Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: 7-1-12

Submitted by Ace on July 1st, 2012 at 12:52 PM

While the pace of recruiting has slowed for Michigan, the same cannot be said for the rest of the Big Ten, as eight of the 12 conference teams (plus Notre Dame) picked up commits this week. Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State continue to be in a dogfight for second place, while Indiana goes back to being Indiana after briefly remembering they have a football team. Changes since the last rankings:

6-24-12: Penn State picks up Dorain Johnson. Iowa picks up Trevon Young, Solomon Warfield, and Ike Boettger. Michigan State picks up Dylan Chmura.
6-25-12: Michigan State picks up Trey Kilgore and Jay Harris. Wisconsin picks up Sam Raridon. Northwestern picks up Kyle Queiro. Purdue picks up John Strauser.
6-26-12: Notre Dame picks up Danny Mattingly. Ohio State picks up Darron Lee. Illinois picks up Dawuane Smoot.
6-27-12: Ohio State picks up Michael Hill. Penn State picks up Zach Bradshaw. Wisconsin picks up Matt Miller.
6-28-12: Purdue picks up Brisly Estime.
6-29-12: Notre Dame picks up Michael Deeb. Penn State picks up Zayd Issah. Purdue picks up Jake Replogle.
6-30-12: Illinois picks up Joshua Jones. Northwestern picks up Warren Miles-Long.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 22 3.55 3.82 3.73 3.64 3.68
2 Notre Dame 16 3.56 3.88 3.69 3.81 3.73
3 Ohio State 14 3.79 3.79 3.64 3.64 3.71
4 Penn State 14 3.50 3.50 3.50 3.57 3.52
5 Illinois 15 2.93 2.80 2.66 2.93 2.83
6 Iowa 15 2.87 2.73 2.80 2.87 2.82
7 Nebraska 11 3.18 3.18 3.18 3.18 3.18
8 Michigan State 10 3.00 3.10 3.10 3.10 3.08
9 Wisconsin 10 3.10 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.03
10 Northwestern 11 2.82 2.73 2.64 2.72 2.72
11 Purdue 6 2.82 2.33 2.50 2.17 2.46
12 Minnesota 4 2.50 2.75 3.00 2.75 2.75
13 Indiana 1 3.00 2.00 3.00 3.00 2.67

^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 - 22 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 3
Channing Stribling CB NC 2 2 3 NR
Scott Sypniewski LS IL 2 2 2 NR

No change for the Wolverines.

#2 Notre Dame - 16 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
Mike McGlinchey OL PA 4 4 4 4
Isaac Rochell DE GA 4 4 4 4
Malik Zaire QB OH 4 4 4 4
John Montelus OL MA 4 4 3 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
Danny Mattingly TE WA 3 4 3 3
Corey Robinson WR TX 3 4 3 3
Rashad Kinlaw ATH NJ 3 3 4 4
Devin Butler CB DC 3 3 3 4
Michael Deeb LB FL 3 3 3 4

The Irish add WA TE Danny Mattingly and FL LB Michael Deeb. As you can see, Notre Dame's star average—like those of Michigan and Ohio State—is inching down as they begin filling out their class.

#3 Ohio State - 14 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
Michael Hill DT SC 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 3
Darron Lee ATH OH 3 3 3 NR
Johnny Townsend P FL NR NR NR NR

The Buckeyes gain commitments from SC DT Michael Hill and in-state ATH Darron Lee.

#4 Penn State - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Adam Breneman TE PA 4 5 4 4
Dorian Johnson OL PA 4 4 5 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
William Fuller WR PA 3 4 3 3
Zayd Issah LB PA 3 4 3 3
Andrew Nelson OL PA 3 3 3 4
Brandon Bell LB NJ 3 3 3 3
Zach Bradshaw WR MD 3 3 3 3
Curtis Cothran DE NJ 3 3 3 3
Neiko Robinson S FL 3 2 3 3

The Nittany Lions make the biggest recruiting splash this week, picking up blue-chip in-state lineman Dorian Johnson, in-state LB Zayd Issah, and MD WR Zach Bradshaw. Bill O'Brien is doing a remarkable job with his first recruiting class, which sits just a notch below the classes of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State in terms of quality.

