2025 National Recruiting Rankings: Big Ten football teams


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The new-look Big Ten in 2024 has created a lot of buzz across the country, with some of the fascination growing from the geographical fact that the conference now spans from the West Coast to the East Coast.

With that massive reach comes a ton of competition for the nation’s top recruits. The 18 teams will have a tedious battle to land the top prospects in the upcoming classes, which began with the class of 2024.

Now that most of the rosters have been set, the heavy lifting shifts to the class of 2025, where the latest 247Sports composite rankings highlight a few surprising landing spots for the Big Ten programs—both new and old. 

1. Ohio State: 242.62 points


2. USC: 219.59 points

(James Snook-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Penn State: 201.06 points

(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

4. Wisconsin: 161.34 points

(Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Oregon: 157.87 points

(Craig Strobeck-USA TODAY Sports)

6. Rutgers: 124.16 points

(Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)

7. Nebraska: 123.72 points

(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Indiana: 114.40 points

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

9. Michigan: 107.81 points


10. Northwestern: 106.61 points

(Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

11. Iowa: 101.73 points

(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

12. Maryland: 97.59 points

(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

13. Illinois: 95.01 points

(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

14. Minnesota: 85.45 points

(Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

15. UCLA: 84.75 points

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

16. Michigan State: 80.36 points

(David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports)

17. Purdue: 79.45 points

(Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports)

18. Washington: 72.13 points

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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