B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 12/9

By Jordan Wagner on December 9, 2013 at 7:30p
Recruits love ArchieWill Raekwon McMillan commit to Ohio State?

With the regular season over, the next week will be spent meeting with recruits face-to-face before the dead period kicks in. 

Big Ten schools welcomed in five new pledges in the past week. Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin each landed a commitment. The latest movement results in Northwestern jumping to eight and Purdue moving up a spot to 13. 

This past week was mostly uneventful in the recruiting world for Ohio State, as they prepared for the Michigan State game. Chad Mavety did surprise some with his decision to commit to Florida State, today. His commitment to FSU leaves the Buckeyes looking for a different offensive lineman. 

Over the next few days, Urban Meyer and the entire staff will be on the road looking to finish the recruiting class strong. This should be an eventful week with many in-home visits planned and decisions expected from five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan and four-star receiver Johnnie Dixon. 

Now, on to the rankings.

14. Minnesota

Coach Kill and staff have been busy since their regular season has ended. Four-star offensive tackle Frank Ragnow continues to trend toward the Gophers after another visit to his hometown school. Kentucky three-star wide receiver commitment Dorian Baker decided to check out what Minnesota has to offer. The Cleveland Heights native would be a major flip for Kill and company. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Gophers are expected to host a pair of official visitors, this weekend. Three-star corner Craig James and unranked athlete Martavius Mims will be in town on Friday. Mims has offers from the likes of Navy and UAB, while James has offers from Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri and a few others. Both are currently crystal balled to the Gophers, according to a few experts. 

13. Purdue

The Boilermakers hosted over a dozen recruits on official visits this past weekend. Renell Wren, a three-star defensive end, could be close to committing to Purdue over Arizona State. The Missouri native would be a big catch for Darrell Hazell. Three-star defensive tackle Keiwan Jones is expected to make a decision today and it appears the Boilermakers are the favorite over Iowa State. 

Commitments: On Saturday, three-star defensive end JaWhaun Bentley pulled the trigger on his official visit. The 6-foot-2, 245 pound prospect chose the Boilermakers over offers from Boston College, Iowa, Marshall, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and others. 

Visitor news: After hosting many of their top targets for visits, Hazell and staff will likely hit the roads to recruit, as the dead period approaches. 

12. Illinois

The Illinois coaching staff appears to be pursing four-star Tennessee decommit Dominique Booth. Tim Beckman is expected to visit him in the coming days, but the Hoosiers could be the team to beat. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Illini hosted quite a few visitors this past weekend, including just a few uncommitted prospects. You can read more about last weekend's visitors here.  

11. Indiana 

Three-star JUCO corner Demarlon Morris is fresh off a visit to Bloomington and his crystal ball has picked up two predictions to Indiana, including a flip pick from Wisconsin. Morris has offers from Kansas State and Wisconsin. Needing instant help, Kevin Wilson has been navigating the junior college ranks.

I had the opportunity to watch Glenville running back and Indiana commitment Devine Redding. While I don't know exactly how he fits in, I think he is a great prospect. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Three-star corner Matthew Boateng is expected to visit Bloomington for an official visit. The six-foot corner has offers from Kansas, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Marshall. He currently has two crystal ball predictions to Indiana. 

Future Iowa QB?Tyler Wiegers could be Iowa's QB of the future. 

10. Iowa

Kirk Ferentz's recruiting class falls a spot with Northwestern's surge. Three-star quarterback Tyler Wiegers is getting closer to making a decision and it appears that he could soon be an Iowa Hawkeye. He would be a very good QB of the future for Ferentz. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: Three-star defensive end Torey Hendrick is officially visiting Iowa, Friday. The JUCO transfer has an impressive offer list that includes Florida State, Arizona State, Kansas State, Miss. State and N.C. State. One reporter has him pegged for the Hawkeyes. 

9. Maryland

Five-star corner Jalen Tabor has released a final four of Alabama, Arizona, Florida and Maryland. Many believed that he was pretty much a Maryland lock, but quite a few analysts have flipped their picks to the Tide. This would be a heartbreaking loss for the Terps. A decision is expected in early January and many of the coaches have used up their in-home visits. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: Randy Edsall and his staff will continue to hit the recruiting trail hard with the dead period quickly approaching. It will be the last time to visit prospects for a little while. 

