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Early March recruiting wrap

Purdue tapped into Chicagoland for its latest commitment.

Purdue tapped into Chicagoland for its latest commitment.

The NCAA Division I baseball contact period began March 1, a period in the recruiting calendar until July 31, with the exception of the Easter weekend, where college coaches can evaluate players, make contact and recruit players off campus.

As coaches take to the road in-between games and practices looking for the the wave of talent, here’s a recap of recent commitments to Big Ten programs.

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Coaches pick Maryland as preseason favorite

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Big Ten coaches picked Maryland as the team to beat in 2015.

Their first year in the conference, the Maryland Terrapins are selected preseason favorite by the conference coaches.

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Five named to top closer preseason watch list

Ohio State's Trace Dempsey heads into his senior season with 26 career saves.

Ohio State’s Trace Dempsey heads into his senior season with 26 career saves.

Is the Big Ten home to the best closers in college baseball? If one goes by the word of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, that may be the case.

The NCBWA announced its preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List on Tuesday, a collection of 37 closers from around the country where the Big Ten finds five relievers on the list. The quintet of stoppers placed the Big Ten in a tie with the Pac 12 as the conferences with the most closers on the list.

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Baseball America predicts four regional clubs

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According to Baseball America, Michigan is preparing for a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Spurred by veteran teams with high-level pitching and two conference newcomers, all signs are pointing to a banner year for the Big Ten. With four teams among the top 40 in the country on one accord, another outlet pegs a quartet of conference programs to be among the best in the nation.

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Late January recruiting wrap

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A familiar name to the Big Ten is set to call Ann Arbor home.

 

Unsurprisingly, January has been a slow month in recruiting. With coaches having a weekend dead-period around the American Baseball Coaches Association convention, in addition to the month-long quiet period, as well as teams preparing for the upcoming season, it makes sense recruiting ticks a bit slower.

But the Big Ten has not been shut out of pledges from future student-athletes as Michigan and Rutgers each picked up a commitment. We also are provided a glimpse at Minnesota’s 2015 recruiting class as they announced its members.

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