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Evaluating the top ranked 2024 recruiting classes in the Big Ten

The Wolverines have one of the best classes in the Big Ten.

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The busiest recruiting day of the year has come and gone, with more than two dozen recruits signing with the Michigan Wolverines.

We’ve got a complete list of every player who signed with the Wolverines, and coverage regarding four-star edge Lugard Edokpayi, who committed yesterday, and former Maryland linebacker Jaishawn Barham, who announced his transfer to Ann Arbor.

Michigan’s 2024 class ranks 15th on the 247Sports composite, 17th on On3, 16th on ESPN, and 12th on Rivals. Let’s compare Michigan’s class to other top classes in the Big Ten; these teams are ranked in order of rank on 247Sports’ composite.

Ohio State: #4 overall, No. 1 in the Big Ten

Five five-stars, 12 four-stars

The Buckeyes’ class feature five five-stars, including the No. 1 overall player in wide receiver Jeremiah Smith, top-25 wide receiver Mylan Graham, top-33 edge rusher Eddrick Houston, and top-35 cornerback Aaron Scott, who had Michigan in his top three. Only one player from the state of Michigan — four-star Coopersville interior offensive linemen Gabe VanSickle — signed with Ohio State.

As fun as it is to make jokes about Ryan Day and being born on third base, he and the Ohio State coaching staff have kept the Buckeyes at the top of the national recruiting ranks for a while now.

Oregon: #6 overall, #2 in the Big Ten

Zero five-stars, 20 four-stars

Dan Lanning and the Ducks join the Big Ten with a top-five recruiting class after two dozen players signed on Wednesday. Oregon boasts two highly touted players in the trenches — defensive linemen Aydin Breland and the appropriately-named edge rusher Elijah Rushing. The Ducks also flipped four-star wide receiver Jeremiah McClellan from Ohio State — you hate to see that.

Oregon, USC, UCLA and Washington joining the Big Ten adds plenty of wrinkles from a recruiting standpoint. The Wolverines are going to have to work harder to sway West Coast athletes to brave the weather and head to Ann Arbor.

Penn State: #14 overall, No. 3 in the Big Ten

Zero five-stars, 17 four-stars

The Nittany Lions signed a few top-100 players this year in athlete Quinton Martin, tight end Luke Reynolds and quarterback Ethan Grunkemeyer. They landed one recruit from the state of Michigan this cycle in three-star West Bloomfield linebacker Kari Jackson.

While James Franklin struggles to win big games in the Big Ten, he has dominated recruiting the state of Pennsylvania year after year, and he has a solid group of players signed on for this fall.

Michigan: #15 overall, No. 4 in the Big Ten

Zero five-stars, 18 four-stars

There’s a lot to like about Michigan’s class, which is headlined by offensive lineman Andrew Sprague, a dynamic quarterback in Jadyn Davis, and running back Jordan Marshall, who was recently named Ohio’s Mr. Football.

This is a well-rounded class with lots of talent on the offensive and defensive lines, and four players from the state of Ohio. The only thing keeping Michigan from being at the top in the Big Ten is a lack of five-stars.

We’ll have much more about this class heading into the 2024 season, but there’s a lot to like about this group.

USC: #18 overall, No. 5 in the Big Ten

Zero five-stars, 11 four-stars

Lincoln Riley and the Trojans brought in a solid group in this class, headlined by a couple Cali boys in four-star wideout Xavier Jordan and four-star cornerback Marcelles Williams. They also dipped into the Mitten State to snag four-star athlete Desman Stephens from Clarkston High School.

All in all, it’s a smaller class (only 19 players) for USC, but it’s well-rounded and the program went far and wide to get prospects. Expect the Trojans to continue to recruit well under Riley as they fully transition into the Big Ten.