B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 1/17

By Derek Young on January 17, 2013 at 5:00p

The Glenville pipeline to OSU seems stronger than Michigan's Cass Tech pipelneWorley became commit #22 for Ohio State

Less than three weeks from National Signing Day, many teams are placing the finishing touches on their 2013 recruiting classes.

Some other schools, such as Ohio State, are still flying at top speed on the recruiting trail, issuing out offers to new prospects still to this day.

Five of the teams in our conference recruiting rankings were able to gain a commitment to their class in the past week. One of those teams, Nebraska, also lost a pledge to a league opponent.

There are only 20 days that remain in the 2013 recruiting cycle but as evidenced in the past week, a lot of movement is still being made by many of the teams across the country. Do not step away from the situation or you will miss out on some action in the recruiting world that could pop any moment.

With the Buckeyes adding ATH Christopher Worley to the class over the weekend, and Michigan picking up two pledges, will Ohio State be able to hold off the Wolverines for the top spot in the conference again this week?

Join us after the jump to find out.

1. Ohio State

The addition of ATH Christopher Worley was enough for OSU to hold off the Maize and Blue for the top spot this week. The Buckeyes are not done, either.

Ohio State will attempt to pick up a few more pledges the rest of the way out of a group that includes Oregon commit ATH Dontre Wilson, WR Corey Smith, OL Cameron Hunt, OL Dan Skipper, WR Ky Priester, and S Vonn Bell.

Urban Meyer and the coaching staff will also attempt to take full advantage of Chip Kelly's departure from Oregon. A couple hours after the media found out about Kelly accepting the Philadelphia Eagles job, we found out that the OSU coaching staff had sent out offers to Oregon commits ATH Tyree Robinson and ATH Tyrell Robinson, who are a pair of talented twins.

2. Michigan

Despite losing out on the recruiting battle for 2014 Detroit (MI) Cass Tech DB Damon Webb to the arch-rival Buckeyes, the Wolverines had a positive week when it came to their 2013 group. 

Michigan poached OL Dan Samuelson from Nebraska and DB Reon Dawson from Illinois. Brady Hoke and the staff lead the conference with 26 commits and will now concentrate on garnering the signature from top-flight RB Derrick Green, as they are in dire need of offensive skill players.

Will Dontre Wilson use his duck wings to fly to Columbus?Dontre Wilson may take a visit to Ohio State

3. Nebraska

The Huskers class was invaded by Michigan in regard to the loss of OL Dan Samuelson, but not all was lost in recruiting for Nebraska.

Bo Pelini's staff received a huge pledge this week from top target RB Terrell Newby. More work is to be done for the staff with the need to bring in a playmaking wide receiver.

4. Michigan State

The Spartans have been very quiet in the last few months but could wake up in a big way soon.

Pittsburgh commit WR Tyler Boyd is rumored to be visiting Michigan State soon, and getting him to flip would be a huge pickup for Mark Dantonio.

An elite pass-catching target is important to find for QB commit Damion Terry, and Boyd could be just the answer for Sparty's need.

5. Penn State

Penn State is awarded sole possession of fifth place in our rankings this edition, breaking away from Wisconsin this week.

PSU has a lot of top-tier firepower in their group with QB Christian Hackenberg, TE Adam Breneman, and DE Garrett Sickels.

Bill O'Brien was tasked with one of the tougher recruiting jobs in recent memory and has answered the challenge valiantly. At this point, the Nittany Lions are focusing on jumping off to another hot start in 2014. 

6. Wisconsin

It was a rough few days for new coach Gary Andersen and his staff.

Most of the bad news centered around prized S Tyler Foreman announced his intentions of decommitting from the Badgers' program. Foreman is a key loss after being celebrated strongly by the Wisconsin faithful when he pledged his services.

Retaining ATH Marcus Ball in the class will be a top priority for the new coaching staff moving forward. He has looked around but thus far it is believed he will remain loyal on his commitment to Wisconsin.


DB Reon Dawson chose to depart from the Illini and become a Wolverine, leaving Illinois with 25 members in their 2013 class. The goal for Tim Beckman and company will be to keep the rest of the group together up until Signing Day.

Another Trotwood star chooses to play in Ann ArborReon Dawson chooses Michigan over Illinois

8. Northwestern

Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats remain a player in the recruitment of Ohio State target James Clark after receiving an official visit from the star receiver.

Clark would bolster a solid offensive class that already includes ATH Godwin Igwebuike, but it will be tough to lure the Florida native out of the South.

QB Matt Alviti is well-liked by the scouting services, giving Northwestern potential to have a potent offensive attack in the future. Northwestern held at 20 pledges and will look to close out the recruiting cycle on a strong note.

9. Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights are still reeling a bit after missing out on in-state LB Alquadin Muhammad and suffering the decommitment from LB Skai Moore.

A fantastic finish is needed for Rutgers to rebound, and would set them up well for their move to the Big Ten in a couple seasons.

In-state DE Tashawn Bower remains available and Kyle Flood's staff will do everything in their power to claim his signature on February 6.

10. Maryland

The Terrapins added DE Chandler Burkett over the weekend. Burkett will serve to provide depth across the defensive line in College Park.

