Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings: 7-11-10

Submitted by Tim on July 11th, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Action since last rankings:

7-1-10 Indiana gains commitment from Forisse Hardin.
7-2-10 Northwestern gains commitment from Cameron Dickerson.
7-5-10 Northwestern gains commitment from Derek Watt. Wisconsin gains commitment from Jordan Frederick.
7-7-10 Northwestern gains commitment from Geoff Mogus. Penn State gains commitment from Jordan Kerner.
7-8-10 Iowa gains commitment from Jake Duzey.
7-9-10 Minnesota gains commitment from Matt LaCosse.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 17 5.75 3.71 79.18
2 Notre Dame 12 5.64 3.50 73.17
3 Nebraska 13 5.62 3.08 70.46
4 Michigan 7 5.69 3.14 78.14
5 Michigan State 7 5.54 3.00 76.29
6 Indiana 18 5.49 2.33 72.11
7 Iowa 8 5.50 2.00 69.70
8 Northwestern 10 5.50 2.30 63.60
9 Purdue 5 5.34 3.00 70.00
10 Minnesota 7 5.44 2.00 67.43
11 Wisconsin 6 5.45 2.17 61.17
12 Illinois 6 5.27 2.17 60.50
13 Penn State 3 5.57 2.67 73.67

Rivals rankings have been converted to their "RR" scale, which is on a scale from about 5 to about 6.1. Unrated prospects are given a 5.1 rating, on par with the worst of any Big Ten commit last year. Scout is on the 5-star system, and ESPN uses grades out of 100.

#1 Ohio State - 17 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Michael Bennett DT 6.0 4 80
Braxton Miller QB 5.9 5 81
Kenny Hayes DE 5.9 4 78
Steve Miller DE 5.8 5 84
Nick Vannett TE 5.8 4 80
Brian Bobek OL 5.8 4 79
Chase Farris DE 5.8 4 79
Jeremy Cash S 5.8 3 80
Evan Spencer WR 5.7 4 81
DerJuan Gambrell CB 5.7 4 77
Jeff Heuerman TE 5.7 3 80
Joel Hale DT 5.7 3 79
Chris Carter OL 5.7 3 78
Devin Smith WR 5.7 3 76
Ron Tanner S 5.6 4 78
Tommy Brown OL 5.6 3 78
Antonio Underwood OL 5.6 3 75

Buckeyes hold steady stop the rankings.

#2 Notre Dame - 12 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Ben Koyack TE 5.9 5 81
Matt Hegarty OL 5.9 4 83
Eilar Hardy S 5.8 4 79
Jordan Prestwood OL 5.7 4 80
Jarrett Grace LB 5.7 4 78
Tony Springmann OL 5.7 4 78
Conor Hanratty OL 5.6 4 76
Brad Carrico OL 5.6 3 77
Clay Burton DE 5.6 3 79
Ben Councell DE 5.6 3 NR
Matthias Farley CB 5.5 3 77
Kyle Brindza K NR NR NR

Notre Dame and Nebraska are basically neck-and-neck. The Irish stay ahead on the basis of better average rankings.

#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Tyler Moore OL 5.9 4 78
Bubba Starling QB 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB 5.8 4 81
Ryne Reeves OL 5.8 4 79
Ryan Klachko OL 5.8 4 78
Tevin Mitchell CB 5.8 3 79
Zach Sterup OL 5.8 3 78
Kevin Williams DT 5.7 3 79
Dylan Admire OL 5.6 3 77
Daniel Davie S 5.5 2 NR
Aaryn Bouzos CB 5.4 2 76
Daimion Stafford S NR 3 NR
Nicklas Sade K NR NR NR

The Huskers have gone a couple weeks without a substantive commit now. They stand to gain in the rankings when ESPN ranks the rest of their guys.

#4 Michigan - 7 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Brennen Beyer DE 5.8 4 79
Delonte Hollowell CB 5.8 3 79
Chris Rock DE 5.7 3 78
Shawn Conway WR 5.7 3 78
Greg Brown CB 5.7 3 77
Kevin Sousa QB 5.6 3 78
Jack Miller OL 5.5 3 78

Wolverines stay steady, but don't be surprised if they nab a couple guys this week.

