Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 8-21-10

Submitted by Tim on August 22nd, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Action since last rankings:

8-18-10 Wisconsin gains commitment from Bennett Okotcha.
8-19-10 Michigan State gains commitment from Jack Allen.

Slow week in the Big Ten, as I predicted. The sites should be coming out with updated rankings soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 17 5.76 3.82 79.18
2 Notre Dame 16 5.69 3.44 79.00
3 Nebraska 13 5.65 3.15 75.84
5 Michigan State 14 5.63 2.93 76.57
4 Michigan 10 5.70 3.30 78.10
6 Indiana 21 5.53 2.48 75.48
7 Iowa 13 5.60 2.69 76.23
8 Northwestern 13 5.55 2.69 77.23
9 Minnesota 13 5.51 2.38 73.77
10 Wisconsin 9 5.51 2.56 73.00
11 Penn State 4 5.60 3.25 77.75
12 Illinois 13 5.38 2.54 70.62
13 Purdue 6 5.45 2.83 65.83

Rivals rankings are on the "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 (unranked players earn star), and ESPN uses grades out of 100 (unranked is 40 or 45).

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

Ron Tanner upgraded from 5.6 to 5.7 on Rivals.

#2 Notre Dame - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Ben Koyack TE PA 5.9 5 81
Matt Hegarty OL NM 5.9 4 83
Justice Hayes RB MI 5.9 4 79
Aaron Lynch DE FL 5.8 4 81
Eilar Hardy S OH 5.8 4 79
Jordan Prestwood OL FL 5.7 4 80
Jarrett Grace LB OH 5.7 4 78
Anthony Rabasa DE FL 5.7 3 81
Clay Burton DE FL 5.7 3 79
Tony Springmann OL IN 5.7 3 78
Conor Hanratty OL CT 5.6 4 76
Ben Councell DE NC 5.6 3 78
Brad Carrico OL OH 5.6 3 77
Matthias Farley CB NC 5.5 3 77
Jalen Brown CB TX 5.5 3 78
Kyle Brindza K MI 5.4 NR 79

Clay Burton upgraded from 5.6 to 5.7, Jalen Brown upgraded from unranked to 5.5 on Rivals. Kyle Brindza upgraded from 76 to 79 on ESPN.

#3 Nebraska - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tyler Moore OL FL 5.9 4 78
Bubba Starling QB KS 5.8 4 81
Jamal Turner QB TX 5.8 4 81
Ryne Reeves OL NE 5.8 4 79
Tevin Mitchell CB TX 5.8 4 79
Ryan Klachko OL IL 5.8 4 78
Zach Sterup OL NE 5.8 3 78
Kevin Williams DT OH 5.7 3 79
David Santos LB TX 5.6 3 79
Daniel Davie S NE 5.5 2 75
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76
Nicklas Sade K NC 5.4 NR 78
Daimion Stafford S CA NR 3 NR

David Santos upgraded from unranked to 5.6 on Rivals.

#4 Michigan State - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB MI 6.1 5 80
Taiwan Jones LB MI 5.7 3 78
Mikail McCall RB IL 5.7 3 77
Ed Davis LB MI 5.7 3 77
Arjen Colquhoun S ON 5.7 2 76
Connor Cook QB OH 5.7 2 76
Onaje Miller RB MI 5.6 4 78
Darien Harris LB MD 5.6 3 79
Jack Allen OL IL 5.6 3 78
Joel Heath DE OH 5.6 3 76
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 2 78
Mark Scarpinato DT WI 5.5 3 76
Trae Waynes CB WI 5.4 3 75
Paul Lang TE PA 5.4 2 68

Spartans snag Jack Allen. Ed Davis, Taiwan Jones, Mikail McCall all went from 5.6 to 5.7, Arjen Colquhoun went from unranked to 5.7, Joel Heath went from unranked to 5.6, and Paul Lang went from unranked to 5.4 on Rivals.

