B1G Recruiting Rankings: Dec. 20

By Derek Young on December 20, 2012 at 5:00p

Welcome to our newest weekly installment here at Eleven Warriors, the Big Ten Team Recruiting Football Class Rankings. Maryland and Rutgers are included because of their imminent move to the conference for 2014. Due to popular demand, Notre Dame will no longer have a place within our rankings. 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.

Is David Dawson's interesting recruitment finally over?David Dawson back with the Maize and Blue 

National Signing Day 2013 is only a month and a half away as teams attempt to close out their classes on a good note.

Several elite prospects are still within the grasps of many Big Ten teams, while half of the conference begins preparation for their bowl games and we begin the "dead period" in the recruiting cycle.

The past week was the last time coaching staffs could have in-person contact with their recruits until January 4. Schools like Michigan, Penn State, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, and Penn State all used it to grab some more pledges for their class.

Along with new verbals, there were also some classes that lost members of their 2013 group. Although they added to their class in the past week, Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska also suffered losses. The Hawkeyes and Huskers even lost a member to fellow Big Ten schools.

With Notre Dame departing from the rankings, who grabs the top spot? It wasn't a week filled with a ton of commitments, but what schools were able to climb up the ladder? Join us after the jump to find out more in the latest edition of the B1G Recruiting Rankings.

1. Michigan

The Wolverines were able to get the re-commitment of OL David Dawson and "flip" Iowa commitment S Delano Hill. Those moves helped to create a little separation between them and the men wearing scarlet and gray. Michigan also continues to scavenge other classes in the Big Ten, with offers out to Illinois commit DB Reon Dawson, Nebraska commit OL Dan Samuelson, and Wisconsin commit ATH Marcus Ball. 

2. Ohio State

The Buckeyes did not reel in any commitments this week, but did lock up an official visit with top target S Vonn Bell. Bell will use his official visit to Columbus for January 11, the same date another target, WR Shelton Gibson, will also be in Columbus. The next commitment will probably be at the beginning of January at the All-American games unless ATH Christopher Worley announces his intentions before then.

3. Nebraska

DB Jonathan Cook decided to decommit from Nebraska this week, issuing his commitment to Alabama, the in-state team. Linebacker pledge Courtney Love and offensive line commit Dan Samuelson are also looking around now. It wasn't all bad news for the Huskers though, as they received commitments from OL David Knevel and S DJ Singleton, who was a member of the Wisconsin class. 

Nebraska steals a commit from Big Ten competitor WisconsinDJ Singleton flips from the Badgers to the Huskers

4. Penn State

Bill O'Brien's staff was not able to get the pledge of JUCO QB Jake Waters, who went Kansas State's way, but they settled with the commitment of JUCO QB Tyler Ferguson. The Nittany Lions are still in the hunt for in-state prospects WR Tyler Boyd and RB David Williams.

5. Wisconsin

The Badgers stand at 18 commits currently, one fewer than last week. As noted earlier, S DJ Singleton switched his commitment to Nebraska. ATH Marcus Ball, DE Alec James, and OL Matt Miller are also exploring other options even though they have stuck with their commitment to Wisconsin. New head coach Gary Andersen is now in place, and they are hopeful that it creates some stability for the recruiting class.

6. Rutgers

It was a quiet week for Rutgers after standing pat at 22 commits. ATH Nadir Barnwell and LB Skai Moore headline the class, while they continue to chase in-state talents DE Tashawn Bower and DE/LB Alquaddin Muhammad.

7. Michigan State

Still only 15 commits for the Spartans, but it's a talented bunch. The group is led by linebackers Jon Reschke and Shane Jones. MSU is the favorite to land OL Riley Norman and they are still a possible landing spot for WR Tyler Boyd.

The season was a struggle but Illinois has the most commits in the Big Ten with 26Can Tim Beckman keep Reon Dawson from Michigan?

8. Illinois

The Fighting Illini kept at 26 commits, but not without a little excitement. DE Kyle Kragen left the Illinois class to go to Cal under new head coach Sonny Dykes. Illinois was able to bounce back though, filling Kragen's spot with WR Dionte Taylor. DB Reon Dawson is flirting with his Michigan offer and is expected to visit Ann Arbor, so it will be important for Tim Beckman to do whatever he has to in order to hold on to the Trotwood Madison star.

9. Northwestern

QB Matt Alviti and ATH Godwin Igwebuike lead the Wildcats' class of 20 commits. WR James Clark and DB Jaleel Hytchye are two of the top targets Pat Fitzgerald would love to bring in, and the Wildcats have done a good job bringing in some bigger names to watch bowl practices.

10. Maryland

OL Silvano Altamirano pledged to Randy Edsall's squad this week as they continue to build a solid class along the offensive line. Highly touted in-state OT Derwin Gray is already a Terrapin commit, and he headlines the class, while LB Yannick Ngakoue is the top prospect still left on the board.

11. Iowa

The Hawkeyes suffered a tough loss this week as their top commit, S Delano Hill, defected to the Michigan class. It was not for nothing, though, as Iowa was able to gain the commitment of former Boston College pledge, RB LeShun Daniels.

