B1G Recruiting Rankings: Dec. 13

By Derek Young on December 13, 2012 at 5:00p

Welcome to our newest weekly installment here at Eleven Warriors, the Big Ten Team Recruiting Football Class Rankings. Notre Dame is included as a regional power, while our future members in Maryland and Rutgers also get love from us too. We hope this will keep you occupied until real football starts up again in Columbus next August, as well as give all you recruitniks a view at how the Buckeyes stack up against their conference foes when it comes to the recruiting trail.

National title appearance certainly helps recruitingDoes Notre Dame stay on top of the rankings?

Another week has passed in one of the heavier portions of the recruiting cycle, as we inch closer to National Signing Day 2013. Last week we told you some shuffling could take place in the Big Ten's team rankings as things progress further, and that was the case in just one week. 

Eleven of the 15 teams in our rankings added at least one commitment in the past week. Penn State and Illinois were the biggest winners, reeling in four and five new members to their class, respectively.

In one of the stranger turn of events, Illinois added a new commitment, only to lose the player to New Mexico a day later. The Buckeyes flipped a member of the Michigan recruiting class and continue to attempt to peck at Wisconsin's group as well. 

How big of a jump were the Nittany Lions able to make and do the Fighting Irish keep their hold on the top class? Find that out and the other changes to the conference rankings when you join us after the jump.

1. Notre Dame

The Irish keep the top spot with the addition of highly touted RB Greg Bryant. Bryant joins an impressive group led by linebackers Jaylon Smith and Alex Anzalone. Other targets on Brian Kelly's radar are S Max Redfield and DL Ebenezer Ogundeko. A national championship run certainly helps, doesn't it?

2. Michigan

Brady Hoke's staff in Ann Arbor boasts a group of 22 talented commitments. Michigan's class is headlined by QB Shane Morris, S Dymonte Thomas, and OL Patrick Kugler. The Wolverines continue to seek the re-commitment from OL David Dawson but have other prospects left on the board in S Leon McQuay III, WR Laquon Treadwell, and RB Derrick Green. 

3. Ohio State

OSU had one of the busier weeks in the conference, adding ATH Gareon Conley and DL Donovan Munger to their list of commitments after their official visits. The Buckeyes, now with 19 members intending to sign on the dotted line, are neck and neck with the archrival Wolverines. LB Mike Mitchell, LB Trey Johnson, S Vonn Bell, WR Shelton Gibson, and WR James Quick remain unaccounted for, but their pledges could push Ohio State ahead of Michigan.

Sorry Michigan, Conley is a BUCKEYEGareon Conley is giving a boost to the OSU ranking

4. Nebraska

The Huskers jump to fourth this week after Canton McKinley DE Antoine Miles announced his intent to sign with Bo Pelini's squad. DE Randy Gregory, LB Josh Banderas, and S Marcus McWilson are the top players in Nebraska's class. They are chasing other highly ranked players in DB Priest Willis and DE Joe Mathis.

5. Wisconsin

The biggest feat for the Badgers this week was retaining all but one of their commitments up to this point with the departure of Bret Bielema. S DJ Singleton decommitted but continues to look at Wisconsin, in addition to Rutgers and Nebraska. Members of their class are being bombarded by many coaching staffs throughout the country, and some are even receiving new offers. The commits Wisconsin covets in their class are RB Corey Clement and S Tyler Foreman.  

6. Rutgers

LB Skai Moore was added to the Scarlet Knights' class as they continue to build a strong group. Moore is a sleeper many of the recruiting services brag about and had an offer from Ohio State. Skai joins 21 other future Rutgers football players headlined by ATH Nadir Barnwell. With the current transition taking place at Auburn, head coach Kyle Flood's team remains a possible destination for New Jersey native DE Tashawn Bower.

7. Penn State

Bill O'Brien's club jumps five spots up to seventh this week. The Nittany Lions gained the commitments of four prospects this week in LB Zayd Issah, LB Jonathan Walton, WR DaeSean Hamilton, and CB Anthony Smith. QB Christian Hackenberg, DE Garrett Sickels, and TE Adam Breneman lead the way for their 17 commits.

Staying true to Whit e and BlueBreneman and Hackenberg have kept PSU's class together

8. Michigan State

The Spartans nabbed a kicker this week in Michael Geiger. MSU has only 15 commits so far, but some elite talent can be found in linebackers Jon Reschke and Shane Jones. Michigan State also remains a player for OL David Dawson, which could help propel them up the rankings a bit more.

9. Illinois

It was an odd week for the Fighting Illini, as they thought they received pledges from six different prospects. However, one decided against Illinois a day after he had committed to Tim Beckman and the Illini staff. The Illinois class is a hard one to judge, as they already have 26 players committed to play for the Orange and Blue next fall, but seven of them are coming via the JUCO route. Also, DB Reon Dawson is visiting Michigan officially soon, leading many to believe his commitment could be wavering.

