Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: 8-26-12

Submitted by Ace on August 26th, 2012 at 4:20 PM

The Big Ten Recruiting Rankings returns after a two-week hiatus. Outside of Penn State's class continuing to fall apart, little of note occurred since the rankings were last posted; look no further than Indiana picking up the highest-ranked recruit in that span for evidence. Changes since the last rankings:

8-5-12: Minnesota picks up Jalen Myrick.
8-6-12: Wisconsin picks up Alex James.
8-7-12: Illinois picks up Reggie Spearman. Dorian Johnson and Zach Bradshaw decommit from Penn State.
8-8-12: Nebraska picks up Zach Hannon. Indiana picks up Myles Graham.
8-9-12: Nebraska picks up Jonathan Cook. Indiana picks up Antonio Allen.
8-10-12: Illinois picks up Martize Barr. Northwestern picks up Godwin Igwebuike.
8-11-12: Penn State picks up Jordan Smith.
8-12-12: Iowa picks up Matthew VandeBerg. Indiana picks up Chase Dutra.
8-18-12: Illinois picks up Miguel Hermosillo.
8-20-12: Purdue picks up Dwayne Johnson.
8-25-12: Michigan State picks up Demetrius Cooper.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 Michigan 23 3.61 3.87 3.74 3.70 3.73
2 Notre Dame 19 3.58 3.89 3.79 3.79 3.76
3 Ohio State 16 3.63 3.69 3.63 3.81 3.69
4 Illinois 19 2.89 2.79 2.58 3.05 2.83
5 Iowa 17 3.00 2.71 3.00 3.06 2.94
6 Northwestern 17 2.88 2.65 2.82 3.06 2.85
7 Nebraska 14 3.14 3.36 3.36 3.21 3.27
8 Wisconsin 13 3.23 3.08 3.08 3.23 3.15
9 Michigan State 12 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.17 3.04
10 Penn State 10 3.30 3.30 3.30 3.50 3.35
11 Purdue 11 2.91 2.45 2.55 2.82 2.68
12 Indiana 8 3.00 2.50 2.75 2.63 2.75
13 Minnesota 6 2.50 2.33 2.67 2.83 2.58

^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.

To eliminate any confusion about how the rankings are determined (to be honest, they used to be arbitrary), team order is determined by multiplying the number of commits by star average.

On to the full data after the jump.

 

#1 Michigan - 23 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Shane Morris QB MI 5 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
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
Jake Butt TE OH 4 4 3 4
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 3 3 3
Scott Sypniewski LS IL 2 2 2 2

Shane Morris gets his coveted fifth star from Rivals. Channing Stribling is bumped up to three stars on Scout. Jake Butt falls from four stars to three on 247.

#2 Notre Dame - 19 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
John Montelus OL MA 4 4 4 4
Isaac Rochell DE GA 4 4 4 4
Malik Zaire QB OH 4 4 4 4
William Fuller WR PA 4 4 3 3
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

William Fuller gets bumped to four stars on Rivals. John Montelus makes the same leap on 247.

#3 Ohio State - 16 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
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
Cameron Burrows CB OH 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
Taivon Jacobs WR MD 3 3 3 4
Darron Lee ATH OH 3 3 3 3
Tracy Sprinkle DE OH 3 3 3 3
Tim Gardner OL IN 3 2 3 3
Johnny Townsend P FL 2 3 2 3

Cam Burrows drops from five stars to four on Rivals, which also gives Johnny Townsend a two-star rating. Taivon Jacobs is raised to three stars on Scout.

#5 Illinois - 19 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
Reggie Spearman LB IL 3 3 3 3
Dillan Cazley CB IL 3 3 2 3
Bryce Douglas DT IL 3 3 2 3
Kendrick Foster RB IL 3 3 2 3
Joshua Jones S MI 3 3 2 3
Darwyn Kelly S DC 3 2 2 3
Dawuane Smoot DE OH 3 2 2 3
Jesse Chadwell OL MI 2 3 3 3
Austin Schmidt OL OH 2 2 2 3
Martize Barr WR IA 2 NR NR JC
Miguel Hermosillo ATH IL NR 2 NR 3

The Illini add DC S Darwyn Kelly. Joshua Jones picks up three stars from ESPN. Bryce Douglas earns three stars from Rivals and Scout, several players go from unranked to two stars on both Rivals and 247. Illinois passes Iowa in the standings by virtue of their two extra commits.