8. Northwestern

Northwestern has jumped back up two spots in our recruiting rankings after landing a commitment. There are only a few more spots left in their class. The top remaining target on their board is four-star CB Parrker Westphal. Some may remember Westphal as a Wolverine lock, but Michigan cooled on him. He is expected to decide in the next couple weeks. 

Commitments: The Wildcats add a big commitment from four-star defensive end Garrett Dickerson. While many thought Dickerson would commit to Stanford, he decided to follow his brother to Evanston. Northwestern has 13 verbals. 

Visitor news: Pat Fitzgerald decided to host his top remaining targets this past weekend. He added a commitment from one of the top targets and he is in a good position to land Westphal, as well. 

Five-star suit and tieThree-star Byerson Cockrell is latest Nebraska commitment

7. Nebraska

Nebraska continues to recruit the junior college ranks hard with the latest offer heading out to three-star cornerback Danzel McDaniel. His crystal ball was all Kansas State, but a Cornhusker offer quickly changed that. Many expect him to commit, potentially on his visit this weekend. 

Commitments: As expected, Bo Pelini picked up a commitment from three-star JUCO safety Byerson Cockrell over the weekend. The Mississippi product held offers from Lousiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi. 

Visitor news: Joining McDaniel on campus will be four-star receiver Rahshead Johnson. Johnson was recently committed to Washington, but he decided to open things up with Steve Sarkisian taking the USC job. USC is a player in his recruitment. 

6. Rutgers

A decision from three-star offensive tackle Marcus Applefield is expected soon. Rutgers is considered the favorite over Florida State, Purdue and Maryland. A recent official visit could have sealed the deal for the big tackle prospect. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Scarlet Knights were the only Big Ten team to host a home game this weekend, allowing them to capitalize by bringing in some recruits for their final game. Here is some information on their recruiting weekend from Rutgers' reporter Todderick Hunt. 

5. Michigan State

First, congratulations to Michigan State on their Big Ten title. 

Michigan State has put together a very solid recruiting class and look to be headed towards a strong finish. While it looks like they'll wrap up their recruiting class with three-stars, they consistently develop their players in East Lansing. 

Commitments: Michigan State added a commitment from three-star tight end Montez Sweat over offers from the likes of Florida, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Sweat decided to become a Spartan while on his visit. Their recruiting class now has 18 commitments. 

Visitor news: With the regular season over, Dantonio and staff will now be able to hit the recruiting trail. The conference championship sets things back a week, but I'm sure they don't mind. Expect the Spartans' staff to check in on many of their top targets during the next week. It'll be interesting to see if this victory will lead to any immediate recruiting success. 

4. Penn State

The Nittany Lions only have a favorable crystal ball for one remaining prospect, despite wanting to add four more prospects. Time is quickly running out as we have less than two months until Signing Day 2014. It's not surprising that Penn State sent out their ace recruiter, Larry Johnson Sr., to visit Thomas Holley. Bill O'Brien is expected to use his in-home visit, soon. Penn State continues to be the leader for Holley, but Florida is coming on hard. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser visited Happy Valley and was hosted by almost all of PSU's commitments. Many feel that it will be tough to pull Bookser away from Pittsburgh. 

Wisconsin had three flips in three daysTJ Edwards flipped from Western Michigan to Wisconsin

3. Wisconsin

The Badgers continue to inch closer to passing Michigan in our rankings, but mostly because of the number of commitments. Wisconsin has been on a recruiting hot stretch and it could continue this weekend with their coaches still pushing hard on the recruiting scene. 

Commitments: Gary Andersen and company remain hot with another commitment this week. The Badgers flipped another commitment with TJ Edwards changing his commitment from Western Michigan. The two-star linebacker is the 25th commitment for Wisconsin. 

Visitor news: Louisville commitment George Rushing is scheduled to visit Madison, this weekend. The three-star receiver prospect has been committed to the Cardinals for five months, but has remained interested in Wisconsin. 

2. Michigan

The Wolverines class has been restricted by tight scholarship numbers. It looks like four-star Malik McDowell and three-star Vic Enwere are the only realistic targets on the board for Michigan. With two months remaining, things could change in a hurry with coaching changes upon us. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Cal running back commitment Vic Enwere will visit Ann Arbor, this weekend. This will be a big visit in their attempts to flip the Texas native. 

1. Ohio State

The staff has already hit the recruiting trail hard after the tough loss in the Big Ten Championship game. Most of the commitments drew visits on Sunday. Many of the top targets will be visited during the week. It's been mentioned that Urban Meyer will visit Johnnie Dixon in Florida early in the week. Meyer is also planning to visit Raekwon McMillan on Sunday before his Monday announcement. 

