Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 10-3-10

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 10-3-10

Submitted by Tim on October 3rd, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Yet another low-action week. Action since last rankings:

9-28-10 Notre Dame gains commitment from DaVaris Daniels.

If you see any errors in the individual tables, please let me know. I'm tempted to move Indiana down a bit, but their averages per commit are about even with (or only very slightly behind) the teams nipping at their heels, and they have more commits.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 17 5.76 3.82 79.00
2 Notre Dame 20 5.72 3.50 79.10
3 Nebraska 13 5.70 3.23 75.85
4 Michigan State 16 5.64 3.25 76.75
5 Michigan 10 5.70 3.30 78.10
6 Indiana 21 5.53 2.76 75.48
7 Iowa 14 5.61 3.00 76.43
8 Northwestern 13 5.58 2.77 77.23
9 Minnesota 15 5.45 2.60 71.93
10 Wisconsin 11 5.55 2.82 70.73
11 Penn State 4 5.60 3.50 77.75
12 Illinois 16 5.40 2.56 69.81
13 Purdue 7 5.46 2.43 71.71

Rivals rankings are on the "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn one star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).

#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Michael Bennett DT OH 6.0 4 80
Braxton Miller QB OH 5.9 5 81
Kenny Hayes DE OH 5.9 4 78
Steve Miller DE OH 5.8 5 84
Nick Vannett TE OH 5.8 4 80
Jeremy Cash S FL 5.8 4 80
Chase Farris DE OH 5.8 4 79
Brian Bobek OL IL 5.8 4 79
Evan Spencer WR IL 5.7 4 81
Ron Tanner S OH 5.7 4 78
DerJuan Gambrell CB OH 5.7 4 77
Devin Smith WR OH 5.7 4 76
Jeff Heuerman TE FL 5.7 3 80
Joel Hale DT IN 5.7 3 79
Chris Carter OL OH 5.7 3 78
Tommy Brown OL OH 5.6 3 78
Antonio Underwood OL OH 5.6 3 75

No change for the Buckeyes.

#2 Notre Dame - 20 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Stephon Tuitt DE GA 6.0 4 80
Ben Koyack TE PA 5.9 5 81
Matt Hegarty OL NM 5.9 4 83
Justice Hayes RB MI 5.9 4 79
Aaron Lynch DE FL 5.8 4 81
DaVaris Daniels WR IL 5.8 4 81
Eilar Hardy S OH 5.8 4 79
George Atkinson III S CA 5.8 4 79
Jordan Prestwood OL FL 5.7 4 80
Jarrett Grace LB OH 5.7 4 78
Anthony Rabasa DE FL 5.7 3 81
Clay Burton DE FL 5.7 3 79
Tony Springmann OL IN 5.7 3 78
Josh Atkinson CB CA 5.7 3 78
Conor Hanratty OL CT 5.6 4 76
Ben Councell DE NC 5.6 3 78
Brad Carrico OL OH 5.6 3 77
Matthias Farley CB NC 5.5 3 77
Jalen Brown CB TX 5.5 3 78
Kyle Brindza K MI 5.4 NR 79

Irish pick up DaVaris Daniels, son of former current NFLer Phillip Daniels.

#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tyler Moore OL FL 5.9 4 78
Bubba Starling QB KS 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB TX 5.8 4 81
Ryne Reeves OL NE 5.8 4 79
Tevin Mitchell CB TX 5.8 4 79
Ryan Klachko OL IL 5.8 4 78
Zach Sterup OL NE 5.8 3 78
Kevin Williams DT OH 5.7 3 79
David Santos LB TX 5.6 3 79
Daniel Davie S NE 5.5 3 75
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76
Nicklas Sade K NC 5.4 NR 78
Daimion Stafford S CA NR 3 NR

No change for Nebraska.

#4 Michigan State - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB MI 6.1 5 80
Donavon Clark OG OH 5.7 4 78
Taiwan Jones LB MI 5.7 3 78
Roger Williamson CB OH 5.7 3 78
Mikail McCall RB IL 5.7 3 77
Ed Davis LB MI 5.7 3 77
Arjen Colquhoun S ON 5.7 3 76
Connor Cook QB OH 5.7 2 76
Onaje Miller RB MI 5.6 4 78
Darien Harris LB MD 5.6 3 79
Jack Allen OL IL 5.6 3 78
Joel Heath DE OH 5.6 4 76
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 3 78
Mark Scarpinato DT WI 5.5 3 76
Trae Waynes CB WI 5.4 3 75
Paul Lang TE PA 5.4 3 68

Nothing new for MSU.

#5 Michigan - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Brennen Beyer DE MI 5.8 4 79
Delonte Hollowell CB MI 5.8 3 79
Chris Rock DE OH 5.7 3 78
Shawn Conway WR MI 5.7 3 78
Greg Brown CB OH 5.7 3 77
Kellen Jones LB TX 5.7 4 79
Jake Fisher OL MI 5.7 4 77
Kevin Sousa QB FL 5.7 3 78
Tony Posada OL FL 5.7 3 78
Jack Miller OL OH 5.5 3 78

Ready for something to happen here plz.

#6 Indiana - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Raymon Taylor CB MI 5.8 3 77
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 3 76
Max Pirman LB OH 5.6 3 78
D'Angelo Roberts RB IN 5.6 3 77
Jake Reed TE IN 5.6 3 77
Jalen Schlachter TE MI 5.6 3 75
Ralston Evans OL IN 5.6 3 74
Tre Roberson QB IN 5.6 2 76
Forisse Hardin S KY 5.6 3 74
Bernard Taylor OL MI 5.5 3 76
CJ Robbins DE IL 5.5 3 75
Nick Stoner S IN 5.5 3 74
Kirk Harris OL KS 5.5 2 77
Kyle Kennedy LB IN 5.5 2 76
Mark Murphy S OH 5.5 2 75
Kenny Mullen CB IN 5.4 3 74
Shafer Johnson DT MI 5.4 3 77
Jay McCants WR OH 5.4 3 75
Mike Replogle LB OH 5.4 3 74
Donte Phillips DE WI 5.4 2 74
Nick VanHoose DB OH 5.4 3 74

IU is pretty much done.

