B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 1/24

By Derek Young on January 24, 2013 at 5:00p
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With less than two weeks before National Signing Day 2013, the conference recruiting rankings are beginning to take their final shape. Many of the teams' classes that were once very closely rated are starting to separate themselves.

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Eleven prospects pledged to Big Ten teams in the last week, while two others decommitted. The results of that will be evident as Nebraska further tightened their stranglehold on third place behind the conference's traditional powers, who continue to battle for the top spot.

The Huskers had the biggest week we have yet to see in our conference rankings. Bo Pelini added four players to the commit list, placing them in a three-way tie with Michigan and Illinois for the largest class in the conference.

Minnesota was able to climb out of the cellar for the first time since the start of these rankings with a high-profile commitment. The Gophers and Purdue will be in a battle until the end to avoid the last-place label.

Ohio State and Michigan remained at a standstill, with neither team laying claim to any additional members or suffering any losses to their group. The finish by each team will decide who will be the Big Ten's 2013 recruiting champion.

Join us after the jump to find out if Nebraska can reach Ohio State and Michigan, how the 11 new pledges shook up the conference, and which players remain on the radar for the Big Ten teams as we wind down the 2013 recruiting cycle.

1. Ohio State

The talented group of 22 commits may not be as solid as once was thought. DL Donovan Munger took an official visit to Florida State last weekend and RB Ezekiel Elliott is scheduled to be on an official visit at Missouri this upcoming weekend.

In talking to people we trust, the Elliott situation is much less concerning than that of Munger. The Seminoles also offered Munger's cousin, Ohio State 2014 commit OL Marcelys Jones, and they visited Northeast Ohio again yesterday. It will be something to keep an eye on moving forward.

With some transfers from unexpected players being announced, there may be more room than we originally anticipated. The Buckeyes have narrowed their search to WR James Clark, ATH Dontre Wilson, WR Ryan Timmons, WR Darren Carrington, ATH Corn Elder, OL Cameron Hunt, OL Dan Skipper, and S Vonn Bell.

2. Michigan

The pursuit of RB Derrick Green is about to come to an end, as he is due to announce his college choice this Saturday. Michigan remains the favorite for his services over Tennessee and Auburn, and it would be an upset if he doesn't pick the Wolverines. 

The only other remaining target left on Michigan's board is TE Durham Smythe. Capturing the signature of both may put the Maize and Blue in a position that would be tough for the Buckeyes to top.

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3. Nebraska

It was a very happy coaching staff in Lincoln this week, landing four of their top recruits left. TE Cethan Carter, ATH Trevell Dixon, CB Boaz Joseph, and DE Ernest Suttles all announced their intention to sign with the Huskers.

Suttles had recently decommitted from Iowa State and after an official visit to Nebraska, he pulled the trigger to play in front of the Sea of Red.

4. Penn State

Recruiting services were once again kind to the Nittany Lions as a few of their pledges received a boost in ratings.

Bill O'Brien and his staff have shown an incredible eye for talent, and their efforts to locate it early on in the process has paid off.

The staff in Happy Valley was also informed of some bad news, however. LB Jonathan Walton chose to leave the PSU class and open back up his recruitment.

5. Michigan State

The Spartans were able to nab a couple of commitments this week in the form of S Justin Williams and DT Noah Jones.

It was the first time MSU was able to collect any new additions to their class since we first introduced the conference recruiting rankings, showing how quiet they had been.

The only spot left for Michigan State looks to be saved for LB Drake Martinez. Martinez is scheduled to visit East Lansing and is the brother of Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez.

6. Wisconsin

So far, so good for the Badgers. They have, thus far, successfully retained DE Alec James, DE Chikwe Obasih, ATH Marcus Ball, and RB Corey Clement upon the hiring of new coach Gary Andersen.

All of them were looking around at other schools once Bielema left the program, but the new staff has done a good job of keeping them in Madison.

WR Jester Weah and QB Michael Julian are high value players left that Wisconsin would love to land. A finish with those two, in addition to locking up the signatures of the players in the previous paragraph, would have to be considered a huge success for Wisconsin.

7. Rutgers

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Unfortunately for Rutgers fans, it does not seem like in-state DE Tashawn Bower is much of an option at this point. Bower just returned from a visit to Florida and has his sights set higher than playing for the Scarlet Knights.

The positive news for RU is that Kyle Flood has secured an official visit with one of the best players in the entire 2013 class. CB Mackensie Alexander is set to visit Piscataway, New Jersey, on January 25 and the program could be a sleeper to land the super Floridian.

8. Illinois

The Illini had another unusual week, which has come to be customary for them. Two new prospects pledged to play for Tim Beckman and his staff, while another decided otherwise.

CB Jalen Dunlap and S James Crawford both decided to spend their college years in Champaign, but S Joshua Jones has decommitted from Illinois. Jones has visited Colorado and Pittsburgh, and will visit North Carolina State this weekend.

9. Northwestern

With WR James Clark visiting Clemson last weekend, and with a scheduled trip to Ohio State this weekend, the Wildcats appear to be out of the conversation for him. 

With Clark not being a realistic option at this point, Northwestern is expected to focus on the next class. Pat Fitzgerald will try to work his magic to put out a good product on Kyle Field.

10. Maryland

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The one prospect the Terps would like to win over is in-state LB Yannick Ngakoue. Maryland will be in a battle until Signing Day for Ngakoue, and their chances seem to be slipping away.

Maryland will have CB Jacquille Vell on campus the weekend of February 1. Getting the last crack could pay dividends in nabbing Vell, who would be a nice cherry on top for the Terps.

