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Big Ten's top recruiters

Michigan's English No. 1; OSU Illinois step up

Posted: Monday February 19, 2007 4:05PM; Updated: Tuesday February 20, 2007 9:34AM
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Ron English (right) led Michigan's recruiting charge, especially out West.
Ron English (right) led Michigan's recruiting charge, especially out West.

By Jeremy Crabtree, Special to SI.com, Rivals.com

The Big Ten recruiting season was dominated by three teams -- Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois.

Ron English, the Rivals.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year, helped Michigan sign the top class in the league. Scott Loeffler also came up big for the Wolverines.

Illinois made plenty of noise nationally this recruiting season, so it's no surprise to see two Illini coaches make the list of the top 10 recruiters in the Big Ten (listed in alphabetical order).

Big Ten Recruiter of the Year, Ron English, Michigan: Two words -- Donovan Warren. English, Michigan's defensive coordinator, helped lock down one of the biggest recruiting shockers of the year when he pulled the five-star Warren away from USC's back yard. English also landed four-star safety Michael Williams, Zion Babb and Artis Chambers. The Wolverines landed several prospects from California, and the players English signed averaged 3.75 stars. Michigan finished with the nation's No. 12 recruiting class and the top class in the Big Ten largely because of English's great haul.

Tim Beckman, Ohio State: Ohio State didn't have many scholarships to offer, so it was important for the Buckeyes sign quality players. Beckman, who recently took a job as Oklahoma State's defensive coordinator, went out on top at Ohio State. He signed five defensive players who were all ranked as four-stars. Rivals100 defensive back Eugene Clifford played at Cincinnati Colerain, a school that usually sends its best players to Michigan. Beckman also went to Florida to pull in linebacker Brian Rolle of Immokalee. Throw in Solomon Thomas, Nate Oliver and Jermale Hines, and Beckman definitely ranked among the best in the Big Ten.

Tom Bradley, Penn State: Bradley, Penn State's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, makes the list this season after landing four players that averaged 3.5 stars. The headliners for Bradley were four-star defensive back Nick Sukay and four-star offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski. Three-star receivers Jon Ditto and Derek Moye were also big additions. Penn State definitely needed to stockpile talent at the receiver spot, and Bradley helped make that happen this season.


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