Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 10-2-11

Submitted by Ace on October 2nd, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Still not a whole lot going on this week, though Notre Dame inches closer to Michigan by grabbing near-consensus four-star running back William Mahone. Action since last rankings:

9-27-11: Indiana picks up Jacarri Alexander. Minnesota picks up Tyren Hills.
9-30-11: Notre Dame picks up William Mahone.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 22 3.50 3.64 3.41 3.59 3.53
2 Notre Dame 16 3.44 3.81 3.50 3.50 3.56
3 Penn State 17 3.18 3.29 3.29 3.29 3.28
4 Ohio State 12 3.25 3.42 3.17 3.33 3.29
5 Michigan State 14 3.14 3.14 3.07 3.14 3.13
6 Wisconsin 10 3.10 3.40 3.20 3.50 3.33
7 Indiana 19 2.53 2.58 2.55* 2.79 2.61
8 Northwestern 16 2.50 2.56 2.44 2.19 2.42
9 Iowa 10 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
10 Minnesota 21 2.48 2.33 2.10* 2.66 2.39
11 Purdue 17 2.71 2.41 2.40* 2.65 2.54
12 Nebraska 7 3.14 3.29 3.29 3.57 3.32
13 Illinois 9 2.50 2.63 2.75 2.50 2.72

*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte (Minnesota), Darius Stroud and Jacarri Alexander (Indiana), and Steffon Martin and Devin Smith (Purdue) are excluded from their respective team averages.
^The average of the average rankings of the four 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.

On to the full data, after the jump.

 

#1 Michigan - 22 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Kyle Kalis OL OH 4 5 4 4
Royce Jenkins-Stone LB MI 4 4 4 4
James Ross LB MI 4 4 4 4
Joe Bolden LB OH 4 4 4 4
Terry Richardson CB MI 4 4 4 4
Erik Magnuson OL CA 4 4 4 4
Jarrod Wilson S OH 4 4 4 4
Tom Strobel DE OH 4 4 3 4
Ondre Pipkins DT MO 4 4 3 4
Pharaoh Brown DE OH 4 3 3 4
Blake Bars OL TN 4 3 3 3
Devin Funchess TE MI 3 4 4 4
Chris Wormley DE OH 3 4 4 4
Mario Ojemudia DE MI 3 4 4 3
Kaleb Ringer LB OH 3 4 3 3
Matt Godin DE MI 3 3 3 4
Ben Braden OL MI 3 3 3 3
Anthony Standifer CB IL 3 3 3 3
Caleb Stacey OL OH 3 3 3 3
Allen Gant S OH 3 3 3 3
A.J. Williams TE OH 3 3 3 3
Sione Houma FB UT 3 3 2 3

No change for the Wolverines.

#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jarron Jones DT NY 4 5 4 5
Ronald Darby CB MD 4 5 4 4
Tee Shepard CB CA 4 5 4 4
Sheldon Day DT IN 4 5 4 4
Deontay Greenberry WR CA 4 4 4 4
David Perkins LB IN 4 4 4 4
William Mahone RB OH 4 4 4 3
Taylor Decker OL OH 4 4 3 4
Nick Baratti S TX 3 4 3 3
C.J. Prosise S VA 3 4 3 3
Justin Ferguson WR FL 3 3 4 3
Mark Harrell OL NC 3 3 4 3
Romeo Okwara DE NC 3 3 3 4
Chris Brown WR SC 3 3 3 3
John Turner S IN 3 3 3 3
Scott Daly LS IL 2 2 2 2

The Irish add running back William Mahone, who chose Notre Dame over Penn State, Michigan State, and Pitt.

