Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 1-16-10

Submitted by Tim on January 17th, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Apologies for the delay: Holiday weekend interrupted. Action since last rankings:

1-9-11 Minnesota gains commitments from Tamani Carter and Chris Hawthorne. Northwestern gains commitment from Xavier Youngblood. Purdue gains commitment from Armstead Williams.
1-10-11 Michigan State gains commitment from Shilique Calhoun. Iowa gains commitment from Quinton Alston. Minnesota gains commitment from Quentin Gardener.
1-11-11 Notre Dame gains commitment from Nick Martin. Michigan loses commitment from Dallas Crawford.
1-13-11 Purdue loses commitment from Marcus Caffey.
1-14-11 Notre Dame gains commitment from Ishaq Williams.
1-15-10 Notre Dame gains commitment form Aaron Lynch.
1-16-10 Michigan loses commitment from Matt Goudis.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 20 5.77 3.85 79.35
2 Notre Dame 22 5.70 3.59 78.91
3 Nebraska 16 5.71 3.44 78.53*
4 Michigan State 17 5.63 3.24 76.71
5 Wisconsin 20 5.60 2.90 73.75
6 Iowa 20 5.62 2.90 75.16*
7 Illinois 26 5.49 2.58 72.12
8 Michigan 11 5.65 3.45 78.36
9 Penn State 13 5.58 3.08 74.00
10 Indiana 16 5.53 2.69 75.31
11 Minnesota 22 5.51 2.39 70.26****
12 Northwestern 14 5.54 2.71 76.64
13 Purdue 13 5.48 2.31 73.00**

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 1 star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45, except JuCo players, who aren't included in the average).

The rankings now have more emphasis on number of commits in the class, as Signing Day is approaching. This means the overall rankings can change quite a bit week-to-week.

#1 Ohio State - 20 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Braxton Miller QB OH 6.0 5 82
Doran Grant CB OH 6.0 5 81
Michael Bennett DT OH 6.0 4 80
Kenny Hayes DE OH 5.9 4 79
Steve Miller DE OH 5.8 5 84
Ryan Shazier LB FL 5.8 4 81
Nick Vannett TE OH 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
Jeremy Cash S FL 5.7 4 80
Ron Tanner S OH 5.7 4 78
Devin Smith WR OH 5.7 4 78
DerJuan Gambrell CB OH 5.7 4 77
Jeff Heuerman TE FL 5.7 3 80
Joel Hale DT IN 5.7 3 79
Chris Carter OL OH 5.7 3 78
Conner Crowell LB MD 5.7 3 78
Tommy Brown OL OH 5.6 3 78
Antonio Underwood OL OH 5.6 3 75

No change.

#2 Notre Dame - 22 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Stephon Tuitt DE GA 6.0 4 80
Ishaq Williams DE NY 5.9 5 82
Matt Hegarty OL NM 5.9 4 83
Ben Koyack TE PA 5.9 4 81
Aaron Lynch DE FL 5.8 5 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
Jarrett Grace LB OH 5.7 4 78
Anthony Rabasa DE FL 5.7 3 81
Tony Springmann OL IN 5.7 3 78
Josh Atkinson CB CA 5.7 3 78
Everett Golson QB NC 5.6 4 80
Conor Hanratty OL CT 5.6 4 76
Ben Councell DE NC 5.6 3 78
Nick Martin OL IN 5.6 3 78
Brad Carrico OL OH 5.6 3 77
Cam McDaniel RB TX 5.6 3 77
Bennett Okotcha CB TX 5.6 3 75
Jalen Brown CB TX 5.5 3 78
Matthias Farley CB NC 5.5 3 77
Kyle Brindza K MI 5.4 3 79

Irish pick up a couple bigtime defensive ends.