#5 Illinois - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Aaron Bailey QB IL 4 4 4 4
Caleb Day CB OH 4 3 3 3
Darius Mosely CB IL 3 3 3 4
Jarrod Clements DE OH 3 3 3 3
Reon Dawson CB OH 3 3 3 3
Christian DiLauro TE OH 3 3 3 3
Kenton Gibbs DT MI 3 3 3 3
Merrick Jackson DT IL 3 3 3 3
Dillan Cazley CB IL 3 3 2 3
Joshua Jones S MI 3 3 2 NR
Kendrick Foster RB IL 3 2 2 3
Dawuane Smoot DE OH 3 2 NR NR
Jesse Chadwell OL MI 2 3 3 3
Austin Schmidt OL OH 2 2 2 3
Bryce Douglas DT IL NR NR NR NR

The Illini continue to make noise on the recruiting trail, picking up MI S Joshua Jones and OH DE Dawuane Smoot and passing Nebraska in the process. Illinois will need to add some quality to the top of the class to stay at #5, but this is still an impressive haul for Tim Beckman.

#6 Iowa - 15 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 3
John Kenny LB IN 3 3 3 3
Derrick Mitchell Jr. S MO 3 3 3 3
Malik Rucker S MN 3 3 3 3
Solomon Warfield S OH 3 3 3 3
Sean Welsh OL OH 3 3 3 3
Derrick Willies WR IL 3 3 3 3
Nathan Bazata DT NE 3 2 3 3
Nic Shimonek QB TX 3 2 3 3
Trevon Young LB IA NR 2 NR NR
Ike Boettger TE IA NR NR NR 2
Andre Harris ATH MO NR NR NR NR

The Hawkeyes also leap Nebraska after picking up three commits—OH S Solomon Warfield, IA LB Trevon Young, and IA TE Ike Boettger—in one day. Like Illinois, they'll need to add some four-star types to the class to stay ahead of the Huskers.

#7 Nebraska - 11 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Marcus McWilson S OH 4 4 4 3
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 4
Nathan Gerry S SD 3 3 3 3
Kevin Gladney WR OH 3 3 3 3
Greg Hart TE OH 3 3 3 3
Dan Samuelson OL IN 3 3 3 3
Gabriel Miller LS IN 2 2 2 NR

No change for the Cornhuskers.

#8 Michigan State - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Jon Reschke LB MI 4 4 4 4
Shane Jones LB OH 4 3 3 4
Damion Terry QB PA 3 4 3 4
Darian Hicks CB OH 3 3 4 3
Jalyn Powell S OH 3 3 3 4
Gerald Holmes RB MI 3 3 3 3
R.J. Shelton RB WI 3 3 3 3
Trey Kilgore WR OH 3 3 3 NR
Jay Harris WR PA 2 3 3 NR
Dylan Chmura TE WI NR NR 2 NR

The Spartans bolster their receiving corps with the addition of OH WR Trey Kilgore, PA WR Jay Harris, and WI TE Dylan Chmura (son of former Green Bay Packers TE Mark Chmura).

#9 Wisconsin - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Chikwe Obasih DE WI 4 3 4 3
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
Hayden Biegel OL WI 3 3 3 3
Matt Miller OL OH 3 3 3 3
T.J. Watt ATH WI 3 3 3 NR
Sam Raridon DT IA 3 3 NR 3
Jazz Peavy WR WI 3 2 2 NR

The Badgers pick up OH OL Matt Miller—younger brother of Michigan OL Jack Miller—and IA DT Sam Raridon. Wisconsin sits just a hair behind Michigan State in the standings.