#5 Iowa - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
David Kenney DE IN 4 4 3 4
Delano Hill S MI 4 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 3 2 4 3
Ike Boettger TE IA 2 2 3 2
Andre Harris ATH MO 3 2 NR 3
Matthew VandeBerg WR SD NR 2 NR 3

The Hawkeyes land South Dakota WR Matthew VandeBerg. Delano Hill earns a fourth star from Rivals, which also gives Trevon Young and Andre Harris three stars and Ike Boettger two. Young and Harris are both bumped to three stars on ESPN.

#6 Northwestern - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Matt Alviti QB IL 4 4 4 4
Godwin Igwebuike ATH OH 3 3 3 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
Keith Watkins RB OH 3 3 3 3
Eric Joraskie DE PA 3 3 2 3
Warren Miles-Long RB CA 3 3 2 3
Matt Harris WR IL 3 2 3 3
Tyler Lancaster OL IL 3 2 3 3
Brett Walsh LB CA 3 2 3 3
Macan Wilson WR TX 3 2 2 3
Jayme Taylor TE TX 2 2 3 3
Xavier Menifield RB CA 2 2 3 3
Hunter Miswander K OH 2 2 2 2

The Wildcats add OH ATH Godwin Igwebuike, high school teammate of Michigan commit Jake Butt. Matt Harris, Tyler Lancaster, and Brett Walsh all go from unranked to three stars on Rivals; Harris and Lancaster also pick up three stars from 247. Hunter Niswander gets two stars from Rivals.

#7 Nebraska - 14 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Marcus McWilson S OH 4 4 4 3
Josh Banderas LB NE 4 4 4 4
Marcus Newby LB MD 4 3 4 4
Johnny Stanton QB CA 3 4 4 4
Christian Lacouture DE TX 3 4 4 3
A.J. Natter DE WI 3 4 3 3
Dan Samuelson OL IN 3 4 3 3
Courtney Love LB OH 3 3 4 4
Jonathan Cook CB AL 3 3 3 3
Nathan Gerry S SD 3 3 3 3
Kevin Gladney WR OH 3 3 3 3
Zach Hannon OL MO 3 3 3 3
Greg Hart TE OH 3 3 3 3
Gabriel Miller LS IN 2 2 2 2

The Huskers add two three-star prospects in AL CB Jonathan Cook and MO OL Zach Hannon. Josh Banderas, Johnny Stanton, and Dan Samuelson all jump to four stars on Scout. Nebraska is close to closing the gap with Northwestern, and another commit could see them move up.

#8 Wisconsin - 13 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
Keelon Brookins CB MN 4 3 3 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
Alec James DE WI 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 3

The Badgers land in-state DE Alec James. In a cruel twist for Minnesota, former Gopher commit Keelon Brookins is bumped up to four stars on Rivals. Jazz Peavy earns three stars from ESPN. Wisconsin moves past a reeling Penn State squad in the rankings.

#9 Michigan State - 12 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 3 2 2 NR
Demetrius Cooper DE IL NR 3 3 NR

The Spartans add IL DE Demetrius Cooper. Dylan Chmura gets a bump to three stars on Rivals. Michigan State also moves past Penn State on the big board.

#10 Penn State - 10 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Adam Breneman TE PA 4 5 4 4
Christian Hackenberg QB VA 4 4 5 4
Garrett Sickels DE NJ 4 4 4 4
Brendan Mahon OL NJ 4 3 3 4
Zayd Issah LB PA 3 4 3 3
Andrew Nelson OL PA 3 3 3 4
Brandon Bell LB NJ 3 3 3 3
Curtis Cothran DE NJ 3 3 3 3
Neiko Robinson S FL 3 2 3 3
Jordan Smith CB DC NR 2 NR 3

The Nittany Lions take a huge hit with the decommitments of borderline five-star OL Dorian Johnson and three-star WR/LB Zach Bradshaw. They do pick up DC CB Jordan Smith, but that's not much of a silver lining as their class is rapidly falling apart.

#11 Purdue - 11 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
Austin Logan S FL 3 3 2 3
Johnny Thompson DE GA 3 3 NR 2
Dwayne Johnson OL IL 3 2 3 3
David Yancey RB IN 3 2 3 3
Jake Replogle DE OH 3 2 2 3
John Strauser DE IL 3 2 NR 3
Parker Cothren DE AL 2 2 2 2
Myles Norwood WR TX 2 NR 3 3

The Boilermakers pick up IL OL Dwayne Johnson. Johnny Thompson, Jake Replogle, and John Strauser each get three stars from Rivals, which also gives Parker Cothren two stars. Strauser and Myles Norwood each add three stars from ESPN.