LB Yannick Ngakoue is a target left on Maryland's board that would improve their personnel up front. Ngakoue might not decide until Signing Day, but the Terrapins are expected to be a legitimate threat for his services.

11. Iowa

The coaching staff in Iowa City held steady at 17 pledges. A top target the Hawkeyes continue to pursue is WR Brian Lemelle and landing difference-makers like him needs to be a priority for the program. 

Lemelle won't be the only prospect Iowa chases until February 6, though. Kirk Ferentz's staff has a few openings in the class to be claimed.

Kevin Wilson aims to remove Indiana from the cellar of the conferenceLatham headlines the Hoosiers' class


The Hoosiers continued their surprising momentum with a verbal from WR Tyler Smith. Smith becomes the 20th member for Indiana's class.

The staff in Bloomington has made recruiting in-state a priority. DL Darius Latham is already on board and they have continued to inquire on Ohio State commit Tim Gardner, as well as Georgia commit Tim Kimbrough.

13. Purdue

The old Boilermakers' coaching staff was able to net an official visit from WR James Clark. However, with the coaching change, Clark has told me that he will no longer consider Purdue.

Darrell Hazell will be very busy the next few weeks with the amount of spots that are still open and a serious lack of depth on the current roster.

14. Minnesota

The Golden Gophers are in a similar position as the Boilermakers.

With only 14 signatures expected to be faxed into Minneapolis thus far, a few pledges could be on the horizon for Jerry Kill's program.

He'll need them to be good ones; otherwise he could find himself on the unemployment line in the near future.

Rankings Overview

Teams # of Commits Scout Star Avg Rivals Star Avg 247 Star Avg ESPN Star Avg Overall Avg 
1. Ohio State 22 3.91 3.59 3.77 3.77 3.76
2. Michigan 26 3.77 3.62 3.62 3.58 3.65
3. Nebraska 20 3.30 3.00 3.30 3.45 3.26
4. Michigan State 15 3.17 3.13 3.07 3.33 3.17
5. Penn State 18 2.89 3.00 3.28 3.17 3.09
6. Wisconsin 17 3.00 3.00 2.94 3.24 3.05
7. Illinois 25 2.72 2.80 2.68 3.00 2.80
8. Northwestern 20 3.00 2.84 2.80 3.00 2.91
9. Rutgers 21 2.81 2.85 2.90 3.05 2.89
10. Maryland 20 2.70 2.90 2.85 2.95 2.85
11. Iowa 17 2.71 2.94 3.00 3.00 2.91
12. Indiana 20 2.65 2.85 2.55 2.95 2.75
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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sir rickithda3rd's picture

i see tosu finishing with a very strong class... there has to be a playmaker out there that wants to come play receiver for us

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Jugdish's picture

I agree totally and I think signing day will be full of surprises. 

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

buckeye76BHop's picture

"Urban Meyer and the coaching staff will also attempt to take full advantage of Chip Kelly's departure from Oregon. A couple hours after the media found out about Kelly accepting the Philadelphia Eagles job, we found out that the OSU coaching staff had sent out offers to Oregon commits ATH Tyree Robinson and ATH Tyrell Robinson, who are a pair of talented twins."

This^^^is because we have the smartest college coaches in America.  Bar none...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

DefendYoungstown's picture

Hope we can flip one or two from Oregon...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Hovenaut's picture

4th quarter Coaches, let's finish strong!

buckeyechad's picture

How are you making these rankings?

BROSEPH's picture

There's a big gray box near the end of the article that well help you out.

buckeyechad's picture

Well using just average star ratings is kind of dumb, seeing as a team with one five star commit would be higher than a team with 20 four stars. Seems like he just picked a rating system that would put us ahead at the moment. And if you multiply the amount of commits by the average Michigan is higher than us. Extremely biased.

otrain2416's picture

Not to be rude to TSUN and being as nonbiased as possible there really aren't many guys in their class I would want. Thomas and a few of their O lineman are the only guys I really like on their commitment list. Poggi played good in the AA game but were loaded on DL. Does anyone else feel the same way?

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

buck-I.8's picture

Thomas, Kugler, Dawson and that's where it ends

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Wow, the gentlemen's agreement blah blah blah in the B1G is officially over regarding flipping players. The worm has turned and teams will join in, like Michigan has, or be left further behind.

Killer nuts's picture

Somewhere in a dark room someone is concocting a story to blame this on Urban. I can see the headline: "Urban destroys sacred holy good sportsmanship culture of Bigten"... I'm looking at you Bianchi

slicksickle's picture

Dude, you just gave him a new story. You know he'd run with that in a heartbeat. Everything in Bianchi's writing is nothing but Urban butthurt.

Dougger's picture

reon dawson lift some weights!
ifff we end up getting dontre wilson, does anyone think ezekiel elliot would get playing time as a slot/tweener guy as a result? 

I like football

buck-I.8's picture

Wilson would be more of a slot ATH, Elliott will stay at more of a RB role.

Urban Ohio's picture

NCAA scholarships are 25 per year. I thought we were losing 3 this year? We are already at 22 and trying to add more. TTUN is listed at 26. Can someone please explain. Never mind. I found the answer on the Google.

Newcomerstown Trojans between Woody and Beaver.

Derek Young's picture

If I multiplied star average by # of commits, Illinois would be in Top 3 or 4 and I just do not think that is correct.