Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: 5-6-12

Submitted by Ace on May 6th, 2012 at 2:36 PM

By request, recruiting rankings front-paged to bump that creepy picture off the top. Given the glut of early commitments in the class of 2013, it was inevitable that we'd start to see some recruits have a change of heart. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that Ohio State suffered a couple of decommits this week, though the circumstances surrounding Alex Anzalone's decision are obviously highly unusual. Other than then happenings in Columbus, nothing changed at the top of the board, though there were several pickups by teams in the middle of the pack. Changes since the last rankings:

4-29-12: Wisconsin picks up Chikwe Obasih.
4-30-12: Illinois picks up Merrick Jackson.
5-1-12: Lewis Neal decommits from Ohio State. Illinois picks up Jarrod Clements. Northwestern picks up Blake King.
5-3-12: Wisconsin picks up Jack Keeler.
5-5-12: Alex Anzalone decommits from Ohio State. Nebraska picks up Christian Lacouture. Illinois picks up Austin Schmidt.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 17 3.76 4.06 3.88 3.88 3.90
2 Ohio State 11 4.00 4.00 3.82 3.82 3.91
3 Notre Dame 12 3.42 3.75 3.67 3.83 3.67
4 Penn State 8 3.50 3.38 3.50 3.50 3.47
5 Nebraska 6 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.00 3.38
6 Michigan State 7 3.14 3.00 3.14 2.86 3.04
7 Iowa 7 3.14 3.00 3.00 2.71 2.96
8 Wisconsin 6 3.17 3.17 3.17 3.00 3.13
9 Illinois 8 2.88 2.88 2.75 2.38 2.72
10 Northwestern 2 3.00 3.00 3.50 3.00 3.13
11 Minnesota 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.00 2.75
12 Purdue 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.00 2.75
13 Indiana 0 - - - - -

^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.

NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.

On to the full data after the jump.

 

#1 Michigan - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Patrick Kugler OL PA 4 5 4 4
Shane Morris QB MI 4 5 4 4
Dymonte Thomas S OH 4 5 4 4
Kyle Bosch OL IL 4 4 4 4
Jake Butt TE OH 4 4 4 4
David Dawson OL MI 4 4 4 4
Chris Fox OL CO 4 4 4 4
Ben Gedeon LB OH 4 4 4 4
Jourdan Lewis CB MI 4 4 4 4
Mike McCray LB OH 4 4 4 4
Logan Tuley-Tillman OL IL 4 4 4 4
Wyatt Shallman ATH MI 4 4 4 3
Taco Charlton DE OH 4 3 4 4
Gareon Conley CB OH 3 4 4 4
DeVeon Smith RB OH 3 4 4 4
Jaron Dukes WR OH 3 4 3 4
Khalid Hill TE MI 3 3 3 3

No change for the Wolverines.

#2 Ohio State - 11 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Cameron Burrows CB OH 5 4 4 4
Jalin Marshall ATH OH 4 5 5 4
Joey Bosa DE FL 4 5 4 4
J.T. Barrett QB TX 4 4 4 4
Marcus Baugh TE CA 4 4 4 4
Evan Lisle OL OH 4 4 4 4
Billy Price DT OH 4 4 4 4
Eli Woodard CB NJ 4 4 4 4
Ezekiel Elliott RB MO 4 4 3 4
Jayme Thompson S OH 4 3 3 4
Tracy Sprinkle DE OH 3 3 3 NR

The Buckeyes maintain the #2 spot despite losing Lewis Neal and Alex Anzalone, though there's speculation that Joey Bosa could also decide to leave the class after the events of the past week.

#3 Notre Dame - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Hunter Bivin OL KY 4 4 4 4
Steven Elmer OL MI 4 4 4 4
Mike Heuerman TE FL 4 4 4 4
Malik Zaire QB OH 4 4 4 4
John Montelus OL MA 4 4 3 4
Mike McGlinchey OL PA 3 4 4 4
Colin McGovern OL IL 3 4 4 4
Jacob Matuska DE OH 3 4 4 3
James Onwualu WR MN 3 4 3 4
Corey Robinson WR TX 3 4 3 3
Devin Butler CB DC 3 3 3 4
Rashad Kinlaw ATH NJ 3 NR 4 4

No change for the Irish.

