Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 12-12-10

Submitted by Tim on December 12th, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Action since last rankings:

12-5-10 Indiana loses commitment from Raymon Taylor.
12-6-10 Purdue gains commitment from Akeem Shavers. Michigan State gains commitment from Damon Knox. Wisconsin loses commitment from Bennett Okotcha, Notre Dame gains commitment from Bennett Okotcha. Nebraska gains commitment from Givens Price. Michigan loses commitment from Shawn Conway.
12-8-10 Penn State gains commitment from Ben Kline.
12-12-10 Illinois gains commitment from Jordan Frysinger.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 18 5.76 3.78 79.17
2 Notre Dame 19 5.68 3.47 78.68
3 Nebraska 18 5.70 3.39 78.53*
4 Michigan State 17 5.64 3.24 76.71
5 Wisconsin 20 5.60 2.85 72.00
6 Michigan 12 5.68 3.42 78.42
7 Indiana 19 5.53 2.68 75.16
8 Iowa 15 5.59 2.93 76.53
9 Northwestern 11 5.55 2.73 77.09
10 Minnesota 15 5.53 2.60 73.87
11 Illinois 19 5.43 2.47 70.21
12 Penn State 7 5.50 2.75 75.86
13 Purdue 11 5.44 2.00 72.60*

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 - 18 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Michael Bennett DT OH 6.0 4 80
Braxton Miller QB OH 6.0 5 82
Kenny Hayes DE OH 5.9 4 79
Steve Miller DE OH 5.8 5 84
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
DerJuan Gambrell CB OH 5.7 4 77
Devin Smith WR OH 5.7 4 78
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 for the Buckeyes.

#2 Notre Dame - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Stephon Tuitt DE GA 6.0 4 80
Matt Hegarty OL NM 5.9 4 83
Ben Koyack TE PA 5.9 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
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
Brad Carrico OL OH 5.6 3 77
Cam McDaniel RB TX 5.6 3 77
Bennett Okotcha CB TX 5.6 3 76
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 steal Bennett Okotcha from Wisconsin.

#3 Nebraska - 18 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Aaron Green RB FL 5.9 5 85
Tyler Moore OL FL 5.9 4 78
Bubba Starling QB KS 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB TX 5.8 4 81
Charles Jackson CB 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
David Santos LB TX 5.8 3 79
Zach Sterup OL NE 5.8 3 78
Daimion Stafford S CA 5.8 3 NR
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
Nicklas Sade K NC 5.4 3 78
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76

Givens Price switches from the Rice Owls to 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
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
Joel Heath DE OH 5.6 4 76
Jack Allen OL IL 5.6 3 78
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 3 78
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

No change.

#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
Ray Ball OL OH 5.5 3 77
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Trayion Durham RB OH 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 2 75

Badgers lose Bennett Okotcha to Notre Dame.

#6 Michigan - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Demetrius Hart RB FL 6.0 4 80
Justice Hayes RB MI 5.9 4 79
Brennen Beyer DE MI 5.8 4 79
Kellen Jones LB TX 5.7 4 79
Jake Fisher OL MI 5.7 4 77
Dallas Crawford CB FL 5.7 3 80
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
Greg Brown CB OH 5.5 3 77
Antonio Kinard LB OH 5.5 3 77

The hits keep coming, as Shawn Conway will not qualify and instead is going to Grand Rapids CC next season.

#7 Indiana - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 3 76
Cody Latimer WR OH 5.7 2 73
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
Tre Roberson QB IN 5.6 2 76
Forisse Hardin S KY 5.6 3 74
Bernard Taylor OL MI 5.5 3 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
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

Hoosiers lose their top commit in corner Raymon Taylor.

#8 Iowa - 15 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 5.8 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
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
Austin Vincent WR TX 5.4 2 73

No change.

#9 Northwestern - 11 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
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 5.3 2 77

No change.

#10 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 5.6 3 77
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 75
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN 5.5 2 74
Russell Haughton-James OL FL 5.5 2 74
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 3 74
Cameron Brown WR TX 5.5 2 74
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX 5.5 2 NR

No change.

#11 Illinois - 19 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
Ralph Cooper LB SC 5.5 2 78
Tyler Marcordes ATH IL 5.5 2 65
Scott McDowell OL IL 5.4 3 75
Ted Karras OL IN 5.4 2 77
Marquise Mosley WR TX 5.4 2 74
JT Thornton CB FL 5.4 2 77
Daniel Rhodes TE NC 5.4 2 73
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Justin DuVernois K FL NR 2 70
Henry Dickinson LB TN NR 2 NR
Jordan Frysinger WR NY NR NR NR

Jordan Frysinger, an unranked wideout (who chose football at Illinois over lacrosse at Johns Hopkins, which is an... interesting choice) picks the Illini.

#12 Penn State - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Shawn Oakman DE PA 5.8 4 77
Angelo Mangiro OL NJ 5.7 4 81
Ben Kline LB PA 5.7 3 78
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 NR 76
Anthony Alosi OL NJ NR NR 70

Lions pick up Ben Kline, capitalizing on Pitt's coaching change. Zanellato picks up a ranking of 76 from ESPN.

#13 Purdue - 11 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
Akeem Hunt RB GA 5.5 3 75
Michael Rouse DT IL 5.5 2 73
AJ King WR FL 5.5 NR 75
Doug Gentry RB TX 5.5 NR 76
Shane Mikesky WR IN 5.5 NR 73
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 2 NR
Akeem Shavers RB TX NR NR NR

No change.

Comments

Go Blue Eyes

December 12th, 2010 at 8:16 PM ^

Even if Harbaugh does come who is to say that he won't run the spread and players like Hart will keep their commitment with Michigan? 

We could even see a few commits to Standford switching over to Michigan.  I would have to believe a commit to Stanford is going to realize that Stanford will not be the same without Harbaugh and Michigan is indeed a team on the rise.

UMMAN83

December 13th, 2010 at 10:20 AM ^

I thought he was a life long UM man.  Now the talk is he will commit to sparty if RR is gone.  So he would rather be green and play for MD then be blue, continue to be a Michigan guy and play for another coach.  By the way, if there is a new coach, he probably won't be chopped liver.  Don't get this logic.  Should we stop supporting UM because the coach changes.  A coaching change may be something to consider as a QB or slot guy  .... but a DLineman ???

J.Swift

December 13th, 2010 at 3:22 PM ^

He has been hedging his bets for most of the season, even before the current blog uproar about Dave Brandon said he'd make no decision until after the bowl game.  Hard to know of course but I follow the blog closely and have sensed that Zettle's cooled on Michigan partly because he wanted to see how RR fared, and partly because MSU has put together a great season.  He's commented that he likes their coaches.  Even if RR stays as our coach, I would not bank on Zettle becoming a Wolverine.

goblubigguy

December 14th, 2010 at 5:20 PM ^

That, and here come a lot of "ifs."  If RR was pushed out, then DB would have only taken such action if JH is committed to UM and becomes the new UM Head Football Coach.  If a kid was a life long UM fan and Jimmy Harbaugh became the new head coach, then don't you think that the kid would then really really look forward to the UM experience?

Of course, 18-year old kids are impressionable for different reasons.

Go Blue!

TrppWlbrnID

December 13th, 2010 at 10:33 AM ^

i am sure you do this every week, but can you clarify how michigan is ranked 6th when they have the third highest average in rivals and scout, and the 4th highest  on espn?  seems like some people see 6 and open the window and move to the ledge.  please talk us down.