#7 Iowa - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jordan Walsh OL IL 5.8 4 79
Austin Blythe OL IA 5.8 3 79
Ray Hamilton TE OH 5.7 4 79
Melvin Gordon RB WI 5.7 3 79
John Raymon DE PA 5.7 3 78
Torrey Campbell RB FL 5.6 3 78
Riley McMinn DE IL 5.6 3 77
Jake Rudock QB FL 5.6 3 78
Marcus Grant WR MA 5.6 3 76
Jake Duzey TE MI 5.5 3 73
Henry Krieger-Coble TE IA 5.5 3 78
Cole Fisher LB NE 5.5 3 74
Mike Orloff LB MA 5.5 2 69
Austin Vincent WR TX 5.4 2 73

No change.

#8 Northwestern - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Christian Jones WR TX 5.7 3 81
Sean Cotton S IL 5.7 3 79
Shane Mertz OL NJ 5.6 3 79
Jack Konopka OL IL 5.6 3 79
Zack Oliver QB LA 5.6 3 78
Jarrell Williams CB IL 5.6 3 76
Matt Frazier OL IL 5.6 3 75
Max Chapman DE FL 5.6 2 78
Derek Watt LB WI 5.6 3 77
Geoff Mogus OL OH 5.5 3 75
Cameron Dickerson WR NJ 5.5 2 73
Mark Szott TE IL 5.5 3 77
Treyvon Green RB TX NR 2 77

No change for Northwestern.

#9 Minnesota - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL MN 5.7 3 79
Matt LaCosse ATH IL 5.6 3 78
Max Shortell QB KS 5.6 3 74
Quinn Bauducco LB CA 5.6 3 74
Peter Westerhaus TE MN 5.6 2 76
Kyle McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 79
Marquise Vann LB OH 5.5 3 78
Jephete Matilus LB FL 5.5 2 77
Mike Moore LB TX 5.5 3 77
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 75
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN 5.5 2 74
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 3 74
Cameron Brown WR TX NR 2 74
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX NR 2 NR
Russell Haughton-James OL FL NR 2 NR

No changes for the LOLphers.

#10 Wisconsin - 11 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jake Keefer LB WI 5.8 3 78
Sam Arneson TE WI 5.7 3 78
Mike Caputo LB PA 5.7 3 77
Austin Maly TE WI 5.6 3 76
Eric Steffes TE WI 5.6 3 NR
Terrance Floyd CB FL 5.6 2 77
Makinton Dorleant CB FL 5.5 3 77
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Derek Landisch LB WI 5.5 3 74
Frederick Willis WR WI 5.5 2 NR
Bennett Okotcha CB TX NR 3 76

No change for Wisconsin.

#11 Penn State - 4 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Shawn Oakman DE PA 5.8 4 77
Angelo Mangiro OL NJ 5.7 4 81
Jordan Kerner DE PA 5.5 3 77
Kyle Carter TE DE 5.4 3 76

They have to get some commits sooner or later, right?

#12 Illinois - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Clint Tucker DT IL 5.7 3 79
Zeph Grimes S SC 5.6 3 77
Chris Boles OL OH 5.6 3 77
Reilly O'Toole QB IL 5.6 3 76
Tony Durkin OL IL 5.5 3 74
Carl Williams CB FL 5.5 3 77
Josh Ferguson RB IL 5.5 3 75
Chris O'Connor DE IL 5.5 3 75
Scott McDowell OL IL 5.4 3 75
Ted Karras OL IN 5.4 2 77
Marquise Mosley WR TX 5.4 2 NR
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Daniel Rhodes TE NC NR 2 73
JT Thornton CB FL NR 2 77
Henry Dickinson LB TN NR 2 NR
Justin DuVernois K FL NR NR 70

Nothing new.

#13 Purdue - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Taylor Richards CB FL 5.6 2 77
Russell Bellomy QB TX 5.5 3 78
Robert Kugler TE PA 5.5 3 78
Brandon Cottom LB PA 5.5 3 76
Michael Rouse DT IL 5.5 3 73
AJ King WR FL 5.5 2 75
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 2 NR

No change for Purdue.

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 9-19-10

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 9-19-10

Submitted by Tim on September 19th, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Action since last rankings:

9-11-10 Minnesota gains commitment from Cameron Brown.
9-12-10 Notre Dame gains commitments from Josh Atkinson and George Atkinson III.
9-13-10 Purdue gains commitment from AJ King.
9-14-10 Illinois gains commitment from Henry Dickinson.
9-15-10 Notre Dame gains commitment from Stephon Tuitt.

If you see any errors in the individual tables, please let me know. I'm tempted to move Indiana down a bit, but their averages per commit are about even with (or only very slightly behind) the teams nipping at their heels, and they have more commits.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 17 5.76 3.82 79.00
2 Notre Dame 19 5.71 3.47 79.00
3 Nebraska 13 5.70 3.23 75.85
4 Michigan State 15 5.64 3.27 76.67
5 Michigan 10 5.70 3.30 78.10
6 Indiana 21 5.53 2.76 75.48
7 Iowa 14 5.61 3.00 76.43
8 Northwestern 13 5.58 2.77 77.23
9 Minnesota 15 5.45 2.53 71.93
10 Wisconsin 11 5.55 2.82 70.73
11 Penn State 4 5.60 3.50 77.75
12 Illinois 16 5.38 2.50 69.81
13 Purdue 7 5.46 2.29 71.71

Rivals rankings are on the "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).

