Big Ten Recruiting Rankings 5-15-13

Big Ten Recruiting Rankings 5-15-13

Submitted by Ace on May 15th, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Michigan gets a commit and content is a little slow today, so recruiting rankings hit the front page. Plenty of movement this week with Big Ten schools picking up commitments in each of the last eight days. Changes since last rankings:

5-1-13: Rutgers picks up Pete Mokwuah.
5-2-13: Illinois picks up Chayce Crouch.
5-3-13: Penn State picks up Daquan Worley. Northwestern picks up Tommy Doles.
5-6-13: Nothwestern picks up Dareian Watkins.
5-8-13: Nebraska picks up Jason Hall.
5-9-13: Northwestern picks up Auston Anderson. Maryland picks up Johnathan Thomas.
5-10-13: Penn State picks up Marcus Allen and Jared Wangler.
5-11-13: Michigan picks up Lawrence Marshall.
5-12-13: Ohio State picks up Lonnie Johnson.
5-13-13: Michigan State picks up Matt Sokol.
5-14-13: Northwestern picks up Justin Jackson.
5-15-13: Michigan State picks up Chris Frey.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
247 Comp. Rank (Ovr) School # Commits 5* 4* 3* Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 (5) Michigan 9 0 7 2 3.44 3.56 3.78 3.78 3.64
2 (12) Ohio State 8 0 5 3 3.38 3.63 3.88 3.50 3.59
3 (14) Penn State 9 0 3 6 3.00 3.33 3.33 2.89 3.14
4 (15) Northwestern 9 0 2 7 3.22 3.11 3.44 2.89 3.17
5 (20) Rutgers 9 0 0 9 2.56 2.56 2.89 2.44 2.61
6 (23) Michigan State 8 0 0 7 3.17 3.33 3.50 3.00 3.25
7 (34) Wisconsin 4 0 4 0 3.50 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.69
8 (41) Iowa 3 0 1 2 3.33 3.00 3.67 3.33 3.33
9 (44) Illinois 4 0 0 4 2.75 2.75 3.00 2.50 2.75
10 (52) Maryland 3 0 1 2 3.33 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.08
11 (56) Minnesota 3 0 1 2 3.00 3.00 3.33 2.33 2.92
12 (70) Nebraska 2 0 0 2 2.50 2.50 3.00 2.00 2.50
13 (81) Purdue 1 0 0 1 2.00 2.00 3.00 2.00 2.25
14 (NR) Indiana 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --

^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (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 two-star players.

On to the full data after the jump.

OT: Last Night's Dinner With Tressel

OT: Last Night's Dinner With Tressel

Submitted by mGrowOld on May 15th, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Last night my company won a "Manny" award for new product development here in Northern Ohio.  The Keynote speaker and presenter was Jim Tressel and about a month ago I asked the board what question I should ask him given that I thought I would have the chance to do so.  Unfortunately circumstances did not allow for me to speak to him at any length last night (he was mobbed by adoring Buckeye fans and we were not seated together) but we did exchange email addresses and I dropped him the following note this morning:

 During your tenure at OSU you definitely created “fortress Ohio” and made recruiting nearly impossible for Michigan.  As you well know, if you wanted an Ohio kid you got him.  The “zero sum gain” of you keeping all the Ohio kids in Ohio not only strengthen the Buckeyes it weakened Michigan and, while I no longer actively recruit, I’m fascinated that Meyer does NOT seem to be following your lead and is definitely letting us back in.  We are not only competitive for the first time since 2000 we are winning recruiting battles head-up and that simply did not happen while you were the Head Coach. Very long preamble to the actual questions. One, why do you think Coach Meyer is foregoing your “Ohio first” recruiting mentality and two; do you think he’ll regret it in the long term?  

If he responds I will let everyone know what he says.  It was generally a pretty fun evening and during Tressel's keynote someone had to leave the room so Tressel stopped mid-sentence and said "wow......must be a Michigan fan".   That line certainly got a lot of laughs.

Finally what's the saying around here?  "Pics or it didn't happen."  Well I have a pic.  Unfortunately.  Somewhat embarrassingly I have seemed to have  photo bombed myself as you will see from the attached picture of a seemingly very surprised mGrowOld and the former coach of the Buckeyes.

Jags (Denard) in London Oct 27

Jags (Denard) in London Oct 27

Submitted by canzior on May 15th, 2013 at 12:07 PM

At some point over Denard's Michigan career I decided I would follow whichever team drafted him.  So I checked out the Jags schedule to see if they had any interesting road games, since J-ville is not exciting to me, especially after the Gator Bowl a couple years ago. 

However, I noticed they were playing SF in London on Oct 27.  There are plenty of reasons to go including: going to London in itself, although expensive is fun, an NFL game experience in another country and supporting Denard being the genesis of the trip ends up being an ancillary benefit.