#12 Indiana - 8 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Antonio Allen S IN 4 4 3 4
Danny Friend TE IL 3 3 3 3
Chase Dutra S IN 3 3 3 2
Isaac Griffith WR IN 3 2 3 3
Evan Jansen TE OH 3 2 3 3
Demetrius Hill DT KS 3 NR 3 JC
Patrick Dougherty DE OH 3 2 2 2
Myles Graham RB FL 2 2 NR 2

The Hoosiers(!) get the biggest commit of the last three weeks, nabbing former Ole Miss commit Antonio Allen. They also pick up IN S Chase Dutra and FL RB Myles Graham. Demetrius Hill and Evan Jansen pick up three stars fom 247 and ESPN, respectively.

#13 Minnesota - 6 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Alex Mayes OL TX 3 3 3 3
Owen Salzwedel DE WI 3 3 3 3
Jordan Hinojosa DT KS 3 2 NR JC
Chris Wipson LB MN 2 2 3 3
Chris Streveler QB IL 2 2 3 3
Jalen Myrick CB GA 2 2 NR 3

The Gophers add GA CB Jalen Myrick. Owen Salzwedel and Jordan Hinojosa earn three stars from Rivals, which gives Chris Steveler two stars. Chris Wipson goes from unranked to three stars on 247.

Comments

Brown Bear

August 26th, 2012 at 9:00 PM ^

They will but in an attempt to dupe the AIRBHG they will not call them running backs. From now on they will call them Guy who takes ball from quarterback by hand.

edit: Didnt see comments below with same thought but I'm still taking credit for the new position name.

Picktown GoBlue

August 26th, 2012 at 5:12 PM ^

Northwestern; I had told Ace to watch out for Godwin a year ago.  He had another blowout game in the opener Friday night (wasn't there, but think he had some of the top rushing stats for central Ohio - 4 TDs, 260 yards rushing, plus 40 yards receiving in the 50-22 win).  Before the game, nice article and picture of Jake and Godwin here.

In related Picktown recruit news, the local "This Week" paper had a big article in their season preview insert on "Michigan Taking a Bite of Central Ohio Talent" and featured Taco (and teammate) on the cover:

elm

August 26th, 2012 at 10:09 PM ^

Yeah, you gotta figure at least one of the 4 (!) safeties in the recruiting class is destined for RB.  And maybe the ATH, and one of the LBs or TE.  Heck, half of the class will probably be needed to carry the ball at some point in the next 5 years.

 

Seriously, though, 4 safeties in one class?

aenima0311

August 26th, 2012 at 9:17 PM ^

For the record, I preferred the old arbitrary rankings to the new mathematical ones. Soemtimes the eye test can make a small class better than a larger one. 

travesty

August 26th, 2012 at 9:26 PM ^

To eliminate any confusion about how the rankings are determined (to be honest, they used to be arbitrary), team order is determined by multiplying the number of commits by star average.

 

That is, it's just the total number of stars.  Are two three-stars better than one five-star?  Perhaps, but it doesn't feel right quite right. 

kmedved

August 26th, 2012 at 9:58 PM ^

Just off the top of my head, you can use Matt Hinton's findings.

Using those weightings (which are based on making All American teams - a flawed, but decent metric), you get that a 5 star recruit is about 2.6 times more likely to be a star than a 4 star recruit, who is in turn around 4.2 times more likely to be a star than a 3 star recruit.

Now star power isn't the only thing that matters, but I don't see any reason to think the distribution for "role player" or "starter" is all that different.

Ace

August 26th, 2012 at 10:46 PM ^

Wouldn't it be nice if someone found all the data you needed to rank the teams any way you want, then compiled it all in one place? Yeah, it sure would.

Just sayin', you guys. No matter what way I do it there are always going to be complaints, and the exact order of the teams doesn't matter nearly as much as getting a snapshot of their respective classes. Also, I'm certainly not stopping anyone from taking the data and doing whatever they want with it; in fact, I'd encourage it.

jdon

August 27th, 2012 at 12:28 AM ^

 and I'm gonna give you some advice:  just do your thing and don't even bother to respond as you just did  A.)  they aren't listening  B.)  what you are stating is obvious to the point where you shouldn't have to retype it every other recruiting rankings post.

 

Seriously folks, rather than bitching go out and do what you consider better or just mumble to your self.

jdon