B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 8/5

By Jordan Wagner on August 5, 2013 at 7:00p
Will Curtis Samuel be the next to join #Dream14?Will Curtis Samuel be the next Ohio State commitment?

The slow recruiting month of July has come to a close, and the last week hasn't brought in a flurry of commitments. College football season is getting closer and the Buckeyes are back at practice, which should take our mind off of recruiting a little bit. 

Michigan State and Ohio State were the only two schools to land a commitment in the past seven days, with each landing only one new addition. 

As a result of the slow week, we saw no movement in our Big Ten football recruiting rankings. However, the Spartans gained ground on the Nittany Lions, while the Buckeyes extended their lead over Michigan. 

A commitment from Malik Hooker caught many Ohio State fans by surprise, as Hooker flew under the radar this summer. His commitment puts OSU fourth in 247Sports team recruiting rankings, behind Alabama, Florida State and Miami. A commitment from Curtis Samuel could definitely help out the Buckeyes in the national rankings and increase their lead over Michigan in our rankings. 

Now, on to the rankings: 

14. Maryland

Maryland remains at the bottom of the rankings after failing to land a commitment, however, the Terrapins did have a big recruiting week. Four of Maryland's top targets —  five-star corner Jalen Tabor, four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, three-star offensive tackle Brock Ruble and three-star defensive-end Ja'Whaun Bentley — visited College Park this past weekend. The Terrapins have a solid chance at landing all four of these important prospects. Tabor will be the most difficult to land, but he has recently been trending toward Maryland on the crystal ball

The Terrapins are also hard after five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince. While his crystal ball favors Florida State, Maryland and Ohio State are right there in the race for Prince. I currently have Prince "crystal balled" to Ohio State. 

While Maryland sits at the bottom of our rankings, they look poised for a big finish. I wouldn't be surprised to see Maryland finish in the top half of the Big Ten when everything is said and done. 

13. Indiana

The future in recruiting isn't as bright for Indiana. The Hoosiers are going to have trouble moving up in our rankings. 

Underrated linebacker Tegray Scales of Cincinnati, Ohio visited Bloomington this past week. Scales, a three-star according to 247Sports, is another Ohio linebacker that I feel is underrated by the services. Indiana will have to battle Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wisconsin for Scales.   

12. Minnesota

Minnesota currently has the smallest class in the Big Ten with only six commitments. The Gophers are expecting to bring in a small 2014 class, which doesn't fare well for their position in the rankings. Jerry Kill must land his top targets with the small class expected. One of their top targets, three-star offensive lineman Frank Ragnow, has been trending away from Minnesota to Arkansas. Losing one of the top in-state kids to an SEC school, while not surprising, is a big blow. We are still months away from Signing Day, so we have plenty of time for things to change. 

11. Purdue

Purdue might have caught another bad break. The Boilermakers were long considered the favorite to land Terry McLaurin before Ohio State stepped in to take him away with an offer. In a similar situation, Purdue recently landed four-star safety Drue Tranquill, but it now appears Notre Dame might steal him away. Notre Dame offered Tranquill days after his commitment to Purdue. 

Losing Tranquill would definitely hurt Darrell Hazell and the Boilermakers, but I guess there is just not much you can do when you are a second-rate football school. 

Purdue fans hardly knew you. Drue Tranquill might need a Notre Dame hat now. 

10. Illinois

Five-star corner Adoree' Jackson of California visited Illinois this past week. Why would a five-star prospect want to visit Illinois, especially when he is from Cali? Well, he grew up a Illini fan. Yes, some people actually grow up wanting to play in Champaign. His visit appears to have gone well, but it will be tough for the Illini to compete with USC and Florida for his services. I don't see a recruit wanting to come to Illinois to play for a mediocre football team. 

9. Nebraska

Nebraska has put together a solid recruiting class at this early stage. One of the Cornhuskers top remaining targets, Peyton Newell, is scheduled to announce his choice on August 30th. Nebraska seems to be the clear favorite to land the three-star defensive tackle. 

Nebraska is pursing two familiar names for their 2014 class: receiver Dallis Todd and tackle Brian Wallace. Todd considered Ohio State before committing to Oklahoma, but it appears that he might consider taking an official visit to Nebraska. It could be a courtesy visit, but getting a highly rated prospect on campus is never a bad thing. Wallace recently visited Ohio State and lists the Buckeyes in his final list. Nebraska could be the team to beat for his services. 

Alabama > IowaPierschbacher might be trading his Iowa gear for Alabama gear

8. Iowa

It appears Iowa could lose their top commitment, offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher, to Alabama. The Top247 offensive lineman committed to Iowa early, but it now appears that Alabama is the favorite. That would be a huge blow to lose a four-star, in-state offensive lineman. 

