Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 7-17-11

Submitted by Tim on July 17th, 2011 at 4:30 PM

With more new Michigan commits, we're hitting the front page after a hiatus of a couple weeks. Action since last rankings:

7-10-11 Michigan gains commitment from Kyle Kalis. Notre Dame gains commitment from Romeo Okwara. Penn State gains commitment from Nyeem Wartman. Indiana gains commitment from Wes Rogers. Minnesota gains commitment from Samad Hinds.
7-11-11 Minnesota gains commitments from Brian Nicholson and Jordan Hinojosa.
7-13-11 Ohio State gains commitments from Luke Roberts and Pat Eiflein. Michigan State gains commitment from MacGarrett Kings II.
7-14-11 Illinois gains commitment from Joseph Spencer.
7-15-11 Northwestern gains commitment from Dwight White.
7-17-11 Penn State loses commitment from Jamil Pollard.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg
1 Michigan 19 3.53 3.63 3.47 3.58
2 Notre Dame 12 3.25 3.33 3.42 3.25
3 Ohio State 11 3.27 3.36 3.18 3.36
4 Penn State 10 3.30 2.70 3.20 2.90
5 Michigan State 11 3.09 3.09 3.00 3.18
6 Wisconsin 8 3.13 3.00 2.75 2.88
7 Northwestern 13 2.46 2.31 2.31 1.85
8 Indiana 12 2.25 2.50 2.58 2.25
9 Minnesota 15 2.33 2.15 2.58* 2.00
10 Nebraska 5 3.40 3.60 3.40 3.80
11 Iowa 6 2.67 2.50 3.00 2.50
12 Illinois 4 2.40 2.80 2.00 2.60
13 Purdue 7 2.43 1.86 2.29 1.86

*ESPN doesn't rate JUCOs, so Isaac Fruechte is not included in Minnesota's average, and Steffon Martin doesn't count against Purdue.

On to the full data, after the jump:

#1 Michigan - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Kyle Kalis OL OH 4 5 4 4
Royce Jenkins-Stone LB MI 4 4 4 4
James Ross LB MI 4 4 4 4
Joe Bolden LB OH 4 4 4 4
Terry Richardson CB MI 4 4 4 4
Erik Magnuson OL CA 4 4 4 4
Jarrod Wilson S OH 4 4 4 4
Tom Strobel DE OH 4 4 3 4
Pharaoh Brown DE OH 4 3 3 4
Blake Bars OL TN 4 3 3 3
Devin Funchess TE MI 3 4 4 4
Mario Ojemudia DE MI 3 4 4 3
Kaleb Ringer LB OH 3 4 3 3
Matt Godin DE MI 3 3 3 4
Ben Braden OL MI 3 3 3 3
Anthony Standifer CB IL 3 3 3 3
Caleb Stacey OL OH 3 3 3 3
Allen Gant S OH 3 3 3 3
AJ Williams TE OH 3 3 3 3

Kyle Kalis cements Michigan's position at the top of the rankings for the time being.

#2 Notre Dame - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Ronald Darby CB MD 4 5 4 4
Tee Shepard CB CA 4 5 4 4
Deontay Greenberry WR CA 4 4 4 4
Taylor Decker OL OH 4 4 3 4
David Perkins LB IN 3 4 4 4
Nick Baratti S TX 3 4 3 3
Justin Ferguson WR FL 3 3 4 3
Mark Harrell OL NC 3 3 4 3
CJ Prosise S VA 3 3 3 3
John Turner S IN 3 3 3 3
Romeo Okwara DE NC 3 NR 3 4
Scott Daly LS IL 2 NR 2 NR

Irish pick up defensive end Romeo Okwara, who had some nice offers.

#3 Ohio State - 11 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Bri'onte Dunn RB OH 4 5 4 4
Joshua Perry LB OH 4 4 4 4
Warren Ball RB OH 4 4 3 4
De'Van Bogard S OH 4 4 3 4
Pat Elflein OL OH 3 3 4 3
Jacoby Boren OL OH 3 3 3 4
Frank Epitropoulos WR OH 3 3 3 3
Blake Thomas TE OH 3 3 3 3
Tyvis Powell S OH 3 3 2 3
Luke Roberts LB OH 3 2 3 2
Najee Murray CB OH 2 3 3 3

Ohio State picks up a couple new commits, helping stave off the stagnation that an unresolved NCAA investigation can bring.

#4 Penn State - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Camren Williams LB MA 4 4 4 4
JJ Denman OL PA 4 4 4 4
Joey O'Connor OL CO 4 3 4 3
Brent Wilkerson DE MD 4 3 3 4
Brian Gaia OL MD 3 3 4 3
Anthony Stanko OL OH 3 3 3 3
Nyeem Wartman LB PA 3 3 3 3
Jesse James TE PA 3 2 3 3
Austin Johnson OL NJ 3 NR NR NR
Derek Dowrey DT VA 2 NR 3 NR

Nittany Lions lose yet another DT in Jamil Pollard. I leave them ahead of Michigan State for now, because their averages are about the same (a bit better on a couple services) despite a couple commits who are yet to be ranked.