#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Michael Bennett DT OH 6.0 4 80
Braxton Miller QB OH 5.9 5 81
Kenny Hayes DE OH 5.9 4 78
Steve Miller DE OH 5.8 5 84
Nick Vannett TE OH 5.8 4 80
Jeremy Cash S FL 5.8 4 80
Chase Farris DE OH 5.8 4 79
Brian Bobek OL IL 5.8 4 79
Evan Spencer WR IL 5.7 4 81
Ron Tanner S OH 5.7 4 78
DerJuan Gambrell CB OH 5.7 4 77
Devin Smith WR OH 5.7 4 76
Jeff Heuerman TE FL 5.7 3 80
Joel Hale DT IN 5.7 3 79
Chris Carter OL OH 5.7 3 78
Tommy Brown OL OH 5.6 3 78
Antonio Underwood OL OH 5.6 3 75

No change for the Buckeyes.

#2 Notre Dame - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Stephon Tuitt DE GA 6.0 4 80
Ben Koyack TE PA 5.9 5 81
Matt Hegarty OL NM 5.9 4 83
Justice Hayes RB MI 5.9 4 79
Aaron Lynch DE FL 5.8 4 81
Eilar Hardy S OH 5.8 4 79
George Atkinson III S CA 5.8 4 79
Jordan Prestwood OL FL 5.7 4 80
Jarrett Grace LB OH 5.7 4 78
Anthony Rabasa DE FL 5.7 3 81
Clay Burton DE FL 5.7 3 79
Tony Springmann OL IN 5.7 3 78
Josh Atkinson CB CA 5.7 3 78
Conor Hanratty OL CT 5.6 4 76
Ben Councell DE NC 5.6 3 78
Brad Carrico OL OH 5.6 3 77
Matthias Farley CB NC 5.5 3 77
Jalen Brown CB TX 5.5 3 78
Kyle Brindza K MI 5.4 NR 79

Irish pick up one of their top overall commits in Stephon Tuitt, along with a pretty good set of twins out of California.

#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tyler Moore OL FL 5.9 4 78
Bubba Starling QB KS 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB TX 5.8 4 81
Ryne Reeves OL NE 5.8 4 79
Tevin Mitchell CB TX 5.8 4 79
Ryan Klachko OL IL 5.8 4 78
Zach Sterup OL NE 5.8 3 78
Kevin Williams DT OH 5.7 3 79
David Santos LB TX 5.6 3 79
Daniel Davie S NE 5.5 3 75
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76
Nicklas Sade K NC 5.4 NR 78
Daimion Stafford S CA NR 3 NR

No change for Nebraska.

#4 Michigan State - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB MI 6.1 5 80
Donavon Clark OG OH 5.7 4 78
Taiwan Jones LB MI 5.7 3 78
Mikail McCall RB IL 5.7 3 77
Ed Davis LB MI 5.7 3 77
Arjen Colquhoun S ON 5.7 3 76
Connor Cook QB OH 5.7 2 76
Onaje Miller RB MI 5.6 4 78
Darien Harris LB MD 5.6 3 79
Jack Allen OL IL 5.6 3 78
Joel Heath DE OH 5.6 4 76
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 3 78
Mark Scarpinato DT WI 5.5 3 76
Trae Waynes CB WI 5.4 3 75
Paul Lang TE PA 5.4 3 68

No change for Sparty.

#5 Michigan - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Brennen Beyer DE MI 5.8 4 79
Delonte Hollowell CB MI 5.8 3 79
Chris Rock DE OH 5.7 3 78
Shawn Conway WR MI 5.7 3 78
Greg Brown CB OH 5.7 3 77
Kellen Jones LB TX 5.7 4 79
Jake Fisher OL MI 5.7 4 77
Kevin Sousa QB FL 5.7 3 78
Tony Posada OL FL 5.7 3 78
Jack Miller OL OH 5.5 3 78

blah. Hopefully some commits on the way... but we'll see.

#6 Indiana - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Raymon Taylor CB MI 5.8 3 77
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 3 76
Max Pirman LB OH 5.6 3 78
D'Angelo Roberts RB IN 5.6 3 77
Jake Reed TE IN 5.6 3 77
Jalen Schlachter TE MI 5.6 3 75
Ralston Evans OL IN 5.6 3 74
Tre Roberson QB IN 5.6 2 76
Forisse Hardin S KY 5.6 3 74
Bernard Taylor OL MI 5.5 3 76
CJ Robbins DE IL 5.5 3 75
Nick Stoner S IN 5.5 3 74
Kirk Harris OL KS 5.5 2 77
Kyle Kennedy LB IN 5.5 2 76
Mark Murphy S OH 5.5 2 75
Kenny Mullen CB IN 5.4 3 74
Shafer Johnson DT MI 5.4 3 77
Jay McCants WR OH 5.4 3 75
Mike Replogle LB OH 5.4 3 74
Donte Phillips DE WI 5.4 2 74
Nick VanHoose DB OH 5.4 3 74

The Hoosiers' class might even be done at this point.

