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The 2019 season opener for Illinois is 82 days away (Aug. 31 against Akron). The start of the early signing period for the Class of 2020 is 191 days away (Dec. 18). Here's how each Big Ten program stands on the recruiting trail at the moment, courtesy Sports Editor MATT DANIELS:

TEAMS TO BEAT

OHIO STATE

Surprise, surprise. Ryan Day has continued the momentum built up by Urban Meyer, with five-star receiver Julian Fleming and five-star offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr., headlining the 11 commits so far.

PENN STATE

Only two skill players out of their 11 commits so far, but James Franklin's program has stocked up on offensive linemen (four). Landing four-star defensive tackle Cole Brevard from Carmel, Ind., is a boost, too.

MICHIGAN

Five of Wolverines' 10 commits hail from the East Coast, but Jim Harbaugh has also reeled in four-star quarterback JD Johnson from Phoenix. All three commits from Michigan are four-star defensive players.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

NORTHWESTERN

Defending Big Ten West champs have cleaned up well in the Chicago suburbs, where four of their 11 commits are from, including four-star offensive lineman Peter Skoronski from Maine South.

IOWA

Richards running back Leshon Williams, one of three Illinois natives who have committed, rushed for 2,115 yards last season. Four-star QB from Texas (Deuce Hogan) has Iowa offense in good spot.

WISCONSIN

Four-star recruit Trey Wedig one of five in-state offensive linemen commits. Seven of the eight commits are from Wisconsin, with offensive lineman Dylan Barrettfrom St. Charles East the lone exception.

WORK REMAINS

MARYLAND

First-year coach and former Illini assistant coach Mike Locksley has landed four of his eight commits from within his state's borders, including three offensive linemen.

ILLINOIS

Four-star prospects Jadon Thompson and Reggie Love could become big playmakers for Illini next decade, while Florida defensive tackle Quinton McCoy committed Monday.

NEBRASKA

Only three commits, but they're all four-star talents, led by quarterback Logan Smothers from Muscle Shoals, Ala.

INDIANA

Four-star receiver Rashawn Williams picked the Hoosiers over Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

NEED A STRONG FINISH

MINNESOTA

P.J. Fleck has seven commits from six states and one — defensive back Richard Agyekum — hailing from Denmark. So it's a bit of an unknown how it'll end up.

MICHIGAN STATE

Four-star defensive back Darius Snow will bring a Texas flavor to East Lansing, but he'll need more help. The Spartans have four total commits as it stands.

RUTGERS

Chris Ash has his work cut out for him. Four commits, none higher than a three-star, and a shaky future awaits him in 2019.

PURDUE

Jeff Brohm hasn't made a splash — yet — with three commits. Two are offensive linemen and the other is a linebacker.

Sports Editor

Matt Daniels is sports editor at The News-Gazette. His email is mdaniels@news-gazette.com.