B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 8/19

By Jordan Wagner on August 19, 2013 at 7:00p
Curtis Samuel all smiles at Friday Night LightsCurtis Samuel is Urban Meyer's newest five-star weapon

The Big Ten is having a slow month of August on the recruiting trail, but Ohio State and Rutgers are the exceptions.

Iowa, Rutgers and Ohio State were the only three schools to land a commitment in the past seven days, with each landing one new prospect.

Despite a slow week, we saw movement in our Big Ten football recruiting rankings. The Hawkeyes' newest commitment bumps them up to ninth, which causes Illinois to fall a spot.

Curtis Samuel's commitment to Ohio State further distances the Buckeyes from the rest of the pack. The five-star athlete's commitment moves them up to second in 247Sports' composite rankings, with plenty of time to catch Alabama for the top class.

College football season is less than two weeks away, which also means key recruits will start to officially visit their top colleges soon. 

Now, on to the rankings:

14. Maryland

Maryland currently sits in last place, but that might change next week. Four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam is expected to commit to Maryland over Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and others. The Terps are considered the clear favorite for 247Sports' 102nd overall player in the nation. 

Five-star corner Jalen Tabor continues to trend towards Maryland. The Terrapins have quickly turned from dark horse to front-runner for Tabor. Mike Locksley – their ace recruiter – is handing the recruitment of Aniebonam, Tabor, Damian Prince, Brock Ruble and Chris Jones

13. Indiana

Indiana could find themselves back in last place next week, a spot they have held the majority of the time in our Big Ten football recruiting rankings. 

A name for Hoosier fans to keep an eye on is three-star running back Devine Redding. He recently transferred to Glenville and will likely be featured at running back in coach Ted Ginn's offense. Indiana is currently his favorite, but he could see his recruitment take off with a solid senior season. 

12. Minnesota

The Gophers sit with only six commitments and are only expecting to take 15 to 17 prospects in this class. Minnesota has been quite selective with the small amount of scholarships available. 

Three-star offensive tackle Frank Ragnow is the their top remaining target on the board. The offensive lineman appears to be down to Arkansas, Florida State and Minnesota. The Gophers have the edge on the crystal ball, but the last three picks all went to Arkansas. Jerry Kill must manage to land their home state's top talent. 

11. Purdue

Purdue continues to sit outside the top ten for another week. The Boilermakers could lose Drue Tranquill – one of their top commitments – after he received a Notre Dame offer a few weeks ago.

Four-star quarterback commitment David Blough could be a candidate to start under center as a freshman. Purdue recently named senior Rob Henry as starter for this season, leaving the position wide open for next season. 

Three-star prospects is what 20 million buys you. Iowa lands three-star linebacker Aaron Mends

10. Illinois

Illinois is now tenth after being passed by Iowa this week. The Illini have struggled on the recruiting trail under Tim Beckman. It seems they are battling MAC schools for recruits, while the rest of the conference is competing against other BCS schools. 

The Big Ten desperately needs the bottom tier to step up their recruiting game. 

9. Iowa

Iowa moves up a spot in our rankings after landing a commitment from linebacker Aaron Mends. He choose the Hawkeyes over an offer from Iowa State. Kirk Ferentz now has twelve commitments in this class. 

His commitment comes one week after losing their top verbal to Alabama. It's clear Iowa can out-recruit Iowa State, but can they out-recruit the big boys? I'd say no after losing a long-time, in-state offensive lineman commitment to the Crimson Tide. Offensive lineman are what the Hawkeyes are known for producing and he didn't think twice about de-committing. 

8. Nebraska

All has been quiet in Lincoln as college football season approaches. We are still 11 days until four-star defensive tackle Peyton Newell is expected to commit to the Cornhuskers over Kansas, Kansas State and South Carolina. 

Nebraska has surprisingly struggled on the recruiting trail after a 10-win season. 

Rutgers keeping their talent in-stateJonathan Hilliman picks Rutgers over Ohio State

7. Wisconsin

Gary Andersen has put together a solid recruiting class in his first year in Madison. Dual-threat quarterback D.J. Gillins headlines the Badgers class. Landing a highly rated quarterback is something Bret Bielema was never able to do. 

6. Northwestern

Four-star cornerback Parrker Westphal continues to trend towards Northwestern on the crystal ball. Westphal was once considered a Michigan lock, but the Wolverines are running tight on scholarships. 

Landing Westphal would be a major addition to an already solid class. The Wildcats started off strong, but have faded slightly in the rankings since June. Pat Fitzgerald continues to do a great job in Evanston. 