#3 Nebraska - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Aaron Green RB FL 5.9 5 85
Tyler Moore OL FL 5.9 4 78
Charles Jackson CB TX 5.8 4 81
Bubba Starling QB KS 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB TX 5.8 4 81
Ryne Reeves OL NE 5.8 4 79
Ryan Klachko OL IL 5.8 4 78
Daimion Stafford S CA 5.8 4 JC
David Santos LB TX 5.8 3 79
Zach Sterup OL NE 5.8 3 78
Kevin Williams DT OH 5.7 3 79
Max Pirman LB OH 5.6 3 78
Daniel Davie S NE 5.5 3 75
Givens Price OL TX 5.5 3 75
Taariq Allen WR TX 5.5 2 75
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76

No change for the Huskers.

#4 Michigan State - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB MI 6.1 5 80
Donavon Clark OG OH 5.7 4 78
Darien Harris LB MD 5.7 3 79
Taiwan Jones LB MI 5.7 3 78
Roger Williamson CB OH 5.7 3 78
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
Joel Heath DE OH 5.6 4 76
Jack Allen OL IL 5.6 3 78
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 3 78
Shilique Calhoun DE NJ 5.5 3 77
Mark Scarpinato DT WI 5.5 3 76
Damon Knox DE MI 5.5 3 76
Trae Waynes CB WI 5.4 3 75
Paul Lang TE PA 5.4 3 68

Shilique Calhoun picks the Spartans.

#5 Wisconsin - 20 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jake Keefer LB WI 5.8 4 78
Austin Traylor DE OH 5.8 3 78
Melvin Gordon RB WI 5.7 3 79
Sam Arneson TE WI 5.7 3 78
Jesse Hayes DE OH 5.7 3 78
James Adeyanju DE IL 5.7 3 77
Mike Caputo LB PA 5.7 3 77
AJ Jordan WR OH 5.6 3 79
Derek Watt LB WI 5.6 3 77
Eric Steffes TE WI 5.6 3 77
Austin Maly TE WI 5.6 3 76
Terrance Floyd CB FL 5.6 2 77
Devin Gaulden CB FL 5.5 3 78
Ray Ball OL OH 5.5 3 77
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Darius Hillary CB OH 5.5 3 75
Derek Landisch LB WI 5.5 3 74
Frederick Willis WR WI 5.5 2 NR
Tyler Marz OL MN 5.5 2 NR
Kenzel Doe WR NC 5.4 3 75

No change.

#6 Iowa - 20 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jordan Walsh OL IL 5.8 4 79
Rodney Coe RB IL 5.8 4 79
Austin Blythe OL IA 5.8 3 79
Ray Hamilton TE OH 5.8 3 79
Quinton Alston LB PA 5.7 3 79
John Raymon DE PA 5.7 3 78
Mika'il McCall RB IL 5.7 3 77
Dan Heiar OL IA 5.7 2 JC
Torrey Campbell RB FL 5.6 3 78
Jake Rudock QB FL 5.6 3 78
Riley McMinn DE IL 5.6 3 77
Marcus Grant WR MA 5.6 3 76
Melvin Spears LB TX 5.5 3 79
Henry Krieger-Coble TE IA 5.5 3 78
Nick Law CB MD 5.5 3 77
Cole Fisher LB NE 5.5 3 74
Jake Duzey TE MI 5.5 3 73
Mike Orloff LB MA 5.5 2 70
Jacob Hillyer WR TX 5.5 NR NR
Austin Vincent WR TX 5.4 2 73

Hawkeyes pick up Quinton Alston.

