the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
Big Ten Recruiting Rankings 3-25-12
It was a relatively quiet week in recruiting—in fact, there were no commitments for any team until the weekend—but Rivals did update their rankings with a large group of three-star prospects, so the numbers are a little less wonky this time around. Changes since last rankings:
3-24-12: Notre Dame picks up Colin McGovern and Hunter Bivin.
3-25-12: Wisconsin picks up Austin Ramesh.
UPDATE: Notre Dame picks up Mike McGlinchey and Malik Zaire.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||Avg Avg^|
^The average of the average rankings of the three 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.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as one-star players. This may be a bit unfair this early in the process, considering there are many unevaluated recruits out there at this stage, but that's life.
On to the full data:
|#1 Michigan - 16 Commits|
The Wolverines don't add any commits, but four players—Gareon Conley, DeVeon Smith, Jaron Dukes, and Khalid Hill—all pick up three stars on Rivals. Every Michigan commit is now rated by all three services that have released full rankings.
|#2 Ohio State - 5 Commits|
No change for the Buckeyes.
|#3 Notre Dame - 7 Commits|
The Irish add a pair of offensive linemen, Hunter Bivin and Colin McGovern, on Saturday and pass Michigan State in the rankings. Jacob Matuska and James Onwualu both go from unranked to three-star recruits on Rivals.
UPDATE: Big weekend for Notre Dame, as they also grab Mike McGlinchey and Malik Zaire within minutes of this first being posted. I've jumped the Irish over Penn State for now, but I think I'm leaving OSU in the #2 spot—the high-end quality of the Buckeye class gives them a slight edge over ND's larger group.
|#4 Penn State - 5 Commits|
No change for the Nittany Lions.
|#5 Michigan State - 5 Commits|
Four Spartan commits—Benenoch, Holmes, Powell, and Shelton—get three stars on Rivals.
|#6 Nebraska - 2 Commits|
No change for the Huskers.
|#7 Wisconsin - 2 Commits|
The Badgers land in-state RB/LB Austin Ramesh, passing the Illini in the rankings. Garret Dooley gets three stars from Rivals.
|#8 Illinois - 2 Commits|
Dillan Cazley earns a three-star rating from Rivals.
|#9 Minnesota - 1 Commit|
Keelon Brookins gets a three-star rating on Rivals.
Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, and Purdue still do not have a commit for the 2013 class.