Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 8-7-11

Submitted by Tim on August 7th, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Action since last rankings:

7-26-11 Minnesota gains commitment from Rodrick Williams Jr.
8-1-11 Purdue gains commitment from Jonathan Curry.
8-3-11 Minnesota loses commitment from Andre McDonald. Notre Dame gains commitment from Sheldon Day.
8-5-11 Iowa gains commitment from Laron Taylor. Purdue gains commitment from Anthony Brown. Illinois gains commitment from Zach Jackson.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg 24/7 Avg
1 Michigan 21 3.38 3.62 3.43 3.48
2 Notre Dame 13 3.31 3.77 3.46 3.46
3 Ohio State 11 3.27 3.45 3.18 3.36
4 Michigan State 13 3.15 3.15 3.08 3.15
5 Penn State 13 3.00 3.15 3.00 2.77
6 Wisconsin 8 3.13 3.38 3.00 2.88
7 Indiana 15 2.27 2.80 2.71 2.53
8 Northwestern 13 2.62 2.69 2.38 1.92
9 Minnesota 17 2.29 2.35 2.13* 1.82
10 Nebraska 5 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.80
11 Iowa 9 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.89
12 Purdue 11 2.45 2.18 2.40 2.00
13 Illinois 7 2.00 2.71 2.29 2.14

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

On to the full data:

#1 Michigan - 21 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
Chris Wormley DE OH 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
Sione Houma FB UT NR 3 2 NR

Sione Houma up to three stars on Scout.

#2 Notre Dame - 13 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
Sheldon Day DT IN 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
CJ Prosise S VA 3 4 3 3
Justin Ferguson WR FL 3 3 4 3
Mark Harrell OL NC 3 3 4 3
Romeo Okwara DE NC 3 3 3 4
John Turner S IN 3 3 3 3
Scott Daly LS IL 2 2 2 2

Sheldon Day selects the Irish. Scott Daly gets a 2-star rating from 24/7 Sports, and Deontay Greenberry gets his fourth from ESPN.

#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
Luke Roberts LB OH 3 3 3 2
Tyvis Powell S OH 3 3 2 3
Najee Murray CB OH 2 3 3 3

Luke Roberts moves up to three stars on Scout.

#4 Michigan State - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Se'Von Pittman DE OH 4 4 4 4
Aaron Burbridge WR MI 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
Jermaine Edmondson S OH 3 3 3 2
Evan Jones TE OH 3 3 NR 3

No change for the Spartans.

#5 Penn State - 13 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 4 4 3
Brent Wilkerson DE MD 4 3 3 4
Brian Gaia OL MD 3 3 4 3
Skyler Mornhinweg QB PA 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 3 3 3
Austin Johnson OL NJ 3 3 NR NR
Jake Kiley CB NH 2 3 2 NR
Derek Dowrey DT VA 2 2 3 NR
JP Holtz TE PA NR 3 NR 3

Jake Kiley gets three stars from Scout, along with Jesse James and Austin Johnson moving up from two stars.

#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 3 NR
Reggie Mitchell CB PA 2 2 NR NR
Arthur Goldberg DT PA NR 3 2 NR

Arthur Goldberg moves up to three stars on Scout.

#7 Indiana - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Gunner Kiel QB IN 4 5 4 5
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 3
Jason Spriggs TE IN 2 3 3 3
Jacob Bailey OL IN 2 2 3 3
Caleb Cornett WR IN NR 3 2 2
Tanner Kearns TE OH NR 3 2 NR
Alex Todd OL OH NR 2 2 NR
Dawson Fletcher S OH NR 2 NR NR
Darius Stroud LB KS NR NR JC NR

Cornett and Fletcher pick up rankings from Scout.

#8 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
Eric Olson OL MA 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
Mike McHugh WR PA 3 2 2 NR
Dwight White CB TX 3 2 2 NR
Connor Mahoney OL PA 2 3 3 NR
Dan Vitale S IL 2 2 2 2
Joseph Jones S PA 2 2 NR NR
Chris Fitzpatrick OL KY NR 2 NR NR

McHugh and White are rated as 2-stars by Scout. Olson moves up to three stars on that service, as well.