11. Iowa

The Hawkeyes could end their recruiting year with a big splash.

WR Brian Lemelle and LB Drake Kulick are expected in Iowa City for an official visit this weekend, while ATH Trev Hadachek will be on campus February 1.

Iowa should have some additions to their class on the way that could propel them past Maryland and Northwestern in the rankings.

12. Indiana

The Hoosiers could culminate their class with the commitment of OL Maurice Swain. He is visiting Tennessee officially, but has Indiana in his final group.

13. Minnesota

Minnesota made enough movement to rid themselves of the last place label in the conference recruiting rankings at the moment. 

The Gophers received a verbal from LB Rayfield Dixon. He was a valued prospect for the Minnesota staff.

14. Purdue

Despite adding TE Matt Burke and DE Antoine Miles, the Boilermakers could not overcome the star ratings boost Minnesota garnered. Purdue is close enough and has the room to pass up Minnesota in the end though.

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 3.64 3.77 3.77 3.77
2. Michigan 26 3.77 3.58 3.62 3.58 3.64
3. Nebraska 24 3.25 3.08 3.29 3.42 3.26
4. Penn State 17 2.94 2.88 3.53 3.18 3.13
5. Michigan State 17 3.06 3.12 3.06 3.18 3.11
6. Wisconsin 17 3.00 3.00 2.94 3.24 3.05
7. Rutgers 21 2.81 2.81 2.90 3.10 2.91
8. Illinois 26 2.65 2.73 2.69 2.92 2.75
9. Northwestern 19 3.00 2.89 2.80 3.00 2.92
10. Maryland 20 2.70 2.90 2.85 3.00 2.86
11. Iowa 17 2.71 2.88 3.00 2.94 2.88
12. Indiana 20 2.65 2.90 2.55 2.95 2.76
13. Minnesota 15 2.40 2.73 2.80 2.87 2.70
14. Purdue 14 2.29 2.86 2.64 3.00 2.70

 

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bukyze's picture

I really, really hope Green does not pick scUM.  It would be a double whammy if we were to lose Zeke (even if that chance is small, so far).

hail2victors9's picture

...Or Michigan gets DG and Elliott stays committed.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

AndyVance's picture

Who knew Bo Pelini ever smiled?

DefendYoungstown's picture

You could turn him upside down and rake leaves with that grill...

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

buckeyedude's picture

That picture of Pelini reminds me of a PGA golfer more than a big time college football coach.

 
 

AndyVance's picture

Generally he and Mark Dantonio represent the "if I smile, I'll break" faction of B1G coaches.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'd be more worried about Green if Saban was coaching him.

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

bukyze's picture

I could care less where he went as long as it wasn't TSUN.  I think he's going to be an absolute stud, and I'd rather not have to face him every year.  It's the one big position on offense that they are missing, and getting Green would be a huge get for them, maybe their most important recruit this year.  Hail or Mman?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

With this front 7 Urban is putting together, i'm not worried. Bell was the last big back Ohio State faced. How'd that go again?

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Green would be a good get for M*ch. I would love to see him pick a different school to watch the outrage up there but I think he's a Skunk Bear commit.
So here's to hoping Mike Mitchell sticks him like he did in the AA game.

DefendYoungstown's picture

I'm concerned about Munger, if I was 18 years old and lived in Ohio my whole life a trip to Tallahassee could pursuede me to reconsider my OSU commitment.  I've been to Tallahassee in March and there's a lot more skin showing than in Ohio at that time...

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

buckeyechad's picture

Once again I'm going to ask how you choose the order? It's not by average star rating (although the top classes seem to be in that order), and if you multiply average star by number of recruits michigan would be ahead of us? Do you just look at the different classes and rank them in your opinion?

otrain2416's picture

its really sad 8 of 14 BIG10 teams can't even average a recruiting class of 3 star recruits

Rooster Buckburn's picture

And therein lies the reason why the B1G is struggling to play on the level of the SEC.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Not entirely. Look at NW. They've played well against the SEC in their last few games.

It's also about coaching.

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Kurt's picture

It's mostly about coaching.  I know it's recruiting season and that's all anyone wants to attribute success to, but it really boils down to coaching the talent you have. #NeverBlameTheToolsYouHave

Rooster Buckburn's picture

The 'material' that you have to work with is still, and always will be  a major part to any coaches success however.  In the inimitable words of Bill Parcells: "If you want me to cook the dinner, let me buy the groceries."  

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

But in college the coaches are the ones buying the "groceries".

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Rooster Buckburn's picture

Precisely, that's why recruiting the top talent is directly related to success.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I wouldn't say that NW has "top talent", but they are pretty good at developing what they have. Which again, goes back to coaching.

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Jhesse17's picture

Man I thought Zeke was solid here. It would really suck to lose him.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Would love to have him, and I believe he's all S&G. If Ohio State does lose him, they'll be fine.

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740 BUCKEYE's picture

I know Zeke said "chill" and that the visit was just to have a look, but I have to wonder if the pursuit of Dontre Wilson has had any influence on his decision to do so.
I thought Wilson was being looked at as a slot reciever? If he were to come to tOSU, would it have any influence on Zeke's chances at playing time, seeing how he is going to be a tailback?

BukFan's picture

I thought PSU was supposed to be last at everything until 2020 based on "expert analysis"??  And this should be their worst year!! (except maybe last year ...maybe).  I guess a lot of experts need to rethink BOB's determination and ability to execute under these conditions.