B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 8/12

By Jordan Wagner on August 12, 2013 at 7:00p
What's a Gentleman's Agreement anyways?Three-star Jared Wangler flips from Penn State to Michigan.

It was another slow recruiting week for the Big Ten, but there were still a few storylines.

The "gentleman's agreement" is definitely not in existence – especially after Brady Hoke flipped a recruit from Penn State. Meanwhile, Iowa loses their top commitment to Alabama, leaving many wondering why Kirk Ferentz still has a job. Finally, Rutgers surprised many by pulling four-star wide receiver Saeed Blacknall, who also had offers from Alabama and LSU. 

As a result, we have a shift in the middle of our rankings, with Iowa falling two spots with their recent decommitment. The Hawkeyes' fall allows Nebraska and Illinois to each jump one spot in the rankings

Despite Michigan's recent commitment, Ohio State still holds the top spot in our rankings. It doesn't appear any other school will be able to challenge the Buckeyes or Wolverines for the top two positions. The "Big Two, Little Twelve" is still holding form. 

Now, on to the rankings: 

14. Maryland

Maryland has not received a commitment since June 25, but that is expected to change before the season begins. Four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam is expected to commit to the Terrapins, Aug. 23. Aniebonam checks in at 102 in 247Sports' rankings and holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, among others. 

While Maryland checks is last in our rankings, expect the Terrapins to trend upwards. They have the potential to finish in the top third of our rankings if they can land five-star corner Jalen Tabor and five-star lineman Damian Prince. Tabor is leaning their way on the crystal ball, while Prince's recruitment could turn out to be an Ohio State-Maryland battle. 

13. Indiana

It has been about three weeks since Indiana last picked up a commitment, and that didn't change this week. The Hoosiers' class is heavy up front, as six of their top seven commitments are lineman. 

How Indiana's class will finish is not clear, however. It looks like IU will find themselves near the bottom of the rankings going forward. 

12. Minnesota

Minnesota's class of six commitments remains steady in our rankings. The Gophers plan to have a small class in 2014, so the low number of commitments shouldn't be shocking. 

Most of the Gophers remaining targets are three-star guys. Considering the size of this class, look for Minnesota to remain near the bottom of our rankings. 

11. Purdue

It hasn't been too long since the Boilermakers secured a commitment from four-star safety Drue Tranquill. Shortly after his commitment, Notre Dame offered, leaving Tranquill considering his options. It appears he will eventually flip his commitment to Notre Dame. That loss would bump Purdue down a couple of spots in our rankings. 

Darrell Hazell has not landed a single commitment from Ohio in this class. Many expected him to help Purdue recruit in Ohio, but Kentucky, Louisville and others have out-recruited the Boilermakers. 

"How should I spent this 20 million?"Ferentz loses top commitment, still gets paid.

10. Iowa

Iowa drops two spots in the rankings after losing their top commitment – offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher – to Alabama. It is concerning to see Iowa lose a long-time, in-state commitment to the SEC. While no one can argue that Alabama is a better football school than Iowa, it speaks volumes that an in-state commitment quickly jumped ship. 

For the $20 million Kirk Ferentz is owed, you'd expect better results in recruiting than this. 

9. Illinois

Illinois moves up a spot this week, despite not picking up a commitment. Unlike Indiana, Illinois' class is made up of mostly skill players, including four wide receivers, two running backs and a quarterback. 

With another rough season, Tim Beckman could be looking for a new job after only two seasons in Champaign. 

8. Nebraska

Nebraska also moved up a spot after Iowa's fall. It has been over a month since the Cornhuskers' last commitment, but the wait could be close to over. Three-star defensive lineman Peyton Newell is scheduled to announce, Aug. 30, between Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and South Carolina. He is expected to pick Nebraska. 

Surprisingly, Nebraska is having a down recruiting year after a 10-4 season. It'll be interesting to see if the Huskers will be able to flip four-star receiver and Oklahoma commit Dallis Todd. He is expected to make an official visit to Lincoln during the season.

Michigan could turn down four-star recruitParrker Westphal (middle) trending away from Michigan

7. Wisconsin

It has been a month since the Badgers last commitment. Gary Andersen has done a solid job with his first recruiting class. It's far from complete, but it seems to resemble a typical Wisconsin recruiting class. Their classes are usually ranked in the middle of the pack, with quite a few lineman. One thing that sticks out in this class is a commitment from a highly-rated, dual-threat quarterback. Quarterback recruiting was a weakness for Wisconsin under Bret Bielema. 

Four-star offensive lineman Damien Mama listed Alabama, BYU, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin as his top eight, Sunday night. Mama previously stated that he plans to visit Wisconsin with five-star Joe Mixon. Getting both of these highly-rated prospects on campus would be huge for the Badgers. 

6. Northwestern

Like most Big Ten teams, Northwestern has waited over a month for a commitment. The wait will continue for another week. 

