Michigan

This season: 10-2 (8-1 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 9

247Sports rank: 7

Wednesday's signees: 24

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Very little.

Names you'll hear

DB Daxton Hill, 6-1, 190

RB Zach Charbonnet, 6-2, 215

DL Chris Hinton, 6-4, 280

QB Cade McNamara, 6-1, 205

Our take

Michigan was among the biggest winners Wednesday, flipping five-star defensive back Daxton Hill (out of Tulsa, Oklahoma) from Alabama.

Penn State

This season: 9-3 (6-3 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 10

247Sports rank: 10

Wednesday's signees: 18

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Some lifting remains.

Names you'll hear

LB Brandon Smith, 6-4, 230

DE Adisa Isaac, 6-5, 220

RB Devyn Ford, 5-11, 195

RB Noah Cain, 5-11, 215

Our take

Rivals lists Ford as the nation's second-best running back, and the Nittany Lions' backfield got an extra boost when Cain, a four-star player, announced he was joining Ford at PSU.

Ohio State

This season: 12-1 (8-1 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 20

247Sports rank: 12

Wednesday's signees: 15

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Some lifting remains.

Names you'll hear

WR Garrett Wilson, 6-1, 180

DE Zach Harrison, 6-5, 245

ATH Jameson Williams, 6-2, 170

OL Harry Miller, 6-4, 300

Our take

Four-star safety Jordan Battle flipped from Ohio State to Alabama barely before sunrise Wednesday, but Zach Harrison, a five-star DE, eased the pain when he picked OSU hours later.

Wisconsin

This season: 7-5 (5-4).

Rivals rank: 25

247Sports rank: 27

Wednesday's signees: 19

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Very little.

Names you'll hear

OL Logan Brown, 6-6, 285

QB Graham Mertz, 6-3, 205

DT Rodas Johnson, 6-3, 285

LB Spencer Lytle, 6-3, 215

Our take

The Badgers got the nation's No. 5 offensive tackle, according to Rivals; it has its QB of the future in Mertz; and they got four players to flip to their program. It's easily Paul Chryst's top class.

Purdue

This season: 6-6 (5-4 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 27

247Sports rank: 25

Wednesday's signees: 21

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Some lifting remains.

Names you'll hear

WR Milton Wright, 6-3, 200

DB Marvin Grant, 6-2, 200

DE George Karlaftis, 6-4, 260

ATH Mershawn Rice, 6-2, 200

Our take

Jeff Brohm's program is gaining steam on the field. It's also gaining steam on the recruiting trail. The class includes California quarterback Paul Piferi, a pro-style signal-caller.

Michigan State

This season: 7-5 (5-4 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 33

247Sports rank: 28

Wednesday's signees: 20

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Very little.

Names you'll hear

OL Devontae Dobbs, 6-4, 305

CB Julian Barnett, 6-2, 190

LB Luke Fulton, 6-3, 215

WR Tre Mosley, 6-2, 180

Our take

The Spartans lost running back commit Aaron Young to Rutgers, but they made some hay in the trenches, securing the signatures from Dobbs and Spencer Brown (6-6, 295).

Minnesota

This season: 6-6 (3-6 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 35

247Sports rank: 33

Wednesday's signees: 23

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Some lifting remains.

Names you'll hear

CB Tyler Nubin, 6-3, 190

QB Jacob Clark, 6-5, 210

DT Rashad Cheney, 6-2, 275

DT Kristian Williams, 6-3, 300

Our take

The Gophers, in desperate need of a quarterback, got one in four-star Texas standout Clark. He's ranked as the nation's No. 13 pro-style passer by Rivals.com.

Iowa

This season: 8-4 (5-4 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 38

247Sports rank: 38

Wednesday's signees: 20

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Very little.

Names you'll hear

LB Jestin Jacobs, 6-3, 210

OL Tyler Endres, 6-6, 285

OL Ezra Miller, 6-6, 305

TE Logan Lee, 6-5, 240

Our take

Not surprisingly, Iowa did very well recruiting offensive and defensive linemen, and a tight end in Lee. And not surprisingly, Iowa did not do well recruiting wide receivers.

Indiana

This season: 5-7 (2-7 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 40

247Sports rank: 39

Wednesday's signees: 19

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Some lifting remains.

Names you'll hear

RB Sampson James, 6-1, 210

DE Beau Robbins, 6-4, 240

ATH Da'shaun Brown, 6-1, 170

WR David Ellis, 6-0, 190

Our take

Sampson James, a four-star running back, is among the highest-ranking recruits to ever head to Indiana. It was a big win for the Hoosiers, who got him to flip from Ohio State.

Northwestern

This season: 8-5 (8-1 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 45

247Sports rank: 45

Wednesday's signees: 18

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Some lifting remains.

Names you'll hear

LB Michael Jansey, 6-2, 210

WR Bryce Kirtz, 6-0, 180

DB Cameron Mitchell, 5-10, 175

DB Roderick Heard, 5-11, 165

Our take

Northwestern did a lot of work on the defensive side. According to Rivals' player rankings, the top five players in the Cats' class are defenders, led by Mitchell, a three-star out of Northwestern's backyard.

Rutgers

This season: 1-11 (0-9 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 60

247Sports rank: 60

Wednesday's signees: 18

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: Some lifting remains.

Names you'll hear

RB Kay'Ron Adams, 5-10, 200

DB Donald Williams, 6-1, 180

RB Aaron Young, 5-10, 170

QB Zamar Wise, 6-3, 205

Our take

The Scarlet Knights got Young to flip from Michigan State late. He'll enter a backfield that will include fellow RB recruit Adams and Wise, the nation's 26th-ranked pro-style passer, according to Rivals.

Illinois

This season: 4-8 (2-7 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 70

247Sports rank: 67

Wednesday's signees: 11

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: A lot remains.

Names you'll hear

QB Isaiah Williams, 5-10, 170

RB Kyron Cumby, 5-7, 160

ATH Marquez Beason, 5-10, 175

CB Joseph Thompson, 5-10, 160

Our take

Marquez Beason — it seems like ages ago now — was a one-time Nebraska commit during the Mike Riley era. Beason and Williams, a highly touted QB, give the Illini something to work with.

Maryland

This season: 5-7 (3-6 Big Ten).

Rivals rank: 85

247Sports rank: 81

Wednesday's signees: 6.

Heavy lifting until Feb. 6: A ton.

Names you'll hear

CB Tayvion Land, 5-8, 165

RB Jordan Houston, 5-9, 180

WR Isaiah Hazel, 6-1, 190

QB David Summers, 6-3, 205

Our take

Uncertainty in who would be coaching Maryland took its toll this cycle for the Terps, and new coach Michael Locksley is having to play catch-up.