#7 Iowa - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jordan Walsh OL IL 5.8 4 79
Austin Blythe OL IA 5.8 3 79
Ray Hamilton TE OH 5.7 4 79
Melvin Gordon RB WI 5.7 3 79
John Raymon DE PA 5.7 3 78
Torrey Campbell RB FL 5.6 3 78
Riley McMinn DE IL 5.6 3 77
Jake Rudock QB FL 5.6 3 78
Marcus Grant WR MA 5.6 3 76
Jake Duzey TE MI 5.5 3 73
Henry Krieger-Coble TE IA 5.5 3 78
Cole Fisher LB NE 5.5 3 74
Mike Orloff LB MA 5.5 2 69
Austin Vincent WR TX 5.4 2 73

Nothing to see here.

#8 Northwestern - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Christian Jones WR TX 5.7 3 81
Sean Cotton S IL 5.7 3 79
Shane Mertz OL NJ 5.6 3 79
Jack Konopka OL IL 5.6 3 79
Zack Oliver QB LA 5.6 3 78
Jarrell Williams CB IL 5.6 3 76
Matt Frazier OL IL 5.6 3 75
Max Chapman DE FL 5.6 2 78
Derek Watt LB WI 5.6 3 77
Geoff Mogus OL OH 5.5 3 75
Cameron Dickerson WR NJ 5.5 2 73
Mark Szott TE IL 5.5 3 77
Treyvon Green RB TX NR 2 77

No change for Northwestern.

#9 Minnesota - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL MN 5.7 3 79
Matt LaCosse ATH IL 5.6 3 78
Max Shortell QB KS 5.6 3 74
Quinn Bauducco LB CA 5.6 3 74
Peter Westerhaus TE MN 5.6 2 76
Kyle McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 79
Marquise Vann LB OH 5.5 3 78
Jephete Matilus LB FL 5.5 2 77
Mike Moore LB TX 5.5 3 77
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 75
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN 5.5 2 74
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 3 74
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX NR 2 NR
Cameron Brown WR TX NR NR 74
Russell Haughton-James OL FL NR NR NR

Gophers gain WR Cameron Brown.

#10 Wisconsin - 11 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jake Keefer LB WI 5.8 3 78
Sam Arneson TE WI 5.7 3 78
Mike Caputo LB PA 5.7 3 77
Austin Maly TE WI 5.6 3 76
Eric Steffes TE WI 5.6 3 NR
Terrance Floyd CB FL 5.6 2 77
Makinton Dorleant CB FL 5.5 3 77
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Derek Landisch LB WI 5.5 3 74
Frederick Willis WR WI 5.5 2 NR
Bennett Okotcha CB TX NR 3 76

Nothing new for Wisconsin.

#11 Penn State - 4 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Shawn Oakman DE PA 5.8 4 77
Angelo Mangiro OL NJ 5.7 4 81
Jordan Kerner DE PA 5.5 3 77
Kyle Carter TE DE 5.4 3 76

They have to get some commits sooner or later, right?

#12 Illinois - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Clint Tucker DT IL 5.7 3 79
Zeph Grimes S SC 5.6 3 77
Chris Boles OL OH 5.6 3 77
Reilly O'Toole QB IL 5.6 3 76
Tony Durkin OL IL 5.5 3 74
Carl Williams CB FL 5.5 3 77
Josh Ferguson RB IL 5.5 3 75
Chris O'Connor DE IL 5.5 3 75
Scott McDowell OL IL 5.4 3 75
Ted Karras OL IN 5.4 2 77
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Daniel Rhodes TE NC NR 2 73
Marquise Mosley WR TX NR 2 NR
JT Thornton CB FL NR 2 77
Justin DuVernois K FL NR NR 70
Henry Dickinson LB TN NR NR NR

Illinois grabs Henry Dickinson.

#13 Purdue - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Taylor Richards CB FL 5.6 2 77
Russell Bellomy QB TX 5.5 3 78
Robert Kugler TE PA 5.5 3 78
Brandon Cottom LB PA 5.5 3 76
Michael Rouse DT IL 5.5 3 73
AJ King WR FL 5.5 NR 75
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 2 NR

Purdue picks up AJ King, who gets decent marks from Rivals and ESPN, but none at all from Scout.

Any word from recruits about today?

Any word from recruits about today?

Submitted by D.C.Blue on September 18th, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I know today was a frustrating win but a win nonetheless.  It happens and I was just as disappointed as I'm sure the rest of you were but a win in spite of what I'm sure was some pretty sloppy play (I wont know how sloppy till I get home - been in CEU's all day in Houston and cant wait to get home to watch the ultra tape-delay) is still a win.  I have every confidence in RR and "The TEAM" to watch the film, learn some lessons and make the appropriate corrections.  However what I'm concerned with is what the attending recruits and the recruits around the country that we're after had to say or thought about the team coming together and pulling out the win after getting stunned?  If anything else it shows a ton of character.  These guys will be great given time.  I would think the recruits and especially the parents of those recruits would want to be around a group of guys like ours that can pull it together instead of turning on each other.  They could have chose either.  So - has anyone for that matter heard anything?

Edit: Please note that all reference questions directed toward Tom have been removed.

He runs! He throws! He recruits!

He runs! He throws! He recruits!

Submitted by harmon40 on September 14th, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Looks like Denard is actually a triple threat, and I'm not talking about his punting. I wondered if Denard's breakout might be having any effect on Demetrius Hart, the 5-star #1 rated all-purpose back in the class of 2011, who was present at the UConn game. Apparently so: http://www.freep.com/article/20100914/SPORTS06/100913078/1356/sports/Or… The tastiest bit from the article: [Heading into this season, Hart expressed a desire to see the Wolverines show that they are on the rise. After wins over UConn and Notre Dame, Hart is impressed with their play, especially the dominant performances by quarterback Denard Robinson. The prospect of playing alongside Robinson has high appeal for Hart. "I feel I can come in and play right now in that offense with Denard, then it will be 'pick your poison,’ ” Hart said.] I wonder if there are other players in the class of 2011 who would like to play on the same team as the most electrifying player in the country? The coaching staff just picked up a trump card to use on the recruiting trail that is going to be pretty difficult to beat: "Son, there isn't a player in the country like Denard, and you could be sharing the backfield with him/catching passes from him/blocking for him, etc..." Any thoughts on how much this could hasten the end of the rebuilding period and the beginning of a long period of annual reloading? I'm still marveling at the impact that one player could have, not only on a team, but on a whole program...

