Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: 6-3-12 (UPDATED 6-4-12)

Submitted by Ace on June 3rd, 2012 at 2:41 PM

While this post may become somewhat obsolete in the very near future, here's the latest update of the Big Ten recruiting landscape. Not a whole lot of action this week, but both Michigan and Notre Dame get big pickups during the same week that Rivals updates their rankings. Changes since the last rankings:

6-2-12: Michigan picks up Maurice Hurst Jr. Notre Dame picks up Jaylon Smith.
UPDATE 6-4-12: Michigan picks up Henry Poggi.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 20 3.70 4.00 3.85 3.75 3.83
2 Ohio State 11 4.00 4.00 3.82 3.82 3.91
3 Notre Dame 13 3.62 3.92 3.77 3.85 3.79
4 Penn State 8 3.63 3.63 3.63 3.50 3.59
5 Nebraska 8 3.38 3.38 3.38 2.88 3.25
6 Michigan State 7 3.29 3.29 3.14 2.86 3.14
7 Illinois 10 2.90 2.90 2.80 2.30 2.73
8 Iowa 8 3.13 2.88 3.00 2.50 2.88
9 Wisconsin 6 3.17 3.17 3.17 3.00 3.13
10 Northwestern 2 3.00 3.50 3.50 3.00 3.25
11 Purdue 2 3.50 3.00 3.00 2.00 2.88
12 Minnesota 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 - 20 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
Henry Poggi DT MD 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
Maurice Hurst Jr. DT MA 3 4 4 3
Jaron Dukes WR OH 3 4 3 4
Khalid Hill TE MI 3 3 3 3
Csont'e York WR MI 3 3 3 NR

The Wolverines gain a commitment from Maurice Hurst Jr., and Csont'e York goes from unranked to three stars on Rivals. (UPDATE: Michigan also get a commitment from Henry Poggi.)

#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

No change for the Buckeyes.

#3 Notre Dame - 13 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Jaylon Smith LB IN 5 5 5 4
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 4 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 3 4 4

The Irish win a huge head-to-head battle against Ohio State for the services of five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith. Mike McGlinchey also gets upgraded to four stars on Rivals. Notre Dame is still just behind the Buckeyes for second place in the team rankings.

#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 3 3 3 NR
Andrew Nelson OL PA NR 3 3 NR

Curtis Cothran picks up three stars from Rivals.

#5 Nebraska - 8 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
Greg Hart TE OH 3 3 3 3
Dan Samuelson OL IN 3 3 3 NR

No change for the Cornhuskers.

#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 3 4 3 4

Damion Terry goes from unranked to three stars on Rivals.

#7 Illinois - 10 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
Reon Dawson CB OH 3 3 3 NR
Christian DiLauro TE OH 3 3 3 NR
Kenton Gibbs DT MI 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 2 2 NR
Jesse Chadwell OL MI 2 3 3 NR
Austin Schmidt OL OH 2 2 2 NR

Jesse Chadwell and Austin Schmidt each earn two stars from Rivals.

#8 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 2 3 NR
Nic Shimonek QB TX 3 2 3 NR

Nic Shimonek gets three stars from Rivals.

#9 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

No change for the Badgers.

#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 3 3 NR

No change for the Wildcats.

#11 Purdue - 2 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Danny Etling QB IN 4 3 3 NR
Randy Gregory DE AZ 3 3 3 JC

Danny Etling picks up four stars and Randy Gregory three stars from Rivals.

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

No change for the Gophers.

Indiana is the lone Big Ten school without a commit.

Comments

BILG

June 3rd, 2012 at 2:53 PM ^

What about when Urban Meyer starts putting out commitable offers?  Won't all our 4 and 5* talent flip.  Ohio Community College seems to think so....

11W -

Guys it's only June 2012. Signing day is a long time away. Unlike Brady Choke, Urban doesn't believe in a first come first serve strategy. Besides if we have scholarships available just before signing day we can use some snake oil and take a couple from Michigan. McCray and Hurst would flip to us in a heart beat. I still think we'll get Demonte to flip if we want him bad enough. The only two from Michigan that wouldn't flip are Morris and that blob named Logan Tillman. After seeing what a terrible person he really is I wouldn't want him anyway. Don't let Michigans stock piling of two and three stars get you down. Urban only recruits high end 4 stars and 5 stars. Besides our coaching is by far the best in the country at developing talent. Michigan coaching isnt even top 50. MAC material! LOL!!

