Big Ten Recruiting Rankings: 9-30-12

Submitted by Ace on September 30th, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Not a whole lot going in the recruiting world over the past couple weeks, but there is a new addition to the big board: the "POINTS" column, which is simply the product of number of commits times star average. Hopefully this adds a little more clarity to the rankings; as you can see below, Michigan and Notre Dame are well ahead of the field and Ohio State has some separation from the pack at large. Then there's Minnesota. Never change, Gophers. Changes since the last rankings:

9-11-12: Indiana picks up Jordan Heiderman.
9-19-12: Penn State picks up Kasey Gaines.
9-20-12: Ohio State picks up Tyquan Lewis.
9-22-12: Indiana picks up Anthony Young.
9-23-12: Notre Dame picks up Torii Hunter Jr.
9-25-12: Penn State picks up Tanner Hartman.

Chart? Chart:

Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings
Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^ POINTS
1 Michigan 23 3.61 3.87 3.74 3.70 3.73 85.75
2 Notre Dame 21 3.62 3.81 3.81 3.81 3.76 79.00
3 Ohio State 17 3.65 3.65 3.65 3.76 3.68 62.50
4 Illinois 18 2.89 2.78 2.56 3.06 2.82 50.75
5 Northwestern 17 2.88 2.94 2.88 3.06 2.94 50.00
6 Iowa 16 3.06 2.88 3.13 3.06 3.03 48.50
7 Nebraska 14 3.14 3.36 3.36 3.21 3.27 45.75
8 Wisconsin 14 3.14 3.00 3.00 3.21 3.09 43.25
9 Michigan State 13 3.00 3.08 3.00 3.23 3.11 40.50
10 Penn State 11 3.09 3.00 3.27 3.36 3.18 35.00
11 Purdue 11 2.91 2.45 2.55 2.82 2.68 29.50
12 Indiana 11 2.73 2.64 2.64 2.64 2.67 29.33
13 Minnesota 6 2.50 2.33 2.67 2.83 2.58 15.50

^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

No change for the Wolverines.

#2 Notre Dame - 21 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
Torii Hunter Jr. WR TX 4 3 4 4
Doug Randolph LB VA 4 3 4 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 gain a commitment from TX WR Torii Hunter Jr., son of the Los Angeles Angels outfielder.

#3 Ohio State - 17 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
Tyquan Lewis DE NC 4 3 4 3
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

The Buckeyes pick up NC DE Tyquan Lewis.

#4 Illinois - 18 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
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 NR 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 2 2 JC
Miguel Hermosillo ATH IL NR 2 NR 3

Martize Barr earns two stars from Scout.

#5 Northwestern - 17 Commits
Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Matt Alviti QB IL 4 4 4 4
Tyler Lancaster OL IL 3 3 4 3
Godwin Igwebuike ATH OH 3 3 3 4
Sam Coverdale OL OH 3 3 3 3
Matt Harris WR IL 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
Brett Walsh LB CA 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
Macan Wilson WR TX 3 2 2 3
Jayme Taylor TE TX 2 3 3 3
Xavier Menifield RB CA 2 3 3 3
Hunter Miswander K OH 2 2 2 2

Matt Harris, Brett Walsh, Jayme Taylor, and Xavier Menifield all go from two to three stars on Scout. As a result, the Wildcats barely edge in front of Iowa for the #5 spot on the board.

#6 Iowa - 16 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
Nathan Bazata DT NE 3 3 3 3
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
Nic Shimonek QB TX 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
Trevon Young LB IA 3 2 4 3
Ike Boettger TE IA 2 2 3 2
Andre Harris ATH MO 3 2 3 3

Nathan Bazata and Nic Shimonek are each bumped from two to three stars on Scout.

#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

No change for the Huskers.

#8 Wisconsin - 14 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
Troy Fumagalli TE IL NR 2 NR 3

The Badgers add IL TE Troy Fumagalli.

#9 Michigan State - 13 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
Dennis Finley OL MI 3 3 3 4
Jalyn Powell S OH 3 3 3 4
Demetrius Cooper DE IL 3 3 3 3
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 3 2 3
Jay Harris WR PA 2 3 3 3
Dylan Chmura TE WI 3 2 2 NR

Devyn Salmon picks up a three-star rating from Scout.

#10 Penn State - 11 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
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
Tanner Hartman OL VA 2 2 3 2
Jordan Smith CB DC 2 2 NR 3
Kasey Gaines S GA NR 2 3 3

The Nittany Lions add VA OL Tanner Hartman and GA S Kasey Gaines.

#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

No change for the Boilermakers.

#12 Indiana - 11 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 3 3 JC
Patrick Dougherty DE OH 3 2 2 2
Anthony Young WR OH 2 3 3 3
Jacobi Hunter DT TX 2 3 2 3
Myles Graham RB FL 2 2 NR 2
Jordan Heiderman DT IA NR 2 2 JC

The Hoosiers land OH WR Anthony Young and JuCo IA DT Jordan Heiderman. The margin is about as close as it gets between in-state rivals Indiana and Purdue for... 11th place.

#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

No change for the Gophers. GopherQuest: Recruiting Edition is alive and well.

Comments

justingoblue

October 1st, 2012 at 12:07 AM ^

They might be playing less games with us, but ND isn't going to stop recruiting the midwest and going after the same type of guys from California, Florida, Texas, whatever, that we are. I don't have the numbers for this, but I would venture a guess that we go head to head with ND for more recruits than about half the Big Ten. When is the last time we were in a heated battle for recruits with Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, IU or Northwestern? I can say it definitely happens with ND all the time.

justingoblue

October 1st, 2012 at 11:57 AM ^

How many guys would you say have some of the other Big Ten schools (maybe replace Wisconsin with Illinois?) in their top five or ten with M, compared to how many have ND and M? Some kind of guess would be just fine, I'm not looking for a scientific study or anything.

