I'm surprised Kelly has them off to this good a start so far.
Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 5-2
Just a little bit of change since last week, but ESPN did tweak their ratings a bit. Action since last rankings:
Now that Iowa has jumped into the fray, Penn State and Purdue are the only Big Ten (plus Notre Dame) programs that don't have any commitments.
|Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# of Commits||Rivals 250||Scout Average||ESPN 150|
I'll only make charts for the teams that currently have commits. Rivals 250 means that a given prospect is on the Rivals 250 to Watch, and ESPN 150 means that a prospect is on the Watch List for the ESPNU 150. Scout ratings are on the 5-star scale.
|#1 Ohio State - 10 Commits|
ESPN now deems DE Chase Farris worthy of being on the ESPN150 watch list.
|#2 Notre Dame - 9 Commits|
Nothing new for the Irish.
|#3 Michigan - 4 Commits|
Brennen Beyer goes back on the ESPN150 watchlist.
|#4 Michigan State - 5 Commits|
|#5 Indiana - 8 Commits|
Teams are going to start passing the Hoosiers once they get more commits.
|#6 Minnesota - 2 Commits|
ESPN finally acknowledges that Calvin Phillips isn't committed to the Gophers (which he hasn't been for at least a couple months now).
|#7 Wisconsin - 2 Commits|
No change for Wisconsin.
|#8 Northwestern - 2 Commits|
Both of NU's commits are unranked to the services.
|#8 Illinois - 2 Commits|
Still just two for the Illini.
|#10 Iowa - 3 Commits|
Iowa picks up a decent offensive lineman. They're right on the heels of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
I wouldn't mind having a couple of those kids... that looks exactly what we are looking for come the end of this recruiting cycle (maybe not quite as many, but you get the point).
hes a good coach and a good recruiter at a storied program - makes sense that he can bring in some good prospects to help 'rebuild'
He's won a lot of football games, but he's never proven to be a good recruiter. Granted, he's never been at a school with a big draw, but his classes at Cincinnati were no better than they were the few years before him even though he won more games, and his UC classes were well behind the other big teams in the Big East like Rutgers, WVU and Pitt.
This does not mean he won't recruit well at ND, but there's really no evidence to say that he's a good recruiter yet.
Cincinatti, to be fair, was pretty mediocre, even for Conference USA. From 1994-2004, they averaged 6.5 wins and 5.5 losses and only eclipsed 7 wins once. He had that working against him. It's entirely possible he would've had a monster recruiting class this year had he stayed, coming off 11 and 12 win seasons.
Recruits are seeing what he did at Cincy and thinking that ND can be an absolute beast with him at the helm. That, more than past recruiting results at a mid-tier Big East school, is what is paying off now.
Did I ever mention that I was totally against ND hiring Brian Kelly because he's an actual, you know, good coach?
..some of these ND verbal commits become more "available" if ND has a bad season and UofM and others start to add wins. Still a long way to the next NSD, and a thick coat of snake oil is not out of the question.
He's glib as hell, very personable, and cocky in a good way, without being the douchebag that Weis was. And most important, his resume is very impressive. If he's as successful as I fear he'll be, I just hope that somebody else drops a bucket of money in front of him that's so large that he won't be able to resist moving on. The only problem is, what other college program is a "step up" from a successful Notre Dame in terms of prestige and national reputation? I know people here will answer Michigan of course, but nationally, that's not necessarily the view.
is there any way that a preliminary number of available scholarships can be added to the chart?
If you're asking about Michigan, well, in the words of Ace Ventura, Go Ahead! Snoop Around!
i was actually hoping to see the rest of the conference without having to do any real work.
if this year will be a meh recruiting year for us because everyone one will be "wait and see" on whether Rich stays or goes. At the very least you’d think higher ranked recruits might wait to see which way the season goes. It sure would be nice to see what a class looks like when we’re through the gate and off and running.
It is discouraging to see ND get commits from the highly ranked lineman so early. I guess in our case change could come at the end of the year. In their case change has occurred, and most likely the coaching situation is stable for three plus years.
Assuming this year goes well and Rich stays, the future recruiting battles (on a more even playing field) should be interesting as Kelly recruits a similar type of player ....