B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 11/18

By Jordan Wagner on November 18, 2013 at 7:30p
Report: Michigan fans still cryingDa'Shawn Hand rips Michigan's heart out by selecting Bama.

It has been a busy seven days for the Big Ten on the recruiting scene.

While the conference welcomes six new pledges, three Rutgers commitments have decided to open up their recruitments. The Scarlet Knights have now lost four commitments in the past eight days. 

Four schools accounted for the six new pledges. Nebraska and Wisconsin each landed two, while Maryland and Rutgers each landed one. Rutgers moves down to sixth from third in the rankings while Nebraska makes a jump from ninth to seventh. Numerous other schools moved a spot. 

In Buckeye land, Ohio State will host one of their top targets in Chad Mavety. The lineman is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks, with the Buckeyes and Florida State as the perceived favorites. We are also inching closer to a decision from four-star receiver Johnnie Dixon. Dixon is expected to announce, Nov. 30. OSU seems to think they have a legit shot. 

In other news, Michigan fans had their hearts ripped out by Da'Shawn Hand. He surprised many with his commitment to Alabama over the Wolverines. Apparently five-star recruits want to play for a winning team. Shocker. 

Now, on to the rankings.

14. Minnesota

The Gophers' recruiting class is off to a slow start but it could get a much needed boost this weekend with quite a few prospects scheduled to visit. The on-field success is surely a major selling point for these recruits. Many of the remaining targets also lack BCS offers. Four-star offensive tackle Frank Ragnow may visit and would definitely be a huge one. The highly rated tackle holds offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Ohio State and many others. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: It's Minnesota's turn to host a huge recruiting weekend. With Wisconsin headed to town for a battle of two top 25 teams, many recruits are expected to be in attendance. Three-stars Christian Russell, Deron Thompson, Khari Blasingame and J'Vonte Heard headline the long list. The Gophers are considered the favorite for many of the visiting prospects and commitments can not be ruled out. 

13. Illinois

Illinois played better than expected against Ohio State but the atmosphere didn't draw rave reviews from the media. One of Ohio's top 2015 linebackers Reagan Williams came away impressed with his visit. 

Tim Beckman's job is definitely on the line. The Illini will need to show something in their final two games to save his job. A coaching change could throw a loop into their recruiting efforts. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Fighting Illini will be on the road, therefore no recruiting visitors. 

12. Purdue

Purdue is expected to host a big recruiting weeken, Dec. 6. It's probably best that they wait until after the season since the on-field performance surely wouldn't be impressing many recruits. Hazell's job is safe but it is crucial for him to land some recruits down the stretch. A 1-11 record is possible. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Boilermakers wrap up their home schedule against Illinois on Saturday. Purdue is expected to host JUCO sleeper Blake Whitely. Whitely, a two-star tight end, holds offers from Virginia, Utah State, West Virginia and interest from Texas. Western Michigan running back commitment Robert Spillane is expected to officially visit. Notre Dame is also showing interest in the WMU pledge. 

11. Indiana 

It is Indiana's turn to take on the undefeated Buckeyes. There isn't too much to be said about the Hoosiers recruiting efforts. Their class is unimpressive to this point. There is still time for Kevin Wilson and staff to press hard on the recruiting scene. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Indiana will be on the road for the second straight weekend. Since they will be traveling to Columbus, the Hoosiers will be quiet on the recruiting scene. 

Maryland makes move in rankingsThree-star safety Josh Woods commits to the Terrapins

10. Iowa

The Hawkeyes might have found their future quarterback with Tyler Wiegers decommitting from Rutgers. Iowa is considered the favorite. Kirk Ferentz and company have put together a decent class. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: Iowa will be hosting Michigan. Four-star offensive tackle Brian Wallace and Wiegers will visit Iowa City this weekend. 

9. Maryland

With the recent addition, Maryland moves up to ninth in the rankings. While their class is far from impressive right now, adding five-stars Damian Prince and Jalen Tabor could change that in a hurry. Expect the Terrapins to finish very strong unless Mike Locksley leaves for another job. 

Commitments: Maryland added a commitment from three-star safety Josh Woods. The 6-foot-3, 180 pound safety held offers from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. 

Visitor news: The Terrapins will wrap up their home schedule with a game against Boston College. Three-star offensive tackle Marcus Applefield is the only prospect scheduled to be in College Park for an official visit. 

8. Northwestern

The Wildcats continue to struggle on the recruiting trail, much like their on-field performance. Pat Fitzgerald and NU will need to win the next two games to become bowl eligible. 

