Big Ten recruiting class rankings 

October, 16, 2013
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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings and its conference class rankings.

The Big Ten conference is led by a pair of familiar names, with Michigan and Ohio State in the top two spots. The Wolverines and Buckeyes not only sit atop their conference but also have classes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Despite dealing with ongoing NCAA sanctions, Bill O’Brien has kept Penn State competitive on the recruiting trail and it sits at No. 3 and coming off a big win. After another big recruiting weekend, the Nittany Lions could be tough to move out of the conference’s top three.

1. Michigan, 15 commits: The Wolverines are No. 6 in the RecruitingNation class rankings, which includes nine ESPN300 prospects -- among them headliner and No. 2 overall Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic High). Michigan could make a move into the top-5 by winning the race for No. 4 Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High). Defensive tackle and No. 67 Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mi./Southfield High) is another top target still in play. No. 41 overall John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic High) will visit Nov. 29, and is another top target remaining.