The best college football recruiting class by conference: Big Ten

Jeffery Okudah went from being a five-star recruit to All-American at Ohio State to a first-round NFL draft pick. Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire

Amid conference realignment that is changing college football, we decided to rank the top 10 recruiting classes from 2010 to 2019 for each Power 5 conference.

We recently evaluated our recruiting class rankings, considering how player rankings translated into actual production and how well each class did in the win column over the course of four years.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have broken down the Big 12, the Pac-12, the ACC and the SEC. This time, we go through the Big Ten.

In this 10-year span, Ohio State signed four top-five classes, reached the College Football Playoff four times and won a national title in 2014. Having been a consistent presence on the recruiting trail and the national title picture, it is not surprising that the Buckeyes had several classes land on this list.

This conference arguably had the most overall diversity with five other programs placing classes among this top 10. Michigan State was in the national title picture this season, but it was a class from earlier in the decade that proved to be its best over this span.

Having competed for the conference title multiple times, Wisconsin not shockingly cracked the top 10, and Michigan's 2021 CFP berth was aided by a class that landed among this group.

Here are the top 10 recruiting classes in the Big Ten over the past decade.