College football recruiting rankings for National Signing Day are here.
In the Big Ten, Penn State and Ohio State are dominating the rankings, projected to get the 17 highest-ranked players. Here’s how the Top 25 break down for 2018. All rankings are from 247Sports.
College football recruiting rankings: Top 25 Big Ten players for 2018 class
25. 4-star QB Adrian Martinez (Nebraska-signed)
- National ranking: No. 139
- Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)
- 6-foot-2, 205 pounds
Martinez signed with the Huskers after originally beating a Tennessee commit. With Nebraska ready for a new era led by Scott Frost, Martinez said he’s prepared to compete for the starting job as a freshman.
“We’re going to get this thing turned around,” Martinez said. “I can’t give an exact timetable, but I know everyone’s going to be dedicated to this thing.”
24. 4-star ATH L’Christian Smith (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 126
- Wayne (Dayton, Ohio)
- 6-foot-6, 205 pounds
Smith might not be needed right away, but he has the chance to contribute as a wide receiver or a tight end. Expect at receiver for now, which means Smith could be a key piece in the passing game in the future.
23. 4-star OT Max Wray (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 121
- Franklin (Franklin, Tenn.)
- 6-foot-6 1/2, 289 pounds
Wray is a former Georgia commit who also visited Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Texas and Tennessee. But after Wray visited Ohio State, he was sold on the Buckeyes. Ohio State won’t need Wray from the beginning, but in a couple of years, he could be ready.
22. 4-star OLB Cameron McGrone (Michigan-signed)
- National ranking: 118
- Lawrence Central (Indianapolis)
- 6-foot-1, 215 pounds
Former Michigan commit Emil Ekiyor suggested the Wolverines take a look at McGrone, thus starting the path to McGrone signing with Michigan. McGrone has played both inside and outside linebacker in high school, ending with 71 tackles even with an injury.
21. 4-star OT Nana Asiedu (Penn State-signed)
- National ranking: 116
- North Stafford (Stafford, Va.)
- 6-foot-5, 265 pounds
With Ryan Bates and Will Fries, Penn State is probably set at the tackle spots on the offensive line. But Asiedu the Nittany Lions’ top signee on the offensive line for 2018. He’ll be a part of the plan for the future, though he might not see significant action until 2019.
20. 4-star DE Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan-signed)
- National ranking: 112
- Divine Child (Dearborn, Mich.)
- 6-foot-6, 260 pounds
Hutchinson’s father and uncle played for Michigan and his mother also went there — as do two older sisters. Hutchinson definitely has the size to make a difference, but he also has the statistics: 57 total tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss. He also had 418 receiving yards with 7 scores.
19. 4-star DT Tyler Friday (Ohio State-commit)
- National ranking: No. 93
- Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
- 6-foot-3, 263 pounds
Friday is a recent Ohio State commitment, as he pledged to the Buckeyes on January 19. Friday is the sixth defensive lineman in Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class: Taron Vincent, Tyreke Smith, Tommy Togiai, Antwuan Jackson Jr. and Alex Williams are the others. Friday is No. 6 in the country at defensive tackle.
18. 4-star RB Brian Snead (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: 80
- Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)
- 5-foot-11, 200 pounds
Snead was the first Ohio State commit for the 2018 class, as he announced his decision in July 2016. Snead has stayed out of the media spotlight and has let his tape and production make the case for his abilities.
17. 4-star DT PJ Mustipher, DT (Penn State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 78
- McDonough School (Owings Mills, Md.)
- 6-foot-4 1/2, 290 pounds
Penn State has plenty of young talent and young options on the defensive line, so don’t assume Mustipher will come in and dominate with playing tight as a freshman. But Mustipher, also a state wrestling champion, clearly has potential. It might be more of a matter of when, not if for Mustipher.
16. 4-star DE Jayson Oweh (Penn State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 76
- Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.)
- 6-foot-5, 236 pounds
Expect Oweh to get an opportunity to play right away. Star recruit Micah Parsons is likely to start his Nittany Lions career at linebacker, so Oweh is the clear, obvious standout at defensive end.
15. 4-star WR Kamryn Babb (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: 73
- Christian Brothers College (St. Louis)
- 6-foot-1, 189 pounds
Though a torn ACL ended his final season with Christian Brothers College, Babb already proved what he can do. But Ohio State won’t want to rush Babb until action until he’s ready and at 100 percent strength.
14. 4-star S Josh Proctor (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: 71
- Owasso (Owasso, Okla.)
- 6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Damon Webb and Erick Smith are gone, plus Ohio State didn’t get recruit Jaiden Woodbey. Add in Proctor’s size and range, and he looks like a major contributor in the future for the Buckeyes.
