Although it takes its share of criticism, the Big Ten is an elite conference. Ohio State and Michigan are national powers, while Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and Northwestern provide good depth. Recruiting in the league is competitive and not many B1G coaches are used to being told no.
However, with the Big Ten's region possessing good talent, many coaches from programs in other conferences raid the area for prospects. While Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke will sign Top 10 classes this year, they – and several other Big Ten coaches – will strike out with several elite recruits on the recruiting trail.
A running back prospect from the South is considering a Big Ten school, but he's likely to stay in SEC country. A linebacker in the Midwest is a wanted-man by the B1G, but he appears to have his sights set elsewhere. Meyer is trying to land another elite safety prospect to pair with 2013 signee Vonn Bell, but the Buckeyes' head coach is behind two other juggernaut programs.