Recruiting Significance of a Big Ten Move

Rutgers and Maryland are in negotiations to join the Big Ten conference, but details still need to be completed. The perception is it would provide an immediate boon to recruiting for both schools. But is that true? FOXSportsNEXT's expert team of analysts gave their thoughts on what the move would mean for both schools.

Maryland and Rutgers are in discussions to join the Big Ten, and while the deal needs to be finalized, it would change the scope of recruiting for both programs.

The get a broad look at what it could mean for both schools, members of FOXSportsNEXT's team of national and regional analysts gave their thoughts on what a move from the ACC to the Big Ten would mean for Maryland, and what a move from the Big East to the Big Ten would mean for the Scarlet Knights.

Scott Kennedy, Director of Scouting
"I don't know that the immediate impact would be felt for either team. The biggest benefit would be the game day atmosphere week in and week out when playing teams like Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, etc. Those teams travel well and have huge fan bases that will improve home games as compared to some of the teams they are forced to schedule now.

"Regionally speaking, Rutgers and Maryland both have the potential to own their recruiting areas. I think this may help Maryland recruit north a little more and Rutgers push west and take on Penn State and Pittsburgh with more frequency.

"I think the team that could be hurt the most, as if they needed another obstacle, is Penn State. Penn State makes a living in the Northeast, and having Rutgers in the conference would take away one of the bigger advantages they currently hold over the Scarlet Knights."

Brandon Huffman, National Recruiting Analyst (West)
"I think the move could pay off handsomely for both Rutgers and Maryland, on one hand, especially with recruiting. The Big Ten is a more high-profile football conference, with its own network that is available in far more homes than it isn't, and it would give Rutgers and Maryland an opportunity to recruit their respective regions more aggressively against Big Ten schools recruiting in that area.

"The other hand is, while Texas A&M has found some immediate success in its move to the SEC, Missouri, Utah and Colorado have all taken steps backwards from their previous stops, at least on the field. It could be that they need the move to settle for a few years, and get more of the recruits they've brought in as a result (of the move) onto the field. But right now, the dividends aren't paying off that well for those three."

Jamie Newberg, National Recruiting Analyst (South)
"I would think it would have a greater impact on Rutgers... moving from the Big East to the Big 10 is a bigger move, in my opinion, than Maryland leaving ACC for Big 10. Plain and simple, they would be moving into better conference so in theory their recruiting should improve.

"For Maryland, to me, that's more of a lateral football move. It will help both teams when recruiting the areas within the Big 10 - the states of Pa., Ohio, etc. At the same time, it could work against them, helping the existing Big 10 teams recruit New Jersey and Maryland/D.C. better. It should work both ways."

Allen Trieu, National Recruiting Analyst (Midwest)
"I don't know that it will change recruiting that much, at least for the short term. Nebraska's move to the Big Ten hasn't necessarily expanded recruiting into the Midlands for most Big Ten teams, but I think adding two East Coast teams could change that dynamic.

"Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Iowa already recruit out there quite a bit, and the other schools typically dip into the Maryland/D.C./Pennsylvania area as well. I think it changes things for Rutgers and Maryland some, as neither actively recruit the Midwest. You've seen Nebraska start to recruit into Wisconsin and Ohio more and you might see Maryland and Rutgers do the same.

"However, I think, for the most part, these schools are going to continue to stick to their bread and butter and not change their recruiting tactics just because of new teams in the conference or because they themselves are joining a new conference."

Bill Greene, Ohio Recruiting Analyst
"For both Rutgers and Maryland, a move to the Big Ten gets them recognition in the state of Ohio, an area neither team spends much time recruiting. Ohio has approximately 150 Division-I prospects on an annual basis, so this could possibly expose both teams to a new area to recruit.

"The Big Ten network should not be discounted as a recruiting tool either, and the number of homes it reaches is substantial. One would have to believe the increase in revenue should filter down to the recruiting budgets of each school, which should enable them to target more areas."

Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst (West)
"I think a move to the Big Ten could be big for both Rutgers and Maryland. Geographically, it would open up new areas to recruit from for both schools. The Big Then is a power conference, and the Midwest region is one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the country.

"Rutgers and Maryland can go in to the homes of players in that region and sell them that if they come to their school, they'll be able to come back home and play in front of their friends and family multiple times every year."

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