The Big Ten is not what it used to be. Nebraska is no longer the new kid on the block, and Rutgers and Maryland are poised to join the conference in 2014.
Along with those changes comes an expansion of recruiting territory, which soon will extend from the Great Plains all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
What hasn't changed in the quality of the Big Ten and the competitiveness of its recruiting. The 2014 recruiting cycle has been a whirlwind, and the Big Ten already has had its share of great moments, with plenty more to come.
Michigan will land a great defensive recruit, but rival Ohio State will counter with one of its own. Years from now, Big Ten coaches will wish they had pursued a Wisconsin commitment harder, and two Big Ten programs will sign underrated classes.