Northwestern is running tight on available scholarships and remained focused on adding Parrker Westphal and Garrett Dickerson. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Struggling Northwestern will host Michigan State on Saturday. The Wildcats have been quiet on the recruiting scene, but highly rated corner Westphal is expected to visit, Dec. 6. Four-star tight end Dickerson could make a visit to Evanston this weekend. 

Rutgers commitments jumping shipRutgers decommitment trending toward Iowa

7. Nebraska

Nebraska moves up two spots in the rankings after hosting a big recruiting weekend. The recruiting momentum could continue, with a decision looming for Colorado commitment Chance Waz. The safety is expected to flip to Nebraska. 

Bo Pelini and staff have been pushing hard for JUCO defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales. The four-star has almost twenty BCS offers including Alabama and Oregon. He has recently been trending towards Nebraska on the crystal ball. 

Commitments: The Cornhuskers landed two commitments during their busy recruiting week. Three-star junior college wide receiver Robert Lockhart selected Nebraska over Ole Miss. The second commitment came from three-star linebacker Jaevon Walton when he selected the Cornhuskers over Missouri. 

Visitor news: After a solid recruiting weekend, Nebraska will be heading to Happy Valley.  

6. Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights fall from third to sixth in our rankings. No one knows what is going on with Rutgers, but there has to be a reason for four commitments backing out in eight days. 

Last Monday, four-star Kiy Hester and three-star corner Lamont Simmons decided to open their recruitments. Today, highly regarded quarterback Tyler Wiegers decided to look around. Iowa is now considered the team to beat for Wiegers. The Buckeyes were one of many teams to offer Hester prior to his commitment. 

Commitments: While Rutgers has been losing commitments left and right, the Scarlet Knights managed to pick up a commitment from JUCO three-star tight end Jordan Fuchs. The a two-sport standout reported an offer from Ohio State, last year, before heading to Prep school. 

Visitor news: Rutgers will play at Central Florida on Thursday. No visitors. 

5. Michigan State

Michigan State moves up a spot in the rankings with the fall of Rutgers. Mark Dantonio is leading the Spartans to one of their best seasons on the field and on the recruiting scene. MSU is expecting a strong finish to their solid recruiting class. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Spartans will be on the road again this weekend, therefore no visitors will be on campus. 

4. Penn State

There has been some talk about Jermaine Eluemunor visiting Penn State after the season. While he denies it, the PSU staff continues to stay in contact. The Nittany Lions' top target, Thomas Holley, will visit Florida, Nov. 30. Bill O'Brien is looking for a strong finish to this class, despite the sanctions. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: The Nittany Lions will host Nebraska in their last home game of the season. Penn State is expected to host a few '14 recruits including three-star offensive guard Kareem Are, three-star safety Shawn Boone and four-star defensive tackle Tarow Barney

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3. Wisconsin

Gary Andersen and company have Wisconsin recruiting at a high level right now. It's clear to me that Andersen is an upgrade over Bret Bielema. 

While they already have 20 commitments, the number is expected to grow closer to 30. Three-star wide receiver Natrell Jamerson could be the next prospect to commit to Wisconsin. 

Commitments: The Badgers picked up commitments from three-star running back Caleb Kinlaw and three-star kicker Rafael Gaglianone. The kicker also held an offer from N.C. State. Kinlaw, a 5-foot-10, 186 pound running back, held offers from Arizona, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

Visitor news: The Badgers will head to Minnesota this weekend. No visitors. 

2. Michigan

Michigan's recruiting class suffered a big blow when Da'Shawn Hand committed to Alabama over. As an Ohio State fan, I was hoping Hand would decide to join the Big Ten program. The conference really could get all the help it can get. 

Brady Hoke and staff recently offered '14 running back Vic Enwere and '14 defense end Jhonny Williams. It's not clear where the Wolverines stand with these two prospects, but they hope to land official visits from both. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Wolverines will be on the road for the second straight weekend. No visitors this weekend. Michigan will surely host quite a few visitors for the Ohio State game. 

1. Ohio State

The Buckeyes remain comfortable in the top spot in the rankings. It's been quiet on the recruiting front with many of the remaining targets planning decisions around the All-American games. Decisions from Chad Mavety and Johnnie Dixon could be coming towards the end of the month while Raekwon McMillan is looking like a December decision. The Glenville duo appears set for decisions at the All-American game. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Ohio State will return home for their final home game of the season. JUCO offensive lineman Chad Mavety will finally be making his official visit to Columbus. The four-star lineman is personally being recruited by Urban Meyer. This is a key visit for Mavety and the Buckeyes, with a decision expected in the next few weeks. There are no other '14 targets expected to attend. Stay tuned. 

Rankings Overview

No. School Commits Scout ★ AVG Rivals ★ AVG 247 ★ AVG ESPN ★ AVG Overall ★ Avg
1 Ohio State 17 3.76 (9) 3.65 (3) 3.77 (3) 3.71 (9) 3.72
2 Michigan 16 3.56 (13) 3.47 (18) 3.56 (10) 3.80 (7) 3.60
3 Wisconsin 20 3.05 (24) 2.90 (24) 3.15 (25) 3.00 (34) 3.03
4 Penn State 15 3.27 (29) 3.13 (26) 3.27 (26) 3.40 (25) 3.27
5 Michigan State 17 3.18 (27) 3.06 (38) 3.00 (29) 3.24 (39) 3.12
6 Rutgers 22 2.83 (30) 2.71 (33) 2.95 (33) 3.05 (29) 2.89
7 Nebraska 15 2.87 (46) 2.93 (46) 3.00 (41) 3.21 (NR) 3.00
8 Northwestern 13 3.08 (43) 3.08 (50) 3.23 (46) 3.31 (NR) 3.18
9 Maryland 12 3.00 (51) 3.00 (48) 3.08 (49) 3.33 (NR) 3.10
10 Iowa 16 2.94 (37) 2.75 (56) 2.88 (47) 3.07 (NR) 2.91
11 Indiana  14 2.86 (55) 2.64 (60) 2.86 (63) 3.00 (NR) 2.84
12 Purdue 11 2.82 (63) 2.70 (72) 3.00 (66) 3.00 (NR) 2.88
13 Illinois 14 2.57 (68) 2.71 (54) 3.00 (67) 3.00 (NR) 2.82
14 Minnesota 8 3.13 (62) 2.88 (75) 3.13 (78) 3.00 (NR) 2.79

Number in parentheses is national rank



Spider1944's picture

Great coverage. Thanks for the thorough analysis. 

"There are 3 things that can happen and 2 of them are bad" - the Curse of Woody Hayes

Seattle Linga's picture

Super write up Jordan - excited for Chad's announcement in a couple weeks. 

Jordan Wagner's picture

Definitely. I think everyone here is in need of a gray box. 

Brutus's picture

Depends on the gray box.  We've been nut tapped by the gray box more times than I care to remember.  I still think we should have two different colored boxes.  Just the site of a gray box usually gives me an uneasy feeling.

BassDropper's picture

I agree. I like the idea of two different colored boxes. Maybe Gray for good news and red (scarlet) for bad news.


Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Not only is Rutgers losing recruits but they recently had a player quit the team alleging abusive behavior by DC Dave Cohen.

Johnny_Buck71's picture

I like that this is based on average rating rather than aggregate. Would be nice to see an average national rank column as well.  The recruiting services use an aggregate which clearly can be influenced by number of scholarships available. How many scholarships are still available and how many are anticipated to be available for OSU with players leaving (early NFL, transfer, etc.)?  Would love to have that info handy via 11W. Good job Jordan.
Just saw the national rank in (). scotch does that sometimes.

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra

Jordan Wagner's picture

I think the number available right now is 18. I'm anticipating 24-25 prospects in this class. 

buckskin's picture

As much as I hate to say it, I wanted Hand to stay in the Big Ten, even if it was for our rival.  Michigan's on the field failures and now losing top notch recruits are body blows we don't need when it comes to our SOS.  Now, it looks as if a win over a tough Sparty D is our best shot to stay in the race.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Rutgers might want to rethink their "no visit" policy before they lose half of their class.

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

DenBuck's picture

Any chance we pursue any of the Rutgers decommits? 

Buckeye For Life

Jordan Wagner's picture

Kiy Hester (mentioned above) has shown interest in Ohio State since reopening his commitment. OSU offered before he committed. Seems to be down on the Buckeyes' board. 

The Buckeyes would have loved to land Saeed Blacknall before he committed to Rutgers. He remains committed. Ohio State finished third for his commitment to Rutgers and LSU. 

BUCKSOMIES's picture

Thanks Jordan, great stuff as usual

jeremytwoface's picture

Quick question; how low do the ESPN rankings go?
I see that from Nebraska down, all the teams are "not ranked." So I was just wondering where that cut off is.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Jordan Wagner's picture

The cutoff is 40. Pretty lazy of the "World Wide Leader of Sports."

jeremytwoface's picture


The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Terrell Clinkscales (mentioned in Nebraska section of the article) has been offered by Ohio State. More here.