#5 Michigan State - 11 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Se'Von Pittman DE OH 4 4 4 4
Benny McGowan OL OH 3 3 4 3
Tyler O'Connor QB OH 3 3 3 4
Riley Bullough LB MI 3 3 3 3
Zach Higgins OL OH 3 3 3 3
Jamal Lyles LB MI 3 3 3 3
Josiah Price TE IN 3 3 3 3
Nick Tompkins RB GA 3 3 3 3
Kyle Kerrick WR PA 3 3 3 3
MacGarrett Kings WR FL 3 3 3 3
Evan Jones TE OH 3 3 NR 3

No change for the Spartans.

#6 Wisconsin - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Dan Voltz OL IL 4 4 4 4
Vince Biegel LB WI 4 4 4 4
Kyle Dodson OL OH 4 4 3 4
Vonte Jackson RB WI 4 4 3 4
Bart Houston QB CA 3 4 4 4
Hugs Etienne CB CA 3 2 NR NR
Reggie Mitchell CB PA 2 NR NR NR
Arthur Goldberg DT PA NR NR 2 NR

Wisconsin still looking for ratings for a number of their commits.

#7 Northwestern - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Adam DePietro OL PA 3 3 3 3
Dean Lowry DE IL 3 3 3 3
Kenton Playko OL OH 3 3 3 3
Jack Schwaba TE PA 3 3 3 2
Ian Park OL PA 3 3 3 NR
Malin Jones RB IL 3 3 2 3
Eric Olson OL MA 3 2 3 3
Mike McHugh WR PA 3 NR 2 NR
Connor Mahoney OL PA 2 3 3 NR
Joseph Jones S PA 2 2 NR NR
Dan Vitale S IL 2 2 2 NR
Dwight White CB TX NR NR NR NR
Chris Fitzpatrick OL KY NR NR NR NR

Excellently-named Dwight White picks Northwestern. Once more future Wildcats get their ratings, the averages will look quite a bit better.

#8 Indiana - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Nick Mangieri DE IL 3 3 3 3
Dan Feeney OL IL 3 3 3 3
Jordan Wallace LB IN 3 3 3 3
Kevin Davis WR IN 3 3 3 3
Adam Kranda TE IN 3 3 3 3
Wes Rogers OL IN 3 3 3 3
Mike Cotton LB IL 3 3 3 NR
Jacob Bailey OL IN 2 2 3 3
Tanner Kearns TE OH NR 3 2 NR
Alex Todd OL OH NR 2 2 NR
Caleb Cornett WR IN NR NR 2 2
Dawson Fletcher S OH NR NR NR NR

Wes Rogers picks the Hoosiers. Indiana still awaiting ratings for some guys, as well.

#9 Minnesota - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Andre McDonald WR MN 4 3 4 3
Isaac Hayes OL MN 3 3 4 3
Philip Nelson QB MN 3 3 2 3
Dinero Moss S FL 3 2 3 3
Dominic Twitty DT NJ 3 2 3 3
Brian Nicholson LB FL 3 NR NR NR
Jordan Hinojosa DT FL 3 NR NR NR
Drew Davis LB NC 2 2 3 NR
Josh Ballesteros LB FL 2 2 2 2
Samad Hinds TE FL 2 NR 3 NR
Mitch Leidner QB MN 2 NR 2 NR
Eric Murray CB WI 2 NR NR NR
Maxx Williams TE MN NR 3 NR NR
Isaac Fruechte WR MN NR 2 JC NR
Scott Ekpe DT TX NR NR NR NR

Minnesota's commitment list is all over the place. I'm fairly certain that Nick Rallis has committed to the Gophers, but since i'm using Rivals as the official source for these rankings, he's still left off.

#10 Nebraska - 5 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Paul Thurston OL CO 4 4 4 4
Greg McMullen DE OH 4 4 3 4
Michael Rose LB MO 3 4 4 4
Jordan Westerkamp WR IL 3 4 3 4
Sam Cotton TE NE 3 2 3 3

Still a small class for Nebraska. They're likely holding out for some top prospects.

#11 Iowa - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jaleel Johnson DT IL 4 4 4 4
Maurice Fleming CB IL 3 3 4 3
Cameron Wilson WR OH 3 3 3 3
Mitch Keppy OL IL 3 2 2 NR
Connor Kornbrath K WV 2 NR 2 NR
Drew Ott DE NE NR 2 3 3

No change for the Hawkeyes.

#12 Illinois - 5 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Tajarvis Fuller LB FL 3 3 3 3
Elliot Faerber WR KS 3 3 2 NR
Cody Quinn CB OH 3 3 NR 3
Jason Robertson WR IL 2 3 3 3
Joseph Spencer OL OH NR 2 NR 3

Illinois grabs Joseph Spencer, who only has ratings from a couple services.

#13 Purdue - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jordan Shine S IN 3 3 3 3
Ryan Morris TE NJ 3 3 3 3
Austin Appleby QB OH 3 3 3 3
BJ Knauf WR FL 3 NR 2 NR
Paul Griggs K NC 2 NR 3 NR
Thomas Meadows K VA 2 NR NR NR
Steffon Martin LB AZ NR NR JC NR

Like Rallis with Minnesota, I'm guessing Purdue has a commitment from safety Jimmy Hermann, but since it's not on Rivals, I'll leave him off for now.

