It’s the backbone of any big-time college football program. Those that go out and get the best players in recruiting, then develop them are going to win a lot of games. And we’ve seen that from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, and Oklahoma.

Who knows how things are going to shake out with the new Name, Image, and Likeness abilities out there, but we’re pretty certain in stating that the equation of winning will still rely on getting the best players on a year in and year out basis to mold into finely tuned athletic machines.

With that in mind, we thought we’d check in on how things look in recruiting before we start turning our attention to the upcoming season this fall and all that goes with previewing things in the summer.

Who is leading the pack in the Big Ten, and who has some more groceries to shop for in order to try and make a competitive meal at the adult table?

Here are the up-to-date 247Sports Team Composite Rankings of each Big Ten team in late June. As usual, we go from No. 14 and work our way down to No. 1.

Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana reiterates stance on Ohio State going to B1G Championship Game

Indiana coach Tom Allen talks to Indiana players before running onto the field against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

Where things stand with 2023 recruiting

Total score: 47.81
No. of commitments: 3
Average rating: 86.09
National ranking: 70

Maryland Terrapins

Oct 1, 2021; College Park, Maryland, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Michael Locksley looks on during the second half of the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Where things stand with 2023 recruiting

Total score: 72.30
No. of commitments: 5
Average rating: 84.96
National ranking: 62

Michigan Wolverines

Michigan…

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