I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
The Wolverines are truly reeling them in now. Three new commits this week. To the front page again! Action since last rankings:
5-2-11 Michigan gains commitment from James Ross. Notre Dame gains commitment from Justin Ferguson. Wisconsin gains commitment from Bart Houston.
5-5-11 Northwestern gains commitment from Ian Park.
5-6-11 Nebraska gains commitment from Jordan Westerkamp.
5-7-11 Michigan gains commitments from Mario Ojemudia and Pharaoh Brown. Michigan State gains commitment from Evan Jones.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Watchlist||Scout Avg||ESPN Watchlist||24/7 Avg|
All rankings will be on the 5-star scale this year (when available) for easier comparing across services. Rivals rankings come out this week. Full data after the jump.
|#1 Michigan - 10 Commits|
Three commits last week puts Michigan at the top on the strength of sheer numbers. The Wolverines also have the most ESPN150 Watchlist members in the conference.
|#2 Ohio State - 6 Commits|
No change for Ohio State. I imagine the NCAA cloud hanging over Columbus has something to do that.
|#3 Notre Dame - 6 Commits|
No change for ND.
|#4 Penn State - 6 Commits|
Jarron Jones is listed as a soft commit by all services (straight from his own mouth).
|#5 Wisconsin - 4 Commits|
Wisconsin picks up a highly-rated QB in Bart Houston.
|#6 Minnesota - 3 Commits|
A pair of future Gophers pick up 3-star ratings from 24/7 Sports.
|#7 Michigan State - 4 Commits|
MSU picks up Evan Jones, who hasn't gotten any love from the recruiting sites yet. They're riiiight on Minnesota's heels.
|#8 Northwestern - 3 Commits|
No change for Northwestern.
|#9 Nebraska - 2 Commits|
Highly-rated wideout Jordan Westerkamp picks the Huskers.
|#10 Illinois - 1 Commit|
Scout calls Faerber a 3-star.
|#11 Purdue - 1 Commit|
24/7 Sports gives Shine a 3-star rating.
|#12 Iowa - 1 Commit|
No change for Iowa.
Indiana is the reverse-champion this year, taking the longest to receive any commitments.
This is great news and fantastic start for Coach Hoke and his staff. I can't wait for this season and for this program to reclaim its rightful place at the top of the heap.
In the meantime, for your entertainment pleasure, venture over to Sparty24toLife and read the "Ojemudio commits to Michigan" thread (I refuse to infect this board with a link to that turd). It's 100% pure Columbian Gold.
Tell me they do not really have a website "Sparty 24 to life". That alone is Gold. I'll rename it for them: "Sparty24tolifeoruntilDantonioneedshimtoplayagainstIowa".
Wow. The staff is doing such an amazing job, I wonder if we'll all be bored when the class is complete earlier than we're used to.
In other breaking news, porn remains awesome.
The awesomeness of porn was never in question. The ability of Hoke to succeed in recruiting most certainly was.
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If we snag Dunn from Ohio State our Scout averages raise to 3.72 and theirs falls to 3.8...I'd love to indisputably beat their recruitingly class, and it very well could be possible if TresselGate yields justice.
and just because I liked seeing the breakdown, our offense averages 3.25 stars and our defense 3.83.
IIRC OSU is in for a smaller class this year. We might be able to soundly beat them without a higher average, at least in national rankings. I believe raw numbers of recruits have a lot to do with ranking a class.
Will be nice if Hoke can get most of the class locked up this spring, then focus on a few blue chips, and start laying inroads with upstart 2013 prospects.
When was the last time we sat on top of these rankings? It seems so long ago...
Have ever, since Tim started doing the rankings, at any point in any season?
I think we'll have to put a strong product on the field this fall to hold onto everyone, but so far just an unbelievable job. Obviously Urban Meyer was right: Mattison is an absolute animal on the recruiting trail. That's probably why we sent our D Coordinator to Ohio to meet with Dunn.
Just for comparison's sake, I looked around at what other high-profile programs had been up to recruiting-wise; we're toe-to-toe or ahead of everyone ... except Texas. Holy moly: 9 four stars and 3 five stars. I don't understand how they don't win a championship every other year. Just goes to show recruiting can take you only so far.
Aw, that's cute...little, bitter trolls...I pat you on the head.
