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Ohio State football on top in Big Ten recruiting

Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska followed the Buckeyes in the Big Ten composite rankings compiled by 247Sports.
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day celebrates on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Penn State in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio State is back on top in Big Ten recruiting, with Ryan Day wrapping up his first full signing class Wednesday with a letter of intent from the two-time Michigan high school player of the year.

Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska followed the Buckeyes in the Big Ten composite rankings compiled by 247Sports.

The Big Ten has nine teams among the top 40 nationally for the first time, including five in the top 25 — Ohio State (No. 5), Michigan (No. 14), Penn State (No. 15), Nebraska (No. 20) and Wisconsin (No. 25).

Last year was the first time since 2010 that Ohio State’s class was not judged best in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes were transitioning from Urban Meyer to Day and slipped to third behind Michigan and Penn State.

“It’s been great to recruit a whole class from beginning to end,” Day said on the Big Ten network. “We’ve done a great job in Ohio but also have done a great job from coast to coast.”

Day’s 25-man class includes 17 four- or five-star prospects on the heels of a 13-1 season that ended in the College Football Playoff. One of the four-stars is Carlos Martinez of Muskegon, Michigan, who held off signing in December when co-defensive coordinator and his primary recruiter Jeff Hafley was named head coach at Boston College.

Martinez hit it off with new coordinator Kerry Coombs during a meeting last month, and that allowed the Buckeyes to fend off late bids from LSU and Oregon, among others. Martinez, a quarterback in high school, expects to play defensive back for the Buckeyes.

Michigan stood pat with 23 December signees, including 14 four-stars. The Wolverines had hoped to land Under Armour All-America offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua‍ of Baltimore, but he de-committed two weeks ago and signed with Baylor.

Penn State has 11 four-star players in its 27-man class. The top-rated player is linebacker Curtis Jacobs of Glen Burnie, Maryland, the No 34 player in the nation by 247Sports.

Here’s a position by position breakdown of the 2020 signing class:

  • Offensive line (6): Josh Fryar, Jakob James, Paris Johnson, Jr., Trey Leroux, Grant Toutant, Luke Wypler
  • Wide Receiver (4): Mookie Cooper, Julian Fleming, Gee Scott Jr., Jaxon Smith-Njigba
  • Running Back (1): Miyan Williams
  • Quarterback (2): Jack James Miller, III, C.J. Stroud
  • Tight End (1): Joe Royer
  • Defensive Line (3): Jacolbe Cowan, Ty Hamilton, Darrion Henry
  • Linebacker (2): Mitchell Melton, Cody Simon
  • Safety (2): Lathan Ransom, Kourt Williams
  • Cornerback (2): Lejond Cavazos, Ryan Watts
  • Kicker (1): Jake Seibert
  • Athlete (1): Cameron Martinez