Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 6-5-11

Submitted by Tim on June 5th, 2011 at 7:25 PM

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

5-31-11 Michigan gains commitment from Allen Gant.
6-1-11 Ohio State gains commitment from Tyvis Powell. Michigan gains commitment from Anthony Standifer.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Watchlist 24/7 Avg
1 Michigan 14 2.07 3.50 6 3.50
2 Ohio State 8 2.50 3.50 3 3.63
3 Penn State 8 2.88 3.25 4 3.25
4 Notre Dame 9 2.33 3.44 4 3.22
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 2.00
8 Michigan State 4 1.00 2.50 1 3.00
9 Nebraska 2 1.00 3.00 1 2.50
10 Illinois 2 1.00 2.00 0 2.00
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

24/7 Sports has gone through and ranked another round of 3-stars (and even added some 4-stars), so those numbers are updated. ESPN's initial rankings are expected to come out this Wednesday.


Full data after the jump.

#1 Michigan - 14 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 3
Matt Godin DE MI NR 3 NR 4
Ben Braden OL MI NR 3 NR 3
Anthony Standifer CB IL NR 3 NR 3
Caleb Stacey OL OH NR 3 NR 3
AJ Williams TE OH NR 3 NR 3
Allen Gant S OH NR 3 NR 3

Wolverines pick up a couple DBs. NY CB Wayne Morgan was not among them, and it seems like his ship may have sailed.

#2 Ohio State - 8 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
Tyvis Powell S OH NR 3 NR 3
Frank Epitropoulos WR OH NR 3 NR 3
Blake Thomas TE OH NR NR NR 3

Buckeyes pick up Tyvis Powell despite Jim Tressel's resignation.

#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 4
Brian Gaia OL MD NR 3 150* 3
Anthony Stanko OL OH NR 3 NR NR
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 4
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

No change.

#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 3
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* 3
Riley Bullough LB MI NR 3 NR 3
Zach Higgins OL OH NR 3 NR 3
Evan Jones TE OH NR NR NR 3

No change for MSU.

#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 3

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.



June 5th, 2011 at 7:39 PM ^

Pretty cool that no other team on the list has a commit from Michigan.  I know Sparty has Bullough but he is a legacy and was going there no matter what.


June 5th, 2011 at 7:50 PM ^

has been scouting him since SDSU. Diamond got an early offer from him there. Recruits say wonderful things about every offer they get, and every school that offers him gushes in return. Rivals proly has 20 different headlines that say "Jordan Diamond blown away by visit to ......."

turd ferguson

June 5th, 2011 at 7:48 PM ^

I'm really curious about what will happen to Nebraska in the coming years.  I think the conventional wisdom is that this will open up Big Ten recruiting territory to them, but I'm not convinced of that yet.  Are kids from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc. really going to want to live in Nebraska for four years?  It's possible that this jump will cost them kids from the Great Plains who want to stay in the Big 12 without really giving them all that much outside of there.


June 5th, 2011 at 8:14 PM ^

it's not really that different than Iowa, is it? And Iowa's getting kids from the eastern half of Big Ten country.

Do they need kids from that area? dunno. I mean, they're already recruiting in Texas and California. Obviously Ohio is going to open up more for a while, but Michigan might be a bit tougher, and if they can recruit well nationally, they don't necessarily need to go into new enemy country.


June 5th, 2011 at 11:56 PM ^

Iowa doesn't exactly tear it up on the recruiting trail.  If Nebraska gets Iowa-level recruits, then I'm not too concerned with their long-term powerhouse viability.  Iowa does a tremendous job of player development with second tier recruits.


June 5th, 2011 at 9:08 PM ^

Its a good question, I wouldn't really think so though.  They might lose some media exposure for lower tier games that would be carried on the bigten network but they should still be the same Nebraska team for national games.  

I don't think I have really ever heard a recruit say they want to stay in the big12 tbh.

Little Brown J…

June 5th, 2011 at 7:56 PM ^

When does Rivals release the rest of their rankings? Not that is it a huge deal, but the NR players from Rivals is dropping our average a ton.  I'm not worried, just curious to see when they will finish the rest of the rankings.


June 5th, 2011 at 8:27 PM ^

Throw the text line about Strandifer in there as well.  I'll never down vote or jab at anybody who puts out solid info like this on a weekly basis. (Not saying you did Lets_Go_Blue)


June 5th, 2011 at 8:57 PM ^

Say what you want about the Coaching staff but I can't recall Michigan ever having this much success with a recruiting class this early in the timeline

OMG Shirtless

June 5th, 2011 at 9:27 PM ^

However, that link includes a link to the message board.  

Link to Scout Message Board

If you take the link to the message board and paste it into a google search you get a few lines of the OP.  

Google Search Results

Which provides you this YouTube video.


Sione Houma - Some sort of running back from Highland HS in Utah.  I didn't find a Scout or Rivals profile for him, maybe someone else can.

This concludes your daily lesson on how to get around Scout's paywall.


June 5th, 2011 at 10:45 PM ^

You are correct.  FB Sione Houma, 6-0/210 Salt Lake City (Highland).

 Visiting next Saturday (June 11).

Rushed 1064 yards last season, including 661 yards / 5TD in his team's last three playoff games.


I have to think we have way bigger scholarship needs than FB.  I know there's one walking on this year.  Hopefully we're looking at him at RB.  I know Borges likes big backs.


June 5th, 2011 at 11:39 PM ^

Unless Fickell and Ohio State show more resilience than expected to their NCAA-violation firestorm.

Will go down to the wire but would be nice to see UM on top for the first time in a while.