Commentary

Ohio State, Michigan on top of Big Ten

Originally Published: February 1, 2012
By RecruitingNation | ESPN.com
Here is a team by team breakdown of the Big Ten.

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Ohio State Buckeyes

Top prospect: DE Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt). The No. 4 overall prospect in the country has the size, quickness and pass-rush ability to contribute early at a position of need.

Breakdown: Since Urban Meyer took the helm there hasn't been a hotter team on the recruiting trail. Down the stretch, OSU flipped ESPNU 150 OG prospect Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Colo./Windsor), speedy four-star linebacker David Perkins (South Bend, Ind./Washington) and four-star athlete Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial). Those prospects reside outside of the state, but the Buckeyes did well in Ohio, as well, with three-star tackle Taylor Decker(Vandalia, Ohio/Butler), who fills a position lacking depth. Before his late run, Meyer flipped ESPNU 150 prospects Se'Von Pittman (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) and Tommy Schutt(Glen Elyn, Ill./Glenbard West) and landed five-star DE Spence, a top-10 player nationally. He will be joined on the defensive line by local ESPNU 150 DE Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft), the state's second-ranked player. Offensively, the Buckeyes have playmakers in four-star RB Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) and four-star WR Ricquan Southward (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland), a one-time Miami commit.

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