Kevin Sousa on local TV tomorrow

Kevin Sousa on local TV tomorrow

Submitted by Tim on September 2nd, 2010 at 9:42 AM

For those in the Central Florida area, Kevin Sousa's Lake Nona team will play on Brighthouse Sports Network tomorrow night at 7:30. It's a good chance to catch him in action without leaving the comfort of your home!

Also, if someone wants to take full stats for Sousa in case local articles are insufficient (and e-mail them to me at [email protected]), I'd much appreciate it.

TomVH: OL James Elliott Visit Update

TomVH: OL James Elliott Visit Update

Submitted by TomVH on August 15th, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Florida offensive lineman James Elliott (6'4", 305/Pensacola) is on his way back from an unofficial visit up to Ann Arbor this weekend. He went up to Michigan expecting to see a great place, and possibly a little help in making his decision. It sounds like he got more than what his expectations were set at.

TOM: How did the visit go?

JAMES: Man, that was the most amazing school I've ever seen in person.

TOM: It went that well?

JAMES: We actually stayed a little longer than expected just so we could see everything, and meet Coach Rodriguez. We didn't realize he was in Seattle, so we wanted to stay to meet him. We got to see practice and talk with him about the visit. It was just great.

TOM: What specifically has you so amazed?

JAMES: One thing that did it for me was the players. Every time I met one, they would tell me about themselves, and where they were from. They found out I was from Florida, and they all went crazy. I met some kids from Pahokee, which is a school we played in the playoffs. It was cool to see how all the players were so nice like that.

TOM: What about Coach Frey? I know your current coach is friends with him, how was it being with him?

JAMES: I got to see him, that was great. I also got to be around the offensive linemen which was really cool. Instead of taking breaks, sometimes they would just stay and talk to me instead, which was crazy.

TOM: The players and the coaches seemed to win you over, was there anything about the campus that stood out?

JAMES: They just started a new thing with a chaplin, and he said things are really changing around there. That was unbelievable to me. My mom and I are very spiritual people, so that was great to see. They have a Christian athletic group there, and they give you time to do bible work, and that's really important to me. Also, the stadium.....man. That place is unreal. They just put in the new turf, and it looks great. It was unbelievable being in that place. Everything about the stadium was awesome.

TOM: You already have an offer from Michigan, so what's next?

JAMES: Well, Coach Frey Coach Smith have approved my offer, so now I have to wait for Coach Rodriguez to approve it. Once he does that, we'll go from there. 

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 8-15-10

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 8-15-10

Submitted by Tim on August 15th, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Bumped to the front page due to a new Michigan commit.

Action since last rankings:

8-9-10 Iowa gains commitment from Jordan Walsh.
8-10-10 Wisconsin gains commitment from Mike Caputo.
8-11-10 Michigan gains commitment from Tony Posada.

Slow week in the Big Ten, as I predicted. The sites should be coming out with updated rankings soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 17 5.75 3.82 79.18
2 Notre Dame 16 5.66 3.44 78.81
3 Nebraska 13 5.61 3.15 75.84
4 Michigan 10 5.61 3.30 78.10
5 Michigan State 13 5.51 2.92 76.46
6 Indiana 21 5.48 2.48 75.48
7 Iowa 13 5.55 2.69 76.23
8 Northwestern 13 5.51 2.69 77.23
9 Minnesota 13 5.41 2.38 73.77
10 Wisconsin 9 5.40 2.56 73.00
11 Penn State 4 5.60 3.25 77.75
12 Illinois 13 5.37 2.54 70.62
13 Purdue 6 5.30 2.83 65.83

Rivals rankings are on the "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).

#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Michael Bennett DT OH 6.0 4 80
Braxton Miller QB OH 5.9 5 81
Kenny Hayes DE OH 5.9 4 78
Steve Miller DE OH 5.8 5 84
Nick Vannett TE OH 5.8 4 80
Jeremy Cash S FL 5.8 4 80
Chase Farris DE OH 5.8 4 79
Brian Bobek OL IL 5.8 4 79
Evan Spencer WR IL 5.7 4 81
DerJuan Gambrell CB OH 5.7 4 77
Devin Smith WR OH 5.7 4 76
Jeff Heuerman TE FL 5.7 3 80
Joel Hale DT IN 5.7 3 79
Chris Carter OL OH 5.7 3 78
Ron Tanner S OH 5.6 4 78
Tommy Brown OL OH 5.6 3 78
Antonio Underwood OL OH 5.6 3 75

No change for the Buckeyes.

#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Ben Koyack TE PA 5.9 5 81
Matt Hegarty OL NM 5.9 4 83
Justice Hayes RB MI 5.9 4 79
Aaron Lynch DE FL 5.8 4 81
Eilar Hardy S OH 5.8 4 79
Jordan Prestwood OL FL 5.7 4 80
Jarrett Grace LB OH 5.7 4 78
Anthony Rabasa DE FL 5.7 3 81
Tony Springmann OL IN 5.7 3 78
Conor Hanratty OL CT 5.6 4 76
Clay Burton DE FL 5.6 3 79
Ben Councell DE NC 5.6 3 78
Brad Carrico OL OH 5.6 3 77
Matthias Farley CB NC 5.5 3 77
Jalen Brown CB TX NR 3 78
Kyle Brindza K MI 5.4 NR 76

Brindza picks up ratings of 5.4 and 76 from Rivals and ESPN, respectively.