#7 Illinois - 26 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Dondi Kirby S PA 5.8 3 79
Patrick Flavin OL IL 5.7 3 75
Clint Tucker DT IL 5.6 3 79
Matt LaCosse ATH IL 5.6 3 78
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
Kenny Knight WR MI 5.6 3 76
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
Donavonn Young RB TX 5.5 3 75
Tony Durkin OL IL 5.5 3 74
Ralph Cooper LB SC 5.5 2 78
Ted Karras OL IN 5.5 2 77
Jeremy Whitlow WR OH 5.5 2 74
Henry Dickinson LB TN 5.5 2 NR
Nick North CB FL 5.4 3 76
Scott McDowell OL IL 5.4 3 75
JT Thornton CB FL 5.4 2 77
Marquise Mosley WR TX 5.4 2 74
Daniel Rhodes TE NC 5.4 2 73
Kenny Nelson DE MI 5.4 NR NR
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Jordan Frysinger WR NY 5.3 NR 73
Justin DuVernois K FL NR 2 70

No change.

#8 Michigan - 11 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Justice Hayes RB MI 5.9 4 79
Blake Countess CB MD 5.8 4 80
Brennen Beyer DE MI 5.8 4 79
Kellen Jones LB TX 5.7 4 79
Jake Fisher OL MI 5.7 4 77
Delonte Hollowell CB MI 5.7 3 79
Chris Rock DE OH 5.6 3 78
Jack Miller OL OH 5.5 3 78
Tony Posada OL FL 5.5 3 78
Desmond Morgan LB MI 5.5 3 78
Greg Brown CB OH 5.5 3 77

I've removed Dallas Crawford, though he probably decommitted a while back, and Matt Goudis, who picked Miami yesterday. Next weekend is when we'll probably see the commitment numbers move in the other direction.

#9 Penn State - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Anthony Zettel DE MI 5.9 4 80
Donovan Smith OL MD 5.8 4 79
Shawn Oakman DE PA 5.8 4 77
Angelo Mangiro OL NJ 5.7 4 81
Ben Kline LB PA 5.7 3 78
Ryan Nowicki OL AZ 5.7 3 77
Shyquan Pullium WR PA 5.6 3 74
Anthony Alosi OL NJ 5.6 2 70
Jordan Kerner DE PA 5.5 3 77
Allen Robinson WR MI 5.5 3 72
Kyle Carter TE DE 5.4 3 76
Matt Zanellato WR VA 5.3 3 76
Sam Ficken K PA 5.3 NR NR

No change.

#10 Indiana - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 3 76
D'Angelo Roberts RB IN 5.6 3 77
Jake Reed TE IN 5.6 3 77
Jalen Schlachter OT MI 5.6 3 75
Ralston Evans OL IN 5.6 3 74
Forisse Hardin S KY 5.6 3 74
Tre Roberson QB IN 5.6 2 76
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
Shafer Johnson DT MI 5.4 3 77
Jay McCants WR OH 5.4 3 75
Kenny Mullen CB IN 5.4 3 74
Mike Replogle LB OH 5.4 3 74
Donte Phillips DE WI 5.4 2 74

No change. Hoosiers have a couple soft commits not reflected here.

#11 Minnesota - 23 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL MN 5.7 3 79
Mike Moore LB TX 5.6 3 77
Peter Westerhaus TE MN 5.6 3 76
Quentin Gardener WR TX 5.6 3 76
Max Shortell QB KS 5.6 3 74
Quinn Bauducco LB CA 5.6 3 74
Josh Campion OL VA 5.6 2 NR
Drew Goodger TE KS 5.6 NR NR
Kyle McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 79
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 75
Tamani Carter CB TX 5.5 3 74
Jephete Matilus LB FL 5.5 2 77
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN 5.5 2 74
Cameron Brown WR TX 5.5 2 74
Russell Haughton-James OL FL 5.5 2 74
Grayson Levine S MN 5.5 2 73
Foster Bush OL WI 5.5 2 70
Ge'Shun Harris WR CA 5.5 2 JC
Junior Osunde CB TX 5.5 2 JC
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 3 74
Marcus Jones CB NC 5.4 2 NR
John Rabe TE IA 5.4 2 JC
Drayquan Crawford S FL NR 2 JC

Rivals considers Haughton-James and Rohr uncommitted. Gophers did manage to pick up a couple commits this week.