I'd assume we get into top five (or ten or eight, whatever) lists with Ohio State and Michigan State most often, and then ND after that. Like I said, though, I don't have any numbers to back that up.

Magnus

October 1st, 2012 at 12:33 PM ^

In their top five, I would say that only a small chunk, maybe 10%, of guys Michigan recruits have Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, etc. in their top five.  It's tough to put an exact number on, but Michigan always loses a couple guys to those schools each year (Ifeadi Odenigbo to Northwestern, Jonah Pirsig to Minnesota, Ricardo Allen to Purdue, etc.).

the unsilent m…

September 30th, 2012 at 2:09 PM ^

immensely to see Ohio continue to bring in those high quality d linemen.  Our future o-line will dominate, but it looks like they have the potential to eventually field a bad-ass two-deep d-line. I don't know if enough can be said about a strong front seven.  We shall see I suppose.... 

blueheron

September 30th, 2012 at 7:20 PM ^

I'd be *very* surprised if Hoke doesn't have a strong intuitive grasp of the importance of D-line play. I'm sure he has the same goals as Meyer.

Toss Mattison in there, too -- he's a bright guy who saw that action up close in the SEC for a few years.

Why not mention Montgomery, too? I'm sure he, as well, understands what works.

Understanding is one thing ... getting the recruits is another. We'll see how that works out ...

the unsilent m…

September 30th, 2012 at 9:38 PM ^

I didn't intend to express concern over our future d-line.  I agree that Hoke and company will create a monster d-line themselves.  In fact, although we also have top-notch kids coming in, I beleive this staff could do as much with recruits that may not recieve many of the somewhat-overrated service endorsements (see 2005-06 Gator d-line of which Mattison was a part).  That, however, says nothing with respect to what appears to be a nasty, growing collection of d-linemen in Ohio.  Again, our incoming o-line is equally laudable, and will be equal to the task; but, to state the obvious a stable of fresh d-linemen with little to no drop-off in talent can really be a bitch to deal with.    

Bobby Boucher

September 30th, 2012 at 2:45 PM ^

Will this be the last year we follow ND recruiting since they filed for divorce?  Recruit competition is all that matters now.

Also, shouldn't Iowa be going after every RB recruit with a pulse?

Lastly, shouldn't Josh Banderas be ahead of Marcus McWilson since he's Nebraska's only consensus 4 star?

corundum

September 30th, 2012 at 3:33 PM ^

I secretly hope Norwestern becomes a top tier program, replacing either MSU or Iowa as the good but not great team that will compete with Michigan and Nebraska in the legends division. I doubt they will be able to have equal success compared to Nebraska due to overall football tradition, but for some reason I just have a softspot for the purple guys.

Magnus

October 1st, 2012 at 11:47 AM ^

It's not the same situation.  Notre Dame is already an independent.  They can play whoever they want, and they frequently play USC, for example.  Michigan has to play eight games within the Big Ten (aka the midwest), so adding a ninth regional school is "overkill" in some Michigan fans' opinions.

Meanwhile, even with Michigan holding down Notre Dame from playing national opponents, they're still playing USC, Oklahoma, BYU, Miami, Stanford, Boston College, and Wake Forest.

E. Gordon Gee

October 1st, 2012 at 1:35 AM ^

Very well put together. I do get concern that the gophers seriously only have 6 recruits now... I hope things pan out better for them because Kill needs some talent on his team.

UMMAN83

October 1st, 2012 at 6:08 AM ^

Listed in this summary. For god sakes, they are in the ACC. For that matter, they were never in the Big. Don't get it. Can you please stop with this?

WolvinLA2

October 1st, 2012 at 12:20 PM ^

But only for two more years.  After that, they're just another team in our region. 

I agreed with having them on our list when they were an annual opponent, but I don't see a reason to have them on here any longer, since most of the recruits they're now getting will not play much of a role until after we stop playing them. 

They were originally included on this list because they were a regular opponent, like an additional Big Ten team, not because we recruit against them, like many on here are mentioning.  I don't see a reason for them to be included going forward.  Maybe through the end of 2013 recruiting, but not beyond that.

Magnus

October 1st, 2012 at 12:36 PM ^

I agree that they shouldn't be on here for much longer, but the 2013 kids are going to play against us in 2013 and 2014 (obviously not the ones who redshirt or are buried on the bench, but still).

I really just don't understand people being upset about it.  It's free, extra information.  If you don't like it, just pretend that Notre Dame isn't there and compare Michigan with the rest of the Big Ten schools.  It's not that big of a deal.

GoWings2008

October 1st, 2012 at 10:22 AM ^

"The margin is about as close as it gets between in-state rivals Indiana and Purdue for... 11th place."

Slighly off topic, but Good God...considering the talent level they're bringing in, I hope their defense isn't as good as their fan base thinks it is.  Competing for 11th place?  I hope we come out firing this week. 

death by trident

October 1st, 2012 at 12:14 PM ^

I hope their defense isn't as good as their fan base thinks it is. Competing for 11th place? I hope we come out firing this week.

You mean the defense that gave up 41 points to Marshall? I think we'll be just fine. For the record, Purdue's 51 points in that game were against the #117 team in yardage allowed, so I'm not really that worried about their offense either.