Chad Mavety decided to commit to Florida State, this morning. That leaves the Buckeyes searching for another offensive tackle. I have mentioned Virginia Tech commitment Brady Taylor, a Columbus native, as someone the staff should offer. It's unclear where he stands on the staff's board. 

11W will have you covered with the latest information as the coaches hit the recruiting trail hard over the next few days.  

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: The Buckeyes are expected to host Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, Marcelys Jones and Alex Bookser for official visits. This weekend will be a good opportunity for the staff to find out where we stand with Bookser. I have long believed that the Glenville trio will be Buckeyes. 

Rankings Overview

No. School Commits Scout ★ AVG Rivals ★ AVG 247 ★ AVG ESPN ★ AVG Overall ★ Avg
1 Ohio State 17 3.76 (8) 3.65 (6) 3.77 (4) 3.71 (9) 3.72
2 Michigan 16 3.56 (14) 3.47 (17) 3.56 (12) 3.80 (7) 3.60
3 Wisconsin 25 3.08 (18) 2.96 (19) 3.04 (22) 3.12 (31) 3.05
4 Penn State 16 3.25 (28) 3.13 (27) 3.31 (26) 3.40 (26) 3.27
5 Michigan State 18 3.17 (26) 3.06 (35) 3.00 (34) 3.24 (40) 3.12
6 Rutgers 23 2.87 (35) 2.71 (33) 2.95 (36) 3.00 (34) 2.88
7 Nebraska 18 3.06 (36) 3.06 (34) 3.06 (37) 3.24 (NR) 3.11
8 Northwestern 13 3.08 (45) 3.08 (53) 3.23 (44) 3.31 (37) 3.18
9 Maryland 12 3.17 (49) 3.00 (49) 3.08 (46) 3.33 (NR) 3.10
10 Iowa 17 2.88 (39) 2.71 (52) 2.88 (48) 3.13 (NR) 2.90
11 Indiana  14 2.86 (55) 2.64 (61) 2.86 (63) 3.00 (NR) 2.84
12 Illinois 14 2.57 (68) 2.71 (57) 3.00 (64) 3.00 (NR) 2.82
13 Purdue 11 2.73 (70) 2.73 (69) 3.00 (67) 3.00 (NR) 2.87
14 Minnesota 10 2.80 (63) 2.70 (72) 3.00 (71) 3.00 (NR) 2.88

Number in parentheses is national rank


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BassDropper's picture

I look forward to this every week


WildBear Buckeye's picture

Yep, Saturday night I told myself that I was done with football at least for a few months. Took a little longer than that to recover. O Line will go through a lean year next year - gotta reload!

TilstheHun3's picture

Hopefully Urban can seal the deal with Dixon and Raekwon... In Urban we trust.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

ajg OSU 5's picture

Am I just being stupid or is Raekwon announcing on Monday? Is monday or sunday the 16th?

Muck Fichigan

Jordan Wagner's picture

Oops. Correct. Raekwon decides the 16th (Monday). Meyer visits Sunday (15th). 

German Buckeye's picture

Raekwon = must get.  In fact any Defensive player is a must get after our showing in the past couple weeks.

kholmes's picture

Jordan...You mentioned that Wisconsin is inching closer to Michigan in your rankings largely on the number of commits. Just curious - how do your team rankings deal with this as Wisconsin clearly has alot more commits than Michigan but a bit lower ranked. This is always a tough issue to deal with - I read rivals uses the top 20 recruits for the class (so if you have less than 20, the amount below 20 count as 0 stars).

BeijingBucks's picture

I'm not sure if it is sad or a complement that our biggest rival (whipping boy or whatever) fans come to 11W for their own tesm's news updates!  Normally I would be welcoming and civil but after Lewan's repeated (retweeted) toolness and the way they ganged our smallest player causing Hall to miss the game...  I hate that piss yellow M more than ever.   And my first name starts with M!!

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

ScarletGray43157's picture

That was a Thug Moment for sure.  I don't fault our guys for standing up for the Little Guy, especially in the heat of the moment.  
At least Meyer had enough class to suspend Hall, even though it was for the B1G CG.  The results of that lesson will be felt throughout the program in a positive way, even though it came at a cost.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

German Buckeye's picture

Sorry, Hall caused Hall to miss the game - you control where your fist and arms (and fingers) go...