It is looking like the Big Ten will lose out to the SEC again. 

7. Wisconsin

A few huge pieces of visit news for the Badgers this past week. Five-star running back Joe Mixon and four-star offensive guard Damien Mama scheduled official visits to Wisconsin for the October 12th Northwestern game. These are two huge visits for any school in the nation, especially Wisconsin. Both are considered long shots, but it's nice to see Gary Andersen getting a few top prospects to check out Madison. You never know what could happen. 

Ohio State target, tight end Mike Gesicki, is scheduled to visit Wisconsin this week. Florida State, Penn State and Wisconsin are considered the Buckeyes main competition for Gesicki. It's still not clear if Ohio State would take his commitment at this time. 

6. Northwestern

It's been a slow last couple of months for Northwestern on the recruiting trail. Two months ago, the Wildcats were up to third in our rankings and now they check in at sixth. 

I'm never too worried about Northwestern's recruiting. Pat Fitzgerald gets the most out of his players. He doesn't need the highly rated recruiting classes to achieve success in Evanston, but it will be fun to watch how they use the offensive weapons that Northwestern has landed in the 2014 class. 

5. Michigan State

Michigan State was one of only two schools to land a commitment this past week when Walnut Ridge (Ohio) defensive end Robert Bowers committed to the Spartans over offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Purdue, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Bowers is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound three-star weak-side defensive end. The Spartans now have four commitments from Ohio in their 2014 class. 

The biggest news for Michigan State was the hiring of Curtis Blackwell as their new recruiting coordinator. Blackwell should help their recruiting efforts almost immediately with his ties to the Detroit area. Every team should have a recruiting coordinator. 

4. Penn State

Penn State could be close to losing one of their 13 commitments this week. Michigan offered three-star linebacker Jared Wangler, who committed to Penn State in May. Wangler is a legacy recruit for Michigan, so a flip to the Wolverines is expected. This is definitely a loss for the Nittany Lions, but they have plenty of time to find three more recruits to fill out their class. 

3. Rutgers

Rutgers continues to sit at third in our rankings, mostly in part to their Big Ten leading 20 commitments. It appears that the Scarlet Knights reached on a few prospects when they could have waited it out a little longer. I'm interested to see how Rutgers will be able to adjust to life in the Big Ten. The Knights should try to recruit the State of Ohio with their addition to the Big Ten. I don't see them being able to recruit with the big boys in Ohio, but they could land a prospect or two from the talent-rich state. 

2. Michigan

Michigan could be close to adding commitment number 16 of their own. The Wolverines recently offered three-star linebacker Jared Wangler, a Penn State commit that also had offers from Cincinnati, LSU, Michigan State, Indiana and much of the MAC conference. Wangler is a Michigan legacy and could commit at any time. 

Michigan's top target Da'Shawn Hand announced he will commit on November 14th at his school. Michigan and Alabama are considered the favorites with Florida lurking in the background. I currently have Hand predicted to Michigan, but Alabama still has time to make a move. Michigan will be fighting Ohio State for the top spot in the rankings the rest of the season. If both schools land the prospects they are currently the favorite for, both teams should have no problem finishing in the top five or six in the national recruiting rankings. 

1. Ohio State

Malik Hooker shocked BuckeyeNation with his commitment. Ohio State's newest commit, Malik Hooker, in his new home

Ohio State was the only other school to land a commitment this week. Many fans were surprised when a gray box announcing Malik Hooker's commitment was posted. Hooker is a four-star athlete that held offers from Arizona, Michigan, Navy, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple and West Virginia. This latest commitment pushes the class total to 16.

With the Buckeyes expecting to take between 21-24 commitments, the numbers are beginning to tighten up. Raekwon McMillan, Marshon Lattimore, Curtis Samuel, Erick Smith, Chad Mavety, Damian Prince, Alex Bookser, Mike Gesicki, Noah Brown, Braxton Berrios, and Thomas Holley are some of Ohio State's top remaining targets. Curtis Samuel could be getting close to a decision and Ohio State is the favorite. 


Rankings Overview

No. School Commits Scout ★ AVG Rivals ★ AVG 247 ★ AVG ESPN ★ AVG Overall ★ Avg
1 Ohio State 16 3.69 3.38 3.81 3.69 3.64
2 Michigan 15 3.53 3.47 3.47 3.92 3.60
3 Rutgers 20 2.90 2.80 3.00 3.11 2.95
4 Penn State 13 3.31 3.23 3.31 3.38 3.31
5 Michigan State 14 3.21 3.07 3.43 3.31 3.26
6 Northwestern 13 3.00 3.08 3.31 3.31 3.18
7 Wisconsin 11 3.27 3.09 3.09 3.27 3.18
8 Iowa 12 2.83 2.91 3.00 3.25 3.00
9 Nebraska 11 2.64 2.82 2.91 3.30 2.92
10 Illinois 11 2.63 2.73 2.72 3.00 2.77
11 Purdue 8 3.00 2.71 2.88 3.00 2.90
12 Minnesota 6 3.33 3.00 3.17 2.80 3.09
13 Indiana 10 2.50 2.56 2.75 3.00 2.70
14 Maryland 8 2.50 2.63 2.75 3.33 2.80



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BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

I for one really like the Hooker commit. He is athletic as hell and I think he's gonna be a darn good DB. 