13. 4-star C Matthew Jones (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: 68
- Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
- 6-foot-4, 300 pounds
Jones has also been listed as a guard, but no matter where Jones ends up playing, he has a chance to make an impression from the beginning. Center Billy Price is going to the NFL, though both guards will be back. Still, Jones is enrolling early and can get a jump start to his college career.
12. 4-star OT Rasheed Walker (Penn State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 65
- North Point (Waldorf, Md.)
- 6-foot-6, 300 pounds
Ohio State is still very much in the hunt to get Walker signed, but Penn State is seen as the favorite. Ohio State probably got a little closer to the Nittany Lions when Walker visited the Buckeyes in January, but Walker seems to be a little more familiar with the Penn State program.
11. 4-star DT Tommy Togiai (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 55
- Highland (Pocatello, Idaho)
- 6-foot-3, 290 pounds
Togiai is another elite defensive line prospect that’s part of Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class. He’ll bring in young talent and depth to the position. He might not play much right away, especially with Dre’Mont Jones returning for next season, but he has a bright future.
10. 4-star ILB Teradja Mitchell (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 44
- Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.)
- 6-foot-2, 232 pounds
“He’s a very cerebral player and he has a great feel for the game,” one of Mitchell’s high school coaches told Land of 10. “He’s a mixture of old school and new school. He plays violent and he loves to work. He comes from an awesome pedigree of football. Whoever gets him is getting a future Hall of Fame player.”
9. 4-star TE Jeremy Ruckert (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 37
- Lindenhurst (Lindenhurst, N.Y.)
- 6-foot-5 1/2, 238 pounds
Ruckert committed to the Buckeyes back in July. Ohio State has picked up talented tight ends in recruiting before, but Ruckert is at a different level. He’s rated No. 2 nationally at tight end. There are other tight ends on the roster, but Ruckert has a chance to stand out and be an All-America performer down the road.
8. 4-star DE Tyreke Smith (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 34
- Cleveland Heights (Cleveland, Ohio)
- 6-foot-3, 260 pounds
Penn State made a strong push to get Smith, as Smith visited in December. But he was at Ohio State for an official visit on October 28, when the Buckeyes won a thriller against Penn State, 39-38.
7. 4-star RB Jaelen Gill (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 30
- Westerville South (Westerville, Ohio)
- 6-foot-1, 182 pounds
Gill definitely has the ability to contribute in an H-back type role for the Buckeyes. That role worked wonders for Parris Campbell and Curtis Samuel. Gill is also a two-sport star, playing baseball.
6. 5-star Ricky Slade (Penn State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 27
- C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.)
- 5-foot-9, 185 pounds
Slade was Virginia’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. In one game, Slade rushed for 343 yards and 5 touchdowns on only 13 attempts. He also had 4 receptions for 51 yards and a score and also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. With Saquon Barkley leaving for the NFL, Miles Sanders will likely start out as the go-to guy in the backfield. But Slade will get chances, especially on special teams.
5. 5-star S Tyreke Johnson (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 21
- Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- 6-foot-1, 191 pounds
Johnson committed to Ohio State in December and then signed with the Buckeyes later that month. Johnson posted nine interceptions with Trinity Christian, returning six of those for touchdowns.
4. 5-star DT Taron Vincent (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 20
- IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
- 6-foot-2, 285 pounds
Vincent is No. 2 nationally at defensive tackle, so he’s an elite get for the Buckeyes, especially with big-time time southern schools trying to get him. Ohio State will have a nasty defensive front in 2018, and Vincent could contribute as a freshman. Even though Dre’Mont Jones is returning, Vincent has a ton of potential.
3. 5-star WR Justin Shorter (Penn State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 8
- South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.)
- 6-foot-4, 213 pounds
Shorter had 119 catches and 1,908 yards with 22 touchdowns in three seasons on a run-oriented high school team. But he could make a difference as a freshman with Penn State. He’s looking to start his first season on campus.
“Go in there, have my head low, work hard and practice hard — hopefully start as a freshman. …. Grinding 24/7,” Shorter said.
2. 5-star T Nicholas Petit-Frere (Ohio State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 7
- Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
- 6-foot-6/272 pounds
Ohio State picked up its highest-ranked recruit for 2018 when the 5-star tackle picked the Buckeyes on National Signing Day. It’s a huge get for Ohio State on the offensive line and helped it secure the No. 2 recruiting class behind Georgia.
1. 5-star DE/LB Micah Parsons (Penn State-signed)
- National ranking: No. 5
- Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Pa.)
- 6-foot-3/235 pounds
Parsons is seen as a major, 5-star talent for the Nittany Lions. Parsons de-committed from Penn State before committing again and signing on December 20. The top recruit from Pennsylvania, Parsons will see action right away and could be a star right from the start.