Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings 9-26-10

Submitted by Tim on September 26th, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Very low-action week. Action since last rankings:

9-20-10Michigan State gains commitment from Roger Williamson.

If you see any errors in the individual tables, please let me know. I'm tempted to move Indiana down a bit, but their averages per commit are about even with (or only very slightly behind) the teams nipping at their heels, and they have more commits.

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg ESPN Avg
1 Ohio State 17 5.76 3.82 79.00
2 Notre Dame 19 5.71 3.47 79.00
3 Nebraska 13 5.70 3.23 75.85
4 Michigan State 16 5.64 3.25 76.75
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 5.58 2.77 77.23
9 Minnesota 15 5.45 2.60 71.93
10 Wisconsin 11 5.55 2.82 70.73
11 Penn State 4 5.60 3.50 77.75
12 Illinois 16 5.40 2.56 69.81
13 Purdue 7 5.46 2.43 71.71

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 - 19 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout ESPN
Stephon Tuitt DE GA 6.0 4 80
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
George Atkinson III S CA 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
Josh Atkinson CB CA 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

No change for the Domers.

#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 - 16 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
Roger Williamson CB OH 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

Spartans pick up DB Roger Williamson out of Ohio.

#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

Ready for something to happen here plz.

#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

IU is pretty much done.

#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.

#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 - 15 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
Cameron Brown WR TX NR 2 74
Samuel Oyenuga CB TX NR 2 NR
Russell Haughton-James OL FL NR 2 NR

Haughton-James and Brown pick up 2-star ratings from Scout.

#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

No change 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

They have to get some commits sooner or later, right?

#12 Illinois - 16 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
Marquise Mosley WR TX 5.4 2 NR
Hunter Wells OL IL 5.3 3 NR
Daniel Rhodes TE NC NR 2 73
JT Thornton CB FL NR 2 77
Henry Dickinson LB TN NR 2 NR
Justin DuVernois K FL NR NR 70

Mosley grabs a 5.4 rating from Rivals. Dickinson gets 2 stars from Scout.

#13 Purdue - 7 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
AJ King WR FL 5.5 2 75
Randy Gregory DE IN NR 2 NR

King is a 2-star to Scout now.

Comments

plev72

September 26th, 2010 at 3:33 PM ^

Feels like forever since our last commit... do we have a new and improved short list of who we are likely to see commit sometime in the reasonably near future? I would think wins over Indiana and Michigan State would be enough to convince some of the folks that are doubting the stability of the coaching staff that they will be around for a while. Do we have a realistic shot at any of the elite (high-4 star or better) prospects?

bronxblue

September 26th, 2010 at 4:02 PM ^

Nice work Tim, as usual.

I really do think that after that 6th win (probably at home against MSU), some of the kids on the fence will sign with UM.  It does seem like most of these kids just want to be sure that RR is going to be the coach going forward. 

Tim

September 26th, 2010 at 9:29 PM ^

At this time last year, Michigan had 17 commits.

In the '09 class, they had 12 commits at this time.

13 the previous year. 

11 the year before that.

6 the year before that.

8 the year before that.

9 the 2004 class.

Rivals's database doesn't have dates for the commitments of the '03 class.

Hoke_Floats

September 27th, 2010 at 10:02 AM ^

Are recruits waiting on us or are we waiting on offering?

Seems like RR could get a better crop of kids with a 9 win season vs a 7 win

Is he slow playing to pick up a few kids?  10 kids isn't an awful base, seems like he may be waiting to hit a couple of home runs

CalifExile

September 27th, 2010 at 11:09 AM ^

This gets to the point I was going to make. Michigan could have a full class signed right now if they just wanted the numbers. Daren Kitchen is an example of a good player who would sign with M right now if he had a committable offer. But with limited spaces and the possibility of getting players like Dallas Crawford and Avery Walls RR isn't pushing to get that commitment.

I think we're better off with fewer commits at this time so that we'll have space for the 4 and 5 stars who are waiting to see how the season goes before deciding whether they'll commit to Michigan.

TriFloyd

September 27th, 2010 at 10:09 AM ^

I recognize that it's too early to get nervous, but I'm still getting nervous.  I know that recruits are probably waiting and lots of things happened this year that more time should solve, but I'm still getting nervous.