Kirk Ferentz takes a RB from Boston CollegeLeShun Daniels, the newest Hawkeye commit

12. Indiana

The 15th commitment to the Hoosiers' class came this week when CB Noel Padmore decided to play his college football in Bloomington. A solid finish to this recruiting cycle could be on the way for Indiana as they stay in good position for ATH Nick Marshall, OL Maurice Swain, and CB Riyhad Jones.

13. Purdue

Darrell Hazell's new squad stays at 10 members this week. The Boilermakers' headliners are QB Danny Etling and RB Keyante Green. They are hopeful they land LB Rayfield Dixon, DE Eric Mayes, and WR Ricky Jeune.

14. Minnesota

The 14 commits for Minnesota are led by RB Berkley Edwards, WR Nate Andrews, and ATH DeNiro Laster. Other prospects on the Gophers' radar include WR Hunter Jarmon and CB Chad Davis.

Rankings Overview

Teams # of commits Scout star avg Rivals star avg 247 star avg ESPN star avg overall avg
1. Michigan 24 3.83 3.67 3.71 3.63 3.71
2. Ohio State 19 3.84 3.58 3.74 3.79 3.74
3. Nebraska 17 3.41 3.06 3.29 3.35 3.28
4. Penn State 18 2.83 2.89 3.28 3.17 3.08
5. Wisconsin 18 3.00 3.06 3.00 3.22 3.07
6. Rutgers 22 2.86 2.86 2.82 3.05 2.90
7. Michigan State 15 3.07 3.13 3.07 3.33 3.15
8. Illinois 26 2.69 2.81 2.69 3.00 2.80
9. Northwestern 20 2.90 2.84 2.80 3.00 2.89
10. Maryland 18 2.72 2.89 2.94 3.00 2.89
11. Iowa 17 2.71 2.94 3.00 2.94 2.90
12. Indiana 15 2.87 3.13 2.73 3.27 3.00
13. Purdue 10 2.60 2.91 2.90 3.30 2.93
14. Minnesota 14 2.43 2.79 2.79 2.86 2.72



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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Quality over quantity. OSU will be #1 when these rankings are finished.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

TheTenYearWar's picture

Ok, but based on the average star rankings, quality is almost identical.  Quality + Quantity > Quality.

painterlad's picture

Notice the "are finished" part? That isn't now.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

TheTenYearWar's picture

So are you suggesting that OSU will gain more quantity, hence surpassing the total quality of Michigan's class?  If so, your initial statement makes no sense.

nickma71's picture

More importantly, they will be number one in the Big Ten when the season is finished. So Kirk Ferentz can be coach of the year.

bukyze's picture

As long as we win, it really doesn't matter.

jaxbuckeye's picture

I just don't get why Michigan gets so much love.  When I look at their recruits all I see is Shane Morris, Dymonte Thomas, and some decent linemen.  The rest, to me, are pedestrian.  When I compare what tOSU has it's not even close.  Would you take Jake Butt over Marcus Baugh?  Deveon Smith over Ezekiel Elliott?  Taco or Sprinkle?  Any of their D linemen over Bosa, Price and Hill?  Dukes over Taivon Jacobs or Jalin Marshall?  Their DBs (Thomas excluded) over Burrows and Woodard? 
I agree that the line is important but they are incredibly weak outside of that.  Considering Robinson is gone, who exactly do they have at the skilled positions?  I look at tOSU and see a TON of players.  IMO, tOSU has a CLEARLY better class.

Mush's picture

I strongly feel OSU's class will be better in the years to come and that's what really matters. With the 3.7 composite star ratings being equal between the two classes, they do have 5 more bodies than we do.

b_pbucksfans's picture

I'd take Woodard and Burrows over Thomas. Kid is extremely overrated and played Div. 3 ball.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

It's all about Shane Morris if he ends up being a great qb then everything will probably fall into place for tsun but if not then they will probably struggle.  It's hard to do anything without a qb.

TheTenYearWar's picture

Really Jax?  It's not even close?  So are you suggesting that every major recruiting service is wrong and you are right?  Come on.  You are clearly understating the talent Michigan is bringing in.  Michigan has more than "decent" lineman.  They have 4 of the top 20 guys in the country.  Top five QB, top 10-20 RB, excellent linebackers, a five star safety, etc.  OSU has more strength at the skill positions, but where are your LBs?  How about OLs? How about QB?  You are bringing in a four star recovering from a major injury.  Shane Morris he is not.  
You could at least attempt to be objective.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You make it seem as if JT will be expected to start in year 1 or 2. By the time Braxton's gone, he should be long since recovered.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

andyb's picture

The only issue with your last statement which was "Shane Morris he is not" is that who is shane morris? Is he a proven college QB at this point? nope. I realize than neither is JT but comparing the difference between a 5* and a 4* QB before they even play a snap is kind of naive

DMcDougal24's picture

Shane Morris is the QB who threw for a whopping 700 yards this year at 53% completion with 6 TDs and 6 INTs. He's right, JT Barrett is definitely NOT Shane Morris. 