5. Michigan State

Michigan State's hiring of Curtis Blackwell has yet to pay off for the class of 2014. The Spartans are expecting to have a strong finish and are a good bet to finish in the top five of our Big Ten rankings. 

The problem with the Spartans has been their inability to land a top prospect. This year Michigan State has missed out on Jamarco Jones, Drake Harris and Lawrence Marshall. We'll see if Blackwell can help solve this problem in East Lansing. 

4. Penn State

Penn State's class is almost finished, with 12 commitments. Due to the sanctions, the Nittany Lions are only allowed to hand out 15 scholarships. 

Tight end Mike Gesicki, defensive tackle Thomas Holley and athlete Dravon Henry are three of Penn State's top remaining targets. Wisconsin is a team to watch for Gesicki, while Holley seems to be slightly favoring the Buckeyes. Henry's crystal ball shows no clear leader. 

Buckeye, Scarlet Knight or Hokie?Noah Brown is closing in on a commitment

3. Rutgers

Rutgers continued their hot recruiting month with a commitment from three-star running back Jonathan Hilliman. He commits to the Scarlet Knights over Ohio State, although many believe the Buckeyes' offer was not committable. Ohio State offer or not, this is still a huge pick-up for Rutgers. 

The Scarlet Knights remains in the mix for four-star WR Noah Brown. Rutgers has done well keeping the areas top talent in-state in recent weeks and will look to continue the trend with Brown.  

2. Michigan

Michigan's recruiting has slowed down with only a few scholarships left. The Wolverines top remaining targets include five-stars defensive linemen Da'Shawn Hand and Malik McDowell

Hand is scheduled to announce, Nov. 14, between Michigan, Florida and Alabama. The Wolverines are the favorites to land Hand, one of the nation's top prospects. McDowell does not yet have a decision date, but the Wolverines are the clear favorite for the in-state defensive end. 

1. Ohio State

The Buckeyes distanced themselves from the rest of the pack this week with the commitment of five-star athlete Curtis Samuel. He committed to Ohio State over Rutgers, Friday, and is expected to be a wide receiver/hybrid in Urban Meyer's offense. With the additions of Parris Campbell Jr., Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Lonnie Johnson, that offense will have plenty of speed.

What is next for the Buckeyes? Four-star wide receiver Noah Brown could decide at any moment between Ohio State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Brown has said a decision will be made by Sept. 12. Five-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley could also potentially decide before football season. Ohio State, Notre Dame and Penn State are the main schools fighting for his commitment. 


Rankings Overview

No. School Commits Scout ★ AVG Rivals ★ AVG 247 ★ AVG ESPN ★ AVG Overall ★ Avg
1 Ohio State 17 3.71 3.41 3.88 3.71 3.68
2 Michigan 16 3.50 3.40 3.44 3.86 3.55
3 Rutgers 22 2.95 2.86 2.95 3.18 2.98
4 Penn State 12 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 Iowa 12 2.58 2.75 2.81 3.10 2.81
10 Illinois 12 2.54 2.75 2.67 3.00 2.74
11 Purdue 8 3.00 2.63 2.88 3.00 2.88
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




ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

TSUN and their May recruiting championships...Urban passed them even sooner this year!

Class of 2010.

InHartWeTrust's picture

They sit nicely in the trophy case with their September Heismans...

WildBear Buckeye's picture

I find this incredibly odd. How is it that every year they've been there Hoke & Co have been able to get elite players to commit so early? And why does that seem to come at the price of missing on all of their top targets later on? Derrick Green last year is the only high-profile Michigan recruit I can remember who committed less than 5 months before NSD.

Abe Froman's picture

All I needed was 17 seconds of Samuels highlight tape.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Oyster's picture

How are these ranks decided?  Overall average?  Something else that is not reflected in the table?  I only ask because Rutgers is 2.98 overall, which is less than PSU. Minny falls lower in the ranks also, with a 3.08 as do a couple other schools.  Just curious.

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13THandSummit's picture

Amount of recruits comes into play along with other things like filling positions of need and average star rating. Subjective combination of many factors.

Squirrel Master's picture

I think size and what kind of players is also included. 22 vs 12 recruits is quite the difference and then add in some of the players that Rutgers has gotten and I think they have better talent. He probably took more into consideration. 

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Oyster's picture

It would be nice if they could explain the method to their madness, because just looking at the overall is misleading, and I don't have the time or desire to check out other sites for recruiting info when it is in a compact/easy to read format right here.

3M hoards the KoolAid like Elaine hoards sponges.

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

BamBamBuck's picture

Simple way to look at it is to take the number of commits and multiply by the over all average. Although I have not run the numbers it should become very clear as to the rankings.