#5 Michigan - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Brennen Beyer DE MI 5.8 4 79
Delonte Hollowell CB MI 5.8 3 79
Chris Rock DE OH 5.7 3 78
Shawn Conway WR MI 5.7 3 78
Greg Brown CB OH 5.7 3 77
Kellen Jones LB TX 5.7 4 79
Jake Fisher OL MI 5.7 4 77
Kevin Sousa QB FL 5.7 3 78
Tony Posada OL FL 5.7 3 78
Jack Miller OL OH 5.5 3 78

Kellen Jones, Jake Fisher, Kevin Sousa all went from 5.6 to 5.7 and Tony Posada went from unranked to 5.7 on Rivals.

#6 Indiana - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Raymon Taylor CB MI 5.8 3 77
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 2 76
Max Pirman LB OH 5.6 3 78
D'Angelo Roberts RB IN 5.6 3 77
Jake Reed TE IN 5.6 3 77
Jalen Schlachter TE MI 5.6 3 75
Ralston Evans OL IN 5.6 3 74
Tre Roberson QB IN 5.6 2 76
Forisse Hardin S KY 5.6 2 74
Bernard Taylor OL MI 5.5 3 76
CJ Robbins DE IL 5.5 3 75
Nick Stoner S IN 5.5 3 74
Kirk Harris OL KS 5.5 2 77
Kyle Kennedy LB IN 5.5 2 76
Mark Murphy S OH 5.5 2 75
Kenny Mullen CB IN 5.4 3 74
Shafer Johnson DT MI 5.4 2 77
Jay McCants WR OH 5.4 2 75
Mike Replogle LB OH 5.4 2 74
Donte Phillips DE WI 5.4 2 74
Nick VanHoose DB OH 5.4 2 74

Shafer Johnson and Nick VanHoose go from unranked to 5.4, Forisse Hardin goes from unranked to 5.6 on Rivals.

#8 Iowa - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jordan Walsh OL IL 5.8 4 79
Austin Blythe OL IA 5.8 3 79
Ray Hamilton TE OH 5.7 4 79
John Raymon DE PA 5.7 3 78
Torrey Campbell RB FL 5.6 3 78
Riley McMinn DE IL 5.6 3 77
Jake Rudock QB FL 5.6 2 78
Marcus Grant WR MA 5.6 2 76
Jake Duzey TE MI 5.5 3 73
Henry Krieger-Coble TE IA 5.5 2 78
Cole Fisher LB NE 5.5 2 74
Mike Orloff LB MA 5.5 2 69
Austin Vincent WR TX 5.4 2 73

John Raymon goes from unranked to 5.7, Mike Orloff from 5.4 to 5.5 on Rivals.

#7 Northwestern - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Christian Jones WR TX 5.7 3 81
Sean Cotton S IL 5.7 3 79
Shane Mertz OL NJ 5.6 3 79
Jack Konopka OL IL 5.6 3 79
Zack Oliver QB LA 5.6 3 78
Jarrell Williams CB IL 5.6 3 76
Matt Frazier OL IL 5.6 3 75
Max Chapman DE FL 5.6 2 78
Derek Watt LB WI 5.6 2 77
Geoff Mogus OL OH 5.5 3 75
Cameron Dickerson WR NJ 5.5 3 73
Mark Szott TE IL 5.5 2 77
Treyvon Green RB TX NR 2 77

Derek Watt goes from 5.5 to 5.6, Max Chapman goes from unranked to 5.6 on Rivals.

#9 Minnesota - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Tommy Olson OL MN 5.7 3 79
Matt LaCosse ATH IL 5.6 3 78
Max Shortell QB KS 5.6 3 74
Quinn Bauducco LB CA 5.6 3 74
Peter Westerhaus TE MN 5.6 2 76
Kyle McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 79
Marquise Vann LB OH 5.5 3 78
Jephete Matilus LB FL 5.5 2 77
Mike Moore LB TX 5.5 2 77
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.5 2 75
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN 5.5 2 74
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 2 74
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX NR NR NR

Luke McAvoy goes from 5.4 to 5.5, Marquise Vann, Jephete Matilus, and Mike Moore go from unranked to 5.5 on Rivals.