#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tyler Moore OL FL 5.9 4 78
Bubba Starling QB KS 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB TX 5.8 4 81
Ryne Reeves OL NE 5.8 4 79
Tevin Mitchell CB TX 5.8 4 79
Ryan Klachko OL IL 5.8 4 78
Zach Sterup OL NE 5.8 3 78
Kevin Williams DT OH 5.7 3 79
Daniel Davie S NE 5.5 2 75
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76
Nicklas Sade K NC 5.4 NR 78
David Santos LB TX NR 3 79
Daimion Stafford S CA NR 3 NR

Sade gets ranked by Rivals and ESPN, helping Nebraska bump up in averages. They're just ahead of Michigan now, in my estimation.

#4 Michigan - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Brennen Beyer DE MI 5.8 4 79
Delonte Hollowell CB MI 5.8 3 79
Chris Rock DE OH 5.7 3 78
Shawn Conway WR MI 5.7 3 78
Greg Brown CB OH 5.7 3 77
Kellen Jones LB TX 5.6 4 79
Jake Fisher OL MI 5.6 4 77
Kevin Sousa QB FL 5.6 3 78
Jack Miller OL OH 5.5 3 78
Tony Posada OL FL NR 3 78

Michigan snags OL Tony Posada, who is currently unranked to Rivals, but a solid 3-star to the other two sites. He slightly brings down the Wolverines' averages, helping Nebraska pass them up.

#5 Michigan State - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB MI 6.1 5 80
Connor Cook QB OH 5.7 2 76
Onaje Miller RB MI 5.6 4 78
Darien Harris LB MD 5.6 3 79
Taiwan Jones LB MI 5.6 3 78
Mikail McCall RB IL 5.6 3 77
Ed Davis LB MI 5.6 3 77
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 2 78
Mark Scarpinato DT WI 5.5 3 76
Trae Waynes CB WI 5.4 3 75
Joel Heath DE OH NR 3 76
Arjen Colquhoun S ON NR 2 76
Paul Lang TE PA NR 2 68

No change for MSU.

#6 Indiana - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Raymon Taylor CB MI 5.8 3 77
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 2 76
Max Pirman LB OH 5.6 3 78
D'Angelo Roberts RB IN 5.6 3 77
Jake Reed TE IN 5.6 3 77
Jalen Schlachter TE MI 5.6 3 75
Ralston Evans OL IN 5.6 3 74
Tre Roberson QB IN 5.6 2 76
Bernard Taylor OL MI 5.5 3 76
CJ Robbins DE IL 5.5 3 75
Nick Stoner S IN 5.5 3 74
Kirk Harris OL KS 5.5 2 77
Kyle Kennedy LB IN 5.5 2 76
Mark Murphy S OH 5.5 2 75
Kenny Mullen CB IN 5.4 3 74
Jay McCants WR OH 5.4 2 75
Mike Replogle LB OH 5.4 2 74
Donte Phillips DE WI 5.4 2 74
Shafer Johnson DT MI NR 2 77
Nick VanHoose DB OH NR 2 74
Forisse Hardin S KY NR 2 74

Nothing new for IU.

#8 Iowa - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jordan Walsh OL IL 5.8 4 79
Austin Blythe OL IA 5.8 3 79
Ray Hamilton TE OH 5.7 4 79
Torrey Campbell RB FL 5.6 3 78
Riley McMinn DE IL 5.6 3 77
Jake Rudock QB FL 5.6 2 78
Marcus Grant WR MA 5.6 2 76
Jake Duzey TE MI 5.5 3 73
Henry Krieger-Coble TE IA 5.5 2 78
Cole Fisher LB NE 5.5 2 74
Mike Orloff LB MA 5.4 2 69
John Raymon DE PA NR 3 78
Austin Vincent WR TX 5.4 2 73

Jordan Walsh picks Iowa. Austin Vincent upgraded to 5.4 on Rivals. John Raymon gets a 78 from ESPN, and Mike Orloff gets a very slight upgrade to 69.

#7 Northwestern - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Christian Jones WR TX 5.7 3 81
Sean Cotton S IL 5.7 3 79
Shane Mertz OL NJ 5.6 3 79
Jack Konopka OL IL 5.6 3 79
Zack Oliver QB LA 5.6 3 78
Jarrell Williams CB IL 5.6 3 76
Matt Frazier OL IL 5.6 3 75
Geoff Mogus OL OH 5.5 3 75
Cameron Dickerson WR NJ 5.5 3 73
Mark Szott TE IL 5.5 2 77
Derek Watt LB WI 5.5 2 77
Max Chapman DE FL NR 2 78
Treyvon Green RB TX NR 2 77

Cameron Dickerson gets a slight bump from Rivals to 5.5. Still, they slide past Iowa with a decent week for the Hawkeyes.

#9 Minnesota - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL MN 5.7 3 79
Matt LaCosse ATH IL 5.6 3 78
Max Shortell QB KS 5.6 3 74
Quinn Bauducco LB CA 5.6 3 74
Peter Westerhaus TE MN 5.6 2 76
Kyle McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 79
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN 5.5 2 74
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.4 2 75
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 2 74
Marquise Vann LB OH NR 3 78
Jephete Matilus LB FL NR 2 77
Mike Moore LB TX NR 2 77
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX NR NR NR

Devin Crawford-Tufts gets a 5.5 rating from Rivals.

