Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: 7-29-12

Submitted by Ace on July 29th, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Michigan adds a commitment this week, so the recruiting rankings are front-paged. Also, Penn State begins their post-sanction slip down the board and there's a new team at the bottom of the list. Changes since the last rankings:

7-23-12: Ross Douglas decommits from Penn State.
7-24-12: Michigan picks up Ross Douglas. Michigan State picks up Devyn Salmon.
7-25-12: Keelon Brookins decommits from Minnesota. Wisconsin picks up Keelon Brookins.
7-26-12: Indiana picks up Demetrius Hill.
7-28-12: Notre Dame picks up Jamel James. Ohio State picks up Tim Gardner. Purdue picks up Keyante Green.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 23 3.57 3.82 3.78 3.70 3.72
2 Notre Dame 18 3.56 3.89 3.78 3.83 3.76
3 Ohio State 16 3.69 3.63 3.63 3.75 3.67
4 Iowa 16 2.88 2.75 3.06 2.94 2.91
5 Illinois 15 2.93 2.80 2.66 3.07 2.87
6 Penn State 12 3.42 3.50 3.42 3.50 3.46
7 Northwestern 15 2.67 2.60 2.73 2.87 2.72
8 Nebraska 12 3.17 3.17 3.42 3.25 3.25
9 Wisconsin 12 3.17 3.08 3.08 3.08 3.10
10 Michigan State 11 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.27 3.07
11 Purdue 9 2.56 2.44 2.56 2.56 2.53
12 Indiana 5 2.80 2.20 2.60 2.40 2.53
13 Minnesota 5 2.20 2.40 2.60 2.60 2.45

^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 - 23 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Shane Morris QB MI 4 5 5 4
Patrick Kugler OL PA 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
Taco Charlton DE 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
Ross Douglas CB 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 3
Scott Sypniewski LS IL 2 2 2 NR

The Wolverines add OH CB Ross Douglas one day after his decommitment from Penn State. Douglas is the 19th Michigan commit to earn four stars or higher on at least two of the four recruiting services.

#2 Notre Dame - 18 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Jaylon Smith LB IN 5 5 5 4
Alex Anzalone LB PA 4 4 4 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
Jamel James RB TX 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
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 4 4
Michael Deeb LB FL 3 3 3 4

The Irish pick up TX RB Jamel James.

#3 Ohio State - 15 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Cameron Burrows CB OH 5 4 4 4
Jalin Marshall ATH OH 4 5 4 4
Joey Bosa DE FL 4 5 4 4
Eli Woodard CB NJ 4 4 4 5
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
Ezekiel Elliott RB MO 4 4 4 4
Jayme Thompson S OH 4 3 4 4
Darron Lee ATH OH 3 3 3 3
Tracy Sprinkle DE OH 3 3 3 3
Taivon Jacobs WR MD 3 2 3 4
Tim Gardner OL IN 3 2 3 3
Johnny Townsend P FL NR 3 2 NR

The Buckeyes get a commitment from IN OL Tim Gardner.

#4 Iowa - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
David Kenney DE IN 4 4 3 4
Delano Hill S MI 3 3 4 3
Jon Wisnieski TE IA 3 3 3 4
Colin Goebel OL IL 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 4 NR
Ike Boettger TE IA NR 2 3 2
Andre Harris ATH MO NR 2 NR NR

Trevon Young gets four stars and Ike Boettger three from 247. Thanks to attrition at Penn State, the Hawkeyes—as well as the Illini—pass the Nittany Lions.

#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 3
Jesse Chadwell OL MI 2 3 3 3
Austin Schmidt OL OH 2 2 2 3
Bryce Douglas DT IL NR 2 NR 3

No change for the Illini.

#6 Penn State - 12 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
Garrett Sickels DE NJ 4 4 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

Ross Douglas is the second PSU decommit in the wake of the NCAA sanctions. As a result, the Nittany Lions slide two spots in the rankings and hold a very slight edge over Northwestern.

#7 Northwestern - 15 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
Anthony Walker Jr. LB FL 3 3 3 3
Eric Joraskie DE PA 3 3 2 3
Warren Miles-Long RB CA 3 3 2 3
Macan Wilson WR TX 3 2 2 3
Jayme Taylor TE TX 2 2 3 3
Xavier Menifield RB CA 2 2 NR 3
Matt Harris WR IL NR 2 3 NR
Tyler Lancaster OL IL NR 2 3 NR
Brett Walsh LB CA NR 2 3 3
Hunter Miswander K OH NR 2 NR NR

Warren Miles-Long, Jayme Taylor, and Brett Walsh each pick up three stars from ESPN.

#8 Nebraska - 12 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
Marcus Newby LB MD 4 3 4 4
Christian Lacouture DE TX 3 4 4 3
A.J. Natter DE WI 3 4 3 3
Courtney Love LB OH 3 3 4 4
Johnny Stanton QB CA 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.

#9 Wisconsin - 12 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Darius Latham DT IN 4 4 4 4
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
Keelon Brookins CB MN 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 poach MN CB Keelon Brookins from Minnesota, which just seems kinda cruel.