#10 Wisconsin - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Jake Keefer LB WI 5.8 3 78
Sam Arneson TE WI 5.7 3 78
Mike Caputo LB PA 5.7 3 77
Austin Maly TE WI 5.6 2 76
Eric Steffes TE WI 5.6 2 NR
Makinton Dorleant CB FL 5.5 3 77
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Derek Landisch LB WI 5.5 2 74
Bennett Okotcha CB TX NR 3 76
Terrance Floyd CB FL NR 2 77

Badgers pick up Bennett Okotcha. Austin Maly goes from 5.5 to 5.6, Makinton Dorleant and Derek Landisch go from unranked to 5.5, Eric Steffes goes from unranked to 5.6 on Rivals.

#11 Penn State - 4 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Shawn Oakman DE PA 5.8 4 77
Angelo Mangiro OL NJ 5.7 4 81
Jordan Kerner DE PA 5.5 3 77
Kyle Carter TE DE 5.4 2 76

Nittany Lions are the only team with no change of any kind. They're upwardly mobile, if only they'd pick up another commit or two.

#12 Illinois - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Zeph Grimes S SC 5.6 3 77
Chris Boles OL OH 5.6 3 77
Reilly O'Toole QB IL 5.6 3 76
Tony Durkin OL IL 5.5 3 74
Carl Williams CB FL 5.5 3 77
Josh Ferguson RB IL 5.5 3 75
Chris O'Connor DE IL 5.5 3 75
Ted Karras OL IN 5.4 3 77
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Daniel Rhodes TE NC NR 2 73
Marquise Mosley WR TX NR 2 NR
JT Thornton CB FL NR NR 77
Justin DuVernois K FL NR NR 70

Chris O'Connor goes from 5.4 to 5.5 on Rivals.

#13 Purdue - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Taylor Richards CB FL 5.6 2 77
Russell Bellomy QB TX 5.5 3 78
Robert Kugler TE PA 5.5 3 78
Brandon Cottom LB PA 5.5 3 76
Michael Rouse DT IL 5.5 3 73
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 3 NR

Taylor Richards goes from unranked to 5.6, Michael Rouse goes from unranked to 5.5 on Rivals.

Comments

sman13

August 22nd, 2010 at 8:45 PM ^

just for good record keeping, you got a typo in your big table. michigan state is 4th with a label of 5 and michigan 5th with a label 4

bronxblue

August 22nd, 2010 at 8:48 PM ^

I'm a little surprised MSU is ranked so high because they basically go Thomas, one more 4*, then not much else.  Still, I am liking how this class is shaping up.  Hopefully after 9/4 some of the kids on the fence will go blue.

the Bray

August 23rd, 2010 at 7:32 AM ^

Do rankings for a particular kid ever go down?  It seems that everyone goes up... but if everyone goes up, is a particular kid any better?  He's pretty much in the same relative spot as he was before. 

Tim

August 23rd, 2010 at 9:08 AM ^

His film was only "meh," considering the talent discrepancy between his team (with Will Gholston, Ed Davis, and others) and those he was facing. He had trouble staying in shape, and didn't blow either staff away at their camp enough that they wouldn't worry about the other two question marks.

Not a Blue Fan

August 23rd, 2010 at 2:35 PM ^

Cool, thanks for the info. I'm not really much at evaluating film (aside from "he's looks fast" or "he tackled that guy!"), but I didn't understand why MSU and UM were cool on him, but OSU, 'Bama, and UF were high on him. I guess if they had the chance to evaluate him in person at camp, they had a chance to make a solid evaluation.

HailGoBlue86

August 24th, 2010 at 2:12 PM ^

I anticipate their class will go down the rankings quite a bit as other teams fill out their classes. We will have a deep talented class where they will have a elite player and not much else.