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Where Nebraska football ranks in Big Ten recruiting

The peace is coming to an end. Here comes the recruiting rush.

Struggling. Official visits. A flood of obligations. Every Big Ten program will experience it, and has experienced it since official visits became an option for college football programs in the spring and summer.

Yes, it creates more work for coaches and recruiting office and operations staff, especially in June. NU senior director of player personnel Vince Guinta theorized he wouldn’t be home much in the next month as Nebraska plans to build part of its 2025 recruiting class over the next 30 days.

But there is also an advantage to devoting June to that work. July brings time off, and once the season rolls around, Nebraska can focus more on doing right by the underclassmen who visit unofficially, rather than trying to cram a perfect official visit into a game weekend.

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“The amount of time you get to spend with the families, the individual recruits and their families, I think that’s so valuable,” Guinta said. “We’ve realized this is really the right place.”

Eligible families can feel “comfortable” with the city and the downtown campus, according to Guinta. They can meet academic officials and a more relaxed group of players.

“Official visits – I think you’ll see the vast majority of them in June, and I think you’ll also see them continue to evolve in that way.”

May has become one of the quietest months on the calendar — right on par with August, which becomes virtually a dead period with both high school and college teams in training camps — so the Big Ten standings, heading into June, are a little less fluid the last update from mid-May.

However, two teams made big strides and one team left the Big Ten cellar. Nebraska stayed pretty much where it was.

By early July, the Huskers hope to have risen in the rankings.

Here’s a look at what Big Ten teams have planned for June according to On3’s attendance database. Various competition programs will start immediately on May 31.

The scoreboard will be updated several times in June, depending on the flow of commitments to come.

Previous leaderboards: May 16, April 17, April 3

1. Ohio State

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 2/1

The big names: CB Devin Sanchez, QB Tavien St. Clair, CB Na’eem Offord

Thin: The Buckeyes have NIL money to practically burn, and their two collectives are spreading it around to prospects from eight states. OSU has a big visiting weekend starting Friday with the likes of Dakorien Moore, who is considered the nation’s top receiver for 2025.

2. USC

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 4/2

The big names: DLs Justus Terry and Isaiah Gibson, QB Julian Lewis

Thin: It’s June for the Trojans, who will host 30 recruits over the next two weekends, including Nebraska targets Christian Jones and Corey Simms.

3. Penn State

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 9/3

The big names: RB Alvin Henderson, LBs Dayshaun Burnett and DJ McClary

Thin: The Nittany Lions have had a lot of success bringing back recruits over the years, and the 5-9, 195-pound Henderson is elite. The planned May/June visit appears to be crowded with linemen, but the Nittany Lions have been short at receiver in recent years.

4. Oregon

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 22/5

The big names: QB Akili Smith, Jr., DE Matthew Johnson, ATH Dierre Hill

Thin: The Ducks reached into the suburbs of St. Louis – i.e. Belleville, Illinois – to acquire Hill, one of the Midwest’s top prospects. Coach Dan Lanning, himself with Midwestern roots, has the ability to do that. Also a well-known name at QB. If he is as good in Eugene as his father was in 1998, the Ducks will be in good shape for years to come. The Ducks are flush with high-profile transfers and top underclassmen, which could inform the class of 2025 to some extent.

5.Wisconsin

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 15/4

The big names: CB Jaimier Scott and OT Logan Powell

Thin: Since mid-April, the Badgers have secured business from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – the usual areas for this program. Wisconsin will make some of its commitments in late May/early June to attract a large group of official visitors.

6. Rutgers

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 27/7

The big names: CB Michael Clayton and DE Chase Linton

Thin: The Scarlet Knights made the most of their first big recruiting weekend in June, bringing in six commits in two days by Sunday afternoon. Three of those six, including Clayton and Linton, are from Georgia.

7. Michigan

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 41/12

The big names: DL Nate Marshall, QB Carter Smith and OL Avery Gach

Thin: The Wolverines added two four-star linemen in Marshall and Gach. Smith, the QB, gives off some JJ McCarthy vibes. Michigan doesn’t seem to draw as much attendance as other Big Ten schools. Is that a roster size issue, or a young staff still getting organized after the Jim Harbaugh Hurricane leaves the building? (Harbaugh was an aggressive, effective recruiter.)

