2013 updated ESPN 150 and new ESPN 300 released

Submitted by Leaders And Best on June 6th, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Only significant changes were the rise by Jourdan Lewis and the drop by Mike McCray.

Shane Morris 32 (up from 37)

Gareon Conley 64 (down from 63)
Mike McCray 104 (down from 75)
David Dawson 89 (up from 92)
Logan Tuley Tillman 97 (no change)
Dymonte Thomas 98 (no change)
Chris Fox 108 (down from 105)
Jourdan Lewis 92 (up from 107)
Kyle Bosch 120 (down from 112)
Taco Charlton 114 (up from 115)
Patrick Kugler 112 (up from 121)
New ESPN 300 members
Jaron Dukes 216
Jake Butt 232
Henry Poggi 250
Ben Gedeon 271



June 6th, 2012 at 1:49 PM ^

Within 5 years, every site will have a "top 1500" list, and every recruit with at least one BCS offer will be a 4 star.  


June 6th, 2012 at 2:26 PM ^

Technically, ESPN kind of already does.  They have 1083 players graded.  So if you wanted, you could just keep clicking "next" for 37 pages and figure it out a top 1000.  And in case you were wondering, 473 of those players have four stars or more.


June 6th, 2012 at 1:57 PM ^

I am starting to really get confused with some of these rankings. Some sites have X guy dropping like 15 spots others have the same X guy jumping up 5 spots. The thing I guess that throws me off is that I figured they would be at least somewhat consistent. Oh well, I am fairly new to recruiting so maybe that's why I don't get it.


June 6th, 2012 at 2:02 PM ^

I don't get it either. Although I would agree with the general south bias as far as ESPN is concerned. Also, it still shocks me when some people don't recognize the block M down here.


June 6th, 2012 at 5:50 PM ^

Even though ESPN seems to rank players quite aribtarily like many around here have pointed out, it's still surprising to see someone like Mathis at 236 while Rivals and Scout have him ranked 71 and 95, respectively. 


June 6th, 2012 at 2:27 PM ^

dont know how long you have been checking out recruiting services, but ESPN is the absolute most horrible recruiting site in the entire Galaxy.  They were OK when Lemming was there in very early 2000's.  And they are at least trying to now go big into recruiting, but they are very far behind.  There network is small and fairly unprofessional.

There is the big 3, and then ESPN IMO.


June 6th, 2012 at 2:45 PM ^

I go to check the ESPN rankings I get pissed at how they can only rank our class 7th in the nation.  Then I notice that it is the 2012 rankings.  Anyone else have this problem?

Way to stay on top of things ESPN.


June 6th, 2012 at 2:46 PM ^



This is interesting. Here is a write up about Derrick Green, and it lists some schools who is interested in and who is in contact with, and there is no mention of Michigan.

"One school, Oregon, has promised him as much. Even though the Ducks aren't traditionally a grind-it-out team, they've said they'll tailor an offense to Green's skills. He plans to visit the school this summer, perhaps before or after his trip to The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., in July. Green also plans to visit Ole Miss, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Auburn"

Is ESPN behind the 8ball, or are we MgoBloggers just getting our seatbelts ready for another heart break?


June 6th, 2012 at 3:20 PM ^

My apologies, but there has been A LOT of chatter on here regarding Green and how the coaches are zeroing in on him after missing out on Ty Isaac. I myself did not read anything that said we were a favorite for him, but this board seemed to think he was our top priority at a skill position, outside of Treadwell. I was just passing along the information that we don't seem to be high on his list.


June 6th, 2012 at 3:14 PM ^

...are best ignored. I could pick a few examples, but I have no idea how they can put Poggi at 250. If he learns to keep his pad level low, the man could be unblockable.


June 6th, 2012 at 3:16 PM ^

why this is a big deal, I mean is it because it is June and so it is months before we get football? If a player is the 40th overall rated player or the 45th will make little difference once he gets to Ann Arbor, what then will matter is his work ethic, natural abilities, and a ton of intangibles that will define how good he truly is, and even then it is still hard to quantify the ability of an individual. I mean, Kovacs was not recruited and Von Miller was a run-of-the-mill 3 star athlete and look at them, while there is no guarantee that a 5 star athlete will contribute, at the end of the day we hope for a great class but good coaches will find a way to use the athletes they have and field good teams, like Mike Leach did at Texas Tech. Or the job that Mattison and Hoke did with a not-so-great rated defense. 


June 6th, 2012 at 3:57 PM ^

Because it is much easier to assess skill and athleticism...the things that kids are graded on than it is intangibles like attitude, work ethic, etc.  Plus these kids are all the best players on their teams, so of course they coaches are going to rave about them.  So, you always want the best athletes and the more highly ranked recruits you get the more likely you are to win.  Yes it's early, and no a few points here and there are not a big deal, and yes the intangibles do matter as well.  But, having highly ranked recruits matters a lot too.


June 6th, 2012 at 8:46 PM ^

Anyone know why espn has two different ratings for conley and morris. On the team page at espn where they just show the top commits shane is an 88 and conley an 86. I noticed this a few days ago and thought it was just their new ratings in the espn 150 or something but when i saw the new 150 they are still listed as an 87 and 85. The commits page also list them as 87 and 85. Not really important it just seems odd.