Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 3-7

Submitted by Tim on March 7th, 2010 at 7:57 PM

There have been a lot of requests for this to become a recurring feature (as it was on Varsity Blue), so I'll post the rankings weekly in the diaries, and frontpage it occasionally. The team rankings are very rough estimates until the services have released more full individual grades.

Action since last rankings:

3-5-10 Illinois gains commitment from Hunter Wells. Michigan State gains commitment from Lawrence Thomas.

Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # of Commits Rivals 250 Scout Average ESPN 150
1 Ohio State 2 2 4.00 2
2 Minnesota 2 1 3.50 2
3 Michigan State 2 1 3.00 1
4 Michigan 3 1 1.67 2
5 Illinois 1 0 1.00 0
6 Northwestern 1 0 1.00 0
7 Indiana 0 0 0 0
8 Iowa 0 0 0 0
9 Notre Dame 0 0 0 0
10 Penn State 0 0 0 0
11 Purdue 0 0 0 0
12 Wisconsin 0 0 0 0

I'll only make charts for the teams that currently have commits. Rivals 250 means that a given prospect is on the Rivals 250 to Watch, and ESPN 150 means that a prospect is on the Watch List for the ESPNU 150. Scout ratings are on the 5-star scale.

#1 Ohio State - 2 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Steve Miller DE 250 4 150*
Kenny Hayes DE 250 4 150*

The Buckeyes start their recruiting class with a couple bigtime defensive ends.

#2 Minnesota - 2 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL 250 3 150*
Calvin Phillips RB NR 4 150*

Minnesota has a solid beginning - for now.

#3 Michigan State - 2 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB 250 5 150*
Onaje Miller RB/Ath NR 1 45

The state's top prospect picks the Spartans.

#4 Michigan - 3 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Delonte Hollowell CB 250 3 150*
Greg Brown CB NR 1 150*
Shawn Conway WR
NR 1 45

Michigan's first three prospects are not super-heralded at this point.

#5 Illinois - 1 Commit
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Hunter Wells OL NR 1 45

Illinois gets a big in-stater to start off the class.

#6 Northwestern - 1 Commit
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Jarrell Williams CB NR 1 40

Northwestern holds steady with one prospect.

Comments

wolverine7

March 8th, 2010 at 12:41 PM ^

I don't think that Minnesota is going to stay up there for long. And i think Delonte Howell should be rated a Four start too. Does anyone have any highlight videos of these guys?

Voltron

March 8th, 2010 at 7:04 PM ^

This is a stupid discussion. This early in the year only the top handful of players get star rankings, so until later on all this one star vs. five star stuff is irrelevant. The rankings will change soooooo much by next fall, and a 250 watch list player could end up being a 5-star or a 2-star. Plus, there aren't really all that many commits to compare and contrast. It's ok to talk about this I guess, but please don't put any weight into this list because its way too early to be ranking classes.

A side note though, I think Conway has a shot to be higher than a 3 star if he goes to camps and combines (which is what makes up about 90% of star rankings anyway. online recruiting rankings are very much a political process)