Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 12-4-11

Submitted by Ace on December 4th, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Michigan gets a commit as I'm writing this, which is always pretty cool. There's a fair amount of movement this week (OK, two weeks, as I was foolish enough to think I'd do mid-week rankings after Rivals finished their re-ranks) thanks to a few decommits and Rivals coming out with new rankings. Action since last rankings:

11-20-11: Pharaoh Brown removed from Michigan commit list.
11-22-11: Ohio State picks up Adolphus Washington.
11-24-11: Illinois picks up Dami Ayoola.
11-27-11: Ohio State picks up Ricquan Southward.
11-29-11: Minnesota picks up Alex Keith.
12-1-11: J.P. Holtz decommits from Penn State.
12-2-11: Deion Jones decommits from Nebraska.
12-4-11: Michigan picks up Amara Darboh.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 24 3.50 3.63 3.33 3.54 3.50
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 21 2.57 2.38 2.53* 2.52 2.50
9 Northwestern 18 2.56 2.50 2.33 2.50 2.47
10 Minnesota 23 2.48 2.39 2.19* 2.48 2.38
11 Iowa 12 3.00 2.67 2.92 2.92 2.88
12 Illinois 14 2.79 2.64 2.64 2.79 2.71
13 Nebraska 7 3.57 3.14 3.50* 3.57 3.44

*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 - 24 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
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 4 3 3
Sione Houma FB UT 3 3 2 3
Drake Johnson RB MI 3 3 2 3

The Wolverines pick up a commitment from receiver Amara Darboh. Pharaoh Brown removed from Michigan's commit list after visiting Oregon. Kyle Kalis gets five stars and Drake Johnson three stars from Rivals.

#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

Ohio State adds Adolphus Washington and Ricquan Southward. Najee Murray picks up a third star from Rivals, while Luke Roberts gets his third star from 24/7.

#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

Tight end J.P. Holtz decommits from the Nittany Lions. Brent Wilkerson downgraded from a four- to a three-star by Rivals.

#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

Reggie Love gets a three-star rating from Rivals.

#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

Jamal Lyles gets a fourth star from Rivals.

#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

Danny Anthrop and Greg Latta each earn three-star ratings from Rivals.

#8 Indiana - 21 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
Dante Blackmon CB GA 3 NR 3 2
Jacarri Alexander LB IA 3 3 JC 2
Shaine Boyle CB CA 3 NR JC NR
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
Tregg Waters S AZ 2 NR JC NR
David Cooper LB KS NR NR JC NR

Jacarri Alexander, Dante Blackmon, and Shaine Boyle get three stars and Tregg Waters two stars from Rivals. Thanks to the boost in ratings and having three more commits, Indiana (barely) jumps Northwestern in the overall rankings.

#9 Northwestern - 18 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

Greg Kuhar gets a fourth star, Eric Wilson and Terrance Brown three stars, and Jaylen Prater two from Rivals. Wilson also gets a three-star rating from ESPN.

#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

The Gophers pick up Adam Keith. Barrington Morris gets three stars from Rivals and two from ESPN, while Rodrick Williams gets two stars from Scout and Scott Ekpe two from ESPN.

#11 Iowa - 12 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
Daumantas Venckus DE FL 3 NR 3 2
Greg Mabin WR FL 3 NR 2 3
Laron Taylor LB MI 2 3 3 3
Connor Kornbrath K WV 2 3 2 2

Daumantas Vanckus gets three stars from Rivals and ESPN.

#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

The Illini pick up consensus three-star running back Dami Ayoola. Zach Jackson gets three stars from Rivals while Ryan Frain and Lamar Atkins each get two. Atkins also snags a two-star rating from 24/7.

#13 Nebraska - 7 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
Sam Cotton TE NE 3 2 3 3

Nebraska drops even further behind the pack as linebacker Deion Jones decommits and flips to LSU. Jordan Westerkamp and Zaire Anderson get four-star rankings from Rivals.

Comments

elaydin

December 5th, 2011 at 11:11 AM ^

I think Nebraska should be higher.  They could fill their class out with a bunch of 2 and 3 starts and still end up with a higher average than the 6 teams above them.

Not knowing anything about who they're after, it doesn't seem out of the question to see them finish at #5, once Pittman goes from MSU to OSU and PSU loses more recruits.

dahblue

December 5th, 2011 at 3:11 PM ^

It would suck to be Sparty. They have two of their best seasons and can't turn that into any recruiting success. Add to that the pain of losing their star QB, top 2 WRs, top TE, top O-line, top D-line and one from the secondary. No wonder they're so salty about missing the BCS. The Last Chance Express has left the station.

dahblue

December 5th, 2011 at 4:14 PM ^

There are indeed some of those kids, but there are also higher rated recruited like 5* Gholston, 4* Bullough, 4* Thomas, 4* Baker, 4* Norman.  I imagine the goal (of a program developing "diamonds in the rough") is to turn that success into rough diamonds and 4/5* players as well.  Beilein would fit that pattern - beginning with Novak types and now working toward Little Dawg and McGary.  MSU, however, is winning games but getting skunked on the recruiting trail.

elaydin

December 5th, 2011 at 5:28 PM ^

Sparty isn't playing the same game as Michigan, ND and OSU.  They'll never consistently out recruit those three. What you see this year out of MSU is a good class for an Iowa/Wisconsin/MSU type program.  You can strink MSU like classes together, add a little luck and maybe make a run (see Ok. State), but there's certainly less margin for error.