10. Northwestern

The Wildcats fall three spots to tenth in the rankings, but more from the progress teams behind them made throughout the week. Northwestern didn't bring in any new commits to the class but are in strong position for DB Jaleel Hytchye. The Wildcats' top commitments are QB Matt Alviti and ATH Godwin Igwebuike.

11. Iowa

The Hawkeyes added one to their commit list this week in WR Damond Powell. Even with the commit, Iowa fell one spot this week with all the movement made by other conference foes. Kirk Ferentz's class is bolstered by S Delano Hill. They hope his commitment sticks, as Michigan sent an offer Hill's way this week. 

Is Hill headed for Maize and Blue?Will Cass Tech's Delano Hill flip to Michigan?

12. Maryland

OL Derwin Gray is the big coup in the Terrapins' class, as he had offers from all over the country. WR Deon Long also adds some firepower to Maryland's group of 17 commits. No new commits were added this week, but big-time LB Yannick Ngakoue remains a possibility for Randy Edsall and the Terps.

13. Indiana

It is one of the stronger Indiana classes in recent memory so far, but it still doesn't stack up yet to the rest of the conference. Four-star recruits are only common in Bloomington if they play on the hardwood; however, Kevin Wilson is changing that train of thought.

S Antonio Allen, DE David Kenney, and DL Darius Latham all have that label from at least one recruiting service, and are the best gets in IU's class thus far. The Hoosiers also added three commits this week in linebackers Kristopher Smith, Steven Funderburk, and Marcus Oliver. Indiana now has 14 commits and with a few more, they could make some movement up the conference rankings.

14. Purdue

New coach Darrell Hazell hasn't been on the job long, but has already added new commitments in S Tyvel Jemison and ATH Leroy Clark. The class of 13 commits is headlined by QB Danny Etling. The next two months, Hazell and his staff will be sure to add to that total and capitalize on the momentum around the new hire.  

15. Minnesota

The Gophers added to their class this week with WR Nate Andrews and ATH DeNiro Laster. They now stand at 14 commits, so a possibility for a move up the rankings still remains, but they are seriously lacking in overall talent at this moment. 

Rankings Overview

Team #  of Commits Scout Star Avg. Rivals Star Avg. 247 Star Avg. ESPN Star Avg. Overall Avg.
1. Notre Dame 22 3.86 3.77 3.81 3.86 3.83
2. Michigan 22 3.82 3.64 3.68 3.64 3.70
3. Ohio State 19 3.84 3.58 3.74 3.79 3.74
4. Nebraska 16 3.31 3.19 3.31 3.19 3.25
5. Wisconsin 19 2.95 3.06 3.00 3.16 3.04
6. Rutgers 22 2.82 2.90 2.82 3.05 2.90
7. Penn State 17 2.88 3.07 3.24 3.12 3.08
8. Michigan State 15 3.07 3.13 3.07 3.33 3.15
9. Illinois 26 2.67 2.74 2.70 2.81 2.73
10. Northwestern 20 2.90 2.84 2.80 2.95 2.87
11. Iowa 17 2.76 3.07 3.06 2.94 2.96
12. Maryland 17 2.76 2.88 3.00 2.94 2.90
13. Indiana 14 2.86 2.94 2.79 3.21 2.95
14. Purdue 13 2.60 2.91 2.90 3.30 2.93
15. Minnesota 14 2.29 2.85 2.79 2.79 2.68



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Alex's picture

I have OSU over UM with the additions of Conley and Munger, but just my opinion. I think OSU eventually leaps UM when NSD rolls around

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Agreed, ESPN already put OSU ahead of Michigan.  I think when it's all said and done we'll have the 3rd best class. 

German Buckeye's picture

Maybe I missed it in an earlier article, but why is Notre Dame in here?

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Because of the proximity to our recruiting ground I believe.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Same recruiting base/areas as the B1G schools.

BucksfanXC's picture

And my prediction from last week is fulfilled (more than once!) and it's the 2nd post.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Derek Young's picture

Yeah, you missed it. Notre Dame included because they compete for alot of the recruits Ohio State, and other Big Ten schools do. 

Maryland and Rutgers because of their move to the B1G in 2014. 

elaydin's picture

It makes more sense when the mgoblog guys add Notre Dame, since they play (or used to play) them every year.  For us, it makes no more sense than adding Pittsburgh or West Virginia.

Alex's picture

but MGo adds Notre Dame not because they play them, but because they are a power in the region and are competition...what's the hurt with adding ND? That we're not #1? haha

elaydin's picture

I don't think so, because mgoblog is removing ND after this year.
Mostly I think it's important to continue the tradition of having someone always ask "Why is Notre Dame on this list" in the comments of every recruiting ranking post.

tennbuckeye19's picture

If you're competing against them for recruits, which we are, it makes perfect sense. 

elaydin's picture

we compete with lots of other schools too.  Where do you draw the line?  I don't care if they're number one or not.  Put Alabama and schools on our future schedule on there too.

captain obvious's picture

"lighten up Francis"

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buck-I.8's picture

If I had a nickel for each time my friends and I said this exact line during freshman year of high school, I'd be a very rich man. Cheers to you, sir.