I'm curious to know if anyone has planned on going or might be interested in taking a group trip.


Sam Webb on LB Recruiting

Sam Webb on LB Recruiting

Submitted by jbibiza on May 15th, 2013 at 9:48 AM

In response to my email question this morning Sam Webb said that we are definitely in on OLB prospect Jimmie Swain from Missouri.  No offer yet, but one is likely in the near future.  Kudos to Balrog of Morgoth for uncovering this guy in the Kyron Watson thread yesterday.  Swain's highlights are impressive and he has the frame to play SLB.

Sam also mentioned what many of us had already surmised - that we are likely now looking for at least three linebackers in this class - perhaps two SLB plus Ferns.

PSU about to get blasted again by SI investigative report

PSU about to get blasted again by SI investigative report

Submitted by Leaders And Best on May 15th, 2013 at 12:52 AM

SI is publishing an investigative report into the medical care for athletics in a story titled "Do Athletics Still Have Too Much Power at Penn State." Still unclear what is in the report, but based on the spin coming from PSU already, it doesn't look good.

EDIT: SI has released a summary of their report and it is pretty damning of the AD David Joyner and head coach Bill O'Brien.


Jay Harris (the rapping WR) had schollie pulled by MSU a month ago

Jay Harris (the rapping WR) had schollie pulled by MSU a month ago

Submitted by Lionsfan on May 14th, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Everyone got a good laugh this morning, when it was announced that WR Jay Harris had decided to forgo an MSU scholarship in order to focus on a rap career.

Well apparently it was a mutual parting of ways.

Jay Harris, one of the area’s top football recruits, was stripped of his scholarship by Michigan State earlier this month after he posted a series of profanity-laced rap videos on YouTube, a source said Tuesday.
Harris, a senior wide receiver, said he freely chose a rap career over football. A Michigan State spokesman said it was “a mutual decision.” “I’ve always had this in the back of my head, but never had the courage to tell my parents that this is what I want to do,” Harris said.

I don't think the whole story will ever come out, since both sides will want to save face, but I think it is a good lesson for recruits. It's important to watch what you say on Twitter/Youtube. Not only this, but there was University of Charleston dropping a guy off of his Twitter posts, and I'm sure a lot of posters here remember the Yuri Wright saga too.

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B1G to add Holiday, Pinstripe & Music City Bowls to tie-ins

B1G to add Holiday, Pinstripe & Music City Bowls to tie-ins

Submitted by DISCUSS Man on May 14th, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Interesting and a nice shakeup. The Holiday Bowl makes a return to the B1G rotation. 

Not that I want to see Michigan in these games because it would mean they had a less-than season, but a game at Yankee Stadium would be neat. And maybe even a de-facto home game with alums in the NY area.

Notre Dame's Nix fires back at Coach Hoke

Notre Dame's Nix fires back at Coach Hoke

Submitted by Boom Goes the … on May 14th, 2013 at 8:03 PM


Chickened out? #MeatChicken will taste delicious Sept 7th. #GoIrish

— lOUIS NIX III (@1IrishChocolate) May 14, 2013


I don't think Coach necessarily wanted to provide bulletin board material to Notre Dame, but now each has it


*I hate the term bulletin board material, especially for a rivalry game that doesn't need it.  UTL at the Big House speaks for itself in its magnitude


2014 IL LB Kyron Watson to Kansas

2014 IL LB Kyron Watson to Kansas

Submitted by jscbus on May 14th, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Per the world of Tweets. EDIT: Kyron was presumed to commit on his upcoming visit. However, due to my lack of diligence and misperception, not only did I think Winovich was a heavyyy Ohio lean, I assumed Watson was from St. Louis; confusing many in the process, I'm sure.

Now, after perusing through multiple sources on Winovich's visit reaction, the writing seems to be on the wall.

The staff stymied their efforts in Kyron due to renewed, strengthened interest in Chase. Things are now apparently heading in different directions for each recruit, so I will reiterate that Kyron Watson, an OLB out of East St. Louis, Illinois, has verbally pledged to Kansas.

As commented below, sorry for any blemishes on my end. It looks as though the staff is now concerned with the SAM position.


Sparty losing recruits to the rap game

Sparty losing recruits to the rap game

Submitted by Leaders And Best on May 14th, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Wow. 2013 MSU commitment Jay Harris decides to turn down a scholarship to MSU for a rap career. I thought it couldn't get lower for Sparty after Drake Harris and Lawrence Marshall...

From Ace's twitter:

Scott Bell @sbell021 3m

Welp. RT @MSUDanK Report: '13 signee Jay Harris not coming to MSU, decides to focus on his dream of being a rapper instead

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YouTube channel with his "hit" single: