B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 9/16

By Jordan Wagner on September 16, 2013 at 7:30p
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Meyer wants you to be a Buckeye. Meyer knows who he wants to finish this class with. 

Wisconsin and Purdue will open up conference play this weekend. We're still months away from National Signing Day 2014, but it comes as no surprise that the Buckeyes have put together the top recruiting class. Other schools haven't been as fortunate. 

Ohio State was the only school to land a 2014 recruit in the past seven days, with the commitment of Noah Brown. Recruiting in the Big Ten has been moving at a snail's pace and it doesn't appear that will be changing this week. 

With only one new pledge, we saw no movement in our B1G football recruiting rankings. The Buckeyes continue to distance themselves from the rest of the pack. Urban Meyer is showing no mercy on the "Little 12." 

The Florida A&M game isn't expected to draw many recruits, but the Wisconsin game will. Many of the Buckeyes' top prospects are expected to be in attendance for the primetime game, Sept. 28. 

Now, on to the rankings:

14. Indiana

Kevin Wilson and Indiana will host quite a few junior prospects this weekend. The Hoosiers 2014 class is below average after a solid 2013 class. Wilson will need to step it up or Indiana will continue to be a bottom of the Big Ten team on the field. Recruiting matters. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: Indiana should have a big recruiting weekend with Missouri headed to town for a night game. Three-star receiver Kenric Young will be on an official visit. Young has tons of offers, including Indiana, N.C. State and Wisconsin. He lists a top 15, so this recruitment is just getting started. 

Tight end C.J. Conrad, one of Ohio's top 2015 prospects, will be visiting Bloomington this weekend. The Hoosiers are in his top six, but an Ohio State offer would be tough to beat. 

13. Minnesota

Jerry Kill's health issues continued this past weekend. Recruits have to take notice and worry that he might not be their coach for four years. Kill is a great fit for the Gophers, but his health issues can't be overlooked. On the recruiting side, Minnesota has a solid six man class with only 12-15 commitments expected. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: The Gopher take on San Jose State this weekend. Linebacker Everett Williams of Texas will take an official visit. Williams has offers from Minnesota, Louisiana-Monroe, Navy and New Mexico State. His crystal ball is 100% Minnesota. 

12. Purdue

The Boilermakers battled with Notre Dame, which was encouraging. Recruits are going to want to see results from Purdue. Darrell Hazell has yet to get things going on the recruiting scene and his Ohio connections have yet to pay off, with many of the second tier prospects heading to Kentucky or Louisville. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: Purdue will travel to Wisconsin this weekend, therefore no recruits will visit Purdue. Athlete Shaq Vann visited last weekend, but has yet to earn an offer from the Boilermakers. Lineman Brandon Tiassum also visited Purdue and had a great time. He grew up an Ohio State fan and would love an offer from the Buckeyes. 

11. Illinois

All is quiet in Champaign on the recruiting front. Tim Beckman is going to need to recruit better or he could find himself without a job in the next couple of seasons. Kevin Sumlin could have done good things in Champaign, but they elected to go with Beckman. The Big Ten needs the bottom dwellers to do better. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: The Fighting Illini will look to bounce back this weekend against Miami (OH). Illinois recruiting news is hard to find, but I'll continue to work on gathering some. 

Randy Edsall's response to "Will you be fired?"Edsall has Maryland off to a good start this season. 

10. Maryland

The Terrapins are poised for a strong finish with this recruiting class. Landing commitments from five-stars Damian Prince, Jalen Tabor and some other top targets will surely land them in the top five of the B1G rankings. Things aren't looking all bad in Maryland. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.  

Visitor news: Maryland (3-0) will take on West Virginia in Baltimore. Top 247 athlete Juwann Winfree will attend the game on Saturday. Winfree claims a top three of Maryland, Pittsburgh and Georgia. This visit is very important for the Terrapins, which trails Pittsburgh on the crystal ball

9. Iowa

Kirk Ferentz has the Hawkeyes off to a 2-1 start. Recruiting hasn't been going all to well, but his buyout makes his job safe. The future in Iowa City isn't looking too bright. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Iowa will return home this weekend. The Hawkeyes will host '14 three-star corner Marcel Joly on an official visit. The Maryland native, claims offers from the Terrapins, Hawkeyes, Vanderbilt and Temple. A commitment is possible, but not expected.

8. Nebraska

Will Nebraska's loss to UCLA hurt their recruiting efforts? Doubtful. Recruits don't look at the Cornhuskers as a championship contender, therefore a few losses won't hurt them. Bo Pelini has struggled to recruit at a high level after a ten-win season. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: South Dakota State will travel to Lincoln to play Nebraska. Pennsylvania three-star defensive back Dandre Scott is expected to take a visit to Nebraska this weekend. Scott has twenty offers and will now take his official visits. 

Miami(FL) commitment Brandon Powell visited Lincoln, Saturday, but it appears that he isn't strongly considering the Huskers. 

Jalen Brown is a high-level prospectJalen Brown will visit Wisconsin and Ohio State.

7. Wisconsin

Wisconsin is coming off a devastating "loss" to Arizona State. The Badgers must quickly get over that loss with their Big Ten schedule beginning this weekend. The Badgers are expected to have a big recruiting weekend and a commitment shouldn't be ruled out. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Wisconsin and Purdue will kickoff the Big Ten season in Madison. The Badgers will host quite a few 2014 prospects, including CB Zavior Hoxie, DE Uriah Leiatua, RB Madre London, S Lubern Figaro and WR Jalen Brown. This will be an important weekend on and off the field for coach Gary Andersen. 

6. Northwestern

Things have been very quiet in Evanston. The recruiting pace has slowed, causing Northwestern to drop in the rankings since June. Four-star corner Parrker Westphal continues to favor Northwestern, but a decision date has been delayed. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Northwestern will look to start 4-0 with Maine coming to town. The Wildcats should have a big recruiting weekend, Oct. 5, when the Buckeyes will travel to Evanston. 

5. Penn State

Bill O'Brien has done a great job on the recruiting trail. He will get the last shot at impressing Mike Gesicki, Oct. 12. The Nittany Lions continue to battle with Ohio State, Florida State and Wisconsin for the four-star tight end. O'Brien is also going head-to-head with Meyer for four-star defensive lineman Thomas Holley. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Kent State will travel to Happy Valley, hoping to hand the Nittany Lions their second straight loss. Christian Lezzer, a Boston College commit, attended the UCF game. A two-star linebacker from Pennsylvania, Lezzer could be a prospect that Bill O'Brien would flip, if offered. The Wolverines will come to town, Oct. 12, a game that four-star Mike Gesicki is planning to attend. 

4. Michigan State

The Spartans could be getting close to landing another commitment with Sylvania Southview (Ohio) athlete JJ Pinckney expecting to decide within the next month between them and Kentucky. Michigan State appears to be the favorite. Still, it will be difficult for the Spartans to track down the Scarlet Knights in our rankings. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: It's the Spartans turn to take on Notre Dame. They will be heading to South Bend, so no prospects will be visiting East Lansing this weekend. 

Huge OL is a prospect to watch. Sam Madden will visit Rutgers this weekend. Ohio State soon.

3. Rutgers

Rutgers has been recruiting well, as of late. The Scarlet Knights are looking to have a strong finish to their highly-rated class. With 23 commitments, Rutgers is quickly running out of spots in this class. Kyle Flood will look to continue locking down New Jersey, with Ryan Izzo visiting this weekend. It appears they have some ground to make up on Florida State.

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Rutgers plays host to Arkansas this weekend, which should be a good recruiting weekend for the Scarlet Knights. Four-star tight end Ryan Izzo (6'5/215) is considering visiting this weekend, which would be a huge visit. The '14 prospect is down to Rutgers, Wisconsin, Florida State and Virginia Tech. 

Sam Madden, a highly rated junior offensive tackle, will visit this weekend, as well. The Scarlet Knights were one of the first teams to offer the New Jersey product. Madden is also expected to visit Ohio State this season. 

2. Michigan

The mighty Michigan Wolverines almost lost to Akron this weekend. Brady Hoke has recruited at a high level, but he has yet to put everything together on the field. Hoke will likely finish second in the Big Ten recruiting rankings to Urban Meyer, again. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Not very many recruits were in attendance to watch Michigan's poor performance against Akron. The Wolverines will not be hosting any prospects this weekend, as they are headed to Storrs, Conn. to take on UConn. 

1. Ohio State

"Dream14" added a new member this past week and Ohio State continues to lengthen their lead in our football recruiting rankings. Urban Meyer has not disappointed with his recruiting success. The next possible commitment could be tight end Mike Gesicki, who plans to decide in mid-to-late October. The Buckeyes are right in the mix for the four-star. 

Commitments: The Buckeyes were the only school to add a commitment this weekend, with four-star athlete Noah Brown declaring his intentions to wear the Scarlet and Gray. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound athlete is projected to play receiver in college. Brown's decision came down to Ohio State and Rutgers.

Visitor news: They will return to Columbus this weekend to take on Florida A&M. The visitor list is expected to be short, with Wisconsin coming to town for a night game the following weekend. We already have a fairly long list of visitors complied for the Wisconsin game. 


Rankings Overview

No. School Commits Scout ★ AVG Rivals ★ AVG 247 ★ AVG ESPN ★ AVG Overall ★ Avg
1 Ohio State 18 3.72 3.61 3.89 3.72 3.74
2 Michigan 16 3.56 3.47 3.44 3.86 3.58
3 Rutgers 23 3.00 2.91 2.96 3.17 3.01
4 Michigan State 15 3.20 3.13 3.40 3.29 3.26
5 Penn State 12 3.33 3.25 3.33 3.42 3.33
6 Northwestern 13 3.08 3.08 3.31 3.31 3.20
7 Wisconsin 12 3.25 3.08 3.08 3.25 3.17
8 Nebraska  12 3.08 3.00 3.08 3.25 3.10
9 Iowa 13 2.69 2.69 2.77 3.09 2.81
10 Maryland 10 2.89 2.89 2.89 3.38 3.01
11 Illinois 12 2.53 2.75 2.67 3.00 2.74
12 Purdue 8 3.00 2.63 2.88 3.00 2.88
13 Minnesota 6 3.33 3.00 3.17 2.80 3.08
14 Indiana 10 2.90 2.60 2.60 3.00 2.78

 

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zbd's picture

Thanks for the update.

MN Buckeye's picture

Always good to hear about the visits during this slow season for recruiting.

FROMTHE18's picture

Man, if we can get Holley, Prince, McMillan, Lattimore our star average (I know its not THAT big of a deal but its something to talk about) would be pretty impressive as well as our average score on 247sports. Meyer doing work.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Interesting the sheer number of commits by Rutgers.  I'm not a conspiracy theorist, just curious how ESPN always seems to always rank TTUN recruiting ahead of tOSU, contrary to the other groups.  Guess it's some difference in the algorithm used obviously.

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

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Yes, their formula is even called an "algo-espn-a-rithm".
A special secret formula indeed.
See, they have this panel of, uh...voters who "give em a hand"...

avail31678's picture

Jordan - I think this is the second week in a row it's been mentioned that our Bucks will likely finish ahead of TTUN when it's all said and done.  I'm not doubting - I'm ecstatic - but wouldn't Hand and McDowell, who are TTUN leans, be HUGE?  Or do you just not see the numbers being enough for TTUN, assuming we land our likely targets?
Thanks for the great update!  Recruiting knowledge has made me the go-to Buckeye guy at work and in my family, and I owe it to 11W.

cinserious's picture

I feel if TTUN finishes with their targets and our beloved Buckeyes get most of our targets, we still beat them hands down.

Gone ham, be back soon...

TheBadOwl's picture

Let's assume that UM ends with Hand and McDowell. As of right now, those are the only two uncommitted prospects crystal balled to Michigan. Obviously, that's a very good finish. However...
Right now, we're at 18. We could end up with 23/24 commits when it's all said and done. So, five or six of these guys:

  • Marshon Lattimore (borderline 5-star)
  • Raekwon McMillan (consensus 5-star)
  • Thomas Holley (247 5-star)
  • Damien Prince (consensus 5-star)
  • Erick Smith (consensus 4-star)
  • Mike Gesicki (consensus 4-star)
  • Chad Mavety (#2 JuCo prospect/high 4-star)
  • Soloman Thomas (high 4-star)

Obviously this is all subject to change, but right now, I'd say that our class will absolutely end up being much, much deeper. Granted that between Peppers and Hand, they'd have two of the top five players in the country, but overall, our class should be ranked significantly higher than theirs.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Jordan Wagner's picture

As someone else said, McDowell and Hand would be huge pickups. However, McMillan, Prince and Lattimore are all high caliber players, as well. McDowell has been slipping in the rankings as of late. This isn't taking into account that OSU will likely finish with about five more commitments. Unless Ohio State misses on quite a few prospects or Michigan takes a few more high level prospects (in addition to Hand, McDowell). 

The Wolverines have actually been turning away a couple of four-stars. Prospects that are definitely Michigan caliber. Numbers are tight. 

Eph97's picture

ESPN rankings are garbage. Least reliable of the bunch. 24/7 has the best recruiting hands down, especially for the midwest. The other services don't rate midwest guys well and put most of their resources into scouting the South and West.

Seattle Linga's picture

The best way to handle them is to just avoid them. ESPN is like the mother-in-law that always has an agenda, is very loud and annoying. Sometimes they are worth the watch but I try to spend my time elsewhere. For dubbing themselves the World Wide Leader In Sports, it's pretty amusing how awful they can be at times. Just look at the debacle in Arizona, that was on ESPN Saturday night. The game ended the way it did and no discussion, no headlines. Kinda makes you think. 

Betelgeuse's picture

 
I guess I shouldn't be surprised about Rutgers being that close to Michigan and Ohio State in recruiting. They pretty much have the whole NY/NJ area to themselves.  And now that they are in the B1G I think local talent has even more incentive to stay near home.  Plus Penn State has limited schollies and limited appeal right now due to sanctions.