CALPOPPY's picture

Well, KHolmes is not likely Lewan masquerading as some commenter on 11W. So, whatever. Lewan may be an idiot but I would be pissed if people were asses to me because Reynolds choked Sorgi on the football field.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Jordan Wagner's picture

There really isn't a set way. I'm probably going to lean on the other networks rankings. 

My thoughts on Wisconsin vs Michigan: Wisconsin has 15 very good recruits. The other ten includes a few solid gets and a few reaches. Michigan's top 15 (excluding Pallante) is better. I actually think Wisconsin's 12th-15th prospects might be better than the Wolverines 12th-15th, but Wisconsin doesn't have the top quality that Michigan has. If the Badgers can add Top100 ATH Jamil Kamara, Top150 OT Kolton Miller, and JUCO CB Keishawn Richardson that would put them ahead of Michigan. There has been a lot of buzz about a strong finish for them. 

I ultimately think Michigan will finish ahead of Wisconsin, as long as they get Malik McDowell. If the Badgers land Joe Mixon, that could change. 

otrain2416's picture

You think the Badgers have a legit shot with Mixon?

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I don't think so, but he did recently name the Badgers in his top two. They also made his top four with Oklahoma, Cal and UCLA. 

otrain2416's picture

That would be awesome if they landed him. Gotta be attractive they're a big running team and use multiple backs. It would be nice to see other BIG teams pull in some big name talent 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

ajg OSU 5's picture

I think class size should be factored in to the rankings. I mean the more guys you have the more likely it is for one of those guys to be a diamond in the rough and on the flip side the less guys you have then the riskier it is if he's a bust

Muck Fichigan

CHUCKMEGA's picture

Is there any chance we can land a DT this year?

Jordan Wagner's picture

The staff did make two offers to JUCO DT's but nothing came of that. Matt Elam will be going elsewhere. I think they are open to taking another DT, but it's not a major need. 

GoBucksToledo's picture

Jordan, regarding Chad Mavety, wasn't OSU second to FSU in the Crystal Ball leading up to his decision?  The reason I'm asking is that I don't think his decision was as big a surprise as some seem to think it was.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Quite a few insiders were claiming he was all Buckeye as of two days ago. I always thought he was FSU bound. Had that crystal balled for a while. A lot of late movement. 

otrain2416's picture

Brady Taylor looks like exactly the kind of OL Meyer likes Big Lean and athletic 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

ScarletGray43157's picture

In addition his team had a lot of success this year, no doubt in no small part to his contribution. Knowing how to finish games and win is good experience to bring along.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

swainpm's picture

Hey Jordan I truly appreciate all of the hardwork you guys put into these updates every week. So, sorry if this sounds ungrateful, but do you guys ever do any analysis on player development in the BIG? I am curious how OSU would stack up given the state of our defensive backfield in comparison to a MSU (who you mention coaches up their 3 star recruits under Dantonio). I know this might prove hard given the short stints some BIG coaches have been at their respective schools, but it would be an awesome piece. I became more curious about player development with the perceived fall in talent level in OSUs normally rich def backfield. Makes me wish we still had Taver Johnson and Heacock - they seemed to constantly coach up. Thx

Jordan Wagner's picture

Are you thinking like a comparison between Michigan State and Ohio State's secondary recruiting? See if the theory of MSU brings in three-star prospects and coaches them up while OSU is bringing in four-stars that don't quite develop holds true. 

AndyVance's picture

There have been several discussions over the past year or so about recruiting rankings versus development... I think it would be great if some of the stats wizards on the site would take a look at this and see if there was a way to suss out the correlation between the number of 4- and 5-star recruits a team fields and performance, specifically comparing teams such as Ohio State, TTUN, MSU, Wisconsin and Penn State, and figuring out who gets the most "bang for their buck," so to speak. Right now it's just the good old-fashioned "eye test" where we assume that Dantonio is getting more results from a less highly-touted class than his counterpart in state, or last Saturday against The Good Guys.

