[bump: we got guys yo]
This might be one of those things that's cool only to me, but the chart below depicts the current rankings of prospects in the class of 2013. I used 247's composite rankings, which combine those from 247, Rivals, Scout, and ESPN. Each colored sliver represents a committed recruit. The total number of commitments for each program is provided next to the school's name.
I've binned these by 50s, so there's some rounding going on. Basically, if you look under the "1" on top, you'll see a sliver for every player ranked 1-50 in the national composite rankings. OSU has four of those, Penn State has two, and we have one (Morris). The last group ("1001+") represents recruits ranked 1000 or lower or, in almost all cases, unranked recruits.
I had to be creative with the rankings for a few recruits (e.g., JC guys), but I just figured out where their ratings would place them on the regular high school recruit scale.
A few of my observations:
Big two, little ten. For real. Those two programs are drawing from an entirely part of the distribution from the rest of the Big Ten programs.
These group together pretty nicely. It looks like there are basically three tiers. The top tier is Michigan and OSU. The second tier is Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State (for now at least), MSU, and Iowa. Then there's everyone else.
- Someone should make sure that Minnesota's planning to continue its football program. One key ingredient for a football program: football players. Minnesota, you might want to get a few of those.
Last week in the St. Clairsville HS football game, No. 10 Michael Ferns took off on a 52 yard run and intentionally ran out of bounds at the 1 yard line. He did this so another player on his team could score the touchdown.
Logan Thompson just lost his father during the week. So he was brought on to take the one yard plunge through a huge hole to the end zone to score in his father's memory.
This has to be one of the most unselfish acts I can ever recall in high school sports.
Kudos to Ferns for being a good teammate. Kudos to Hoke and company for recruiting true future Michigan Men.
EDIT: Updating list to encompass suggestions from the thread...
Good idea per TheTeamx3: Someone with a lot of time should assemble this all Michigan team on madden and sim a season.
Reading the NFL Wolverines breakdown got me to thinking, could an all-Michigan alumni team be competitive in the NFL? Where would they fall in the 0-16 to 16-0 range? Depth is obviously an issue, so let's assume we live in a happy world where injuries are just fanciful things that only exist in our imagination. This also means Koger is healthy this year.
RB and OL are our biggest concerns. We'd have to shift a center over to guard, or do some similar movement on the line.
As a follow up, what other teams could make the claim? USC and ...? Texas? OSU and Bama don't have QB's for the league. Nobody can really claim a two-deep without any holes. Michigan may have the most evenly spread talent in the league.
I'm sure I'm not the first to bring up this notion on this site, but I haven't seen a thread like this at all. So here is my tentative two deep for the good guys:
Brandon Minor (?)
Mike Hart (?)
ummm... Chris Perry or BJ Askew (???)
Steve Watson (?)
Stevie Brown (still amazes me that this is real)
Zoltan F. Mesko
- Jim Harbaugh, HC
- Cam Cameron, OC/QB
- Bill Sheridan, DC
- Mike DeBord/Terry Malone: WR/TE
- Harold Goodwin/Andy Moeller (option 1): OL
- Jerald Ingram, RB
- Mike Trgovac, DL
- Jim Herrmann/Andy Moller (option 2), LB
- Teryl Austin, DB
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan (3-2, 1-0), Last Week - 4: Head coach Brady Hoke has always maintained that U-M's goal every year is to win the Big Ten championship, and the Wolverines looked like a different team in the first game of the conference slate.
U-M shut down Purdue's offense, which was averaging 51.0 point per game at Ross-Ade Stadium, and senior quarterback Denard Robinson (105 passing yards, 235 rushing yards) was efficient and effective - proving that he remains one of the most dangerous players in the nation.
Much is yet to be learned about the competitive Legends Division at this point, but after two weeks of conference play, the Maize and Blue look to be the favorite.
3. Penn State
5. Michigan State
12. Illinois (2-4, 0-2): Tim Beckman's squad is easily the worst team in the conference.
Over the Illini's past four games against FBS foes, they have not scored much (14.8 points per game), and cannot stop anybody (40.8 points allowed per game).
The Orange and Blue have dropped its last eight conference contests dating back to 2011, and I don't see that trend changing any time soon.
I'm not sure if I buy into all of this Penn State hype yet. The rest of the rankings don't look too far off.
Over at WN, Rothstein compiled stats of all active UM grads in the NFL. Here's the link.
The most encouraging thing to me:
Mike Martin, DT, Tennessee: Had five tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) and a sack in a 30-7 loss to Minnesota. Next up -- vs. Pittsburgh, Thursday 8:20 p.m.
For the season, the big fella has 18 total tackles (9 solo, 9 assisted) and he leads the Titans with 2 sacks. Nice to see him making an impact in the NFL.