#4 Penn State - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Adam Breneman TE PA 4 5 4 4
Christian Hackenberg QB VA 4 4 4 4
Greg Webb DT NJ 4 4 4 4
Garrett Sickels DE NJ 4 4 4 4
Ross Douglas CB OH 4 3 4 4
Brendan Mahon OL NJ 4 3 3 4
Curtis Cothran DE NJ NR NR 3 NR
Andrew Nelson OL PA NR NR NR NR

No change for the Nittany Lions.

#5 Nebraska - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Marcus McWilson S OH 4 4 4 NR
Josh Banderas LB NE 4 3 4 4
Tre'vell Dixon ATH LA 4 3 3 4
Christian Lacouture DE TX 3 4 3 3
A.J. Natter DE WI 3 4 3 3
Courtney Love LB OH 3 3 4 NR

The Huskers reel in Christian Lacouture, who held a Michigan offer and had the Wolverines in his final group.

#6 Michigan State - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Jon Reschke LB MI 4 4 4 NR
Shane Jones LB OH 4 3 3 NR
Caleb Benenoch OL TX 3 3 3 4
Gerald Holmes RB MI 3 3 3 3
Jalyn Powell S OH 3 3 3 NR
R.J. Shelton RB WI 3 3 3 3
Damion Terry QB PA NR NR 3 4

No change for the Spartans.

#7 Iowa - 7 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
David Kenney DE IN 4 4 3 4
Colin Goebel OL IL 3 3 3 3
Delano Hill S MI 3 3 3 3
Brant Gressel DT OH 3 3 3 NR
John Kenny LB IN 3 3 3 NR
Derrick Willies WR IL 3 3 3 NR
Nathan Bazata DT NE 3 NR 3 NR

No change for the Hawkeyes.

#8 Wisconsin - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Chikwe Obasih DE WI 4 3 4 NR
Rob Wheelwright WR OH 3 4 3 3
Austin Ramesh ATH WI 3 3 4 3
Garret Dooley LB IL 3 3 3 4
Jack Keeler OL IL 3 3 3 4
T.J. Watt ATH WI 3 3 NR NR

The Badgers pick up in-state DE Chikwe Obasih, who had some Michigan interest but no offer, and Illinois lineman Jack Keeler. I'm leaving Wisconsin just behind MSU and Iowa for now, but another commit could see them vault past both teams.

#9 Illinois - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Aaron Bailey QB IL 4 4 4 4
Jarrod Clements DE OH 3 3 3 NR
Christian DiLauro TE OH 3 3 3 NR
Merrick Jackson DT IL 3 3 3 NR
Dillan Cazley CB IL 3 3 2 3
Kendrick Foster RB IL 3 NR 2 NR
Jesse Chadwell OL MI NR 3 3 NR
Austin Schmidt OL OH NR NR 2 NR

The Illini continue to gain steam of the heels of Aaron Bailey's commitment, picking up Jarrod Clements, Merrick Jackson, and Austin Schmidt this week.

#10 Northwestern - 2 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Matt Alviti QB IL 4 4 4 4
Blake King OL IL NR NR 3 NR

The Wildcats gain a commitment from in-state OL Blake King. Thus ends Northwestern's reign with the best star average in the conference.

#11 Minnesota - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Keelon Brookins CB MN 3 3 3 NR

No change for the Gophers.

#12 Purdue - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Danny Etling QB IN 3 3 3 NR

No change for the Boilermakers.

Indiana is the lone Big Ten school without a commit.

Comments

goblueritzy92

May 6th, 2012 at 2:47 PM ^

What is up with ESPN's rankings? After the top 5 teams more than half of the prospects are unranked including some of the higher ranked guys from State.