#3 Penn State - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Tommy Schutt DT IL 4 5 4 4
Camren Williams LB MA 4 4 4 4
J.J. Denman OL PA 4 4 4 4
Eugene Lewis WR PA 4 4 4 4
Armani Reeves CB MA 4 4 4 4
Joey O'Connor OL CO 4 4 4 3
Brent Wilkerson DE MD 4 3 3 4
Brian Gaia OL MD 3 3 4 3
Skyler Mornhinweg QB PA 3 3 4 3
Anthony Stanko OL OH 3 3 3 3
Nyeem Wartman LB PA 3 3 3 3
Jesse James TE PA 3 3 3 3
J.P. Holtz TE PA 3 3 3 3
Austin Johnson OL NJ 3 3 NR 3
Malik Golden ATH PA 3 2 3 3
Jake Kiley CB NH 2 3 2 2
Derek Dowrey DT VA 2 2 3 3

No change for the Nittany Lions.

#4 Ohio State - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Bri'onte Dunn RB OH 4 5 4 4
Joshua Perry LB OH 4 4 4 4
Warren Ball RB OH 4 4 3 4
De'Van Bogard S OH 4 4 3 4
Pat Elflein OL OH 3 3 4 3
Jacoby Boren OL OH 3 3 3 4
Frank Epitropoulos WR OH 3 3 3 3
Blake Thomas TE OH 3 3 3 3
Roger Lewis WR OH 3 3 3 3
Luke Roberts LB OH 3 3 3 2
Tyvis Powell S OH 3 3 2 3
Najee Murray CB OH 2 3 3 3

No change for the Buckeyes.

#5 Michigan State - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Se'Von Pittman DE OH 4 4 4 4
Aaron Burbridge WR MI 4 4 4 4
Benny McGowan OL OH 3 3 4 3
Tyler O'Connor QB OH 3 3 3 4
Riley Bullough LB MI 3 3 3 3
Zach Higgins OL OH 3 3 3 3
Jamal Lyles LB MI 3 3 3 3
Josiah Price TE IN 3 3 3 3
Nick Tompkins RB GA 3 3 3 3
Kyle Kerrick WR PA 3 3 3 3
MacGarrett Kings WR FL 3 3 3 3
Jermaine Edmondson S OH 3 3 3 2
Evan Jones TE OH 3 3 NR 3
Kodi Kieler OL MI 3 3 3 3

No change for the Spartans, which includes a continued state of denial that Se'Von Pittman is a serious flight risk to Ohio State.

#6 Wisconsin - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Dan Voltz OL IL 4 4 4 4
Vince Biegel LB WI 4 4 4 4
Kyle Dodson OL OH 4 4 3 4
Vonte Jackson RB WI 4 4 3 4
Bart Houston QB CA 3 4 4 4
D.J. Singleton S NJ 3 4 4 3
Walker Williams OL WA 3 3 3 3
Hugs Etienne CB CA 3 2 3 3
Reggie Mitchell CB PA 2 2 2 3
Arthur Goldberg DT PA NR 3 2 3

No change for the Badgers. Reggie Mitchell and Arthur Goldberg both get three-star ratings from 24/7.

#7 Indiana - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Gunner Kiel QB IN 4 5 4 5
Nick Mangieri DE IL 3 3 3 3
Dan Feeney OL IL 3 3 3 3
Jordan Wallace LB IN 3 3 3 3
Kevin Davis WR IN 3 3 3 3
Adam Kranda TE IN 3 3 3 3
Wes Rogers OL IN 3 3 3 3
Mike Cotton LB IL 3 3 3 3
Shawn Heffern DE IN 3 3 3 3
Sebastian Smith S OH 3 2 NR 3
Darius Stroud LB KS 3 NR JC 3
Jason Spriggs TE IN 2 3 3 3
Tanner Kearns TE OH 2 3 2 3
Caleb Cornett WR IN 2 3 2 2
Alex Todd OL OH 2 3 2 3
Jacob Bailey OL IN 2 2 3 3
Dawson Fletcher S OH 2 2 2 2
Dante Blackmon CB GA NR NR 3 2
Jacarri Alexander LB IA NR NR JC NR

The Hoosiers add JuCo linebacker Jacarri Alexander. Dante Blackmon picks up three stars from ESPN and two stars from 24/7.

