Ranking Big Ten recruiting classes

Updated: August 23, 2012, 9:47 AM ET
By Jared Shanker | RecruitingNation
Here's a look at how the Big Ten recruiting classes are shaping up. Our scouts provided the rankings based on not only the talent of each class but also the needs filled. We also offer a breakdown of the players each class has and whom they are still targeting, but remember, it's still way early, and plenty can -- and will -- change between now and national signing day.

1. Michigan Wolverines

Commits: 23 | ESPN 150: 11 | ESPN 300: 15 | Class rankings: No. 2
Who they have: Michigan started out at No. 1 in the initial ESPN class rankings back in June but has since slipped to No. 2. Michigan has never finished higher than seventh since ESPN started rankings classes in 2006, so this could be a special class for the Wolverines.

Michigan's coaching staff has been dealing with depth issues throughout the roster, particularly at offensive line, defensive line and defensive back. Its moves will absolutely bolster the depth chart, as Michigan is adding five offensive linemen, five defensive backs and three defensive linemen in this class alone.

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Jared Shanker

Florida State/ACC reporter