#10 Michigan State - 11 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 3
Devyn Salmon DT FL 3 2 2 3
Jay Harris WR PA 2 3 3 3
Dylan Chmura TE WI NR 2 2 NR

The Spartans pick up FL DT Devyn Salmon.

#11 Purdue - 9 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Danny Etling QB IN 4 3 3 3
Keyante Green RB GA 3 3 3 4
Randy Gregory DE AZ 3 3 3 JC
David Yancey RB IN 3 2 3 3
Myles Norwood WR TX 2 NR 3 NR
Johnny Thompson DE GA NR 3 NR NR
Jake Replogle DE OH NR 2 2 3
Parker Cothren DE AL NR 2 2 NR
John Strauser DE IL NR 2 NR NR

The Boilermakers add three GA RB Keyante Green. David Yancey picks up three stars from ESPN.

#12 Indiana - 5 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Danny Friend TE IL 3 3 3 3
Isaac Griffith WR IN 3 2 3 3
Evan Jansen TE OH 3 2 3 NR
Demetrius Hill DT KS 3 NR NR JC
Patrick Dougherty DE OH NR 2 2 2

The Hoosiers pick up JuCo DT Demetrius Hill and pass Minnesota in the rankings.

#13 Minnesota - 5 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Alex Mayes OL TX 3 3 3 3
Owen Salzwedel DE WI NR 3 3 3
Chris Wipson LB MN 2 2 NR NR
Chris Streveler QB IL NR 2 3 3
Jordan Hinojosa DT KS NR 2 NR JC

In-state corner Keelon Brookins decommits and flips to Wisconsin. Commence GopherQuest, Recruiting Edition?

Comments

Urban Warfare

July 29th, 2012 at 1:28 PM ^

You left off one of Penn State's recruits.  Brennan Franklin is an NR LB from Arizona who committed right after the sanctions were announced.  He also had interest, but no offers from powerhouses like Toledo, Washington, and Colorado. 

dmblue

July 29th, 2012 at 2:22 PM ^

I would argue that Penn State has Northwestern beaten by a large margin.  Despite the 3 less recruits their star average is 0.74 above northwestern.  

Sarasota13

July 29th, 2012 at 5:47 PM ^

you were working on ths vs. some Hello post.

Your Hello posts have improved over time and I enjoy reading the same. Much prefer fact over conjecture.   Hope you can post one soon. 

turtleboy

July 29th, 2012 at 5:57 PM ^

Hoke's winning the Ohio recruiting battle big time. Not too long ago it wasn't even a battle, now we're winning Michigan, and Ohio, and doing really well in Illinois, too.

bucndc

July 29th, 2012 at 6:04 PM ^

Ace,

I aoppreciate all your work, but the numbers are not accurate. Rivals has OSU listed with a 3.83 avg star rating. Your numbers show 3.69.  I realize you need to make Michigan's Avg/avg come out on top to justify your work, but I am calling bullshit on you.

bucndc

July 29th, 2012 at 6:36 PM ^

I went back and checked the rivals site again. They have the same rating for Michigan as Ace. 3.57, is that a coincidense? I stick to my original statement. Bullshit, its fairly simple stuff. If you are going to copy a recruiting service, then do it accurately, its fairly simple stuff.

I hope the IRS doesn't check your tax return.

GoWings2008

July 29th, 2012 at 6:42 PM ^

Regardless if you disagree with the inputs, Ace still applies the numbers and the math universally across every team.  But you can keep on being a dick calling BS on him if you want...it'll certainly ingratiate you to the blog.

/s

Mr Miggle

July 29th, 2012 at 6:57 PM ^

Michigan's numbers match because they don't have any unranked recruits. OSU's don't because they do. Rivals doesn't count unranked recruits at all in their averages. If you think that's more accurate, fine. You'd be wrong, but that's fine. Anyhow, Ace explains how he calculates the averages and he did it the same way when Michigan had unranked recruits.

bucndc

July 30th, 2012 at 3:37 PM ^

You could save yourself a lot of time and inaccuracy by just copying 247's composite ratings. They give equal weight to all the recruiting services you list. Why would you list a recruiting site, then not use their rating? If you want to use your own rating system then just label it Ace's rating, it's fairly simple.

RationalBuckeye

July 31st, 2012 at 5:36 PM ^

Ace, if this is the same bucndc who recently appeared on our boards at 11w, please pay him no regard, as he is nothing but a troll, and a poor one at that.

He's already made his presence distastefully known on the OSU site by attempting to troll some of the board's more respected members, and if he is indeed a buckeye fan, I apologize on behalf of the fanbase.

GoWings2008

July 29th, 2012 at 6:48 PM ^

Can't say the same about OSU, but I think USC makes a lot of unrealistic promises to recruits with regards to playing time and expectations.  Many guys who would be starters at many other universities are being sold a load of BS and promises and get there, figuring they'd get a chance to play for a National Championship, but to find out too late that they get to watch an NC being won from the bench.