Welcome back, Ace. We missed you.
Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I am back from vacation, and so are the recruiting rankings. In this update, we see Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Penn State all edge closer to Michigan, which still is well ahead of the field despite not picking up a commit in forever, you guys. Changes since last rankings:
3-26-12: Notre Dame picks up Rashad Kinlaw.
3-27-12: Notre Dame picks up Corey Robinson. Penn State picks up Curtis Cothran.
4-1-12: Ohio State picks up Ezekiel Elliott and Jayme Thompson. Wisconsin picks up T.J. Watt.
4-4-12: Notre Dame picks up Devin Butler. Iowa picks up David Kenney.
4-5-12: Penn State picks up Greg Webb.
|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 three 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|
No change for the Wolverines.
|#2 Ohio State - 7 Commits|
The Buckeyes add RB Ezekiel Elliott and flip S Jayme Thompson from his earlier commitment to West Virginia.
|#3 Notre Dame - 10 Commits|
The Irish continue their recent recruiting roll by adding Devin Butler, Corey Robinson, and Rashad Kinlaw.
|#4 Penn State - 7 Commits|
The Nittany Lions add Michigan target Greg Webb and in-state DE Curtis Cothran. They lag just a bit behind Notre Dame due to having three fewer commits.
|#5 Michigan State - 5 Commits|
No change for the Spartans.
|#6 Nebraska - 2 Commits|
No change for the Huskers.
|#7 Wisconsin - 2 Commits|
The Badgers land a commitment from DE/TE T.J. Watt, the younger brother of former Badger and current Houston Texan J.J. Watt.
|#8 Illinois - 2 Commits|
No change for the Illini.
|#9 Iowa - 1 Commit|
The Hawkeyes get on the board after picking up David Kenney.
|#10 Minnesota - 1 Commit|
No change for the Gophers.
Indiana, Northwestern, and Purdue still do not have a commit for the 2013 class.
Welcome back, Ace. We missed you.
Do we get a "Vacation Roundup", Ace?
If you look hard enough at the "3" next to names of Taco Charlton, David Dawson, and Jourdan Lewis in the Scout column, you might actually seem them turn into a "4."
Gazing at all of those 4s has blinded me. It's the only number I can see anymore, with the exception of an occasional 5
Based on camp performances from all three of those recently, you have to think they'll be four stars soon enough. Especially Taco and Dawson who were dominant at the camps they were at.
Lewis, too. Scout has 250 guys with four stars, and Lewis is currently their 251st-ranked prospect. It sounds like he was great at the Adidas event, and I'd be shocked if he doesn't have a fourth star when they update their rankings.
I think Lewis should be a four star as well, but from the reports I read, Taco and Dawson were "dominant" whereas Jourdan Lewis was "impressive" and "a top performer."
Not to take anything away from Lewis at all because I think he'll move up, but the other two had perfomances that made the gurus say, "duh, these guys need to move up."
Im pretty sure Lewis was ranked as the 2nd best player at the Adidas camp behind Jaylon Smith, where Joe Mathis and Dawson participated.
TVH just called him the commit whose rankings are most likely to climb, too.
top 50 get 5 stars and the top 300 get 4 stars on scout.
Also, the domers have to be thrilled with the studs they're bringing in. Psych!
They'll still end up with a solid class.
Yep, it will be solid. And their season will be decent.
These are not adjectives ND fans like to use wrt their football team.
Absurd. 16 players in April. Just absurd
Notre Dame. Talk about recruiting nationally. That's 10 players from 9 different states!
doing a fantastic job of recruiting. I thought the tirefire was going to place them in the same neighborhood as Illinois and company......
There could certainly be new surprises that pop up with Penn State, but it just goes to show what you can do when you have a coach who actually steps off campus and recruits once in a while.
With Wisconsin having a new quarterback (No way near Wilson/Tolzien), and OSU 1-yr. band, PSU in good shape to win division. All that remains to be seen is O'Briens results on the field. Really hope he does well. Nice boost for the B1G (only if their b-ball team can pick it up. WAY up)
It's nice to look at our full list of recruits from time to time as a reminder in the offseason and realize that all is well once again.
when maybe, just maybe, Ace can update this list with more commitments from among the visitors expected for the Spring Scrimmage this Saturday. Yes, once again, all is well with Michigan Football!