#8 Northwestern - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Adam DePietro OL PA 3 4 3 3
Greg Kuhar DT OH 3 3 3 3
Dean Lowry DE IL 3 3 3 3
Kenton Playko OL OH 3 3 3 3
Eric Olson OL MA 3 3 3 3
Jack Schwaba TE PA 3 3 3 2
Ian Park OL PA 3 3 3 3
Malin Jones RB IL 3 3 2 3
Mike McHugh WR PA 3 2 2 2
Dwight White CB TX 3 2 2 NR
Connor Mahoney OL PA 2 3 3 2
Dan Vitale S IL 2 2 2 2
Joseph Jones S PA 2 2 2 NR
Chris Fitzpatrick OL KY 2 2 2 2
Jaylen Prater LB OH NR 2 2 NR
Terrance Brown S CA NR NR NR NR

No change for the Wildcats.

#9 Iowa - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jaleel Johnson DT IL 4 4 4 4
Ryan Ward OL IL 4 3 4 3
Maurice Fleming CB IL 3 3 4 3
Ruben Lile ATH MI 3 3 3 3
Cameron Wilson WR OH 3 3 3 3
Mitch Keppy OL IL 3 3 2 3
Michael Malloy RB IA 3 3 2 3
Drew Ott DE NE 3 2 3 3
Laron Taylor LB MI 2 3 3 3
Connor Kornbrath K WV 2 3 2 2

No change for the Hawkeyes.

#10 Minnesota - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jonah Pirsig OL MN 3 4 3 4
Isaac Hayes OL MN 3 3 4 3
Jamel Harbison WR NC 3 3 4 3
Philip Nelson QB MN 3 3 2 3
Jack Lynn LB IL 3 3 2 3
Dinero Moss S FL 3 2 3 3
Dominic Twitty DT NJ 3 2 3 3
Brian Nicholson LB FL 3 2 2 2
Jordan Hinojosa DT FL 3 2 NR 3
Nick Rallis S MN 3 3 2 3
Maxx Williams TE MN 3 3 NR 3
Rodrick Williams RB TX 3 NR NR 3
Mitch Leidner QB MN 2 3 2 3
Drew Davis LB NC 2 2 3 3
Samad Hinds TE FL 2 2 3 2
Josh Ballesteros LB FL 2 2 2 2
Eric Murray CB WI 2 2 NR 2
Scott Ekpe DT TX 2 2 NR 3
Isaac Fruechte WR MN 2 2 JC 2
Barrington Morris LB FL NR 2 NR 2
Tyren Hills CB LA NR NR NR NR

The Gophers land unrated cornerback Tyren Hills, who will probably be starting next season if Saturday's game was any indication.

#11 Purdue - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jordan Shine S IN 3 3 3 3
Ryan Morris TE NJ 3 3 3 3
Austin Appleby QB OH 3 3 3 3
Jordan Roos OL TX 3 3 3 3
Jonathan Curry TE AL 3 3 3 3
Paul Griggs K NC 3 3 3 3
Aloyis Gray ATH IN 3 3 2 3
Andy Garcia LB FL 3 2 2 2
B.J. Knauf WR FL 3 3 2 3
Jimmy Herman S IN 3 3 2 3
Devin Smith OL AZ 3 3 JC NR
Steffon Martin LB AZ 3 2 JC NR
Carlos Carvajal TE NY 3 NR 3 NR
Anthony Brown CB FL 3 NR NR 3
Thomas Meadows K VA 2 NR 2 2
Jordan Woods WR MI NR 3 2 3
Danny Anthrop WR IN NR 2 2 2

The Boilermakers don't add any commits. Danny Anthrop gets a two-star rating fron ESPN.