#9 Minnesota - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jonah Pirsig OL MN 3 4 3 4
Isaac Hayes OL MN 3 3 4 3
Philip Nelson QB MN 3 3 2 3
Jack Lynn LB IL 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 2 2 NR
Jordan Hinojosa DT FL 3 2 NR NR
Mitch Leidner QB MN 2 3 2 NR
Drew Davis LB NC 2 2 3 NR
Samad Hinds TE FL 2 2 3 NR
Josh Ballesteros LB FL 2 2 2 2
Eric Murray CB WI 2 2 NR NR
Scott Ekpe DT TX 2 2 NR NR
Maxx Williams TE MN NR 3 NR NR
Isaac Fruechte WR MN NR 2 JC NR
Rodrick Williams RB TX NR NR NR NR

Rivals considers Andre McDonald's on-again off-again relationship with the Gophers to be in the off-again phase at this point. The Gophers did pick up RB Rodrick Williams Jr. Leidner and Lynn moved up to three stars on Scout. Hinds and Murray picked up two star ratings from Scout. Philip Nelson moved down to two stars on ESPN.

#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 3 4 4
Jordan Westerkamp WR IL 3 4 3 4
Sam Cotton TE NE 3 2 3 3

Scout downgrades Michael Rose to a 3-star. No further changes for Nebraska.

#11 Iowa - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Jaleel Johnson DT IL 4 4 4 4
Ryan Ward OL IL 4 3 4 3
Maurice Fleming CB IL 3 3 4 3
Cameron Wilson WR OH 3 3 3 3
Mitch Keppy OL IL 3 3 2 3
Michael Malloy RB IA 3 3 2 3
Drew Ott DE NE 3 2 3 3
Laron Taylor LB MI 2 3 3 3
Connor Kornbrath K WV 2 3 2 NR

Mitch Keppy picks up a 3-star rating from 24/7 Sports. Keppy and Malloy up to three stars on Scout.

#12 Purdue - 11 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
Jonathan Curry TE AL 3 3 2 3
Andy Garcia LB FL 3 2 2 2
BJ Knauf WR FL 3 NR 2 NR
Anthony Brown CB FL 3 NR NR NR
Paul Griggs K NC 2 3 3 NR
Thomas Meadows K VA 2 NR 2 NR
Jimmy Herman S IN NR 3 2 3
Steffon Martin LB AZ NR NR JC NR

Boilers pluck 3-star tight end Jonathan Curry from Alabama, continuing the weird theme of having the most national recruiting class (sorry, Mark Dantonio). Jimmy Herman picks up a third star from Scout. Thomas Meadows gets two stars from ESPN.

#13 Illinois - 7 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
Zach Jackson S FL NR 3 3 NR
Joey Warburg OL KY NR 2 3 NR
Joseph Spencer OL OH NR 2 NR 3

Illini pick up Zach Jackson. Spencer gets a third star on Scout.

Comments

PeteM

August 7th, 2011 at 4:41 PM ^

Nebraska's averages are decent but their volume isn't.  Does anyone know how the guys they are in on are ranked?  I realize that I'm probably influenced by how fast our class has filled up, but it looks like most schools are in double digits at this point.

Tim

August 7th, 2011 at 4:45 PM ^

They're apparently headed for a really small class, according to most sources I've seen.

Howeva, I'm not much of a follower of Nebraska recruiting, and couldn't really tell you who they have a good shot at (besides Andrus Peat, whose brother signed with the Huskers in February).

RockinLoud

August 7th, 2011 at 5:29 PM ^

This is all I hear about at lunchtime at work (live in Omaha), what is Bubba gonna do?  Personally I'd be almost shocked if he doesn't choose baseball instead.  Really talented athlete whatever he chooses, that's for sure.  If they lose him they might be screwed if they can't get a decent QB in this year's class.

WolvinLA2

August 7th, 2011 at 6:32 PM ^

I mean not really.  He's very lucky that the nation's #1 QB is from his home state and has an older brother on the team.  Sure, it was still big for IU to sign Kiel, but that was tee'ed up well for him. 

Outside of Kiel, IU hasn't one commit with a 4-star ranking by any service and much of the class is 2-star/NR, or just about where their class always is.

bfradette

August 7th, 2011 at 7:56 PM ^

Well, isn't the fact that he landed that kid a big deal for them? How many other kids have been in state guys who IU could never pull no matter the situation?

I'd say that the fact he pulled him in when it was set up well means something, especially when NOT landing him is the norm for that program.

And why the hell am I happy for IU football landing a good player? Am I THAT starved for football and BTN's perpetual MSU-ND reruns just not cutting it?

Indiana Blue

August 8th, 2011 at 8:38 AM ^

A quote from Bo gets voted as trolling.  Nice one Irish, but you are a Troll on this board and you have even admitted it ... get back into your limo.

Go Blue!