#10 Wisconsin - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jake Keefer LB WI 5.8 3 78
Sam Arneson TE WI 5.7 3 78
Mike Caputo LB PA 5.7 3 77
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Austin Maly TE WI 5.5 2 76
Makinton Dorleant CB FL NR 3 77
Terrance Floyd CB FL NR 2 77
Derek Landisch LB WI NR 2 74
Eric Steffes TE WI NR 2 NR

Badgers pick up Mike Caputo, plus Terrance Floyd gets a 77 rating from ESPN.

#11 Penn State - 4 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Shawn Oakman DE PA 5.8 4 77
Angelo Mangiro OL NJ 5.7 4 81
Jordan Kerner DE PA 5.5 3 77
Kyle Carter TE DE 5.4 2 76

PSU still taking it easy.

#12 Illinois - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Zeph Grimes S SC 5.6 3 77
Chris Boles OL OH 5.6 3 77
Reilly O'Toole QB IL 5.6 3 76
Tony Durkin OL IL 5.5 3 74
Carl Williams CB FL 5.5 3 77
Josh Ferguson RB IL 5.5 3 75
Chris O'Connor DE IL 5.4 3 75
Ted Karras OL IN 5.4 3 77
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Daniel Rhodes TE NC NR 2 73
Marquise Mosley WR TX NR 2 NR
JT Thornton CB FL NR NR 77
Justin DuVernois K FL NR NR 70

Reilly O'Toole and Chris Boles pick up decent ratings from Rivals, and they're now considered the #2 and #3 prospects in the class. Justin DuVernois gets ranked by ESPN.

#13 Purdue - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Russell Bellomy QB TX 5.5 3 78
Robert Kugler TE PA 5.5 3 78
Brandon Cottom LB PA 5.5 3 76
Michael Rouse DT IL NR 3 73
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 3 NR
Taylor Richards CB FL NR 2 77

Boilers still bringing up the rear.

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 8-8-10

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 8-8-10

Submitted by Tim on August 8th, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Action since last rankings:

8-3-10 Illinois gains commitment from Carl Williams. Iowa gains commitment from Torrey Campbell.
8-4-10 Illinois gains commitment from JT Thornton. Michigan State gains commitment from Ed Davis.
8-5-10 Michigan State gains commitment from Darien Harris.
8-7-10 Northwestern gains commitment from Treyvon Green.

Action might slow down now that summer camps are over. The ramp-up to the season and the first couple weeks could bring many commits though.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 17 5.75 3.82 79.18
2 Notre Dame 16 5.64 3.44 76.88
3 Michigan 9 5.67 3.33 78.11
4 Nebraska 13 5.58 3.15 72.92
5 Michigan State 13 5.51 2.92 76.46
6 Indiana 21 5.48 2.48 75.48
7 Northwestern 13 5.49 2.69 77.23
8 Iowa 12 5.50 2.58 73.17
9 Minnesota 13 5.38 2.38 73.77
10 Wisconsin 8 5.36 2.50 68.50
11 Penn State 4 5.60 3.25 77.75
12 Illinois 13 5.30 2.54 68.69
13 Purdue 6 5.30 2.83 65.83

Rivals rankings have been converted to their "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system (unranked players earn star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).

#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Michael Bennett DT OH 6.0 4 80
Braxton Miller QB OH 5.9 5 81
Kenny Hayes DE OH 5.9 4 78
Steve Miller DE OH 5.8 5 84
Nick Vannett TE OH 5.8 4 80
Jeremy Cash S FL 5.8 4 80
Chase Farris DE OH 5.8 4 79
Brian Bobek OL IL 5.8 4 79
Evan Spencer WR IL 5.7 4 81
DerJuan Gambrell CB OH 5.7 4 77
Devin Smith WR OH 5.7 4 76
Jeff Heuerman TE FL 5.7 3 80
Joel Hale DT IN 5.7 3 79
Chris Carter OL OH 5.7 3 78
Ron Tanner S OH 5.6 4 78
Tommy Brown OL OH 5.6 3 78
Antonio Underwood OL OH 5.6 3 75

No change.

#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Ben Koyack TE PA 5.9 5 81
Matt Hegarty OL NM 5.9 4 83
Justice Hayes RB MI 5.9 4 79
Aaron Lynch DE FL 5.8 4 81
Eilar Hardy S OH 5.8 4 79
Jordan Prestwood OL FL 5.7 4 80
Jarrett Grace LB OH 5.7 4 78
Anthony Rabasa DE FL 5.7 3 81
Tony Springmann OL IN 5.7 3 78
Conor Hanratty OL CT 5.6 4 76
Clay Burton DE FL 5.6 3 79
Ben Councell DE NC 5.6 3 78
Brad Carrico OL OH 5.6 3 77
Matthias Farley CB NC 5.5 3 77
Jalen Brown CB TX NR 3 78
Kyle Brindza K MI NR NR NR

Nothing new for Notre Dame.

#3 Michigan - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Brennen Beyer DE MI 5.8 4 79
Delonte Hollowell CB MI 5.8 3 79
Chris Rock DE OH 5.7 3 78
Shawn Conway WR MI 5.7 3 78
Greg Brown CB OH 5.7 3 77
Kellen Jones LB TX 5.6 4 79
Jake Fisher OL MI 5.6 4 77
Kevin Sousa QB FL 5.6 3 78
Jack Miller OL OH 5.5 3 78

Michigan might grab FL OL Tony Posada next week, unless South Florida has something to say about it.

