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February 2, 2012

Signing Day Blitz: Ranking the Big Ten

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Urban Meyer's return to college football helped Ohio State land the top class in the Big Ten on National Signing Day.

We break down and rank the classes in the Big Ten.

Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota
Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Wisconsin

Signing Day Blitz: Ranking the Big Ten
1. Ohio State

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Headliners: Five-stars Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington are a potent pair of bookend defensive ends.
Sleeper: Safety Najee Murray is rated four stars, but few knew of him when Ohio State offered last summer.
Overview: The complexion of this class changed on Nov. 28 when Urban Meyer was named had coach. Jim Tressel's resignation and the looming threat of NCAA sanctions had the Buckeyes recruiting at lower levels than years past, and losing top in-state recruits to rival Midwest programs. In the two-plus months since Meyer's hire, however, the Buckeye's added nine Rivals250 prospects and signed the fourth best class in the nation on Wednesday. They also still remain in the mix for five-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is not expected to sign a letter of intent until later this month.
2. Michigan

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Headliner: Expect defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins to step onto the field immediately as a freshman.
Sleeper: Kentucky safety Jeremy Clark grew three inches between his junior and senior seasons.
Overview: Head coach Brady Hoke and his staff did most of their damage in the spring and summer, landing 20 commitments before the end of July. The Wolverine's capped off their class on Signing Day by adding four-star running back Dennis Norfleet, their ninth Rivals250 prospect in 2012. Michigan still has a shot to land one of two four-star offensive line prospects still on the board - Chicago Simeon tackle Jordan Diamond or Castle Rock (Colo.) Valor Christian guard Alex Kozan.
3. Nebraska

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Headliner: The No. 8-ranked junior college prospect in the country, cornerback Mohammed Seisay is already on campus in Lincoln.
Sleeper: Bo Pelini's staff picked up explosive Toledo athlete LeRoy Alexander late in the process.
Overview: Although Wednesday did not produce the flood of additions Nebraska fans had hoped for, they still landed three top talents on the first day of the signing period with four-star athlete Alonzo Moore and three-star defensive tackles Vincent Valentine and Aaron Curry. This was always going to