Updated Rivals Rankings today at 12pm ET

Submitted by robbyt003 on December 3rd, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Which player has the most to prove to you this upcoming all-star season?

Josh Helmholdt, Midwest: Alliance (Ohio) Marlington athleteDymonte Thomas could have the most to gain at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Thomas has already proven he is a great athlete and one of the fastest players in the Midwest. We still have not seen him in coverage, though, and he is headed to Michigan next year to play safety. If the 6-foot-2, 192-pounder can show he has the range and coverage skills to play deep, he could be in line for a good bump come January.

Sounds like Dymonte is going to be a beast as far as run D and when he's sent on the blitz, but it will be interesting to see how he fares in coverage against some of the top WRs. Let's try and not overreact when we see Shane Morris fall down the rankings, obviously due to having mono, his stats aren't very impressive this year.  

EDIT - Top 100



Shane Morris - 25 (5 star, they have 26 5 stars)
Henry Poggi - 68 (4 star)
Patrick Kugler - 79 (4 star)
Mike McCray - 88 (4 star)
Kyle Bosch - 99 (4 star)
Laquon Treadwell - 10 (5 star)
Derrick Green - 14 (5 star)
Leon McQuay III - 19 (5 star)



December 3rd, 2012 at 9:19 AM ^

Yeah most of the time he is just going off of his opinion which is fine. If people don't realize that there is probably a group of people that collectively decide where to rank these kids than that's their own fault. These stars mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, but man do people get worked up about them.


December 3rd, 2012 at 12:19 PM ^

I'm from the future, sir.


In my time, Morris is still a 5 star (25 overall).  Laquon is a 5 star as well, and the tenth highest recruit in the country.  Other Michigan related guys:

Laquon Treadwell - 10 - 5*

Derrick Green - 14 - 5*

Leon McQuay - 19 - 5*

Shane Morris - 25 - 5*

Ty Isaac - 20 - 5*

Henry Poggi - 68 - 4*

Patrick Kugler - 79 - 4*

Mike McCray - 88 - 4*

Kyle Bosch - 99 - 4*


Mr Mxyzptlk

December 3rd, 2012 at 9:07 AM ^

I believe I saw a tweet last week regarding Deveon Smith and Rivals rankings.  Supposedly he's going to make a huge leap into the top 100 today due to the monster senior season he's having.  Deveon my be one of our most underrated recruits to this point.

turd ferguson

December 3rd, 2012 at 10:23 AM ^

If you're a recruiting service, declaring the Wisconsin RB commit underrated - and moving him way up - is probably a smart move.  Just because of Wisky's system, Clement has a good chance of being a star, and this lets Rivals say, "See, we saw that in him when no one else did."  If he were committed to Purdue, I don't think he'd be as likely to get that treatment.

I sometimes wonder if Beilein recruits get the same kind of bump (since Beilein is so good at getting the most out of them).


December 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 PM ^

Smith had a better season, stat wise, last year.  This was due to the fact that he ran behind a senior dominated line, including Penn St. commit, Anthony Stanko.  This year, Howland had a small senior class and was not nearly as talented as the year before.  The fact that Smith had such a solid year behind a very mediocre line was more impressive than his junior year, IMO.


December 3rd, 2012 at 9:13 AM ^

Man I hope some of our players become better by getting more stars. And on the flip side I hope they don't become worse by getting stars taken away! Man this stuff is nerve wracking.


December 3rd, 2012 at 9:20 AM ^

Eh, Barkely took a drop in the recruting rankings after his senior season stats weren't good after all the talent around him left.  If Morris turns out similar, I'll be happy.  Turns out QB's have better stats when their team is better.  Who would have thought?  I would be surprised if Deveon took such a huge jump.  Not that it isn't deserved, but hasn't he been having monster seasons like every year he's played?  I still think his top end speed is a little bit of a concern.


December 3rd, 2012 at 10:17 AM ^

Actually, from what I saw about his ole miss visit was that he liked it a lot and that oklahoma and ole miss now lead. I think we should just move on from this recruitment...


December 3rd, 2012 at 12:21 PM ^

This is a great way of getting recruits.  All we have to do is lead for them and expect other schools to pull the offers because we lead.  Treadwell is talented and can choose whichever school he wants.   If a recruit has that many offers, it can be expected that they will take their time and weigh their options.  The longer things go on, the more information is available to the recruit.  There is absolutely no point in giving up until signing day.  To say that we should drop out of the race because he favors two other schools is just plain silly.