#5 Michigan State - 7 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB 6.1 5 80
Connor Cook QB 5.7 2 76
Onaje Miller RB/Ath 5.6 4 78
Taiwan Jones Ath/LB 5.6 3 78
AJ Sims CB 5.6 2 78
Joel Heath DE NR 3 76
Paul Lang TE NR 2 68

Michigan State misses out to Iowa on a TE they thought they had locked up.

#6 Indiana - 19 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Raymon Taylor CB 5.8 3 77
Zack Shaw LB 5.8 2 76
Max Pirman LB 5.6 3 78
Jake Reed TE 5.6 3 77
Jalen Schlachter TE 5.6 3 75
Ralston Evans OL 5.6 3 74
Tre Roberson QB 5.6 2 76
Nick Stoner S 5.5 3 74
Kirk Harris OL 5.5 2 77
Kyle Kennedy LB 5.5 2 76
CJ Robbins DE 5.5 2 75
Mark Murphy S 5.5 2 NR
Kenny Mullen CB 5.4 3 74
Mike Replogle LB 5.4 2 74
Donte Phillips DE 5.4 2 74
Jay McCants WR 5.4 NR NR
Shafer Johnson DT NR 2 77
Nick VanHoose DB NR 2 74
Forisse Hardin S NR 2 NR

Forisse Hardin gives the Hoosiers some Name of the Year cachet.

#7 Iowa - 9 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Austin Blythe OL 5.8 3 79
Ray Hamilton TE 5.7 3 79
JaCorey Shepherd WR 5.6 3 78
Jake Rudock QB 5.6 2 78
Marcus Grant WR 5.6 2 76
Jake Duzey TE 5.5 3 73
Henry Krieger-Coble TE 5.5 NR 78
Austin Vincent WR NR NR NR
John Raymon DE NR NR NR

Hawkeyes steal Jake Duzey from the State of Michigan. They now have three tights ends committed, so maybe they can give up Ray Hamilton.

#8 Northwestern - 10 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Sean Cotton S 5.7 3 79
Zack Oliver QB 5.6 3 78
Jarrell Williams CB 5.6 3 76
Shane Mertz OL 5.6 3 NR
Matt Frazier OL 5.6 2 NR
Mark Szott TE 5.5 2 77
Derek Watt LB 5.5 2 73
Geoff Mogus OL 5.5 2 NR
Cameron Dickerson WR 5.3 2 NR
Max Chapman DE NR NR 78

Northwestern has the big week this time around, picking up a trio of commits.

#9 Purdue - 5 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Russell Bellomy QB 5.5 3 78
Robert Kugler TE 5.5 3 78
Brandon Cottom LB 5.5 3 76
Michael Rouse DT NR 3 73
Randy Gregory DE NR 3 NR

No change for the Boilermakers. They stay ahead of Minnesota despite the Gophers gaining a commitment.

#10 Minnesota - 7 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL 5.7 2 79
Max Shortell QB 5.6 3 74
Matt LaCosse ATH 5.6 2 78
Quinn Bauducco LB 5.6 2 NR
Sam Rohr TE 5.4 2 74
Jephete Matilus LB NR 2 77
Samuel Oyenuga CB NR NR NR

High school QB Matt LaCosse commits to the Gophers. Will he stay at that position once he gets to the next level.

#11 Wisconsin - 6 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Jake Keefer LB 5.8 3 78
Sam Arneson TE 5.7 2 78
Austin Maly TE 5.5 2 76
Jordan Frederick LB 5.5 2 NR
Eric Steffes TE NR 2 NR
Derek Landisch LB NR 2 NR

I'm telling you, the Badgers are determined to form a recruiting class made entirely of tight ends and linebackers. Jordan Frederick is the newest addition.

#12 Illinois - 6 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Zeph Grimes S 5.6 3 77
Chris O'Connor DE 5.4 3 75
Hunter Wells OL 5.3 3 NR
Reilly O'Toole QB NR 2 76
Marquise Mosley WR NR NR NR
Justin DuVernois K NR NR NR

No change.

#13 Penn State - 2 Commits
Name Position Rivals Scout ESPN
Shawn Oakman DE 5.8 3 77
Jordan Kerner DE 5.5 3 68
Kyle Carter TE 5.4 2 76

Penn State has enough commits that their class is almost no longer humorous. Almost.

