Rankings by Sam McKewon, text compiled from the Associated Press.

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1. MICHIGAN

Best in class

DT Rashan Gary chose Michigan over Clemson and SEC schools such as Alabama, Mississippi and Auburn. He is the first consensus No. 1 recruit to sign outside of the SEC since 2008 (Terrell Pryor at Ohio State).

Best of the rest

Devin Asiasi, who played for traditional power De La Salle in California, will get a chance to make a lot of plays because coach Jim Harbaugh loves having his quarterbacks throw to tight ends. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Asiasi is rated as one of the best players at his position in the country.

Late addition

Elysee Mbem-Bosse, a linebacker from Georgia, was added relatively recently. He will get a chance to play right away because Michigan will lose some linebackers to graduation.

One that got away

Donnie Corley, a wide receiver from Detroit, chose to enroll at Michigan State last month.

How they’ll fit in

Though Gary will be in the spotlight next fall, he will be able to ease into a role with a team that has a lot of depth on the defensive line.

2. OHIO STATE

Best in class

D-lineman Nick Bosa. The spitting image of his older brother, former Buckeyes All-American Joey Bosa, the 6-foot-3 265-pounder may step right into the spot vacated by his sibling.

Best of the rest

Wide receiver Austin Mack. The 6-2 210-pounder can help fill the void following the loss of Michael Thomas, one of nine Ohio State underclassmen leaving early for the pros.

Late addition

The 6-8, 325-pound offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon chose Ohio State over Baylor on signing day.

One that got away

DT Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, is headed to Michigan.

How they’ll fit in

Coach Urban Meyer has already identified Bosa and Jonathon Cooper, a 6-2, 224-pound defensive end, as freshmen who will get playing time next season.

3. MICHIGAN STATE

Best in class

Donnie Corley, a WR-CB from Detroit, was the AP player of the year for Division I-2 in Michigan. Coach Mark Dantonio said the 6-foot-3 Corley can play on both sides of the ball.

Best of the rest

Defensive end Josh King.

Late addition

Luke Campbell, OL-DL

One that got away

Michael Jordan, OL, who signed with Ohio State.

How they’ll fit in

The Spartans have to replace QB Connor Cook after last season’s run to the national semifinals. Though Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry have been with the program for a while, both are unproven. Michigan State added QB Messiah deWeaver, and Corley could provide immediate help to a receiving corps that loses Aaron Burbridge and Macgarrett Kings from last season’s team.

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.

Late addition

The Bo Pelini staff started pursuing OT Matt Farniok, 6-6, 300 pounds, two years ago and Mike Riley’s staff picked up the chase.

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.

Late addition

Jackson reportedly turned down a late offer from Michigan.

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.

7. WISCONSIN

Best in class

DL Garrett Rand had 92 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior.

Best of the rest

RB Sam Brodner was one of the top players in Illinois last season.

One that got away

Touted running back Antonio Williams dropped his verbal commitment in October to commit to Ohio State.

How they’ll fit in

The sting of losing Williams is eased a bit with the late addition of Brodner, plus the return of Corey Clement to the backfield in 2016. There is depth at the position with Clement joining fellow returnees Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal.

8. MINNESOTA

Best in class

Linebacker Carter Coughlin.

Best of the rest

QB Seth Green, among others. The Gophers also picked up D-lineman Merrick Jackson from Iowa Western.

One that got away

Wide receiver Dredrick Snelson signed with Central Florida.

How they’ll fit in

Green will compete with sophomore Demry Croft to backup Mitch Leidner.

9. MARYLAND

Best in class

Guard Terrance Davis.

Best of the rest

Tino Ellis, WR; Richard Merritt, OL; Adam McLean, DT.

Late addition

Quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, who announced Wednesday, was the Alabama Gatorade state player of the year.

How they’ll fit in

Many of these players will have an opportunity to play immediately as new coach DJ Durkin looks to put his stamp on the struggling program.

10. NORTHWESTERN

Best in class

Defensive back Roderick Campbell from St. Louis.

Best of the rest

Jeremy Larkin, RB; Riley Lees, WR; Bennett Skowronek, WR; Aidan Smith, QB.

How they’ll fit in

With the losses of receivers Miles Shuler and Christian Jones to graduation, Lees and Skowronek have the chance to get playing time early.

11. INDIANA

Best in class

During the past two seasons, Richard Lagow threw for 4,506 yards and 38 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He has two years of eligibility left.

Best of the rest

In high school, Jonah Morris played receiver and safety and at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds could play either.

Late addition

Shaun Bonner, 6-foot-3, 250, is expected to start out as primarily a blocking tight end, with the potential to become an offensive lineman.

How they’ll fit in

Lagow should make an immediate impact. But much of this class was recruited to build toward the future.

12. RUTGERS

Best in class

QB Tylin Oden — while starter Chris Laviano and backup Hayden Rettig are returning, Oden has the athleticism to run the power spread offense.

Best of the rest

RB Trey Sneed had more than 10 scholarship offers including from North Carolina, Wake Forest and Louisville.

How they’ll fit in

First-year coach Chris Ash’s guiding rule was to find players who fit his program, who would compete and who had character, intelligence and toughness. Four are early enrollees and they are already working out. With little depth, a lot of these players should play a role, even if just on special teams.

13. ILLINOIS

Best in class

Linebacker Dele Harding.

Best of the rest

Zarrian Holcombe, TE; Eli Peters, QB; James McCourt, K.

One that got away

Several players recently decommitted amid the turmoil in the program, among them Tre Johnson, who chose Miami.

How they’ll fit in

After playing essentially without tight ends last fall, Illinois signed three players at the position, including Holcombe, one of the top 40 or so in the country. If he can play right away, that could be a big help to the Illini attack. Also important will be the 13 defensive players and whether they can add much-needed depth.

14. PURDUE

Best in class

Terrance Landers, a 6-4 wide receiver, could give the offense a new dimension in 2016, and if he does, the Boilermakers will finally have a solid nucleus of skill position players.

Best of the rest

Simeon Smiley — the transition to college is easier for freshmen to make at safety than cornerback. And at 6-0, 195 pounds, Smiley has the build to make an impact.

How they’ll fit in

The Boilermakers are losing both starting cornerbacks and may need some of those young DBs on the field in 2016. Barry Larkin and Lorenzo Neal won’t be the only junior college players vying for playing time. Jalen Neal, a 6-8, 315-pound offensive lineman, could, too.

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