Recruiting 2013 - Big 10 Leaders Rankings
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Ranking and analyzing the 2013 Big Ten Leaders Recruiting Classes

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Ohio State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Defensive line, defensive line and defensive line. Of course, it would be nice if the passing game became a bit more sophisticated, but that's not what the offense is about with Braxton Miller able to make big plays down the field when needed. The run defense improved as the year went on and the talent level is being raised by Urban Meyer, but the Buckeyes have to replace all four starters up front along with linebackers Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino and Storm Klein. It's Ohio State - there are more talents waiting in the wings - but it's going to be the concern early on.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. It was already a fantastic class, and then came Signing Day and the pickup of running back Ezekiel Elliott, Oregon flip Ezekiel Elliott at running back and receiver James Clark. Much is being made about the haul on the defensive line, and rightly so, with Joey Bosa and Tyquan Lewis among the nation's top end prospects and Michael Hill, Donovan Munger and Billy Price three excellent tackle prospects, but the key is the secondary. It was great, and then came the signing of safety Vonn Bell to make it special. Corner Eli Apple was a nice get out of New Jersey, and Cameron Burrows and Gareon Conley are just as strong, while safeties Darron Lee and Jayme Thompson are going to someday be excellent starting safeties. Overall, this is a special class - even for Ohio State - with linebacker Mike Mitchell, receiver Jalin Marshall and tackle Evan Lyle all destined to be all-stars. 

4. Wisconsin | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The defense should be excellent and the special teams and running game will be a plus, so all the focus will be around a passing game that has to be even more efficient and more effective. While much was made out of the strange quarterback situation, the receivers were the bigger problem. If Jared Abbrederis wasn't making big things happen, the passing attack went kaput. The offensive line - by Wisconsin's standards - has to be far better, and that's where new head coach Gary Andersen should shine. 

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. It's been a weird time with the coaching change, and at some point it would be nice if Gary Andersen can bust the program out of the "recruit to a type" mode, but this year's class could potentially be good if some of the defensive backs pan out. Corners Jakarris Washington and Keelon Brookins were good gets from Massachusetts and Minnesota, respectively, while Matt Hubley is a sneaky-good safety prospect. Two of the keys for down the road are running back Corey Clement out of New Jersey and receiver Rob Wheelright out of Ohio, each with the talent to have had their pick of schools. They might be needed as soon as possible.

5. Illinois | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Illini have to start playing up to their talent level. Ron Zook did a decent job of bringing in the athletes, but can they play? They couldn't in 2012 - or Tim Beckman couldn't coach them. The pressure is on for the nation's second-worst offense to start producing, but the defense and special teams need a major boost, too. The O is loaded with veterans, but the defensive front that got rocked has to replace three starters who'll likely find roles at the next level.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. Gone are the days when Ron Zook was making everyone mad after getting top talent after top talent, but Tim Beckman is bringing in a nice big class with the defense getting the biggest boost. The secondary has a few nice prospects in corners Darius Mosely and Caleb Day, but the line has the bulk with Jarron Clements and Bryce Douglas future starters in teh interior and JUCO transfer Abens Cajuste brought in to see time right away. Quarterback Aaron Bailey is the near future, but never year's class will need to focus on getting him some weapons.

7. Penn State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Beyond the ongoing issues of the university and the image problem, on the field, the Nittany Lions have to keep pressing forward by getting production from young players who'll now get more and more of a shot considering all the restrictions going forward. Getting the quarterback situation settled with Matt McGloin gone will be the first goal after a shocking year for a passing game that went from miserable to excellent. The special teams have to be better after an awful year punting averaging just 34.5 yards per kick and a paltry 18 yards per kickoff return.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Hackenberg to Breneman. Bill O'Brien is doing what he can considering all the program's problems and restrictions - who wants to sign up to play a career full of exhibition games? Even so, getting superstar quarterback prospect Christian Hackenberg and tight end Adam Breneman would make this a successful class even in normal times. The problem is going to be the lack of depth, and O'Brien can't miss. Recruits for the next few years have to be ready to rock and roll and have to be part of the depth chart as soon as possible, but it's still a tough overall sell. The defensive line is getting some help with Garrett Sickels a good-looking pass rusher and Curtis Cothran a potentially excellent end. There are some nice talents across the board - linebacker Zayd Issah will be a player - but if Hackenberg and Breneman aren't great, this class will be average at best.

8. Indiana | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Hoosiers have to stop the run. Kevin Wilson's offense will only get better and better with ten starters returning to an attack that led the Big Ten in passing, but the defense gave up points and yards faster than the O could crank them out. IU was last in the Big Ten in total defense and scoring defense, having the biggest problems against the run despite leading the league in sacks and tackles for loss. The Hoosiers needs defensive tackle help as soon as possible.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. No team in the Big Ten has a bigger area of need than Indiana has on the defensive line. It's asking too much for anyone to start right away, but 6-5, 285-pound Darius Latham and JUCO transfer Jordan Heiderman might be too good to not be thrown to the wolves. End David Kenney has all the tools to quickly turn into one of the team's top pass rushers. Safety Antonio Allen is soon going to be the team's top defensive back, while tight end Danny Friend will be a key outlet target. Receivers Isaac Griffith and Anthony Young are going to be a part of the rotation by next year.

11. Purdue | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: New head coach Karl Dorrell has to work a few miracles out of a team that has some nice pieces, but isn't good enough overall to be a true threat for the Big Ten title. The defensive front loses Kawann Short in the interior, but it gets most of the starters back - now it has to stop someone's running game. The Boilermakers had the second-worst defense in the Big Ten and had way too many problems against anyone who could run the ball. The punt return game was awful averaging a non-existent 3.16 yards per pop.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive line. Two years ago Danny Hope went big on beefing up the defensive front. New head coach Darrell Hazell is getting an even bigger haul for the front wall with eight prospects coming in - but don't expect an immediate impact. Tackles Antoine Miles and Johnny Daniels need time to get bigger for the interior, while Danny Ezechukwu out of Georgia has the potential to be a pass rushing terror down the line. The offense isn't being ignored with running backs Keyante Green and David Yancey to pack a 1-2 punch by 2016.