Ace

May 6th, 2012 at 2:54 PM ^

I don't think they have as big of a network dedicated to recruiting as the other three sites, so they didn't evaluate as many prospects for their initial offering. They seemed to focus on recruits committed to high-profile schools, too, but they obviously didn't get to everyone. Also, I think they evaluated more guys in SEC country than in the Midwest, so the lack of coverage really shows up for the Big Ten guys.

graybeaver

May 6th, 2012 at 4:36 PM ^

Why is MSU and Iowa ranked ahead of Wisky? They only have one more recruit. I can understand M having a higher ranked class over Ohio even though Ohio has a higher star average. M has 6 more recruits than they do. If the difference in number of recruits is only one than it seems like star ranking would weigh more in ranking them.

Ace

May 6th, 2012 at 4:45 PM ^

Like I said in the post, I was very close to jumping Wisconsin, but didn't for three reasons:

1. The star rating difference is very small.
2. MSU and Iowa do have one more recruit each, and when numbers are that low it makes a bigger difference.
3. MSU and Iowa both have a large number of unranked recruits almost entirely due to ESPN not having enough guys evaluated. If you chalk up most of those guys as three-stars (and that's conservative when it comes to a guy like Reschke), the star average difference is eliminated. I realize Obasih is a guy for whom this is also the case, but it's currently having a bigger impact on the Spartans and Hawkeyes.

rob f

May 6th, 2012 at 5:52 PM ^

-I was going to post that very same comment, but I was busy looking at a couple of recruiting sites to see if they were in on any recruits of note; not only do they have absolutely no 2013 verbal commitments, there really are relatively few kids with IU on their interest lists. I then looked back at their list of 2012 commitments and found that 7 of their 25 commits were 2*'s.    Nobody 4* or better was signed in '12 (although they briefly thought they had QB Gunner Kiel before he played hopscotch on them and LSU and signed with ND) ; if HC Kevin Wilson is going to somehow turn IU around, I wonder what his plan is. 

I have no love for IU, but it would be nice for the B1G to see IU be at least  competitive from time-to-time.

 

 

beenplumb

May 7th, 2012 at 10:01 AM ^

Ace, do you think Shane has a chance of nabbing a 5th star from Rivals before all is said and done, given his strong performances at the various camps? I know it would mostly be a vanity thing; we all know the kid is 100% legit, but it'd be nice to flaunt.

Ace

May 7th, 2012 at 10:29 AM ^

If he stays in the position he's at on Rivals (#16 overall), he'll get that fifth star when they start handing out a few more—last year, the top 32 got five stars. The fact that Morris is willing to put himself out there and appear at so many camps should also help his cause, as will making the Elite 11 finals. Unless he has too many more performances like he did in Dallas, I'm guessing he'll earn that five-star honor.

GoWings2008

May 7th, 2012 at 12:01 PM ^

A fifth star would be nice, but I think many of us would agree that the ranking is pretty much immaterial at this point in that we are getting the "right kid" on the team.  Its nice to be recognized nationally in recruiting, but if Shane wins 11 games per year as a starter, we could care less whether he was a four or five star.  Not discounting what you said, but just pointing out that Shane's talents are already recognized and he's already doing a great job getting more kids into the fold...the fifth star would just be icing on the proverbial cake. 

Edit:  And now I've read the rest of your post.  Yes, you're 100% right.  He's 100% legit.

RTFQ...my bad.

bubblelevel

May 7th, 2012 at 10:41 AM ^

What is your take on the real need for commits (any commits) to be constantly attending these events?  One school like you allude to is it shows competitiveness, desire, etc.  The other perspective is that these events really only benefit the recruiting sites so that they have something to write about and the colleges if given a choice would like their guys to minimize the chance for injuries.

Ace

May 7th, 2012 at 11:00 AM ^

I think it's a very good thing for guys to do these camps. Not only can they get a rankings boost, but they're exposed to elite coaching that's tough to find on the high school level. Also, at a camp—where contact is minimal—there's very little (certainly not none, but not much) injury risk.

Then there's the added benefit of having commits like Morris go to these camps and recruit for his school. With so many elite guys showing up at events like last weekend's NFTC, it never hurts to have a strong contingent of commits out there making their presence known.