#12 Nebraska - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Paul Thurston OL CO 4 4 4 4
Greg McMullen DE OH 4 4 3 4
Michael Rose LB MO 3 3 4 4
Jordan Westerkamp WR IL 3 4 3 4
Tommy Armstrong QB TX 3 3 3 3
Sam Cotton TE NE 3 2 3 3
Deion Jones LB LA 2 3 3 3

The Huskers, after adding their first commit in a month and a half last week, go back to doing nothing.

#13 Illinois - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Tajarvis Fuller LB FL 3 3 3 3
Cody Quinn CB OH 3 3 3 3
Joseph Spencer OL OH 3 3 3 3
Vontrell Williams DT IL 3 3 3 3
Elliot Faerber WR KS 3 3 2 2
Tyler Barton S FL 3 2 2 2
Jason Robertson WR IL 2 3 3 3
Joey Warburg OL KY 2 2 3 3
Zach Jackson S FL NR 3 3 3

No change for the Illini.

Comments

justingoblue

October 2nd, 2011 at 4:26 PM ^

What's the word on class size for 2013 if we do sign 28 this year? I count 25 RS juniors and 5 true juniors, but I don't know how many of them are scholarship athletes. Obviously I don't want to be speculating about transfers or non-renewed fifth years, but will we have anything like a full class in 2013?

Logan88

October 2nd, 2011 at 5:30 PM ^

Based on the "Depth Chart by Class" chart on this here site, I count 15 guys who will be scholarship Seniors next year (and still be on the team). I looked at the guys who will be RS Juniors in 2012 and guess that as many as 3 might not be brought back for a 5th year in 2013. That would mean UM should have 15-18 scholarships available for the 2013 class without any transfers. It will be a much smaller class than the 2012 class.

Ace

October 2nd, 2011 at 5:34 PM ^

Right now, it projects to be a smaller (~20 players) class, but it's really early to speculate, especially in the first year of a new regime—even in an Era of Good Feelings, there are bound to be players who have had their roles change and are now flight risks, both for this year and next year. Add in the fact that there could very well be players surpassed by some of the blue-chip guys in the 2012 class who will not be happy with their new roles, and I don't really think trying to pin a number on the 2013 class will be very useful right now.

bronxblue

October 2nd, 2011 at 5:15 PM ^

I continue to be amazed that ND brings in consistent top-15 classes despite having a string of feminine hygiene products for coaches and no recent history of success (save for beating a horrible Miami team in a bowl game).  

Still, liking the class so far, though hopefully they had a nice WR or RB (Dunn anyone?  After the tire-fire we saw against MSU, I can't imagine he's happy about the state of OSU's line) will be added in a couple of weeks.

MichFan1997

October 2nd, 2011 at 11:10 PM ^

but we won our most recent match-up with 2 of the 3 you listed on there. And if you're implying that Michigan isn't a power program, then it's kinda hard for Notre Dame to be one themselves seeing as they can't beat Michigan.

Finally, just because I feel like it...Navy, Air Force, Tulsa, South Florida all have what it common?

Roachgoblue

October 3rd, 2011 at 6:53 PM ^

I think he was eluding to the Irish being ranked every single every year, having their own network, and sucking terribly as far as one can remember. I am not here to tell you the team I root for is any better, but I don't rub it in your face every year. Please let go, because it's over. Enjoy the big East.

Indiana Blue

October 2nd, 2011 at 7:54 PM ^

you need to revisit yours.  nd is overrated in the polls 9 out of every 10 years (yep 90% of the time).  Your current coach is guilty of unintentional manslaughter, and then turned the blind eye on Floyd (who didn't need a senior season to go pro) so he could win games.  He has no class and will ultimately be fired for lack of ethics and oh yeah ... losing.  Remember when it was "Catholics vs. Convicts" back in day ... now nd has becaome "Catholic Convicts"

Go Blue!

magnus_caerulus (not verified)

October 2nd, 2011 at 11:07 PM ^

If the reports are true that we can back date thee to four signees, I really hope we can get to 28. We could truly have a tremendous class of tough recruits.