4. PENN STATE

BEST IN CLASS

At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, four-star running back Miles Sanders is the key recruit in James Franklin's class.

BEST OF THE REST

Shane Simmons, a 6-3, 230-pounder, could make an immediate impact at defensive end and just might give Sanders a run as the best player in the class.

LATE ADDITION

Junior college DT Brenon Thrift can help replenish reserves on defensive line with Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney moving on and recent decommitments from DTs Karamo Dioubate and Michael Dwumfour.

ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Safety Andrew Pryts flipped to Stanford on signing day.

HOW THEY'LL FIT IN

Penn State had to tread water under Franklin in the waning days of the NCAA sanctions. With a full class and full complement of players available at every position, perhaps Big Ten contention is on the horizon.

5. NEBRASKA

BEST IN CLASS

DB Lamar Jackson is a top-100 national recruit and Nebraska's highest-rated West Coast signee in more than a decade. With Jackson and safety Marquel Dismuke among the five defensive backs in the fold, the Huskers met their needs in the secondary.

BEST OF THE REST

John Raridon: The 6-4, 275-pound guard from West Des Moines Valley is the top offensive line recruit and the son of former Nebraska offensive tackle Scott Raridon.

ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Nebraska thought it had locked up four-star receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick. That was before Fitzpatrick took a visit to Louisville. He announced he would become a Cardinal Tuesday.

HOW THEY'LL FIT IN

All eyes will be on QB Patrick O'Brien in spring practice. It would be premature to say he could challenge incumbent Tommy Armstrong, but he's well-positioned to be the No. 2 QB come fall. Raridon and Farniok beef up the offensive line, and Jackson and Dismuke could play right away.

6. IOWA

BEST IN CLASS

QB Nathan Stanley will likely be the most scrutinized player in this class the next few years. Stanley shunned his home-state Badgers, and at 6-5 he looks like a prototypical pro passer in Iowa's system.

BEST OF THE REST

Defensive ends Cedrick Lattimore, a 260-pounder out of Detroit, and Illinois product Romeo McKnight, could be next in line to blossom along Iowa's front. Running back Toks Akinribade had plenty of offers and Alaric Jackson is a 6-7, 285-pound tackle who also played basketball, soccer, baseball and track. Iowa's best linemen have traditionally been multi-sport stars in high school.

ONE THAT GOT AWAY

U.S. Army All-American Bowl pick John Raridon turned down Iowa and Iowa State in favor of Nebraska.

HOW THEY'LL FIT IN

The Hawkeyes bring back a ton of talent from last season's Big Ten West-winning team, but they will likely look for a few freshman contributors on special teams.

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