Big Ten Football Recruiting Ranking Update for Early August

Recruiting is the cornerstone of any college football program. Sure, you can find a diamond in the rough once in a while and turn it into something special, but, overall, the teams that attract the best talent earn the most.

Ohio State is consistently among the best in the nation when it comes to luring top high school football prospects to the shores of the Olentangy to dance with the rest of the Big Ten and the nation every year, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

We like to keep tabs on how things are going with the balance of power in the Big Ten, and it looks like Ohio State is in fantastic shape again with other teams trying to fill the gap. ‘difference.

Here’s a look at the Big Ten football team recruiting rankings according to 247Sports Composite Team Rankings as we head into the season in mid-July.

Indiana

Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen watches from the sideline during the fourth quarter of the NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday October 23, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

In numbers

Total score | 108.52
National ranking | 74
Total number of engagements | 8

Illinios

September 4, 2021; Champagne, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bret Bielema walks onto the field with his team before the start of Saturday’s game with the UTSA Roadrunners at Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 164.25
National ranking | 51
Total number of engagements | 15

Wisconsin

November 9, 2019; Madison, Wis., USA; A Wisconsin Badgers helmet during the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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In numbers

Total score | 167.21
National ranking | 50
Total number of engagements | 13

Rutgers

November 20, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; A detailed view of Rutgers Scarlet Knights football helmets during a warm up before the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 175.34
National ranking | 45
Total number of engagements | 16

Maryland

Ohio State Has Never Lost To These 49 FBS Teams It Has History With

Ohio State Has Never Lost To These 49 FBS Teams It Has History With

Sep 30, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of the Maryland Terrapins helmets during pregame play before a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 175.82
National ranking | 44
Total number of engagements | 19

Nebraska

November 26, 2021; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Samori Toure (3) poses for a portrait with head coach Scott Frost during the senior day ceremony before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium. Credit: Dylan Widger – USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 178.15
National ranking | 41
Total number of engagements | 13

Purdue

October 14, 2017; Madison, Wis., USA; A Purdue Boilermakers helmet during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 181.75
National ranking | 39
Total number of engagements | 17

Minnesota

Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck drives out during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

In numbers

Total score | 187.23
National ranking | 35
Total number of engagements | 18

Michigan

Three Big Ten coaches ready for leadership roles |  Buckeyes Wire

Three Big Ten coaches ready for leadership roles | Buckeyes Wire

December 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive line coach Sherrone Moore (left), head coach Jim Harbaugh (center) and special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports

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In numbers

Total score | 196.56
National ranking | 28
Total number of engagements | 13

state of michigan

Michigan State mascot Sparty takes the field before the Youngstown State game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

In numbers

Total score | 206.01
National ranking | 24
Total number of engagements | 13

Iowa

December 27, 2019; San Diego, California, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes mascot Herky the Hawk gestures in the first half against the Southern California Trojans during the Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 206.41
National ranking | 23
Total number of engagements | 17

North West

October 16, 2021; Evanston, Ill., USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald looks on during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ryan Field. Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 206.50
National ranking | 22
Total number of engagements | 20

Penn State

Preview of enemy territory of Ohio State vs. Penn State on the Nittany Lions

Preview of enemy territory of Ohio State vs. Penn State on the Nittany Lions

April 13, 2019; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin leads his team onto the field before the Blue-White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Credit: Matthew O’Haren – USA TODAY Sports

In numbers

Total score | 260.68
National ranking | ten
Total number of engagements | 18

ohio state

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day during practice at Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio on August 5, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

In numbers

Total score | 281.41
National ranking | 3
Total number of engagements | 19

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