DefendOhio's picture

I think OSU will jump ND when all is said and done. 

captain obvious's picture

If ND beats Bama I dont think there is a chance we jump them. If they get embarassed on the big stage it will help the SEC schools more than us.
The fact that we will potentially end up with 2 top five classes the while on probation is incredible.

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DefendOhio's picture

Recruits don't make their decisions based on 1 game. I doubt that will have much of an impact. 

captain obvious's picture

with all due respect
 these are 18 year olds with all kinds of familly and outside influences making the decisions
there is a strong chance they could be influenced by one game
Look at Conley after THE GAME  26-21

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DefendOhio's picture

Conley actually took a visit to the game. He fell in the with the whole experience of his visit that weekend, not just the game. These kids are going to see this game on TV. Poor example. 

captain obvious's picture

its amazing how well Penn State has held up
O'Brien deserves some major credit for keeping the program relevant in recruiting

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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

I've been extremely impressed with Brian Kelly's recruiting. Obviously it's not hard to recruit ND, other than academic standards but they haven't been this strong for years.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

OSU2002Grad's picture

You have to take into account the positions that were accounted for in each class. Right now, Ohio State is woefully deficient at OL (just 2 commits) and LB (none?). Until those positions are addressed, they have no business ahead of Michigan or Notre Dame.
At linebacker, they've struck out on Anzalone, Jaylon Smith, Gedeon, and Courtney Love. Could still very realistically strike out on Johnson and Mitchell.

Derek Young's picture

Ohio State only leads Michigan .04 in overall star average and has 3 less recruits so I saw no need to jump them just yet.

Obviously when they continue to fill out their class, they should jump Michigan barring the Wolverines landing McQuay, Treadwell, and Green along with Dawson. 

Nebraska could make a big move if they get Willis and Mathis as well. ND should probably be able to hang on at #1. 

patriot-missile's picture

We need some linebackers!  All efforts should be placed on getting Mitchell and Johnson.  It would be icing on the cake should we get speedy receivers Gibson and Quick which would definitely leapfrog us over ND.  Go Bucks!  Fear the Buckeye!

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Tengauge's picture

I have extreme faith in our coaches and their recruiting abilities.  I see another stellar class with the way they are hitting the road and making contacts. I am sure Coach Meyer will get this class up there and again be a top recruiting class.  Man that guy has energy and I am excited about the future of the program. 

ODEEZ330's picture

nebraska snagged that de from mckinley out of nowhere with a late offer. He is very good. One federal keague coach said he's better than pittman from last yr. Thats 3 straight years canton mckinley has sent a dlineman to a big ten school miller and pittman to ohio st now miles to nebraska. What makes it better is mckinley kids aren't going to scum lol

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chethammer's picture

In regards to a couple of the comments above.  Conley didn't flip because of seeing the game from the Buckeye sidelines.  He was on our sidelines because he wanted to visit other schools after he'd committed to UM and Hoke said after you commit to me you can't visit.  The rest is history.

Boxley's picture

I do not understand why there are so many down votes on this topic. It seems that everyone is just offering up their opinions, and I did not see that anyone was disrespectful of anyone else.
Seems like a lot of piling on on ALAYDIN.
I understand down voting someone who is disrespectful of the author, or another poster. I get that, same goes for excessive profanity as it never adds to a post, usually just makes the poster look bad.
I come here to read the best Buckeye articles on the web, as well as reading from some of the most informed, engaged posters. I hope we are not heading down the path of some of the lesser sites.
11W has the best writers and supporters bar none on Buckeye topics. I really want it to stay that way.

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Alex's picture

We'll consider removing ND moving forward...we'll talk about it and you guys will just have to come back next week to see

Boxley's picture

I think that putting ND into the rankings of the B1G is kind of a poke in the eye.
Yes they do recruit in the B1G area, but they have a much larger national rerouting profile than anyone else. It really is not an apples to apples comparison in that regard.
Other sites have ND and M#$%^&gan ranked lower the tOSU. I know it is all a numbers game, based on peoples opinions so it is not reality driven in regards to how they actually will end up once they get to college. I do not get all worked up about recruiting rankings specifically because they can be so far off from end results.
Please consider not including ND in future B1G recruiting ranking articles.
I really enjoy your writing and all of the effort you and the rest of the 11W staff put into this site. My comments above are just one mans opinion, not meant to be negative or critical.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

osubuckeye4life's picture

I think it's because Derrick is a clairvoyant.