J.Mo's picture

Antonio Henton also liked Hooker's commit! ZING!

osubuck57's picture

Like Hookers' commit as well, just didn't know much about him or his recruitment. Trust the staff and their assessment of talent. Hope Samuel is next!!


DaiTheFlu's picture

Is Hooker actually a 4-star recruit? The gray box showed him at 3, I believe. I could be wrong, though. Either way, he is a great addition to the class!

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

Phoenix824's picture

It depends upon which service is ranking him.    

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I feel like it's one of those "Why didnt I think of that" type deals with the way we've been recruiting. Just recruit 94757484s84848 guys that are ATH and just put them where we need the most at the time. It seems that, outside of linemen, we are just stock piling athletes that can play a multitude of positions. Urban wasnt kidding when he was talking about adding dynamic playmakers.

MN Buckeye's picture

I was on campus at the University of Minnesota today, at a building right across the street from the Bank (TCF Bank Stadium). It is a beautiful facility, although on the small side for the B1G. As I walked past the weight room I saw several fb players working out, and I kept thinking, man these guys are monsters, I wonder what things look like at my school. It was a good reminder that college football is highly competitive, and we are fortunate to be fans of the best school and to have the best coach anywhere.

buck-I.8's picture

My sister went to a DIII school, and even visiting her I saw football players that could've snapped me in half over their knee. There are a lot of big dudes out there.

Hovenaut's picture

Happy that football is back, hope to see another (or more) gray box before the season starts.

In any case this class is poised for a strong finish.

Still wincing at the bottom of list.....I expect Maryland to turn it around, Edsall is running out of time there.

pjtobin's picture

We're #1! We're #1! We're #1!! I know, I know. It's all based on people's perception of these kids. I know it doesn't mean that we will be national champions. But can anyone remember this many studs being Buckeyes two years in a row? This many playmakers two years in a row? I honestly just started following recruiting. So maybe it has always been this way?

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

BtownBuckeye's picture

Its definitely been taken to the next level since the tressel days if thats what you mean. Thats not a knock on Tressel at all, he just didnt spread the country as well as Urban does.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

The class is shaping up nicely with a lot of highly talented prospects still looking at OSU.  I like where it is heading.
Go Bucks!!

2014nationalchamps's picture

In Urb we trust. He will dominate the recruiting game for as long as he is our coach. We are entering a new golden age of buckeye football. Enjoy it folks, it wont be here forever.

O-H-I-O  for life

13THandSummit's picture

How full was our class compared to the estimated size at this same time last year? Didn't follow recruiting a whole lot in the past. Wondering if this class is filling up quicker than any other Ohio State class in the past decade or so. Thanks in advance.

cinserious's picture

It could feel like a crushing blow to lose out on DB Jabril Peppers (once an OSU lean) AND DE De' Shawn Hand in the same recruiting class. Then I remember we have THE best recruiting head coach and assistant coaches in the country. Plus the best S&G coach in the world all is cool on the home front. Remember, ichigan has to recruit all over the nation to bring in top-shelf talent like Hand/Peppers but OSU has the luxury of farm raising them in their own backyard. Overall, I'm glad to see the excitement/competition back in the rivalry as we've owned that wolverine ass for so long now!

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

vitaminB's picture

Weird that in the last three days we've gone from 6th to 4th in the 247sports rankings without signing anyone.  I didn't see anyone jump.  I wonder if someone's recruits were dropped in their rankings or if someone decommitted.

buck-I.8's picture

We're 4th in 247's rankings, and 6th in the composite rankings. No changes

buckskin's picture

All of this momentum and we all know that Urban is the best closer in the business.  I predict 2 surprise commits on NSD.
Great updates on the whole conference eleven warriors.  I don't like the fact that a couple of schools may lose their top linemen to SEC schools.  Not good for the B1G.

AngryWoody's picture

A few huge pieces of visit news for the Badgers this past week. Five-star running back Joe Mixon and four-star offensive guard Damien Mama scheduled official visits to Wisconsin for the October 12th Northwestern game. These are two huge visits for any school in the nation, especially Wisconsin.

I actually hope the Badgers pick both of these guys up. We need more talent in the league.

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

It's always a great week when you can get a Hooker