I really do like this guy, it has been awhile since the Lions had a good QB, nice to see he has a heart as well.
The offseason is really starting to drag and recruiting is relatively calm after a frenetic start. At times like this, I have only one question: Has Indiana picked up a 2013 commit yet?
No, no they haven't.
Changes since the last rankings:
5-16-12: Nebraska picks up Greg Hart.
5-17-12: Iowa picks up Nic Shimonek.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||ESPN Avg||Avg Avg^|
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.
On to the full data after the jump.
I was wondering about this today after hearing the news that Robert Bolden has disappeared from PSU. Maybe too early to judge this class (now Juniors/RS Soph), but their outlook is not good. Hopefully Gardner will reach his potential unlike the other star Michigan QBs that year (Bolden-uncertain status at PSU, Boisture-retired at MSU).
Blake Bell (committed to Oklahoma) - RS Soph backup who plays Tim Tebow role for Oklahoma in red zone with Landry Jones entering his final season.
Joe Boisture (committed to Michigan State) - retired from football.
Robert Bolden (committed to Penn State) - Junior who lost starting QB to Matt McGloin last 2 years. Not attended summer workouts and classes this year and future status uncertain.
Tyler Bray (committed to San Diego State) - Switched commitment to Tennessee. 2 year junior starter at Tennessee. Should be one of the elite QBs in college football this year.
Barry Brunetti (committed to West Virginia) - Junior who transferred last year to Ole Miss. Supplanted as starting QB midseason last year and now battling for starting job again.
Devin Gardner (committed to Michigan) - obvious.
Jake Heaps (committed to BYU)- Junior who just transferred this year to Kansas along with Dayne Crist. Charlie Weis: the refugee camp for failed Elite11 QBs?
Austin Hinder (committed to Cal) - RS Soph not on the two deep depth chart.
Nick Montana (committed to Washington) - RS Soph who just transferred this year to JC.
Jesse Scroggins (uncommitted) - RS Sophomore battling for backup position at USC behind Matt Barkley.
Phillip Sims (committed to Alabama) - RS Soph who just transferred this year to Virginia.
Chandler Whitmer (committed to Illinois) - RS Soph who transferred to JC last year due to lack of playing time (behind Scheelhaase) and just enrolled at UConn. Maybe Michigan sees him next year in 2013 when play at UConn.
The 2009 Elite11 preview: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/columns/story?columnist=luginbill_tom&id=4324030
Full list of Elite11 QBs on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESPN_RISE_Elite_11
I can report ESPN has removed Pam Ward from its college football coverage.
College Football News / Scout has posted their 2012 preview of Michigan. While it starts out arguing that last year's record was more of a function of a home-laden schedule and lucky breaks, it eventually gets around to stating that Denard is due for [another] big year and that Michigan is on the way to not just being "back," but being better than it was in recent history (i.e. even the Carr years). There are some fun picks for best defensive player and Key game... worth a read. Let me know what you think!
|2 0 1 5|
|Oct. 3||at Michigan State*|
|Oct. 24||at Illinois*|
|Nov. 14||at Northwestern*|
|Nov. 21||at Iowa*|
|Nov. 28||OHIO STATE*|
|Dec. 5||Big Ten Championship Game|
|2 0 1 6|
|Oct. 1||MICHIGAN STATE*|
|Oct. 8||at Minnesota*|
|Oct. 29||at Wisconsin*|
|Nov. 12||at Nebraska*|
|Nov. 26||at Ohio State*|
|Dec. 3||Big Ten Championship Game|
Indiana, Penn State, and Purdue rotate off the schedule. I'm a little disappointed that we have Wisconsin at home the same year that we have Ohio, Nebraska, and (probably) Notre Dame at home ... would've been nice to add another top B1G team to the home slate in 2016 to go along with MSU.