#12 Northwestern - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Christian Jones WR TX 5.7 3 81
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
Mark Szott TE IL 5.5 3 77
Geoff Mogus OL OH 5.5 3 75
CJ Robbins DE IL 5.5 3 75
Cameron Dickerson WR NJ 5.5 2 73
Xavier Youngblood WR TX 5.5 NR 76
Nick VanHoose DB OH 5.4 3 74
Treyvon Green RB TX 5.3 3 77

Wildcats pick up a wideout in Xavier Youngblood.

#13 Purdue - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Marcus Caffey RB GA 5.7 3 77
Taylor Richards CB FL 5.6 3 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
Akeem Hunt RB GA 5.5 3 75
Doug Gentry RB TX 5.5 2 76
Michael Rouse DT IL 5.5 2 73
Shane Mikesky WR IN 5.5 2 73
AJ King WR FL 5.5 NR 75
Sterling Carter TE CA 5.4 2 JC
Akeem Shavers RB TX 5.4 NR JC
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 2 NR

No change.

Comments

bronxblue

January 17th, 2011 at 7:38 PM ^

The sad thing is for all the crap people gave PSU for having , like, 4 recruits at the end of the season, they are basically neck-and-neck with UM's class.  Ugh, I do hope that Hoke pulls in some kids in the next few weeks, or man will this be another depressing layer in the transition's mishaps.

Irish

January 17th, 2011 at 9:44 PM ^

Yeah that was the worry with kelly, he hadn't ever recruited nationally and thats what coaches have to do at ND so that was the big question that couldn't be answered till his first season.  Haven't heard any complaints the past few months.  

Ishaq is one of the best ND recruiting stories this year.  It became pretty obvious he was going to announce for PSU at the army game based on the remarks he had made leading up to the game.  He decided at the last minute to not announce at the game for a few reasons most of all because he wasn't 100% on his decision he said.  (there was a PSU coach up for a job at another school at the time)

So a week goes by and its looking more and more like PSU, I had written him off as had any ND fan who follows recruiting.  PSU insiders were expecting him to visit Saturday and as they described it; if he was comfortable and happy he wasn't going to be leaving campus to go back home with his dad (he's and EE).  No shock to us really

Then about 45 mins later everyone reports he committed to ND.  Before ishaq and his dad were to leave for PSU ND's DC Diaco stopped by for an in home visit at 4:30 in the morning.  Not really sure how to describe Diaco but he always looks the same, shoes shined, probably a plaid jacket on and his hair perfectly placed, think otter from animal house.  Showing up at 4:30 in the morning right after the dead period ended left a big impression on them.  After Diaco left, ishaq asked his dad what he was going to say to PSU because he didn't know how to tell them he wasn't visiting anymore.  Just an epic pull, just amazing they were able to flip him so late in the game

UofM77

January 17th, 2011 at 8:56 PM ^

No doubt this recruiting class is looking like a train wreck but i cant blame Hoke for this hes only been there a week. He still has time and hes passed my first test with flying colors by retaining the current players(denard!!). I think we'll be ok if  we get a good kicker and a good DC, theres a lot of young guys on the team but next year is do or die!

OMG Shirtless

January 17th, 2011 at 11:37 PM ^

 For the bazillionth time, we play ND more often than some of the teams in the Big Ten and we recruit against them, it makes perfect sense to include them.

Here's Tim's quote on the issue:

Yes, I'm well aware that Notre Dame isn't in the Big Ten, but there's enough interest in them as a regional rival that Michigan pays every year, that it's worthwhile to include them.

Don Keypunch

January 18th, 2011 at 11:59 AM ^

Ah the "process" that DB used in this whole cluster is really paying off in recruiting. God it's sad to see only 10 commitments. I do have faith that Hoke will pull in a few more quality players. We'll take whatever bodies we can get this year and hope for the best next year I suppose.