Big Ten Recruiting Rankings 3-8-12

Big Ten Recruiting Rankings 3-8-12

Submitted by Ace on March 8th, 2012 at 4:01 PM

With three of the recruiting services releasing their initial rankings and over half the Big Ten now possessing at least one commit, it's time to debut to Big Ten Recruiting Rankings for the class of 2013. I give you zero guesses about who is number one. Congratulations. You somehow won anyway.

ESPN is not included for now since they haven't released anything beyond their Watch List and an unsorted top 100 that they don't link or acknowledge anywhere else on the site, including individual player pages.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 14 3.57 3.86 3.86 3.76
2 Ohio State 5 4.20 4.20 4.20 4.20
3 Penn State 3 4.00 3.33 3.67 3.67
4 Michigan State 4 1.75 3.25 3.35 2.75
5 Notre Dame 2 2.50 3.50 4.00 3.33
6 Nebraska 2 4.00 2.50 3.00 3.17
7 Wisconsin 1 1.00 3.00 3.00 2.33
8 Minnesota 1 1.00 1.00 3.00 1.67
9 Illinois 1 1.00 1.00 2.00 1.33
10 Indiana 0 - - - -
11 Iowa 0 - - - -
12 Northwestern 0 - - - -
13 Purdue 0 - - - -

^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, after the jump.

A few interesting recruiting notes

A few interesting recruiting notes

Submitted by RollDamnTide on March 8th, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Some of these are not Michigan updates, but interesting none the less.


-Robert Nkemdice (#1 prospect in the nation) is playing one hell of a hand of poker right now. It's rare in the SEC, that you get a recruit that no one can get a great read on. But the surprising thing with Robert, is he has legit interest in Ole Miss, and it doesn't seem to be "recruit speak". At the end of the day, I think he stays in Georgia, but again, I can't get a read on the situation, and that's purely speculation.

-Ty Isaac will actually be staying in Ann Arbor all weekend this weekend. That is a very good sign for Ty. If you remember, I had been saying earlier this week, that a lot of the recruiting people on the SEC boards, said expect him to come off the board soon. Ty himself has said he's not nearing a decision, but wanting to stay in Ann Arbor the entire weekend, is a good sign for Michigan. Stay tuned.

-Robert Foster, WR out of PA, and his Father are a tad confused by Urban Meyer apparently. There have been mixed signals by the Buckeye staff to both Laquon Treadwell, and Robert, for who is #1 WR target of their targets.

-Ruben Foster (#2 over all LB out of GA) commit to Alabama, is the best linebacker recruit in a decade according to talent evaluators who have watched him play. His future is probably on the inside, and is getting compared to Patrick Willis. Georgia is going full court on him right now, but there doesn't seem to be any worry on Alabama's part concerning his verbal.


If you guys like this, I'll be happy to post more recruiting updates from around the country. I didn't provide many this time, because I wasn't sure if anyone was interested.

Scouting Report: Patrick Kugler

Scouting Report: Patrick Kugler

Submitted by Magnus on March 8th, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Since there wasn't much video available on Patrick Kugler when he committed, I held off on giving any TTB Rating.  Now that a twelve-minute highlight film appeared on the internet, I decided to devote this week's scouting report to Kugler.  Overall, I think he's a very good prospect who reminds me of the mauling linemen of the 1990's/early 2000's at Michigan.  I don't think we've seen a center like him for many years; Molk is a very good player, but a different type of lineman.

New WR Offer via Tremendous

New WR Offer via Tremendous

Submitted by jbibiza on March 8th, 2012 at 5:16 AM

New offer to Texas wideout Eldridge Massington who at 6'3" 200+ fits the Borges mold.  Says he is very high on the Maize & Blue in this Tremendous interview:

 Highlights here:


2014 Offer Board

2014 Offer Board

Submitted by Bluestreak on March 7th, 2012 at 10:31 PM


Targets Ht. Wt. 40 High School Scout Rank 247 Rank Rivals Rank Commit
Running Backs
Wide Receivers (1 Offer)
Drake Harris 6'4" 180   Grand Rapids Cristian HS, Grand Rapids, MI NR NR NR  
Tight Ends
Offensive Linemen (3 Offers)
Andy Bauer 6'5" 285   DeSmet HS, St. Louis, MO NR NR NR  
Orlando Brown 6'10" 360   Peachtree Ridge HS, Duluth, GA NR NR NR  
Damian Prince 6'7" 300   Bishop McNamara, Forestville, MD NR NR NR  
Defensive Ends (2 Offers)
Da'Shawn Hand 6'5" 245   Woodbridge Sr HS, Woodbridge, VA NR NR NR  
Malik McDowell 6'6" 260   Loyola HS, Detroit, MI NR NR NR  
Defensive Tackles (1 Offer)
Bryan Mone 6'3" 255   Highland HS, Salt Lake, UT NR NR NR  
Linebackers (0 Offers)
Cornerbacks (1 Offer)
Jalen Tabor 6'1" 170   Friendship Collegiate HS, Washington, DC NR NR NR  

Given that we've almost wrapped up the 2013 class - I'll start maintaining the 2014 offer board

 This has been derived from the 2013 offer board, so credit to wlubd for creating the template.

OT - Temple joins Big East (For Real)

OT - Temple joins Big East (For Real)

Submitted by clarkiefromcanada on March 7th, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Finally, after months and weeks of speculation the Temple Owls have joined the Big East. The invitation is for football next season and all sports in 2013. Total cost to join was $6 million payable to the MAC (split 50/50 with Big East) and $1 million to the Atlantic 10.

Temple should be immediately competive in Big East football having beaten AQ teams UConn and Maryland soundly in each of the past two seasons. Temple did narrowly lose to Penn State last year at home. 

It is in basketball, in 2013, where marked change is coming as Temple should add significantly more depth to what is already a scary conference. The recruiting advantage that Villanova has enjoyed in Philadelphia should end immediately; it will be interesting to see what becomes of Villanova without the Big East variable. Attendance at the Liacouras Centre will certainly improve with the likes of Georgetown, Notre Dame, Marquette, Louisville, Seton Hall etc. visiting (as opposed to A10 stalwarts St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis etc.

Overall, a good move for Temple and a win for the Big East. The Big East has added a competive football program capable of competing with AQ teams from larger conferences and a basketball team capable of competing with anyone.  The big losers in all of this: a) the ACC who accepted two crap football teams in Syracuse/Pittsburgh in order to improve their basketball; b) Villanova.

Wait NOT OT: I am cool AND IMG 7on7 is coming!

Wait NOT OT: I am cool AND IMG 7on7 is coming!

Submitted by TampaJake on March 7th, 2012 at 6:19 PM

So I just got the invite to officiate at the IMG 7on7 again this year.  I have been looking at the web site and could not find a list of teams is a little early.

When I find a list I will send it out.  If anyone knows of teams with MI recruits, let me know.  I will watch for them.

From 2011..the championship game with Shane Morris.

At :50, look for the impressive 6'1" 250lbs former LB at the Back Judge position..that is JakeinVenice FL, I know awesome!


[EDIT] Not OT as MI recruits will be in attendance.