings early in the recruiting process.
Jabrill Peppers – Ohio State and Michigan are in the top three for the country’s No. 5 prospect out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic. Stanford and LSU are also battling for Peppers, who is ranked as an athlete, plays safety in high school, but projects best as a cornerback on the next level. The five-star will visit Michigan on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Ohio State to see the Buckeyes on Friday and Saturday.
Malik McDowell – Michigan is starting to gain momentum for the five-star defensive end out of Detroit Loyola. McDowell has made several recent visits to Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines have always been considered to be in the top two along with Notre Dame. Ohio State will eventually get a chance to impress and Michigan State remains in the mix as well.
Raekwon McMillan – The Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County five-star linebacker pegged Ohio State as his early leader and he’s currently in Columbus until Wednesday. Other programs have since made a move on the Buckeyes in Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and USC. McMillan will visit Tuscaloosa this weekend and is expected to shake up his list of leaders following this week’s trips.
Ohio State is looking to sign five offensive linemen and Top50 prospect Jamarco Jones would be a nice addition.
Clifton Garrett – Ohio State is looking to keep the five-star linebacker out of Joliet (Ill.) Plainfield South in the Midwest, but the Buckeyes are receiving stiff competition from Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and USC. Garrett has been to Columbus several times and we expect to see him back at Ohio State sometime during the summer.
Marshon Lattimore – The five-star cornerback out of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville is very familiar with Ohio State and can be considered a Buckeyes lean, but Lattimore plans to take his time with the recruiting process and see as many schools as possible before deciding. He recently visited Louisville.
Drake Harris – One of the country’s most prolific receivers, the five-star out of Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian decommitted from Michigan State on March 11. He visited Ann Arbor several times in the spring and is very high on Michigan. Ohio State is also in the mix and schools trying to lure Harris outside of the Midwest include Florida, Florida State and Georgia.
Jamarco Jones – Having visited the place more than any other school, Ohio State is the front runner for the touted offensive tackle out of Chicago De La Salle, but Jones is dotting all of his i’s and crossing his t’s before making a college decision. He’ll visit Notre Dame on Wednesday, Michigan on Thursday and Friday, Michigan State on Friday and Saturday and Wisconsin next Monday. Jones already has plans to get back to Ohio State in the summer.
Mark Andrews – Michigan and Ohio State are among the top schools for the 6-foot-6, 225-pound receiver out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain. Other schools in the mix includes Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and USC.
Damon Webb – The cornerback out of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech is committed to Ohio State.
Ross Pierschbacher – The offensive tackle from Cedar Falls (Iowa) High has already given his pledge to the in-state Hawkeyes.
Trevion Thompson – Ohio State is one of the early top schools for the receiver out of Durham (N.C.) Hillside, along with Clemson, Florida and West Virginia. He’ll visit Columbus this week.
Top247 RB Jeff Jones softened on his verbal to Minnesota late last week.
Dante Booker – The Buckeyes are the clear leader for the outside linebacker from Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Bryan Mone – Michigan already has the Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland defensive tackle in the fold.
Artavis Scott – The Wolverines and Buckeyes are looking to lure the Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake receiver away from the Sunshine State. He visited Michigan during the fall and teammate Mason Cole is already committed to the Maize and Blue. Scott also camped at Ohio State. The other contenders include Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USF.
Demarre Kitt – Ohio State is in the top four for the Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek receiver, and he’s scheduled to visit the Buckeyes campus this weekend. Kitt is also favoring Clemson, Auburn and Tennessee.
Dwight Williams – The Wolverines are one of the schools battling for the Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra outside linebacker along with Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and UCLA.
Around The Big Ten
- Michigan State is the hottest team in the league, landing a commitment from four-star quarterback Chris Durkin last Thursday and then a pledge from offensive tackle Chase Gianacakos on Monday. The Spartans were in the mix to land three other four-star signal-callers in Caleb Henderson, DeShone Kizer and Michael O’Connor before Durkin beat them into the boat. Landing Gianacakos was a huge blow to Illinois as his father played for the Illini. Top100 running back according to 247Sports in Gerald Owens is expected to visit East Lansing on Tuesday.
- The nation’s No. 10 running back in Jeff Jones softened on his verbal commitment to Minnesota last Friday and took a visit to Iowa State over the weekend. The Minneapolis (Minn.) Washburn standout talked with Gophers head coach Jerry Kill before taking the trip. The offer we’re hearing Jones is waiting on remains Notre Dame. Expect Jones to camp in South Bend this summer.
- As reported several times throughout the network, both Ohio State and Michigan are expecting several touted prospects on campus this week. Peppers and his Top247 teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty will both visit, as will Olney (Md.) Good Counsel four-star offensive lineman Sam Mustipher. Besides those three, the list of headliners in Columbus includes McMillan, Thompson, Cortez McDowell, Dallis Todd and Sam Hubbard. Also heading to Ann Arbor will be Jones, and Top247 receiver K.J. Williams.
- Wisconsin will host two of its top running back targets this week in Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha’s Taiwan Deal and Marion (Ohio) Harding’s LJ Scott.
- Nebraska is expecting a bevy of recruits this weekend for its spring game. Local offensive guard D.J. Foster will be on hand, as will Missouri prospects in linebacker Jimmie Swain and receiver Monte Harrison. Wisconsin defensive end Billy Hirschfeld will also be in Lincoln.
- Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State lead the way in the current Big Ten recruiting rankings.