Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 5-29-11

Submitted by Tim on May 29th, 2011 at 9:05 AM

For the first time in approximately forever, the Wolverines do not have a new commit. Action since last rankings:

5-22-11 Indiana gains commitment from Dion Witty.
5-24-11 Indiana loses commitment from Dion Witty. Also: HALOL.
5-26-11 Notre Dame gains commitment from CJ Prosise.
5-27-11 Notre Dame gains commitment from Deontay Greenberry.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Watchlist 24/7 Avg
1 Michigan 12 2.25 3.58 6 3.08
2 Ohio State 7 2.71 3.57 3 3.14
3 Penn State 8 2.88 3.25 4 3.00
4 Notre Dame 9 2.33 3.44 4 2.89
5 Wisconsin 4 3.75 3.75 3 4.00
6 Minnesota 3 2.00 3.00 1 2.33
7 Northwestern 4 1.50 2.50 0 1.50
8 Michigan State 4 1.00 2.50 1 1.50
9 Nebraska 2 1.00 3.00 1 2.50
10 Illinois 2 1.00 2.00 0 1.00
11 Purdue 1 1.00 1.00 0 3.00
12 Iowa 1 1.00 1.00 0 1.00
13 Indiana 1 1.00 1.00 0 1.00

Rivals has released their initial rankings, so instead of watchlist guys, I'm going on the 5-star system for them. Remember, currently-unranked prospects by any service receive 1 star.

Full data after the jump.

#1 Michigan - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Royce Jenkins-Stone LB MI 4 4 150* 4
James Ross LB MI 4 4 150* 4
Joe Bolden LB OH 4 4 150* 4
Terry Richardson CB MI 4 4 150* 4
Pharaoh Brown DE OH 4 3 NR 4
Devin Funchess TE MI NR 4 150* 4
Mario Ojemudia DE MI NR 4 150* 3
Kaleb Ringer LB OH NR 4 NR NR
Matt Godin DE MI NR 3 NR 4
Ben Braden OL MI NR 3 NR 3
Caleb Stacey OL OH NR 3 NR NR
AJ Williams TE OH NR 3 NR NR

Michigan has the largest class in the league, and their averages will be helped bigtime when Rivals and 24/7 finally get around to ranking the rest of their prospects. Wolverines hoping for more commits very soon.

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

No change for Ohio State.

#3 Penn State - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jarron Jones DT NY 4 5 150* 5
Camren Williams LB MA 4 4 150* 4
JJ Denman OL PA 4 4 150* 4
Brent Wilkerson DE MD 4 3 NR 4
Jamil Pollard DT NJ 4 3 NR NR
Brian Gaia OL MD NR 3 150* NR
Anthony Stanko OL OH NR 3 NR 4
Jesse James TE PA NR NR NR NR

No change for Penn State.

#4 Notre Dame - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Ronald Darby CB MD 4 5 150* 4
Tee Shepard CB CA 4 4 150* 4
Deontay Greenberry WR CA 4 4 NR 4
Taylor Decker OL OH 4 4 NR NR
Nick Baratti S TX NR 4 NR 3
Justin Ferguson WR FL NR 3 150* 3
Mark Harrell OL NC NR 3 150* 3
CJ Prosise S VA NR 3 NR 3
Scott Daly LS IL NR NR NR NR

Though the Irish pick up two commits, they still have lower averages than Penn State, and inertia keeps them behind for now.

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

No change for Wisconsin.

#6 Minnesota - 3 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Andre McDonald WR MN 4 3 150* 3
Philip Nelson QB MN NR 3 NR 3
Maxx Williams TE MN NR 3 NR NR

No change for Minnesota.

#7 Northwestern - 4 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Malin Jones RB IL 3 3 NR 3
Kenton Playko OL OH NR 3 NR NR
Ian Park OL PA NR 3 NR NR
Joseph Jones S PA NR NR NR NR

Wildcats barely ahead of Michigan State.

#8 Michigan State - 4 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
Evan Jones TE OH NR NR NR NR

No change for MSU. Another instate prospect with a Spartan offer has picked Michigan.

#9 Nebraska - 2 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Michael Rose LB MO NR 3 150* NR
Jordan Westerkamp WR IL NR 3 NR 4

No change.

#10 Illinois - 2 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Elliot Faerber WR KS NR 3 NR NR
Jason Richardson WR IL NR NR NR NR

Nothing new for Illini.

#11 Purdue - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jordan Shine S IN NR NR NR 3

No change for the Boilers.

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

No change for Iowa.

The Hoosiers finally joined the commitment party, but Dion Witty decommitted within two days of pledging to Indiana.

Comments

TrppWlbrnID

May 29th, 2011 at 9:52 AM ^

In indiana's issues right now. That would suck to be a fan of that, new coach, fixed up stadium, same old program. I am looking forward to the days if not competing with them in the standings again.

ryebreadboy

May 29th, 2011 at 10:15 AM ^

I thoroughly enjoyed the inclusion of "Also: HALOL".

Also, if and when the inevitable sledgehammer hits OSU, what are the chances Kyle Kalis takes a look around as Dunn is currently doing?  Or is he a diehard Buckeye?  Or do we not even care because we are in on a plethora of top-flight OLs?

elaydin

May 29th, 2011 at 1:33 PM ^

interesting article from the Dispatch about the effect of OSU's trouble on recruiting.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2011/05/29/scandals-effect-on-recruiting-hard-to-gauge.html?sid=101

Doesn't sound like Dunn is waivering as much as previously thought (and I've seen similar interviews with him elsewhere).

Net:  recruits are taking a wait and see approach.

 

CalifExile

May 31st, 2011 at 2:16 AM ^

This was amusing:

 

"Not with the kids around here," said Ron Johnson, the Canton McKinley coach, who has a heavily pursued defensive lineman, Se'Von Pittman. "What happens is the guys are always going to judge the value and integrity of a coach and a program as you know it right now. There's such a respect factor for that program and coach Tressel that's so well-established. That's not going to waver."

 

m83econ

May 29th, 2011 at 11:02 AM ^

is not exactly a solid commit for them either.  clearly below Nebraksa without JJ.  Speaking of the Huskers - kinda dicey backup QB situation for them, isn't it?

 

JohnnyV123

May 30th, 2011 at 12:50 AM ^

Penn State really recovered after a slow start and landed some big recruits. Of course when we swipe Jarron Jones from them their class will take a big blow.

Still trying to wait patiently for that silent commit.....or two?

ryebadger

June 2nd, 2011 at 12:21 PM ^

What is the methodology for this ranking? Wisconsin is higher than Michigan in Rivals average, Scout average, 24/7 average and has a higher percentage of recruits on the ESPN watchlist, yet UW is ranked 5th and Michigan 1st.