At the time of this writing Michigan State is ranked 30th in Scout.com team rankings with Ohio State and Michigan ahead of them. While these rankings look at several factors, how has Mark Dantonio and his staff done when breaking it down.
Here is our Big Ten recruiting rankings.
1 - Ohio State – The Buckeyes are building a solid class headlined with several four and five star ranked players. The key player for the Buckeyes is quarterback Braxton Miller of Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne High School. Miller could be called upon as early as next season if the suspension of Terrelle Pryor stands or he leaves for the NFL.
Top Recruit: Braxton Miller – Quarterback
Biggest Question: – Tommy Brown – Offensive Line
Remember The Name: Michael Bennett – Defensive Tackle
2 – Michigan State – The Spartans have done a great job of finding talent in this class. The player everyone is talking about is linebacker Lawrence Thomas who has great size and speed. Thomas could also see a move to defensive end before all is said and done, however, he's a great talent no matter where you line him up.
Top Recruit: Lawrence Thomas - Linebacker
Biggest Question: Connor Cook – Quarterback
3 – Nebraska – The new kids on the block are having a very solid class for 2011. Using their ties in Texas from their days in the Big 12, help make this class very good. The making of a very good group of offensive linemen should be signed come National Signing Day.
Top Recruit: Aaron Green – Running Back
Biggest Question: Aaryn Bouzos – Safety
Remember The Name: Bubba Starling - Quarterback
4 – Michigan – Despite all the rumors and talk around the Michigan program, they have built a nice solid class that fits what Rich Rodriguez wants to do. All the talk is about running back Dee Hart out of Orlando (Florida) Dr. Phillips High School. If Rodriguez stays as coach look for Hart to stay solid with his verbal pledge. If not, look for the talented running back to stay south.
Top Recruit: Dee Hart – Running Back
Biggest Question: Chris Rock - Offensive Line
Remember The Name: Blake Countess - Defensive Back
We will continue breaking down the Big Ten recruiting race in the next several days.