BassDropper's picture

Michigan State
DE- Marcus Rush, unranked - Has started 38 career games 121 career tackles, 11 sacks, 27 tfl, Honorable Mention All B1G
DE- Shilique Calhoun, 3 star #65 DE - 2013 B1G lineman of the year, 8 sacks, 3 TDs, 1st Team All B1G
NT- Micajah Reynolds, 3 star #68 OG - 29 career games, switched from OL in 2012
DT- Tyler Hoover, 3 star #19 DT- 21 career starts, 92 tackles, 7.5 sacks
LB- Taiwan Jones, 3 star #36 LB- 15 career starts, 110 tackles, 12 tfl
LB- Denicos Allen, 3 star #55 LB- 3 year starter, 263 tackles, #3 in MSU history with 44.5 tfl, #6 in school history with 19.5 sacks, 2nd Team All B1G
LB- Max Bullough, 4 star #8 ILB-  2 time captain, ranks #11 in school history with 30 tfl, 296 tackles, 7.5 sacks 1st Team All B1G
CB- Darqueze Dennard, 3 star #88 CB- 2 time 1st team All-B1G, 161 tackles, 10 INT, Projected 1st round pick, 1st Team All B1G
CB- Trae Waynes, 2 star #82 CB- 1st year starter, Honorable mention All B1G, 43 tackles, 2 INT
S- Isaiah Lewis, 4 star #19 S- 3 year starter, 210 tackles, 8 INTs, 1st Team All B1G
S- Kurtis Drummond, Unranked- 2 year starter, 151 tackles, 8 INT, 1st Team All B1G
Safe to say I don't even have to do Ohio State's to know that Michigan State gets the most bang for buck


AndyVance's picture

Thanks for taking the time to compile that list, but you also illustrate why it would be helpful to have some manner of statistical analysis: Ohio State's squad had 24 wins and one loss in two seasons, where the MSU squad you just described had only 19 wins and 7 losses. Of course we'd have to factor in the offense to that equation, so to speak.
While this year it feels pretty obvious that MSU did more with its 2- and 3-star recruits than Ohio State did with 4- and 5-star talent, you'd have to look at the totality of a recruiting class' career to get the big picture.

Furious George 27's picture

I think the only area that MSU was better than OSU as far as talent/coaching was in the secondary keeping up with the WRs and being in position to at least contest the play and caused some drops. All 3 TDs by Cook nobody was in position to make a play. Mistakes happen, but when its the same mistakes for the last two years then it becomes an issue of coaching.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Larryp713's picture

This is pretty impressive. I saw Michigan State play several times this year and thought there defense was comparable to the Silver Bullets in early 2000s. Dantonio and staff deserve a lot of credit.



swainpm's picture

Thats pretty much exactly what I am saying. I am interested to see how Coombs and Withers, etc. have developed the players in their respective position groups. OSU dbs just don't seem very good in coverage at all anymore compared to before. Roby is a good player but I don't think he is as good in coverage as Winfield, Gamble, Coleman, Whitner or most of the other dbs OSU has placed in the NFL. Is it the coaching and if so how do other BIG programs stack up?

EDUGOON's picture

I'm 100% Sure Taver would listen if the offer is there. What an intense  and great dude.

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

swainpm's picture

It would be nice to see him back. Not only is he a good coach but his return would also mean we stole him from our ol buddy 'Bert'.

Geraffi's picture

Five of top six teams in the new East Division. Expect tougher sledding. Great job, Jordan. 

bigbill992001's picture

Jordan, have you heard any rumblings about Jones maybe flipping to Kentucky?

Jordan Wagner's picture

I don't see Jones flipping to Kentucky. 

allinosu's picture

Thinking Urban will pull one or two out if the hat say like Matt Elam

Seattle Linga's picture

The future is so bright and I am really anxious for the next stage to happen. These next two months are going to be a lot of fun regardless. NSD - will be amazing!

dmurder's picture

Waiting on that next big receiver. Tall, strong, soft hands, etc.

We have lacked a physical wire receiver in the last few years!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

ejoceans's picture

yes god please. Our guys are good but they cant squeeze the ball in the end zone! Two TD's knocked out of our hands by MS DB.  I think the guys in the waiting(freshman) will step it up next year. My issue is will  we get a GOOD QB to replace Braxton? I think he should stay his last year to get all his skills up to par for the NFL.  RB we are set and the O Line will need to reload some how.  I just have one question for Urbs, how come you stopped running Hyde all second half?? You win if you just keep running him!  Play calling MUST improve next year!! Go Bucks! Oh and is our D that bad that ppl will say things like if we score 70 we can still lose?? I dont think the D is quite that bad. idk

Lets do this Brutus

Homey1970's picture

Hope Mr. McMillan realizes that, according to Scout, Saban has signed the #1 MLB in the last 3 classes?  The Buckeyes....not so much.