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B1G recruiting benefits for newcomers

5/8/2014
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Realignment Recruiting Fallout

The ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC have all expanded in recent seasons due to realignment. Recruiting reporter Tom VanHaaren joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain which programs have benefited most from the moves and how conference changes could backfire.

Neither Maryland nor Rutgers has ever had a recruiting class ranked in the top 20 by ESPN.com. Both programs, however, believe they can boost their recruiting fortunes as Big Ten members.

Geographically, both universities have talent-rich areas surrounding them that produce top prospects year after year. The states in close proximity to Rutgers and Maryland were home to 25 ESPN 300 prospects in 2014 and have 21 in the 2015 class.

There has always been a selling point to local prospects to stay close to home, but now with a new conference, Maryland coach Randy Edsall believes it’s an even bigger draw.