Four-star corner back Parrker Westphal could be a name to watch for Wildcat fans. Many considered Westphal a Michigan lock. However, it looks like Michigan might run out of room in their class. Northwestern could be the beneficiary in this situation, but would have to fight off Vanderbilt, Michigan State and others for his commitment. Two recent crystal ball predictions have him going to Northwestern.  

5. Michigan State

Curtis Blackwell's hiring as recruiting coordinator has already paid off for the Spartans. Michigan State landed a commitment from 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell, of Cass Tech. They also thought they landed a commitment from 2015 lineman Kyonta Stallworth, but there appears to be some confusion whether or not he actually committed. Some sites still list him as a commitment, despite him claiming he did not commit. 

Expect the Spartans to have a strong finish to their 2014 class and finish in the top four or five in our rankings. 

4. Penn State

Penn State just barely holds onto the fourth spot after losing a commitment from three-star linebacker Jared Wangler. The Michigan legacy recruit recently accepted Michigan's scholarship offer. The Nittany Lions now have 12 commitments, leaving three open scholarships for Bill O'Brien. 

Defensive tackle Thomas Holley, tight end Mike Gesicki and athlete Dravon Henry are a few of the highly-rated prospects that Penn State is going after to fill out their class. 

Future B1G beats SEC powers for BlacknallWR Saeed Blacknall chooses Rutgers over LSU

3. Rutgers

Rutgers had a successful week by pulling four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall away from Alabama and LSU. Blacknall gives them 21 commitments. 

The Scarlet Knights could be in store for a strong finish, with three-star running back Jonathan Hilliman and four-star receiver Noah Brown starting to trend toward Rutgers. Five-star athlete Curtis Samuel recently visited Rutgers, but Ohio State remains the team to beat. 

2. Michigan

Michigan remains second in our rankings after flipping linebacker Jared Wangler from Penn State. The three-star legacy recruit committed to Michigan a week after being offered. 

Scholarship numbers are getting tight in Ann Arbor. Michigan has 16 commitments and many are expecting the Wolverines to take about 19 signees. Two spots are reserved for five-star defensive linemen Da'Shawn Hand and Malik McDowell. Four-star safety Montae Nicholson is another name to keep an eye on, as many believe the Wolverines lead. Parrker Westphal could find himself on the outside looking in, as numbers get tight. 

1. Ohio State

Ohio State holds onto the top spot for another week. Buckeye fans are patiently waiting for a commitment from five-star athlete Curtis Samuel. His commitment could come at any time, with the Buckeyes as the favorite. 

Like Michigan, Ohio State has 16 commitments. However, the Buckeyes are expected to take 22 or 23 commitments. If everything plays out as expected, Ohio State should be able to hold onto the number one spot in our Big Ten football recruiting rankings. 


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 16 3.50 3.40 3.44 3.86 3.55
3 Rutgers 21 2.95 2.86 2.95 3.14 2.98
4 Penn State 13 3.33 3.33 3.33 3.42 3.35
5 Michigan State 14 3.14 3.07 3.43 3.31 3.24
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 Nebraska  11 2.64 2.82 3.00 3.30 2.94
9 Illinois 12 2.54 2.75 2.67 3.00 2.74
10 Iowa 11 2.73 2.73 2.82 3.11 2.85
11 Purdue 8 3.00 2.71 2.88 3.00 2.90
12 Minnesota 6 3.33 3.00 3.17 2.80 3.08
13 Indiana 10 2.80 2.60 2.60 3.00 2.75
14 Maryland 8 2.50 2.63 2.75 3.33 2.80



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Kevbo714's picture

Shocked to see Rutgers coming in at #3... good for them

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

The talent in NY/NJ this year is really good. If they can keep a few more of the key guys in-state they'll have a great class.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Having 21 commitments is really boosting Rutgers up to third in the rankings right now. They have a chance at a solid finish with RB Jonathan Hilliman and Noah Brown possibilities. They are the favorites for a few three-star guys that have pretty impressive offer lists. 

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Do you see Gesicki staying home and going to Rutgers?

Jordan Wagner's picture

I don't see Rutgers being a threat. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up at Wisconsin. Ohio State and Florida State are players if they make a push for him. Penn State has a shot, but I'm thinking Wisconsin, Florida State or Ohio State. 

SOF_Buckeye's picture

I agree that Rutgers may be a very big pain for Penn State with regards to recruiting in the Eastern PA, NJ/NY region. Obviously the recent events at PSU play a part, to include ongoing sanctions. If the Scarlet Knights are able to finish this years class out strong, and follow up with good performances on the field, not only this year but coming into the BIG, it will have an effect on the up and coming recruits. PSU was able to put together a good season last year, but if/when those performances slip, recruiting results will follow.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

buck-I.8's picture

It's important to note that while Michigan has 16 commitments, one is most likely a gray shirt, and while he is a member of the 2014 class, his scholarship will effectively be counted against the 2015 total.

blazers34's picture

Which kid is that

buck-I.8's picture

Brady Pallante. I think he'll get a scholarship if there's room, but there will likely not be this year.