Oyster's picture

Unless my Abacus needs new batteries, that doesn't work.  Minny is 18.48 and Ind is 27.5.

3M hoards the KoolAid like Elaine hoards sponges.

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

BamBamBuck's picture

Damn, that fuzzy math strikes again!


13THandSummit's picture

Too many factors to list. They're giving you some objective facts (ratings + amount) and making an educated subjective ranking based on how they see things. At some point it just comes down to personal opinion.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I take many factors into consideration. At this stage, numbers do have a big impact. When I started this in June, Rutgers lacked quality but had quantity and that resulted in a high ranking. They've been landing a few top recruits and now they deserve that ranking. 

Minnesota has a solid six man class, but Rutgers top six recruits are better. So, it wouldn't make sense to rank Minnesota ahead of them. That holds true for a lot of the scenarios. 

I take other rankings, class size, individual rankings and my own personal opinion. I watch film and research most of these guys more than just where they were considering. Sometimes it's tough to find much on some of the lowly rated guys. 

Recruiting rankings are opinion. No exact science behind them. I wish there was a formula to plug in that would give us accurate rankings. Not sure average star rating is it. 

biggy84's picture

How much, if any, does the uncertainty about the futures of the head coaches in the B1G hurt their recruiting? I have heard Beckman, Wilson, Ferentz, Kill and even Pellini as possibly coaching for their jobs.

dlb72osu's picture

Has anybody heard anything about Raekwon McMillan in the last month? I know that he has several planned visits to his listed schools during the upcoming season but I have heard that OSU has lost the inside track to LSU. Anybody, anything?

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Squirrel Master's picture

This is probably why you are hearing that. according to this write up, he doesn't even have them on his top 5 list as of 10 days ago. Just a happenstance, I don't think LSU is in the running at all.

LSU appears on the schedule twice for McMillan, but only because the Tigers play Georgia (Sept. 28) and Alabama (Nov. 9) during official visits with the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, respectively.
The same goes for Florida State, but only because the Seminoles travel to Clemson (Oct. 19) and Florida (Nov. 30) during his other official visits.
Ohio State picked up the other official visit as McMillan will head to The Horseshoe on Oct. 26 to see the Buckeyes play Penn State.


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13THandSummit's picture

When recruiting a QB for next years class, all they really need to do is bring a picture of this years O-line class and the 40 times of our skill position recruits over the past two years. Wouldn't hurt to bring some clips of Mitchell, Spence, Washington, and the No Fly Zone if they're thinking of going to another B1G school.

nm_buck's picture

heh heh heh....
(twisting moustache like Snidely Whiplash)

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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The Buckeyes are already beating the Wolverines in Summer recruiting, something TTUN has specialized for years, only thing left to beat them in is the September Heisman's 

Brady Hoke ate my comment

Oyster's picture

Plus 1 for your screen name alone, and every time I see it from now on!

3M hoards the KoolAid like Elaine hoards sponges.

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

CC's picture

Where is Samuel listed as a 5 star? I have seen him as a 4 star only.

Buckeye5000's picture

Thanks Skid, just went to the link. Good to here they have him as a 5*. I spend most of my time on Scout and Rivals. I need to start checking them all I guess.

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MrCarson's picture

He's only a 5-star to 24/7.  It seems that people just go with the highest ranking among the four services when describing an OSU commit.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I typically use 247Sport's rankings and profiles for these articles (I link to their profiles all the time). I believe they have the best overall rankings. ESPN's is bad. Rivals hardly updates their rankings. Stephen Collier is still a two-star on Rivals. Scout's is probably the second best. The composite ratings are brought down by ESPN and sometimes Rivals. 

Rivals did update their rankings this afternoon and I updated it based off of their team commitment lists. Only one team's average changed. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If you have been paying attention, you'd know that the more other recruiting sites see Samuel, the higher his ranking jumps. Much like Ohio State, 247 noticed his skill before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.

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daytonbuckeye's picture

247 has him as a 5 star, but they also rank his composite rating which is 4 stars.

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

Kaceybrown's picture

Fat finger down vote, apologies

Buckeye5000's picture

Agree. Also from the link to 24/7 it showed OSU in 5th overall and in 3rd. if you go by ave. behind Ala. and Georgia. Maybe there is something I am missing.
Edit: I was talking to CC.

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Jordan Wagner's picture

Rivals updated their rankings and therefore the composite rankings changed this afternoon. The average rivals star rankings are up-to-date in the table, but the composite changed after I finished the piece. Ohio State is still 2nd in 247Sport's rankings. 