Comments

markusr2007

July 17th, 2011 at 4:28 PM ^

ass up and down the recruiting trail.

They're doing a good job.

Of course, the mushroom cloud over Columbus isn't exactly hurting matters for MIchigan.

 

 

robmorren2

July 17th, 2011 at 5:38 PM ^

Good to see the rest of the B1G hovering around 3* averages. Especially OSU. Nebraska is closer to 4* but thats mostly bcus of their mini class. Hoke continues to poop gold. My friend played for Hoke at Ball State, and he says Hoke is the real deal. Basically he's a player's coach; jokes around a lot and real straightforward. He said he considered him a buddy and a coach. Combine that with Mattison and you've got a recruiting inferno.

loosekanen

July 17th, 2011 at 5:43 PM ^

Is it just me or do all these kids have seemingly perfect names for the schools to whom they commit:

Wes Rogers - so obviously Indiana

Samad Hinds - yup, Gopher

Dwight White - I imagine him wearing a blazer while committing to Pat Fitzgerald

True Blue Grit

July 17th, 2011 at 6:37 PM ^

No doubts we're the top in the conference.   A couple things jumped out at me.  Wisky has a small class but a few studs in there:  Voltz and Biegel are two good players I know we were after.  But the surprise there to me was Bart Houston from CA.  He's a quality QB who could be big factor for them down the road.  I'm kind of surprised he signed with them given Wisky's poor track record of putting QB's into the NFL.  The other thing was Iowa's and Nebraska's weak classes early on.  Yes, I know there's a lot of time left and a lot of recruits still out there.  But, I love where we stand.  Especially when OSU's class takes a dump when Dunn comes over to the good side. 

turd ferguson

July 18th, 2011 at 7:37 AM ^

Yeah, I really like that Tim does these rankings, but Nebraska's placement seems odd. If you think about this in terms of "Would I trade Team X's class for Team Y's class?" then, personally, I'd move Nebraska up a few spots. I'd rather have their class right now than Minnesota's, Indiana's, Northwestern's, and probably MSU's. Filling out a class with 3 stars wouldn't be difficult for them.

FreddieMercuryHayes

July 18th, 2011 at 9:06 AM ^

Would you really want a class of 5 though? Although they are highly rated, number of recruits in a class does make a difference, as you won't be good without depth. I think that's why they're so low right now. 5 just isn't enough to be a viable class, no matter how good they may be rated.

WolvinLA2

July 18th, 2011 at 11:10 AM ^

Exactly - it's only 5 guys, and if every guy they add after this is a 3-star, it won't be a very good class.  That probably won't happen, but since we don't know, Tim can only rank them based on who they have so far.  You really can't move them up until they actually get more guys in there. 

oriental andrew

July 17th, 2011 at 8:03 PM ^

Michigan's lowest class average (3.47, ESPN) is higher than the highest class averages of every school and service, except for 2 (Nebraska - 24/7, 3.80 and Scout, 3.60).  Really shows the strength of this class in the eyes of the pundits.  If Hoke and Co. can coach as well as they recruit, well, color me jubilated.

UMxWolverines

July 17th, 2011 at 9:10 PM ^

I remember pretty much all last year we were 4th in the big ten according to Tim's rankings. Nice to be where we should be.

edit: and great job by IU. Would be awesome if they end up in the top 5.

PeteM

July 17th, 2011 at 9:51 PM ^

Does anyone have a guess as to who the next commit might be?  I wonder if some of guys still holding offers are getting concerned that the class will fill up.

vegasjeff

July 18th, 2011 at 2:26 AM ^

It still is only one recruiting season. That's all you can get at one time, but folks shouldn't overestimate the impact of one recruiting season.

The cumulative four classes that are still at the schools in fall '12 almost certainly will still have OSU, ND and Nebraska ahead of Michigan.

Michigan needs to win this year, close out this recruiting year and win and recruit well next year to leapfrog the current big dogs.

Volverine

July 18th, 2011 at 9:35 AM ^

Can we get an update on this kid?

We heard a lot about him early on, including his almost commitment. Now it seems the staff has backed off of him (or him on us). The reason I ask is because I noticed that Rivals now lists him as a WR instead of a TE. I know we just offered Madaris, but it seemed we were pretty solidly #1 for Thompson and could pull him in easily if we wanted him at WR.

Mr Miggle

July 18th, 2011 at 10:02 AM ^

Thompson ran something like a 5.37 40 in Oregon. I'm not sure why that prompted Rivals to move him to WR. The staff had plenty of time to consider him as a WR, surely they don't care what Rivals does. Putting Funchess at WR seems like a better possibility to open up a spot for Thompson, but it doesn't look like they're moving in that direction.

wlubd

July 18th, 2011 at 10:10 AM ^

Rivals listing Thompson as a WR isn't something new, they've had him there for months. If we were to take him, it would probably be at TE and I can't see him being a priority at this point with 2 TE's in the fold and other needs.