TheTenYearWar's picture

I actually completely agree.  The whole hype over recruiting is absurd, but if we're going to try to debate about class strength, let insert some reasonable analysis here.

jaxbuckeye's picture

No, I'm not suggesting, I am writing.  If they think Michigan's class is better, THEY ARE WRONG.  Clear enough for you?  Top 10-20 RB?  What are YOU smoking?  Clearly YOU are not objective.  I said they have decent linemen.  I know the line is important but when that is the strength of your class when you CLEARLY have deficiencies at skill positions, I am not impressed.  I noticed you didn't refute the guys I compared.  Why is that?  Oh, that's right, because I am correct.  You better pray that Morris lives up the hype.  Gonna be hilarious when the tOSU defensive line is exploiting those "top 20" lineman and putting Morris on his back!

TheTenYearWar's picture

Okay, so the people who make a living scouting are all wrong, and you, a random guy on a message board, are obviously right.  Got it.
It's especially odd that you downplay the importance of lineman given the fact that your own coach has repeatedly stressed that he starts building his teams with lines.  Great skill players get you West Viriginia. Great lines get you ND and Alabama.

b_pbucksfans's picture

That guy Urban Meyer knows a whole hell of alot more than any scouts have a clue about. 
Because ND has been relevant 2 times in 20 years right?! Warriner had a no name O-line this year and they did damn good. 
Go back to Mblow blog and stay there!

jaxbuckeye's picture

And I will add that anyone that doesn't think Ezekiel Elliott or Jalin Marshall are 5 stars is insane.  I.E. The recruiting services are WRONG.

jedkat's picture

the world WILL end TODAY! because I CAPSED it!
I kid, I kid...

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LouGroza's picture

Wait a minute. So you're saying the Illinois recruiting class is better than OSU? Duhhhhh. 

OSUStu's picture

Made me laugh out loud.  Btw, any particular reason why your name is LOUGROZA?  Just curious.  He is from my hometown.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

BucksfanXC's picture

But what if I wanna know what Notre Dame has now? Lol.
Popular demand...

“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

mitchjacobsen01's picture

I would like to see the staff bring back Notre Dame.  If only so we have the random guy asking why they're included in the first place.

JLBNYC's picture

With Courtney Love looking around now -- is he in play for OSU? 

Alex's picture

Nope Love missed his chance in the spring...when he was telling other recruits silently committed to OSU and then committed to Nebraska when Pelini sold him on the depth chart

JLBNYC's picture

Thanks Alex. Good info! 

grant87's picture

Welll he made his bed...now he will have to lie in it..lol!
Enjoy your Pizza Bowls!

Maybe tomorrow, when today will be yesterday things will be clearer.


cinserious's picture

Funny how that rb flipped from BC to Iowa. Makes sense he doesn't want to run behind a bollman-led offensive line.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

wmbuckeye557's picture

Which is worse running behind Bollman's line or blowing your knee out?


Well isnt our loaded class supposed to be next year? The way I look at it our 2013 class will fill holes that we couldnt fill this year to set the foundation and the 2014 class will be the first one that truly makes us elite. The 2013 class is talented and strong so it doesnt have to be top 5 to make an impact. The 2014 class is all gravy. It just shows how far Meyer has brought the program back. Under normal coaching changes (and the NCAA sanctions to boot) it would take 3-5 years to get back to elite status. Meyers going to do it in 2

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

The 2014 class has 0 commits yet (I know it's early), and a lot of the elite prospects are showing interest, but until one of those 3 linebackers commit, or at least when they decide what QB they even want to offer I don't think you can make assertions about the 2014 class.  When this class is all said and done they will have a top 3 class in at least one of either ESPN, Rivals, or 247.  A top 3 class would be pretty much as elite as it gets.  If they can land Mitchel and Johnson at the LB spot along with either Quick and/ or Gibson, then IMO they will have an elite class.

Boxley's picture

I kind of think he did it in one. Only two teams of over 114  BCS teams ended up undefeated.
One is sitting at home, the other is playing for the NC. That qualifies as elite in my book.

"...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

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

If Hyde goes pro and/or Hall isn't granted his red shirt, does OSU go try to sign another RB?
If so, is Elder still in play or Green, or anyone else I am not aware of at this point?

bassplayer7770's picture

Elder is supposed to visit in January, and I believe Dontre Wilson may be on the radar.

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

Do you or anyone else know if when they broke things off with Green, it was a permanent break or if they told him they just couldn't take another back in this class?

kareemabduljacobb's picture

I like OSU's class a lot and when it's all said and done, I think we will have a top 3 class nationally.   If everyones thinking is right and we land both Mitchell and Johnson at LB, and possibly Bell at S, then every spot on the Defense will be accounted for w/ great players.  Offensively it would be nice to add a few more playmakers but even w/out doing so I like the skill players we have coming in, along w/ our QB, RB and the OL we currently have.  I think Munger or Price will eventually flip over to the offensive side of the ball if we can't land any other OL this year.

Dougger's picture

In all seriousness, David Dawson with those gloves on looks so incredibly stupid. I mean they couldn't make em half to make a complete 'M' at least like the did for our block O? 

I like football

Crimson's picture

At the least, he needs to hold his hands out like Iron Man and not try to cross them.