B1G Recruiting Rankings: Jan. 10

By Derek Young on January 10, 2013 at 5:00p

Welcome to our new 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.

Another SEC caliber player picks the BuckeyesTrey Johnson leaves SEC territory for Ohio State

The latest edition of our conference recruiting rankings carries the most changes to the order. Classes ranked 1-2, 4-6, and 7-10 are so microscopically close that the smallest of change can cause some shakeup.

After the Under Armour All-America Game and US Army All-American Bowl, ranking services make alterations to player rankings as they see fit.

Taking that into consideration, the star averages of many players and teams increased or decreased in the last few days, depending on the members of their class they had already picked up.

Rutgers took the biggest hit on the recruiting trail recently. In addition to some of their commits' statuses taking a spill by the scouting services, they also lost prized pledge LB Skai Moore, who decided to open his recruitment back up after receiving a few SEC offers.

The Buckeyes were the busiest team since our last batch of team rankings, picking up two top-notch linebackers at the All-American games. Would it be enough to overtake Michigan for the top spot? Join us after the jump to find out.

1. Ohio State

The Buckeyes claim the top spot in the rankings this week after bringing in one-time Auburn commit Trey Johnson and long-time lean Mike Mitchell to the class.

OSU struck out on WR James Quick, but continue to chase S Vonn Bell, WR Shelton Gibson, OL Cameron Hunt, and ATH Christopher Worley, as well as some other prospects, in an effort to close out the recruiting cycle as possibly the top group in the nation.

This weekend brings a big recruiting weekend, so be sure to stay tuned to 11W as Buckeye Nation should certainly be on commit watch in the next week or so.

2. Michigan

No additions to the Michigan class has found them leapfrogged by Ohio State. The Wolverines are also interested in OL Cameron Hunt, as well as Illinois pledge DB Reon Dawson, RB Derrick Green, and a new development, WR Sebastian LaRue.

Brady Hoke's squad was eliminated from contention by Wisconsin commit Marcus Ball, lost to USC for the services of top DB Leon McQuay III, and is out of it for WR Laquon Treadwell, so the search for prospects to claim the final spots narrows down a bit in the home stretch.

Brady Hoke eyes a strong finishCan Michigan's class overtake the Buckeyes' group?

3. Nebraska

The Huskers picked up a huge commitment yesterday in the form of RB Terrell Newby. Newby solidifies Nebraska's class in the backfield and becomes one of their most highly touted prospects.

Bo Pelini's squad has a firm grasp of the third place spot, and it appears as if they'll retain the verbals of Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney products Marcus McWilson and Courtney Love.

4. Michigan State

The Spartans make the biggest jump this week, landing at fourth from being at seventh. Michigan State stands still with 15 commits but maintains a class whose stock has continued to rise throughout the cycle.

S Justin Williams and OT Riley Norman are the top players still left on the coaching staff's board and you can expect Mark Dantonio to make a splash or two before Signing Day.

T5. Penn State

Bill O'Brien and company missed out on WR Tyler Boyd, who decided against Happy Valley and pledged to Paul Chryst and Pittsburgh at the Army Bowl instead.

Penn State is still trying to make an impression on RB David Williams, who recently committed to South Carolina, but overall they are seeing the recruiting momentum they had once built begin to deteriorate.

T5. Wisconsin

As you may have noticed, we have our first tie in the conference rankings. The Badgers and Nittany Lions have the same amount of commits, as well as the exact same star average. 

Wisconsin has had to fend off other staffs for the last month, after they smelled blood in the water once Bret Bielema surprised everyone by departing for Arkansas. Some pledges took their talents elsewhere, but most have remained loyal and have begun building relationships with the new staff led by new head coach Gary Andersen.

Will Maryland compete well in recruiting when they enter the Big Ten?Maryland is aiming for a big recruiting finish 

7. Illinois

The Fighting Illini are likely done with their 2013 class, as they already have 26 players on board.

The time and focus in terms of recruiting will now go to maintaining and keeping the group together all the way to Signing Day on February 6, as well as pursuing 2014 prospects.

8. Maryland

Randy Edsall's coaching staff has already landed one elite offensive lineman in Derwin Gray, and would like to reel in another. OL Na'Ty Rodgers has delayed his announcement, but the Terrapins are one of his finalists, although South Carolina could be the team to beat.