BierStube's picture

Bama plucking one from IOWA???  That is like dropping a nickel in a beggars cup and taking a dollar out when you leave.  Wow!
edited for grammar

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

D-Day0043's picture

I have no idea why anyone would want to play football at Penn State. There is no way I would let my child play for that program after what happened there. I don't care that all of the people in the program who were responsible are gone. There were plenty of people outside of the program that knew what was going on and chose to look the other way also. 

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Rutgers is going to be a pain in PSU's backside when it comes to locking down top talent in the Northeast.
I know a lot of people were scratching their heads when Delaney courted Rutgers & Maryland, but there is a lot of good football played in Eastern PA, Jersey & the Virginia Tidewater.
Rutgers could be a legitimate contender in the B1G if they can recruit their "footprint" well and steal a few blue chippers from Ohio & Western PA. They've shown in the recent past that they can play some decent football - I think they were a good addition.
I'm not sure the Terps will ever be a football juggernaut, but they could be a consistent middle-of-the-pack program that you'd better bring your "A" game to beat. They've produced some NFL talent over the years, but they'll probably make their mark in basketball.
Iowa is a freakin' joke. At this point it might be worthwhile for them to bite the bullet, pay Ferentz the gazillion $$ they owe him and get a legitimate coach.

MN Buckeye's picture

I just hope and believe that we finish strong, hopefully with guys like McMillan, Prince, Lattimore, and Samuel along with a couple of others.

brobbins's picture

Jordan, When do you see the Bucks next commit coming and who will it be? If you had to predict the end of this class who would it be to date? Great stuff as always!


Jordan Wagner's picture

Curtis Samuel and soon. Maybe by the end of the week. 

My prediction right now (ignore order):

17. WR Curtus Samuel
18. CB Marshon Lattimore
19. S Erick Smith
20. LB Raekwon McMillian
21. OT Damian Prince
22. OT Chad Mavety
23. DT Thomas Holley

I'm fairly confident in 17-20. I'm confident we will get at least one of Prince or Mavety. I have both penciled in, but I could see us only taking/getting one. It's really hard to predict because you have to somewhat guess who the staff will take on top of who actually wants to be Buckeyes. Also, I went with 23. I could see us only taking 22. A lot of factors make it tough to predict. 


route4buckeye's picture

Five 5*. Holy canoli.

brobbins's picture

That would be the best possible finish. It seems to me that Noah Brown has been trending away as of late? Do you think there is any suprise pick ups that will happen like Dontre Wilson last year?


Jordan Wagner's picture

Numbers are tight and Brown could lose a spot. I'm not ruling him out yet. Surprises? If they were surprises no one would know! Malik Hooker falls under that category. Maybe Will Dawkins is a name to watch? He is an athlete that calls Michigan State and Ohio State his favorites. You don't hear his name much. I've been trying to contact him, but I've been having trouble so far. 

ChazBuckeye's picture

My list exactly...with a possible 24th surprise come Feb...I hope;-)  Who...I have NO idea.  Just a hunch there will be a signing day surprise.

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

jestertcf's picture

seriously, do yourself a favor and mouse over the Kirk Ferentz pic.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

BABuckeye's picture

Must not work on ipad

Cavluv23's picture

Iowa has got to be the most depressing  thing I have seen for the last  6 or 7 years I think ..... At some point you got to cut your loses right ??? Could you imagine being a Iowa booster right now ??? I wouldn't give them 2 cents ( not that I have to cents to give anyway lol ) 

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pjtobin's picture

We're still number one!! I'm so amped about being number one!! 
Ok, that was a little over the top. 
I am excited about brining in so many great players. I know that the only ranking that matters is team ranking after we beat SCum each year. So I don't brag about about having the best recruiting class. Having 20-23 of the top players coming in each year does raise hopes of beating any team on our schedule. IMHO. 

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

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

DJ, my friend. Please do not brine in ANY of our players.

I couldnt watch that. I just couldnt.

I like cookies.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Do you guys HAVE to include ESPiN's ratings? 

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

hit_the_couch's picture

It was crybaby Bielema complaining about the agreement. All is fair in......

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

hail2victors9's picture

Jordan, I have to say I love your contributions to 11w.
I'm sure you were just doing you obligatory part in trying to make a joke and get a dig on Hoke and Michigan, but the Wangler flip dispels the mythical "Gentleman's agreement."
"Legacy" doesn't do a justice.  Wanglers go to Michigan; period.  John, was a famed QB throwing to Anthony Carter.  Jack is a preferred walk-on WR and sister Halle plays on the basketball team.  The only reason Jared committed to PSU is because he hadn't been offered by Michigan.  Once the offer came, everyone knew what the outcome would be.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

ChazBuckeye's picture

So shouldn't TTUN be getting slammed by other B1G coaches for flipping a kid committed to PSU...???   Where's Dantonio now?  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.