Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 9-12-10

Submitted by Tim on September 12th, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Very low-action week. Action since last rankings:

9-6-10 Illinois gains commitment from Scott McDowell. Minnesota gains commitment from Russell Haughton-Jones.

There's some debate as to whether 2010 LB Antonio Kinard will be a member of the Wolverines' class of 2011. He's not currently listed on Rivals's commit list, so I'll hold off on including him for now.

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 3.23 75.84
4 Michigan State 15 5.63 3.21 76.57
5 Michigan 10 5.70 3.30 78.10
6 Indiana 21 5.53 2.76 75.48
7 Iowa 14 5.61 3.00 76.43
8 Northwestern 13 5.55 2.77 77.23
9 Minnesota 14 5.47 2.57 71.71
10 Wisconsin 11 5.55 2.82 70.73
11 Penn State 4 5.60 3.50 77.75
12 Illinois 15 5.40 2.53 71.47
13 Purdue 6 5.45 2.67 71.17

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

No change for the Buckeyes.

#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

Nothing new for Notre Dame.

#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 3 75
Aaryn Bouzos CB CA 5.4 2 76
Nicklas Sade K NC 5.4 NR 78
Daimion Stafford S CA NR 3 NR

No change for Nebraska.

#4 Michigan State - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Lawrence Thomas LB MI 6.1 5 80
Donavon Clark OG OH 5.7 4 78
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 3 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 4 76
AJ Sims CB GA 5.6 3 78
Mark Scarpinato DT WI 5.5 3 76
Trae Waynes CB WI 5.4 3 75
Paul Lang TE PA 5.4 3 68

No change for Sparty.

#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

blah. Hopefully some commits on the way.

#6 Indiana - 21 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Raymon Taylor CB MI 5.8 3 77
Zack Shaw LB OH 5.8 3 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 3 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 3 77
Jay McCants WR OH 5.4 3 75
Mike Replogle LB OH 5.4 3 74
Donte Phillips DE WI 5.4 2 74
Nick VanHoose DB OH 5.4 3 74

No change for IU.

#7 Iowa - 14 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
Melvin Gordon RB WI 5.7 3 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 3 78
Marcus Grant WR MA 5.6 3 76
Jake Duzey TE MI 5.5 3 73
Henry Krieger-Coble TE IA 5.5 3 78
Cole Fisher LB NE 5.5 3 74
Mike Orloff LB MA 5.5 2 69
Austin Vincent WR TX 5.4 2 73

No change for Hawkeyes.

#8 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 3 77
Geoff Mogus OL OH 5.5 3 75
Cameron Dickerson WR NJ 5.5 2 73
Mark Szott TE IL 5.5 3 77
Treyvon Green RB TX NR 2 77

No change for Northwestern.

#9 Minnesota - 14 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 3 77
Luke McAvoy OL IL 5.5 3 75
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR MN 5.5 2 74
Sam Rohr TE WI 5.4 3 74
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX NR 2 NR
Russell Haughton-James OL FL NR NR NR

Gophers pick up another offensive lineman.

#10 Wisconsin - 11 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 3 76
Eric Steffes TE WI 5.6 3 NR
Terrance Floyd CB FL 5.6 2 77
Makinton Dorleant CB FL 5.5 3 77
Jordan Frederick LB WI 5.5 3 75
Derek Landisch LB WI 5.5 3 74
Frederick Willis WR WI 5.5 2 NR
Bennett Okotcha CB TX NR 3 76

Nothing new for Wisconsin.

#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 3 76

Still slim pickings for PSU.

#12 Illinois - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Clint Tucker DT IL 5.7 3 79
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
Scott McDowell OL IL 5.4 3 75
Ted Karras OL IN 5.4 2 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 2 77
Justin DuVernois K FL NR NR 70

Scott McDowell joins the class. Hayden Daniels isn't listed on Rivals as a commit, so I've removed him (though I think that'll be temporary).

#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 2 NR

Randy Gregory goes from 3-star to 2-star on Scout. Taylor Richards goes from unranked to 77 on ESPN.

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