LB Yannick Ngakoue is another target at the top of their board, and has kept Maryland at the top of his list throughout the process. He would be a huge pickup for the Terps and could move them up the rankings.

9. Northwestern

ATH Godwin Igwebuike and QB Matt Alviti lead the class that will call Evanston, Illinois, home for the foreseeable future.

With 20 recruits set to sign on the dotted line in February, the Wildcats may be able to close on a few more prospects before the 2013 deadline arrives.

10. Rutgers

The defection of LB Skai Moore really hurts the top-end talent of the Scarlet Knights' class. Moore is considered by many services to be a sleeper prospect that has the ability to compete for playing time at any school in the country. 

Kyle Flood's staff also missed out on in-state LB/DE Alquadin Muhammad, who elected to put on the Miami Hurricanes hat at his Army Bowl announcement. Rutgers will try to rebound with another top in-state prospect, one-time Auburn commit DE Tashawn Bower.

11. Iowa

Kirk Ferentz and his staff have 17 pledges ready to come in and make a difference inside Kinnick Stadium for the next four or five years. WR Brian Lemelle is a Pennsylvania native that they hope joins that group, but they should have room for a number of players to fill out their class.

Darius Latham headlines the Hoosiers' class

12. Indiana

IU has dived into the Sunshine State for two commits already, and are on the brink of another in DB Troy McCollum. Head coach Kevin Wilson has the Hoosiers' recruiting efforts on the upswing and if he can continue to add talented defensive prospects, the Indiana faithful may finally see a competitive football team on the field in the coming seasons.

13. Purdue

Darrell Hazell and his under-construction coaching staff lost their first member of the 2013 class yesterday in OL Dwayne Johnson.

Johnson will now take an official to Lincoln to see what Nebraska has to offer, while the Purdue staff tries to add more quantity to a class that currently sits at only 12 members.

14. Minnesota

The Golden Gophers continue to be stagnant with 14 players in their current class. It will not only take more in numbers, but certainly more in talent to climb out of the cellar of the Big Ten.

It appears that Minnesota and Purdue will be in a battle for the 13th spot in the conference all the way to National Signing Day in about a month.

Rankings Overview

Teams # Of Commits Scout Star AVG Rivals Star AVG 247 Star AVG ESPN Star AVG Overall  AVG
1. Ohio State 21 3.95 3.62 3.76 3.81 3.79
2. Michigan 24 3.79 3.67 3.71 3.62 3.70
3. Nebraska 20 3.37 3.05 3.26 3.26 3.24
4. Michigan State 15 3.13 3.13 3.07 3.33 3.17
T5. Penn State 18 2.89 3.00 3.28 3.17 3.09
T5. Wisconsin 18 3.06 3.06 3.00 3.22 3.09
7. Illinois 26 2.73 2.81 2.69 3.00 2.81
8. Maryland 19 2.74 3.00 2.95 3.05 2.94
9. Northwestern 20 3.00 2.84 2.80 3.00 2.91
10. Rutgers 21 2.81 2.85 2.86 3.05 2.89
11. Iowa 17 2.71 2.94 3.00 3.00 2.91
12. Indiana 19 2.68 2.89 2.58 3.00 2.79
13. Purdue 12 2.46 2.85 2.69 3.08 2.77
14. Minnesota 14 2.43 2.77 2.71 2.86 2.69



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painterlad's picture

This won't be the last time this year Ohio State finishes ahead of Michigan in football.

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

TheHannimal's picture

Looks like the heavens have blessed us with 66 degrees and sunny to help bring in some southern talent!
Derrick Green would be a big get for the skunk bears up north.  I really like him as an RB.  However, I can't wait for Mike Mitchell to Jadevon Clowney him.
Where did Treadwell end up?  I missed that one.

Smanpoint10's picture

He hasn't committed yet, but he is going to soon. I don't know the exact date

labuck's picture

January 17th..he is down to three schools with Ole Miss in the lead I think.

BucksfanXC's picture

Is there a way you can keep a week to week running list of the individual recruits and their ratings for each school? It would take a lot of work up front to create a spreadsheet like this, but then it wouldn't be that hard to maintain each week, gain this guy and put a note about lost recruits.
(Please feel free to tell me to do it myself if I want something that comprehensive, cuz I totally should and I'm jerk for asking.)