Comments

Tim

July 11th, 2010 at 11:53 AM ^

Quick notes: There are arguments to be made for Northwestern passing Iowa and Penn State passing Illinois. The Wildcats have more commits and approximately equal averages. I left them ahead because when in doubt, I'll maintain the previous week's rankings.

With Penn State, they're way ahead in average ranking per commit, and have plenty of time to pass Illinois with more commits. Plus it's funny to see them sitting in last.

toomer18

July 11th, 2010 at 12:02 PM ^

Is anyone else starting to worry about this class?  6 out of our 7 are only 3 stars.  I know its not all about the stars but it would be great to have a 5 and some more 4's.  With the way recruiting is going, 7 is a small number at this stage.  We need to get to work.

cadmus2166

July 11th, 2010 at 12:08 PM ^

Most 4 and 5 star players have tons of offers, and it seems to take a majority of them longer to decide where to go.  If we get into the season, and we're still only pulling in 3 star guys, and most of the 4 and 5 stars have commited elsewhere, then would be the time to consider pushing the panic button.

Litt1e Rhino

July 11th, 2010 at 12:13 PM ^

Do you have any idea how good three star players are?!? These are the players that can be all big ten players. Stop about rankings the higher rated kids wait longer typically. Our class is turning out just fine. When we start winning again the big names will come. But these "3 stars" are incredible talents and will be able to play with anyone in the country.

Tim

July 11th, 2010 at 12:25 PM ^

To echo others' comments, I wouldn't be surprised if a good half of our current 3*s ended up earning another one. Additionally, we're still in on some 4/5-star prospects that won't decide for a while.

wile_e8

July 11th, 2010 at 12:26 PM ^

Ah, the 3-star mafia, how I missed you.

I don't know, it's not like we've gone 8-16 over the past two years and have a lot of high-ranked recruits waiting to see if we can turn it around this season.  We should recruit like a top ten team every year just because we're Michigan, right?

elaydin

July 11th, 2010 at 12:31 PM ^

Tim, last week Scout revised some rankings based on some of the summer camps.  So you might want to check some of the star rankings.  OSU recruits Devin Smith, Jeremy Cash and Antonio Underwood all went up to 4 stars.

DeuceInTheDeuce

July 12th, 2010 at 12:56 AM ^

I've always wondered what your ranking methodology is.  I've assumed for some time that # of commits, Rivals average, Scout average, and ESPN average held equal (.25) weight when ranked against their peer institutions*. Quick number crunching suggests this isn't quite the case. What's the scoop?

*with perhaps a minimum number of commits (for adequate sample size) required for a team to be ranked.

bronxblue

July 11th, 2010 at 5:48 PM ^

It still blows my mind that ND continues to get big-name kids even though they have been returning to glory for almost a decade and our on their fourth HC coach in the last 10 years. 

Still, I like how this class is shaping up.  Some of these lower-rated guys fill specific needs, and I fully expect some big names to fall to UM if the team plays well this year. 

Rockne

July 11th, 2010 at 9:52 PM ^

If you are interested the positions listed for many of the ND prospects are not what they are slated to play when they arrive at ND.  Both Carrico and Springmann are being recruited to be 3-4 DEs.  Councell and Burton are being recruited as 3-4 OLBs.  Hardy is being recruited as a CB.

imdeng

July 11th, 2010 at 10:46 PM ^

Tim - it might be a good idea to add a column right after the name for the state where the recruit currently resides/plays. it will help readers see the geographical distribution of committs and also fan the flames of the likes of "Dantanio owns MI", "ND recruits coast to coast", "Nebraska's move to Big-Ten will kill them in Texas recruiting" etc crowd.

funkywolve

July 12th, 2010 at 4:10 PM ^

Tim

 

You say  "They stand to gain in the rankings when ESPN ranks the rest of their guys."

Will they really gain much? One of the guys that ESPN hasn't ranked for the huskers is a kicker and kickers generally are not ranked very high.  Another is a safety who has 2 stars from scout and is a 5.5 on rivals, and the last guy is a 3 star on scout.

Unless espn rates these guys much higher then the other services is Nebraska's ranking really going to climb?