The thing about Texas is that they get so many commits before the recruiting sites even do their rankings. Generally, if a kid has commited to an "elite" program he is automatically elevated in the eyes of recruiting "experts" so I suspect that many of UT's early commits benefit from this bump. If the same kid was evaluated as an uncommited prospect he might be a 4* instead of a 5* or a 3* instead of a 4*. That is not the case with ALL of their commits, obviously, but I think it is very likely that several of their commits benefit from this bump each recruiting season. Hence, their classes are probably overrated each year.
Now we can be very selective of who we take with almost half the class full. With the possible fallout from tOSU, this could be a big haul.
...yet another position pair to commit at the same time. I wonder how long this trend can last.
One of the weirdest things I have seen, a nice weekend for you guys congrats
maybe you should start calling him Coach Noah
Someone needs to photoshop a picture of brady with a long gray beard pointing at an ark as our football recruits walk in 2x2
It's seriously incredible that it has gone on this long. Did anyone have any idea that Pharoah Brown was thinking about committing, or did this just come wildly out of the blue? Can't ask for better timing. I guess that's the real reason Bri'onte hasn't flipped yet... Marshall isn't ready to commit.
Pharaoh Brown was considered to be a Michigan lean for a couple weeks, so this wasn't a huge surprise. I think it was somewhat expected that he would commit to Michigan, but I didn't think it would happen for another month or two.
I can't wait for the arguments about whether Sheldon Day and Chris Wormley constitute a pair. DLs or a DE and a DT?
has one from Ohio, one from Michigan
Am I just missing something, or do we not have a 2012 Recruiting Board?
How am I supposed to keep track of all these recruits without the tried and true MGoBlog metrics of "Sad Josh" and "Nefarious Edwardo"
Do you mean this: http://mgoblog.com/content/2012-offer-list ?
It's under the drop-down menu "useful stuff" on the top right of the page.
No, in the past there has been an epic breakdown of all things recruiting. This included prospects, offers, commits, longshots, etc. Every artcile that mentioned a player was linked in this grand table and Michigan's position with these recruits was measured by smiley face metrics.
Sad josh = Someone who would jump at a M offer, but likely won't get one.
Nefarious Edwardo = Very long shot, likely to go to some other BCS power.
Mr. Blue = Committ, or very likely to commit.
Happy Teeth = Someone we have a very good shot at.
Data = 50/50 tossup.
Wow, I can't believe I was able to rattle those off from memory. WE NEED A RECRUITING BOARD - the smiley face system made following recruiting sooooo much easier!
She started to cry and I told her not to "Sad Josh" me. She obviously didn't get it and I looked like a huge dick, but it just goes to show that Mgoblog affects all aspects of our lives. I wish they'd bring back the grand board, too. I'm sure that takes a lot of work to keep accurate, though.
I saw her with Nefarious Edwardo later that weekend.
That sounds awesome.
There's no recruiting board this year. It's probably for the best, though. The 2011 Recruiting Board wasn't kept up very well.
A very encouraging start, indeed - keep up the good work coaching staff!
Still a ways to go in this class, especially on the offensive side of the ball. There's all kinds of time now to focus on the guys they really want , and the coaching staff can afford to be very selective outside of the postions of need (DT, QB, outside WR, OL, and perhaps safety).
I apologize if someone has raised this earlier, but for the 24/7 average how do we treat guys who are unranked? I haven't done the math, but to get to our average to 2.90 it appears that Tim treats them as 1 or 2 stars since the ranked guys consist of 5 four stars and 3 three stars. That's fine if unranked means that 24/7 has determined that they are lesser players undeserving of attention. If, on the other hand, this is such an early stage in the process, and 24/7 simply hasn't scouted them, then maybe those players should be left out of the rankings entirely. I would be curious if anyone knows the process behind this.
Looks like they are pulling in some elite players.
Since when did they start recruiting at such a high level?
In re: another thread ... it certainly appears as though Hoke is building the "numbers" of the defensive side, and perhaps the " 5 stars" will be fewer but perhaps on the offensive side of the ball. Depth is obviously critical on all facets of football, though if you are going to build your focus around the defense, this is where you initially need to build that depth.
Congrats again to this entire staff ... the excitement has definitely added to expectation of watching this program grow !!!
Keep up the good work Coach Hoke and staff. Lets finish at the top of the B1G in recruiting!