Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 12-11-11

Submitted by Ace on December 11th, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Michigan loses a commit, Indiana loses two, and otherwise there isn't much going on this week. The most notable commitment is four-star DE Faith Ekakitie going to Iowa. Action since last rankings:

11-28-11: David Cooper decommits from Indiana.
12-6-11: Dante Blackmon decommits from Indiana. Northwestern picks up Andrew Scanlan.
12-7-11: Iowa picks up Faith Ekakitie.
12-8-11: Anthony Standifer decommits from Michigan. Nebraska picks up Thomas Brown.
12-11-11: Iowa picks up Kevin Buford.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 23 3.52 3.65 3.35 3.57 3.52
2 Notre Dame 15 3.40 3.73 3.47 3.47 3.52
3 Ohio State 16 3.38 3.50 3.25 3.50 3.41
4 Penn State 14 3.14 3.36 3.14 3.29 3.23
5 Wisconsin 12 3.42 3.33 3.17 3.50 3.35
6 Michigan State 15 3.13 3.20 2.93 3.13 3.10
7 Purdue 21 2.90 2.48 2.67* 2.81 2.71
8 Indiana 19 2.74 2.53 2.59* 2.79 2.66
9 Northwestern 18 2.47 2.42 2.32 2.42 2.41
10 Minnesota 23 2.48 2.39 2.19* 2.48 2.38
11 Iowa 14 3.00 2.79 3.00 3.00 2.95
12 Illinois 14 2.79 2.64 2.64 2.79 2.71
13 Nebraska 8 3.50 3.13 3.43* 3.50 3.39

*ESPN doesn't rate JuCos, so they are counted as unranked recruits for the sake of consistency (trust me, it makes sense when you look at the spreadsheet).
^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 - 23 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Kyle Kalis OL OH 5 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
Amara Darboh WR IA 4 4 3 4
Tom Strobel DE OH 4 4 3 4
Ondre Pipkins DT MO 4 4 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 3 3 3
Matt Godin DE MI 3 3 3 4
Ben Braden OL MI 3 3 3 3
Jeremy Clark S KY 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 4 3 3
Sione Houma FB UT 3 3 2 3
Drake Johnson RB MI 3 3 2 3

The Wolverines and Anthony Standifer "go their separate ways," leaving Michigan with 23 commits in the class.

#2 Notre Dame - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jarron Jones DT NY 4 4 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
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

No change for the Irish.

#3 Ohio State - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Adolphus Washington DE OH 4 5 4 5
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
Michael Thomas WR VA 4 4 3 3
Najee Murray CB OH 3 4 3 3
Pat Elflein OL OH 3 3 4 3
Jacoby Boren OL OH 3 3 3 4
Cardale Jones QB 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 3
Ricquan Southward WR FL 3 2 4 3
Tyvis Powell S OH 3 3 2 3

No change for the Buckeyes.

#4 Penn State - 14 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
Eugene Lewis WR PA 4 4 4 4
Armani Reeves CB MA 4 4 4 4
Brent Wilkerson DE MD 3 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
Austin Johnson OL NJ 3 3 NR 3
Malik Golden ATH PA 3 3 3 3
Jake Kiley CB NH 2 3 2 2
Derek Dowrey DT VA 2 3 3 3

No change for the Nittany Lions.

#5 Wisconsin - 12 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
J.J. Denman OL PA 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
Arthur Goldberg DT PA 3 3 2 3
Hugs Etienne CB CA 3 2 3 3
Reggie Love WR FL 3 2 2 3
Reggie Mitchell CB PA 2 2 2 3

No change for the Badgers.

#6 Michigan State - 15 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
Jamal Lyles LB MI 4 4 3 3
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
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
Kodi Kieler OL MI 3 3 3 3
Evan Jones TE OH 3 3 NR 3
Ezra Robinson CB FL 3 3 NR 3

No change for the Spartans.

#7 Purdue - 21 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
Dion Witty CB FL 3 2 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
Cameron Cermin OL TX 3 2 3 3
B.J. Knauf WR FL 3 3 2 3
Jimmy Herman S IN 3 3 2 3
Devin Smith OL AZ 3 3 JC 3
Steffon Martin LB AZ 3 2 JC 3
Carlos Carvajal TE NY 3 3 3 3
Anthony Brown CB FL 3 2 2 3
Danny Anthrop WR IN 3 2 2 2
Greg Latta DE CA 3 2 JC NR
Cameron Posey WR FL 3 NR 2 3
Thomas Meadows K VA 2 2 2 2
Jordan Woods WR MI 2 3 2 3

No change for the Boilermakers.

#8 Indiana - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
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
Jacarri Alexander LB IA 3 3 JC 2
Shaine Boyle CB CA 3 NR JC 3
Darius Stroud LB KS 3 NR JC 3
Jason Spriggs TE IN 3 3 3 3
Caleb Cornett WR IN 3 3 2 2
Tanner Kearns TE OH 2 3 2 3
Alex Todd OL OH 2 3 2 3
Jacob Bailey OL IN 2 2 3 3
Dawson Fletcher S OH 2 2 2 2
Tregg Waters S AZ 2 NR JC 2

The Hoosiers lose two commits in Dante Blackmon and David Cooper.