8.UCLA

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 35/10

The big names: QB Madden Iamaleava and RB Karson Cox

Thin: The Bruins made a key addition in Iamaleava, who turned down the opportunity to play with his brother Nico in Tennessee to stay close to home in the Rose Bowl. Cox is a good one too. However, UCLA has virtually no visitors scheduled for June, which is strange.

9.Nebraska

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 34/9

The big names: QB TJ Lateef, DL Tyson Terry, RB Conor Booth

Thin: Lateef will be a game changer in the classroom, a big passer on his way to a big year at Orange County (California) Lutheran High School. The Huskers, unlike other Big Ten schools, have opted to pack their visits almost exclusively into two weekends, June 14 and June 21.

10. Northwest

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 26/6

The big names: CB Marquet Dorsey and DE Caden O’Rourke

Thin: Northwestern historically recruits well early in a cycle because the school already knows which candidates will and will not be considered for admission. So it’s not surprising that the Wildcats have been making their move on commits, and could be at 20 by the end of June. David Braun also has a new stadium to sell; By the time the kids of 2025 arrive on campus, they will only have to play in the mini-stadium on the lake for one more year.

11. Minnesota

Total liabilities: 7

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 37/11

The big names: QB Jackson Kollock and LB Emmanuel Karmo

Thin: Karmo could be one of the best backer commits in the Big Ten, but he’s been a bit of drama over the past month, going back and forth on whether he’ll receive more visits after his commit. The Gophers will host more than 30 recruits during the weekends of June 7 and 14.

12.Indiana

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 32/8

The big names: CB Chris McCorkle and WR LeBron Bond

Thin: Coach Curt Cignetti has built the early part of his recruiting class with four defensive backs, including McCorkle, who chose the Hoosiers over home state Florida.

13. Iowa

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 43/13

The big names: TEs Thomas Meyer and Eli Johnson

Thin: For now, Iowa plans to hold its tough visiting weekend on June 21 – and not until June 21 – although Hawkeye legacy Iose Epenesa will come in before that. It’s a slightly slower year in Iowa than previous cycles – which have been extremely good – so the Hawkeyes could venture more into Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Michigan for their recruits. Iowa already has some big tight ends and big linebackers in the class.

14.Illinois

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 49/15

7The big names: WR Brayden Trimble and QB Carson Boyd

Thin: Trimble (May 20) was one of the few May commits in the Big Ten. More importantly, he’s an out-of-state guy, and coach Bret Bielema said he would build the program with guys from Illinois.

15. Maryland

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 47/14

The big names: CB Jett White and OL Kahlil Stewart

Thin: On3 has 39 potential players in Maryland at a three-star level, and 31 such players in Virginia. In case you were wondering how the Terrapins slowly improved in a tough Big Ten East. Maryland has a lot of visitors in the coming month, but no specific tentpole weekend yet.

16.Washington

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 60/18

The big names: WR Raiden Vines-Bright and QB Dash Beierly

Thin: Big upcoming recruiting weekend for Washington, which is off to a slow start in the wake of a national title in the College Football Playoff. There will be double digit recruits in town. The Huskies added a second quarterback, Treston McMillan, to the class. He threw for over 4,000 yards at Mililani (Hawaii) High School.

17. Michigan State

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 55/16

The big names: RB Jace Clarizio and QB Leo Hannan

Thin: Out of the Big Ten cellar – thanks to the efforts of Clarizio, a local back – and looking for as many as 40 official visitors in June. MSU needs a lot of players and could sign 30 prep guys if they want.

18.Purdue

247Sports Composite National/Big Ten: 58/17

Rivals: 59/18

The big names: QB Sawyer Anderson

Thin: The Boilermakers are headed to the basement of the standings, and it’s not clear if they’ll get out of there anytime soon. Recruiting was Jeff Brohm’s forte; he brought really good players to West Lafayette. That was before the NIL era reached any basketball school. Anderson is a Drew Brees/David Blough Texas intrigue, who threw for 9,580 yards and 109 touchdowns in three years at a small Christian school in Dallas. Great skills. He is also 5-11.

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