I've heard rumblings of Gunnar Kiel going to ND - has that been made official yet? Kelly needs a new highly-rated QB to blame for losing after Crist leaves this year.
Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 11-13-11
After a one-week hiatus, the Big Ten Recruiting Rankings are back. There's even a new Michigan commit, so I might actually front-page this sucker for the first time this season. The past couple weeks saw a fair amount of movement among teams at the top of the rankings, while the bottom half remained static. Action since last rankings:
10-30-11: Ohio State picks up Michael Thomas.
10-31-11: David Perkins decommits from Notre Dame.
11-3-11: Michigan State picks up Ezra Robinson.
11-5-11: Wisconsin picks up Reggie Love.
11-8-11: Michigan picks up Drake Johnson.
11-11-11: Joey O'Connor decommits from Penn State.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||ESPN Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so Isaac Fruechte and James Gillum (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), Steffon Martin, Devin Smith, and Greg Latta (Purdue), and Zaire Anderson (Nebraska) are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (aka 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.
On to the full data, after the jump.
|#1 Michigan - 24 Commits|
Michigan picks up Ann Arbor Pioneer running back Drake Johnson—he's currently unranked on Rivals and has just two stars each from Scout and ESPN, but since he committed he's already picked up a three-star rating from 24/7 (who previously had him unranked). Expect his rankings to pick up in the aftermath of his commitment. Thanks to decommits from both Notre Dame and Penn State, the Wolverines widen their lead on the field.
|#2 Notre Dame - 15 Commits|
Consensus four-star linebacker David Perkins decommits from the Irish. I blame the helmets.
|#3 Ohio State - 14 Commits|
The Buckeyes land wideout Michael Thomas, who's currently taking a prep school year at Fork Union Academy in Virginia. His commitment vaults Ohio State above Penn State and Wisconsin in the rankings.
|#3 Penn State - 15 Commits|
Four-star offensive lineman Joey O'Connor decommits in the initial fallout from the Sandusky scandal.
|#4 Wisconsin - 12 Commits|
The Badgers pick up wide receiver Reggie Love.
|#6 Michigan State - 15 Commits|
The Spartans gain a commitment from cornerback Ezra Robinson. MSU is right on Wisconsin's heels, but the quality at the top of the class just isn't quite there, so for now they stay at #6.
|#7 Purdue - 21 Commits|
The Boilermakers don't pick up any new commits. Carlos Carvajal picks up three stars and Thomas Meadows two stars from Scout.
|#8 Northwestern - 17 Commits|
No change for the Wildcats.
|#9 Indiana - 18 Commits|
No change for the Hoosiers.
|#10 Minnesota - 22 Commits|
No change for the Gophers.
|#11 Iowa - 10 Commits|
No change for the Hawkeyes.
|#12 Nebraska - 8 Commits|
No change for the Huskers.
|#13 Illinois - 9 Commits|
No change for the Illini.
Not a lot has come out from Kiel since he decommitted, but he was at ND's game against USC, which had a ridiculous amount of top-tier visitors. It seems like the Irish are the team to beat, but again, Kiel isn't saying much right now.
Not a lot came out of Kiel pre-commit either. Even then, nobody expected him to choose Indiana until he did. There's a chance he will go to ND, there's a chance he wont, but I doubt anyone saying anything about him having a leader knows squat.
its back. One correction if I may Pharaoh Brown is now a tight end according to everybody FWIW.
A little sad to see the combo breaker commit for OSU
can you expand on the "combo breaker"?
Their first commit NOT from OH (although I dont know where he went to school before his post grad year). I have been enjoying their complete inability to get in with anyone outside the state (although their OH guys alone are a pretty good class)
read somewhere that grade issues sent him to VA.
What about Jeremy Clark? Didn't he get a full scholarship for 2012?
Whoops—already had him figured into the rankings, but forgot to add him to the table in the post. He's in there now.
What about Jeremy Clark? Didn't he get a full scholarship or two for 2012?
Can anyone explain to me the rational of taking Drake Johnson. Seems to be there are plenty of higher calibre recruits on the board. Is he considerred a sleeper?
He's literally sleeping. It's almost midnight in Ann Arbor.
Its 10:30am - I hope he's awake now, or at least in class (I was known to catch a few Zzzz in high school from time to time).
A guy commits to OSU as the Failure to Monitor news comes out? Would seem obvious he wasn't looking anywhere else.
EDIT: Sorry, didn't notice he commited well before the FTM news came out. My bad.
State was ahead of Michigans 2012 classes in both basketball and football. I tried to correct him and confused the issue with facts but he told me I had better look again. Looks like we're still doing pretty damned ok.
who of our 5.7 rated kids on rivals do you imagine will get the last 1/10th bump to a 4 star?
I'm guessing Kaleb Ringer (who made the Butkus Award watchlist), Caleb Stacey (whos bulked up from 270-ish to over 300lbs), Ben Braden (who's playing in the Div 1 Finals soon I believe), Devin Funchess (team had a 24 game win streak going), Matt Godin (team advancing to the playoff Quarterfinals), Mario Ojemudia (Butkus Award Finalist playing both DL and OL this year), and maybe Allen Gant who's had a pretty awesome season at both SS and WR.
From what I've heard Braden is definitely a different player from last year and has really impressed since the start of the summer. But he's been committed so long I don't know if he gets the bump. I doubt Stacey goes up since he's playing center and there are usually only a couple 4 star centers. Funchess I could see possibly moving up, doubt Godin does. Ojemudia is probably still considered too small by Rivals since they include NFL potential which may keep him at 3 stars, and that will probably hold Gant out because he is on the slower side. Ringer probably doesn't get his fourth star either due to size.
I'm surprised Wisconsin could recruit Reggie Love out of the white house, I'm sure Obama will miss him. /s
Must be a typo
You've been a member since 12/07/09 and you're just now realizing that ND is included in these rankings?
But probably because it is the one non-conference opponent we play every year.
I'm having a hard time seeing why Minnesota should be ranked below a Gunner Kiel-less Indiana due to the extra commits and 3 recruits that earned a 4th star (compared to Indiana's 0).
I don't think we'll be getting another Running Back OR defensive back. I have a feeling our last spots will go WR-WR-DT- OL. I am really hoping that the WR includes Diggs and that the DT is someone that we're not associated with yet.
has Anyone heard something about Joey O'Connor? Any interest by him in Mich?
Man Nebraska sucks in this. Do you think it's because they jumped away from Texas and lost all those recruits? Or does anyone know if they are normally a slow recruiter?
I have a formatting suggestion. How about putting the average ranking at the top of each school's chart? Sometimes I am near the bottom of the page and can't really figure out why one school is ranked ahead of the other. Having their averages easily visible would help.
E.g. Michigan would look like:
|#1 Michigan - 24 Commits|
Penn State and Wiscy still say #3 and #4 after they got jumped by Ohio (should be #4 and #5 now, respectively)