CC's picture

Thanks - I generally look at scout and ESPN.  Scout because I've found them to be accurate and up to date, ESPN because of ease-of-use.  Though many swear by 24/7 I rarely go there because I find their site hard to use/confusion.  It's not obvious what is their ranking vs. composite etc.

Buckeye5000's picture

Thanks for the new up-to-date info Jordan.

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EDUGOON's picture

Its getting to the point where I think Urban and the staff's pitch to recruits is "Do you want to play with us, or against us"!!! Flat-out!!! I love it! #GOBUCKS

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Buckeye5000's picture

Thanks for the write up Jordan. It really helps to see how the other B1G schools are doing. Thanks for doing the work for us Jordan. Like UFM said they need to pick it up.

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Buck Commander's picture

Raekwon come on down and join the silver bullet express

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

As a fan who never was much into the recruiting side of things and now enjoying all the 11W write-ups, wonder if TTUN does land Da'Shawn Hand and Malik McDowell if they will move ahead of the bucks on this ranking?  Not sure how much that really matters since the bucks have a much better coaching staff, but just curious how the algorithm might work for that.

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Poison nuts's picture

That'll all depend on who else OSU picks up. They'll have a great class - OSU will have a great class. It is nice to beat them in recruiting rankings & all but the only real measure IMO comes in November on the field.

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Crimson's picture

We're expecting to get Marshon Lattimore and Raekwon McMillan.  We're also in on Damian Prince, Chad Mavety, and Thomas Holley.  If they land Hand and McDowell before we get anyone else, they could jump us, but I doubt they would hang on for long.

Jordan Wagner's picture

If Michigan was to land Hand and McDowell before Ohio State had another commitment, the Wolverines would more than likely pass the Buckeyes. However, I'd expect Ohio State to land more commitments before that happens. 

I think Ohio State has a very good chance at having a higher ranked recruiting class when all is said and done.

CC's picture

Why is that?  Isn't UM going to have 3-5 more recruits?

Jordan Wagner's picture

Michigan is expected to finish with 19-20 recruits. 

ziplock007's picture

Hey Jordan,
How is OSU shaped up on O-Line for the futures?  Last I checked, they are razor thin at O-Line, only recruited two each in the last two classes (one of which was kicked off the team), and have 4 O-Linemen that are seniors.
Bottom Line: 80% of the O-Line leaves after the season and they don't have depth this season... is no one else worried?

Jordan Wagner's picture

Our 2014 offensive line recruiting haul is pretty impressive. Jamarco Jones, Demetrius Knox, Kyle Trout and Marcelys Jones are highly rated guys. Damian Prince and Chad Mavety are very much in the mix. I could see Prince and Knox being day one starters with Taylor Decker having one of the spots locked up. I'm not sure who would be the start the guard or center. 

Give me one Prince/Mavety and I'll be happy. Two would be icing on the cake. 

CC's picture

Jordan, why did you single out Knox and Prince?  Just curious because Jamarco Jones is arguably our highest rated OL commit.

SOF_Buckeye's picture

I believe it's from the various camps and watching them against other elite competition. However, I believe J. Jones will give a serious account of himself pushing for a starting spot.
Don't go to sleep on Kyle Dodson...he'll be a force soon enough. 

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

Jordan Wagner's picture

I think Knox will be a guard, which is why he was singled out. He is dominant. I'm thinking Jones will be a tackle. Prince is a top ten overall prospect in this class. It would be a wide open battle for the tackle opposite of  Decker, but I think Prince would be the early favorite. Kyle Dodson has to stay out of the dog house. 

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

How is Maryland not higher on this list? There is so much talent in their state. Then need to get to work if they want to compete in the Big Ten

Jordan Wagner's picture

They have started slow. Expect them to finish in the top half of the rankings. They'll be bumped up a few spots in next week's rankings assuming they land the four-star recruit I mentioned in the piece. Most of their top targets are still on the board with the Terrapins sitting in good shape. 

cplunk's picture

Half the B1G is recruiting at a MAC level. Seriously, we're reaching the point where a one loss OSU season might mean we don't make the playoffs that start next year. The B1G is dragging us down that much.
We're going to have to start thinking of some of our in-conference games as the warm-up games and schedule our out of conference with all top four teams from power conferences just to have a chance.

AJW_16's picture

Two notes:
1. Holy shit, Bill O'Brian is doing very well all things considered at Penn St. I know that has been covered a lot here, but you have to admire what he's doing. I hope that Jay Paterno et al. can shut their mouths long enough for BOB to stick around and really make some noise after the sanctions end.
2. Someone mentioned it above, but way too many B1G schools are competing with MAC schools for recruits. That is the major difference between the SEC and B1G.

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