Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 5-1-11

Submitted by Tim on May 1st, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Yet another new Wolverine, and we're on the front page again. Action since last rankings:

4-27-11 Ohio State gains commitment from Frank Epitropoulos.
4-29-11 Michigan gains commitment from Joe Bolden.
4-30-11 Michigan State gains commitments from Benny McGowan, Zach Higgins, and Riley Bullough.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Watchlist Scout Avg ESPN Watchlist 24/7 Avg
1 Ohio State 6 4 4.00 3 3.50
2 Michigan 7 1 3.57 3 2.57
3 Notre Dame 5 2 3.40 2 2.60
4 Penn State 6 1 3.17 1 3.17
5 Wisconsin 3 2 3.67 2 4.00
6 Minnesota 3 1 3.00 1 1.00
7 Michigan State 3 0 3.00 1 2.00
8 Northwestern 2 1 3.00 0 2.00
9 Nebraska 1 0 3.00 1 1.00
t-10 Iowa 1 0 1.00 0 1.00
t-10 Illinois 1 0 1.00 0 1.00
t-10 Purdue 1 0 1.00 0 1.00
13 Indiana 0 - - - -

All rankings will be on the 5-star scale this year (when available) for easier comparing across services. Full data after the jump.

#1 Ohio State - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Bri'onte Dunn RB OH 250* 5 150* 4
Kyle Kalis OL OH 250* 5 150* 4
Joshua Perry LB OH 250* 4 150* 4
Warren Ball RB OH 250* 4 NR 4
Jacoby Boren OL OH NR 3 NR 4
Frank Epitropoulos WR OH NR 3 NR NR

Frank Epitropoulos. What a great name. I think I'm going to go eat a gyro.

#2 Michigan - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Royce Jenkins-Stone LB MI 250* 4 150* 4
Devin Funchess TE MI NR 4 150* 4
Joe Bolden LB OH NR 4 150* 4
Kaleb Ringer LB OH NR 4 NR NR
Ben Braden OL MI NR 3 NR 3
Caleb Stacey OL OH NR 3 NR NR
AJ Williams TE OH NR 3 NR NR

Wolverines continue to add pieces. Joe Bolden gives them the largest commitment list in the conference.

#3 Notre Dame - 5 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Ronald Darby CB MD 250* 5 150* 4
Tee Shepard CB CA 250* 4 150* 4
Nick Baratti S TX NR 4 NR 3
Taylor Decker OL OH NR 4 NR NR
Scott Daly LS IL NR NR NR NR

No change for ND.

#4 Penn State - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jarron Jones DT NY 250* 5 150* 5
Camren Williams LB MA NR 4 150* 4
Anthony Stanko OL OH NR 3 NR 4
Brent Wilkerson DE MD NR 3 NR 4
Jamil Pollard DT NJ NR 3 NR NR
Jesse James TE PA NR NR NR NR

Jarron Jones is listed as a soft commit by all services (straight from his own mouth).

#5 Wisconsin - 3 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Dan Voltz OL IL 250* 4 150* 4
Vince Biegel LB WI 250* 4 150* 4
Vonte Jackson RB WI NR 3 NR 4

The Badgers don't have many pieces, but the guys they do have are guru-approved.

#6 Minnesota - 3 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Andre McDonald WR MN 250* 3 150* NR
Philip Nelson QB MN NR 3 NR NR
Maxx Williams TE MN NR 3 NR NR

Gophers stay ahead of Michigan State by virtue of the only Rivals watchlist guy between the two schools.

#7 Michigan State - 3 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Benny McGowan OL OH NR 3 150* NR
Riley Bullough LB MI NR 3 NR 3
Zach Higgins OL OH NR 3 NR NR

Spartans pick up three prospects at their spring game. It'll be interesting to see if Benny McGowan can help Mark Dantonio's crew land his teammate, top DE Ifeadi Odenigbo.

#8 Northwestern - 2 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Malin Jones RB IL 250* 3 NR 3
Kenton Playko OL OH NR 3 NR NR

Having a watchlist guy this early in the class is a win for Northwestern.

#9 Nebraska - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Michael Rose LB MO NR 3 150* NR

Nothing new for Nebraska.

t-#10 Iowa - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Mitch Keppy OL IL NR NR NR NR

An offensive lineman kicks off Iowa's class.

t-#10 Illinois - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Elliot Faerber WR KS NR 3 NR NR

Unrated WR starts Illinois's class.

t-#10 Purdue - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jordan Shine S IN NR NR NR NR

In-state commit for the Boilers.

Indiana is the reverse-champion this year, taking the longest to receive any commitments.

Comments

gajensen

May 1st, 2011 at 10:11 AM ^

Are there any five star recruits that we have offered and have a shot at?

We're already off to such a great start that I wouldn't have believed possible in January, but I can only imagine the class we could pull together with the momentum generated by a few five star commits.  Damn you, Zeke Pike.

robb0226

May 1st, 2011 at 10:35 AM ^

Now once Dunn drops off and falls to us we'll move on up to #1.    But really, let's just keep the commitments coming.  A top 10 class would be wonderful!

Hyphen

May 1st, 2011 at 12:03 PM ^

I was wondering about this guy because I haven't seen too much information about him on the board other than the post from TomVH. What has given you the impression that we might be in good position to land him? /genuine curiosity

MI Expat NY

May 2nd, 2011 at 10:23 AM ^

It's possible (probable?) that Michigan already has a couple.  Scout hasn't given all of their 5 star ratings yet, and with the number 2 and 3 rated MLB in the fold, there's a decent chance that one of them, if not both, will receive a fifth star before signing day.

jls1144

May 1st, 2011 at 12:36 PM ^

So CBarnett2011 twitter is tweeting w/ tomvh about a recruit

 

Maybe Pike has had a change of mind.  See below....

 

chris barnett

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@ @ @ kentucky in my eyes lol
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chris barnett

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@ @ i have belief in a kid from kentucky
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chris barnett

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@ @ @ im saying the week following the 7th of may or the 14th

Magnus

May 1st, 2011 at 1:36 PM ^

Michigan's average star ranking right now (3.57) would have been good enough for #8 on Rivals or #9 on Scout in the class of 2011.