#10 Northwestern - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Matt Alviti QB IL 4 4 4 4
Sam Coverdale OL OH 3 3 3 3
Blake King OL IL 3 3 3 3
Brad North OL TX 3 3 3 3
Kyle Queiro ATH NJ 3 3 3 3
Eric Joraskie DE PA 3 3 2 3
Warren Miles-Long RB CA 3 3 2 NR
Macan Wilson WR TX 3 2 2 3
Tyler Lancaster OL IL NR 2 3 NR
Xavier Menifield RB CA NR 2 NR NR
Hunter Miswander K OH NR NR NR NR

The Wildcats continue their recent recruiting surge by adding NJ ATH Kyle Queiro and CA RB Warren Miles-Long. Macan Wilson picks up two stars from 247 and three from ESPN.

#11 Purdue - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Danny Etling QB IN 4 3 3 3
Randy Gregory DE AZ 3 3 3 JC
David Yancey RB IN 3 2 3 NR
Brisly Estime ATH FL 3 2 NR NR
Jake Replogle DE OH NR 2 2 NR
John Strauser DE IL NR 2 NR NR

The Boilermakers double their class size with the additions of FL ATH Brisly Estime, OH DE Jake Replogle, and IL DE John Strauser. Both of Replogle's other brothers, Tyler and Adam, played for rival Indiana.

#12 Minnesota - 4 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Keelon Brookins CB MN 3 3 3 3
Alex Mayes OL TX 3 3 3 3
Owen Salzwedel DE WI NR 3 3 NR
Chris Streveler QB IL NR 2 3 3

Chris Steveler picks up three stars on both 247 and ESPN.

#13 Indiana - 1 Commit
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Isaac Griffith WR IN 3 2 3 3

After picking up their first commit a couple weeks ago, the Hoosiers go back to doing what they do best: paying attention to basketball.

Comments

RakeFight

July 1st, 2012 at 5:00 PM ^

I have to say that sometimes I/we get so fixated on the last couple of open spots, that we take for granted what an outstanding class this is... talented, and well-rounded in terams of position.  

I hadn't realized what a nice OL ND had put together.  I don't pretend to know much about MSU or OSU's depth, but it seems like OL is a glaring hole in both of their classes so far...

Conroy

July 1st, 2012 at 5:38 PM ^

Is the biggest priority for Ohio State over the next couple of months.  Our major targets have already committed elsewhere, but thankfully there is still a year of HS football to be evaluated and 8 months between now and signing day to try and flip whoever.

RationalBuckeye

July 1st, 2012 at 11:07 PM ^

Whomever*. And stop with the "Urban's gonna flip everyone" bit, it makes us all look bad. 

That being said, the staff is looking for a tackle, and OGs are unlikely to be taken in this class. Price may switch to OG, but either way the current depth isn't as bad as it seems with the early enrollment from the 2012 class. I predict Kyle Meadows, an in-state guy gets the offer and commits, or else Finley commits, and Meadows never gets his offer.

DenverBuckeye

July 2nd, 2012 at 4:21 PM ^

Agree with Rational. Also, a couple reports have come out saying Chase Farris has switched to OL from DL. He was highly rated on both in high school and is making a good move in my opinion. I think his chances at starting DL in the next couple years were falling. Not that he was a bad DL, but our DL is and will be stocked with talent for the next few years. Similar to UM's OL. Oh, the battles to come.

marco dane

July 1st, 2012 at 8:04 PM ^

Illinois staff is showing. Getting Day & Mosley were good gets. Tim Beckman's staff deserve credit for the work they're putting in.

At this point,a better showing by them than by others ranked lower,but with more stable programs and winning records last season.

philthy66

July 2nd, 2012 at 6:27 PM ^

So I am relatively new to following recruiting, but I am an addict now.  My question starts with a given.  To my understanding, Michigan has 2 spots left in the 2013 class.  If someone (like McQuay) wants to enroll early, we can put them in the 2012 class.  Is there any scenario that allows for us to get 2 more PLUS early enrolee(s)?  Or is there a total scholarship number that is also in play here?