#4 Nebraska - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tyler Moore OL FL 5.9 4 78
Bubba Starling QB KS 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB TX 5.8 4 81
Ryne Reeves OL NE 5.8 4 79
Tevin Mitchell CB TX 5.8 4 79
Ryan Klachko OL IL 5.8 4 78
Zach Sterup OL NE 5.8 3 78
Kevin Williams DT OH 5.7 3 79
Daniel Davie S NE 5.5 2 75
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76
David Santos LB TX NR 3 79
Daimion Stafford S CA NR 3 NR
Nicklas Sade K NC NR NR NR

No change for the Huskers.

#5 Michigan State - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB MI 6.1 5 80
Connor Cook QB OH 5.7 2 76
Onaje Miller RB MI 5.6 4 78
Darien Harris LB MD 5.6 3 79
Taiwan Jones LB MI 5.6 3 78
Mikail McCall RB IL 5.6 3 77
Ed Davis LB MI 5.6 3 77
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 2 78
Mark Scarpinato DT WI 5.5 3 76
Trae Waynes CB WI 5.4 3 75
Joel Heath DE OH NR 3 76
Arjen Colquhoun S ON NR 2 76
Paul Lang TE PA NR 2 68

Spartans pick up a couple of commits. I think that's enough to bump them past Indiana.

#6 Indiana - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Raymon Taylor CB MI 5.8 3 77
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 2 76
Max Pirman LB OH 5.6 3 78
D'Angelo Roberts RB IN 5.6 3 77
Jake Reed TE IN 5.6 3 77
Jalen Schlachter TE MI 5.6 3 75
Ralston Evans OL IN 5.6 3 74
Tre Roberson QB IN 5.6 2 76
Bernard Taylor OL MI 5.5 3 76
CJ Robbins DE IL 5.5 3 75
Nick Stoner S IN 5.5 3 74
Kirk Harris OL KS 5.5 2 77
Kyle Kennedy LB IN 5.5 2 76
Mark Murphy S OH 5.5 2 75
Kenny Mullen CB IN 5.4 3 74
Jay McCants WR OH 5.4 2 75
Mike Replogle LB OH 5.4 2 74
Donte Phillips DE WI 5.4 2 74
Shafer Johnson DT MI NR 2 77
Nick VanHoose DB OH NR 2 74
Forisse Hardin S KY NR 2 74

Nothing new for IU.

#7 Northwestern - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Christian Jones WR TX 5.7 3 81
Sean Cotton S IL 5.7 3 79
Shane Mertz OL NJ 5.6 3 79
Jack Konopka OL IL 5.6 3 79
Zack Oliver QB LA 5.6 3 78
Jarrell Williams CB IL 5.6 3 76
Matt Frazier OL IL 5.6 3 75
Geoff Mogus OL OH 5.5 3 75
Mark Szott TE IL 5.5 2 77
Derek Watt LB WI 5.5 2 77
Cameron Dickerson WR NJ 5.3 3 73
Max Chapman DE FL NR 2 78
Treyvon Green RB TX NR 2 77

NU snags Treyvon Green. Rivals hasn't rated him yet.

#8 Iowa - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Austin Blythe OL IA 5.8 3 79
Ray Hamilton TE OH 5.7 4 79
Torrey Campbell RB FL 5.6 3 78
Riley McMinn DE IL 5.6 3 77
Jake Rudock QB FL 5.6 2 78
Marcus Grant WR MA 5.6 2 76
Jake Duzey TE MI 5.5 3 73
Henry Krieger-Coble TE IA 5.5 2 78
Cole Fisher LB NE 5.5 2 74
Mike Orloff LB MA 5.4 2 69
John Raymon DE PA NR 3 NR
Austin Vincent WR TX NR 2 73

Torrey Campbell picks Iowa, becoming their third-best recruit.

#9 Minnesota - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL MN 5.7 3 79
Matt LaCosse ATH IL 5.6 3 78
Max Shortell QB KS 5.6 3 74
Quinn Bauducco LB CA 5.6 3 74
Peter Westerhaus TE MN 5.6 2 76
Kyle McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 79
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.4 2 75
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 2 74
Marquise Vann LB OH NR 3 78
Jephete Matilus LB FL NR 2 77
Mike Moore LB TX NR 2 77
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN NR 2 74
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX NR NR NR

No change for Minnesota.

#10 Wisconsin - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jake Keefer LB WI 5.8 3 78
Sam Arneson TE WI 5.7 3 78
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Austin Maly TE WI 5.5 2 76
Makinton Dorleant CB FL NR 3 77
Derek Landisch LB WI NR 2 74
Eric Steffes TE WI NR 2 NR
Terrance Floyd CB FL NR 2 NR

Nothing new for the Badgers.

#11 Penn State - 4 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Shawn Oakman DE PA 5.8 4 77
Angelo Mangiro OL NJ 5.7 4 81
Jordan Kerner DE PA 5.5 3 77
Kyle Carter TE DE 5.4 2 76

PSU still taking it easy.

#12 Illinois - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Zeph Grimes S SC 5.6 3 77
Tony Durkin OL IL 5.6 3 74
Carl Williams CB FL 5.5 3 77
Josh Ferguson RB IL 5.5 3 75
Chris O'Connor DE IL 5.4 3 75
Ted Karras OL IN 5.4 3 77
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Chris Boles OL OH NR 3 77
Reilly O'Toole QB IL NR 3 76
Daniel Rhodes TE NC NR 2 73
Marquise Mosley WR TX NR 2 NR
JT Thornton CB FL NR NR 77
Justin DuVernois K FL NR NR NR

Illinois is pretty close to passing Wisconsin.

#13 Purdue - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Russell Bellomy QB TX 5.5 3 78
Robert Kugler TE PA 5.5 3 78
Brandon Cottom LB PA 5.5 3 76
Michael Rouse DT IL NR 3 73
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 3 NR
Taylor Richards CB FL NR 2 77

Boilers still bringing up the rear.