 

In all seriousness.  If we hold fort and pick up Poggi and Treadwell along with 1 or 2 more 4*'s are we likely to have the top class? 

Who can catch us at this point?  USC is talent stacked but lacks scholarships.  Texas? FSU? What you guys think?

triangle_M

June 3rd, 2012 at 3:13 PM ^

nice to have a #1 class, just to see it there, annoying everyone at 11w, bucknuts, ozone or wherever.  I've learned not to read the comments over on 11w.  It's always a bunch of chest thumping.  I could care less what random OSU homer fan thinks.  The articles are good.  Alex is good, Ramses is usually very good, but no thank you to the peanut gallery.

Lionsfan

June 3rd, 2012 at 3:20 PM ^

Brady Choke? That doesn't even make any sense, he hasn't choked away any games yet.

And by their logic, then Saban and Mack Brown are idiots too, with a first come first served approach.

Also, they shouldn't knock the MAC, it is the cradle of coaching after all

unWavering

June 3rd, 2012 at 3:18 PM ^

"After seeing what a terrible person (Tuley-Tillman) really is I wouldn't want him anyway"

Yeah, he even burnt a LETTER!  How dare he?

/s

But seriously, I'm still trying to figure out why all these OSU fans are so pissed off about that.  If an OSU commit did the same thing I wouldn't think twice about it.  So LTT doesn't like OSU, tough shit.

Dan84

June 3rd, 2012 at 6:12 PM ^

They already have Reuben Foster (the #2 player in the country), two other high-4*/5* guys in Jonathan Allen and Altee Tenpenny, and several other top-100 players. On top of that, they are serious contenders for Robert Foster and Robert Nkemdiche. Michigan's class very well may match Alabama's in terms of depth, but the services seem to put a lot of emphasis on the top 50 to 100 players, and Michigan will likely not be able to keep up with Alabama on that account.

After Alabama, it's likely to be some order of Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and USC, unless some school goes on a run and hits with a bunch of top prospects in a row like Stanford and Ohio State did last year.

DenverBuckeye

June 4th, 2012 at 9:28 AM ^

Honestly, this isn't the view of 90% of Buckeye fans. Especially the informed ones who follow recruiting. Michigan is putting together a legit #1 class. Hurst and Poggi are awesome additions for your D. Credit where it's due, Hoke is killing this year.

EGD

June 3rd, 2012 at 3:42 PM ^

After all these decades of futility, you can't blame IU for trying something different.  I mean, I'm sure they've been "sending out offers" and trying to "recruit players" all this time, and that hasn't worked.  So maybe the new strategy is to focus on other things, like developing walk-ons and designing trick plays.

Scarlatina

June 3rd, 2012 at 5:25 PM ^

Out of our projected starters (Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant, and Etienne Sabino), two of them are true sophomores with at least two more seasons of service.  Then you also have last year's starter at MLB, Storm Klein, who's a more than capable back-up if anyone happens to go down.

After those four, the rest of the depth chart is filled with a plethora of freshman talent (Conner Crowell, Josh Perry, and Luke Roberts).  Then you have David Perkins, Jamal Marcus, and Camren Williams from the 2012 class that haven't even shown up on campus.

I felt like LB shouldn't really be that high of a priority this recruiting cycle for the Bucks. I know that they were only targetting a small amount of LB recruits and seemed to only offer the "can't miss" prospects. I am disappointed though that neither Jaylon nor Alex decided to commit, but it's far from a desperate situation.

Right now I'd place O-Lineman and WRs as a more pressing issue in terms of recruiting, and I'm hoping the last few remaining spots gets devoted towards those positions.

BigOzzy86

June 4th, 2012 at 9:32 PM ^

the Hoosiers....  almost like we should have a sympathy draft.   The top 7 teams can all lock in five recruits of their choosing.   Then the Hoosiers can pick one recruit from each team.....  

They are already nearing sub MAC status.   Soon the BCS is not going to let teams count wins against IU towards their season total.  Or if they do count them.. then you are required to put an "*" next to it and say that you only played freshman and sophomores that week.

 

Seriously - I just checked Scout and observed that Western MI, Toledo, Kent State, Miami OH, Mass, Buffalo, Bowling Green already have verbal commits.....and Central MI has 5.