“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

blh's picture

According to this article: http://journalstar.com/sports/huskers/football/three-husker-recruits-enr...
Courtney Love has already enrolled at Nebraska, so I think his commitment is pretty solid. Not sure why anyone would even consider Kentucky over Nebraska anyway.

tennbuckeye19's picture

better basketball.

blh's picture

Ha, yeah, thats true for now at least.  I'm still waiting for the NCAA to bomb kentucky back to the stone age for the violations. There's no way Calipari is all of a sudden running a clean program.

btalbert25's picture

In all fairness, whether he had a hand in it or not, Calipari has never done anything wrong.  The UMass banner came down from Camby taking stuff from an agent and The Memphis final four banner came down because Derek Rose had someone else take his SAT.  Cal himself has never been implicated.  Jim Harrick, Bruce Pearl, Calvin Sampson all got caught breaking rules.  Cal has never.
Saying he is dirty because of sanctions at his programs would be like saying Tressel was dirty just based off of the Mo C and Troy Smith transgressions. 

Nick's picture

DERRICK GREEN GO TO MISSISSIPPI!!!!! They will run the ball A LOT with you and they have a lot of good recruits coming in!

captain obvious's picture

Ole Miss only has 240 offers out there

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Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Why no ND? I enjoyed having them on this list. Did they get dropped because we have enough teams getting bounced by the SEC?

luckynewman13's picture

There's no ND because people continuously complained about it. I don't get what the problem is, we clearly recruit against Notre Dame. I don't think placing them in the 11W recruiting rankings gives them some kind of credibility they don't deserve.
But that's just me.
edit: not trying to convince the staff you should put ND back up. I would rather have no Notre Dame on the recruiting rankings than have the 11W community argue over whether or not to include them every single week.

painterlad's picture


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

bukyze's picture

I wouldn't mind having them on every time they lose a recruit (Anzalone)!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I was committed to the idea of including Notre Dame in the rankings until I got creeped out by it and changed my mind. Now, I'm decommiting from the idea of not including Notre Dame. They should be reinstated to the list. 

Conroy's picture

The story of the 2013 retruiting classes of Ohio State and Michigan is the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

2 bad the tortoise isnt allowed as many as the hare

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Riggins's picture

Urban and Co. going hard.
Your move, B1G.  Hire some real coaches.


B1G wants to compete with Meyer they're going to have to. They've got no choice.

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

ziplock007's picture

Kirk Ferentz: SHAME ON YOU!
Iowa is only ahead of the Indiana's (who play in ND's shadow... and everyone else's shadow) and hapless Minnesota (whose coach has a not-funny medical condition that keeps him out of games).
Seriously, their coach is in the top ten in salary, signed for another 7 years with 75% guaranteed.  Even if he were to be fired, he'd still be the 16th highest paid coach for the next 7 years.  The man is dead weight on what could have been an unbelievable program.
Kirk Ferentz is like the Farrelly Brothers, everyone expects greatness even though they were only good for about 3 years.  Ferentz did well 2002-2004 (#8 all three years) while the Farrelly's did well in the early 90's (Dumb & Dumber, Something About Mary).
I just realized I wrote way too much since only about 4 people in the world will read it.  So, for you lucky few who read this, sorry you have nothing better to do :):):)


When I think of the name Courtney Love the last thing that comes to mind is football LOL

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

Buckeyevstheworld's picture


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

Squirrel Master's picture

Parents must have been big Hole fans although really they probably are big Kurt Cobain fans but their last names were Love.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

My lasting image of Courtney Love is her taking her top off at a Hole show in the 90's. For something that had such overt sexual intentions, it ended up being a pretty scary moment. She was, and is, cra cra.

bassplayer7770's picture

Looking at the current ESPN team rankings, they actually have Indiana ranked 5th in the current B1G.  Good for them.
Speaking of ESPN team rankings, nobody is competing with tOSU and scUM.  State Penn is ranked 24th right now.  One of these days, perhaps the rest of the B1G will wake up...

BuckeyeinExile's picture

I love the idea of Trey Johnson sporting Jack Tatum's #32 up there!