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Power Ranking the 2015 Big Ten football signing classes

10. Northwestern Wildcats

ncaa-football-syracuse-northwestern1-850x560Class Total: 20 players

Breakdown:

5* players: 0
4* players: 0
3* players: 19

Honestly, I love what the Wildcats did in this class — much more so than this ranking and the 247Sports ranking would lead you to believe. So, why would it be the No. 10 class in the Big Ten?

It’s because this group had so much more potential behind it. Northwestern was hard in after some major targets and just plain missed out on names like Isaac James and others who left the class over the course of the fall.

That said, Northwestern finally got itself in the game by dropping the whole “marriage” schtick when it comes to committed prospects. After seeing his classes continuously ripped apart by other schools, Pat Fitzgerald went out and did some flipping of his own, including a huge get in 3-star wide receiver Flynn Nagel.

He became one of four players rated at an 86 or above by the 247Sports rankings. Those four also were a good mix of offense and defense and can be a great help right out of the gate for the Wildcats.

Last season Justin Jackson came in and surprised many by becoming a great running back in year one. This time around names like Nagel, Jordan ThompsonJoe Gaziano and Jared Thomas could all be immediate contributors and the boost in energy is very much-needed following the last two years in Evanston.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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