#9 Northwestern - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Greg Kuhar DT OH 4 3 3 3
Adam DePietro OL PA 3 4 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
Eric Wilson WR MI 3 3 3 3
Malin Jones RB IL 3 3 2 3
Traveon Henry RB FL 3 3 2 3
Terrance Brown S CA 3 2 2 3
Mike McHugh WR PA 3 2 2 2
Dwight White CB TX 3 2 2 2
Connor Mahoney OL PA 2 3 3 2
Dan Vitale S IL 2 2 2 2
Joseph Jones S PA 2 2 2 3
Chris Fitzpatrick OL KY 2 2 2 2
Jaylen Prater LB OH 2 2 2 3
Andrew Scanlan WR PA NR NR 2 NR

The Wildcats pick up a commitment from PA WR Andrew Scanlan.

#10 Minnesota - 23 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
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 2 NR 3
Barrington Morris LB FL 3 2 2 2
James Gillum RB MS 3 2 JC NR
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 2 3
Isaac Fruechte WR MN 2 2 JC 2
Jeremy Baltazar CB TX 2 NR JC NR
Tyren Hills CB LA NR 2 NR 2
Adam Keith DE MO NR NR 2 NR

No change for the Gophers.

#11 Iowa - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Faith Ekakitie DE IL 4 4 4 4
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
Daumantas Venckus DE FL 3 NR 3 2
Greg Mabin WR FL 3 NR 2 3
Laron Taylor LB MI 2 3 3 3
Kevin Buford CB MI 2 3 3 3
Connor Kornbrath K WV 2 3 2 2

The Hawkeyes pick up commitments from consensus four-star Faith Ekakitie and former Toledo commit Kevin Buford.

#12 Illinois - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Keith Brown LB FL 4 4 4 4
Dami Ayoola RB FL 3 3 3 3
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
Zach Jackson S FL 3 3 3 3
Elliot Faerber WR KS 3 3 2 2
Robert Bain OL IL 3 3 2 3
Tyler Barton S FL 3 2 2 2
Jason Robertson WR IL 2 3 3 3
Joey Warburg OL KY 2 2 3 3
Ryan Frain K IN 2 NR 2 2
Lamar Atkins LB FL 2 NR NR 2

No change for the Illini.

#13 Nebraska - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Paul Thurston OL CO 4 4 4 4
Greg McMullen DE OH 4 3 3 4
Jordan Westerkamp WR IL 4 4 3 4
Zaire Anderson LB CA 4 2 JC 3
Michael Rose LB MO 3 3 4 4
Tommy Armstrong QB TX 3 3 3 3
Thomas Brown LB CA 3 3 3 3
Sam Cotton TE NE 3 2 3 3

Nebraska picks up three-star LB Thomas Brown.

Comments

biakabutuka ex…

December 11th, 2011 at 3:35 PM ^

Overall I'm very pleased with this weekly report, but this is something I've wondered for a long time.

Is there any explanation as to how each class is ranked? If it's, say, # of recruits * avg avg, it would be interesting to see that number as well. When I see a sorted chart I prefer to see the number it's being sorted by.

justingoblue

December 11th, 2011 at 6:46 PM ^

I've been wondering this too. The best example from the top of the chart is Ohio. Ceteris paribus, do they pass ND with one more five star? Do they drop below PSU if they lose Dunn? Also, with the size of our current class (isn't OSU primed for a small class?) plus the makeup we have so far, are we untouchable at number one barring a mass exodus? Is it even possible for ND/OSU to pass us?

elaydin

December 11th, 2011 at 7:07 PM ^

Not knowing how many more players each school could take, it certainly seems possible, given that:

1) ND and OSU probably have a higher percentage of open slots compared to Michigan

2) Most undecideds at this point tend to be 4/5 stars

You could easily see a scenario where ND and/or OSU raise their average to over 3.8 stars.

MGoUberBlue

December 11th, 2011 at 4:35 PM ^

Would it be reasonable to expect him to pick up a 4th star in the final rankings due to the season accomplishments and state awards?

The ESPN 2-ball certainly should take a hike upward.

go16blue

December 11th, 2011 at 6:16 PM ^

I don't see him getting a 4th star. While he did have fantastic stats, he got them by running the ball 40 times per game and being really fast - he doesn't have close to all of the tools necessary to carry over that success to the next level. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get a 3rd star from ESPN, though.

bronxblue

December 11th, 2011 at 9:27 PM ^

Any news on Schutt potentially flipping from PSU to Ohio?  I read that he apparently wanted to change after his visit this weekend.  Seems like a nice get for Ohio if it happens, but of course this is internet chatter.

Bo is God

December 11th, 2011 at 10:04 PM ^

However you spell his last name, his kid is a three star with Penn State. I remember seeing him running around At summer camps when his dad was ruining the Lions. Would love to see him start at the Big House and get crushed.

aroberts36

December 12th, 2011 at 10:50 AM ^

For decommits is there a way to include them in the tables but maybe in a different color? That way their rankings and spot in the class can be seen instead of having to go back and look them up. 

Thanks

Jon06

December 13th, 2011 at 12:08 PM ^

seems like they should be ahead of northwestern on quality, even if behind minnesota on quantity (which also raises the minnesota vs northwestern question).