B1G Football Recruiting Rankings: 12/23

By Jordan Wagner on December 23, 2013 at 7:30p
Will Lattimore be next for Ohio State?Marshon Lattimore could be next for Ohio State

Despite entering into an NCAA mandated dead period, this past week proved to be a busy one for many Big Ten teams. 

Big Ten schools welcomed in 17 new pledges in the past week. Illinois and Purdue added three. Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State each added two. Iowa, Maryland and Ohio State added one each. With the latest movement, Penn State moves into the third spot in the rankings. 

Ohio State further distanced themselves in the recruiting rankings from the rest of the Big Ten with the commitment of Johnnie Dixon. That lead is only expected to grow, with the Buckeyes expected to land four-stars Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, Jan. 4. How Urban Meyer will close out the class is still not clear, however, you know better than to count Meyer out. 

Now, on to the rankings.

14. Minnesota

Minnesota was once believed to only be planning to sign about 15 recruits, but that number could now be closer to 20. The Gophers top remaining targets are four-stars Frank Ragnow and Melvin Holland Jr.

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Dead Period. 

13. Indiana

Indiana could finish their 2014 class strong with commitments from four-star wide receiver Dominique Booth and three-star linebacker Tegray Scales. Both are high major prospects that the Hoosiers have a legit chance to land. Most of their top targets are expected to decide in January. 

Commitments: Indiana landed former Ohio State Buckeye Tim Gardner. The Hoosiers also signed Rutgers commitment Jordan Fuchs. The Rutgers decommit is a three-star JUCO tight end with numerous offers, but chose Indiana because they'll allow him to walk-on to the basketball team. 

Visitor news: Dead Period. 

12. Illinois

The Fighting Illini have been hitting the junior college ranks hard, searching for prospects that can contribute right away. Many of the prospects with crystal ball selections to Illinois are two-star or unrated prospects. While their class won't be highly rated, we'll see how they do on the field. 

Commitments: Tim Beckman and the Illini had a big recruiting week. Three-star defensive tackle Jihad Ward surprised many people by committing to Illinois over offers from South Florida, West Virginia, Tennessee and others. The 6-foot-7, 286 pound junior college prospect should get immediate playing time in Champaign. Two-star linebacker Carroll Phillips committed to the Illini over Middle Tennessee State and Temple. Three-star JUCO defensive end Joe Fotu signed with Illinois over New Mexico, as well. 

Visitor news: Dead Period. 

11. Purdue

While the Boilermakers have added eight commitments in the past two weeks, they also lost one of their top prospects in three-star lineman Denzel Ward. Ward is no longer considering Purdue and many think USF will be his destination. Hazell will look to add a few more three-star recruits before calling it a class. 

Commitments: Purdue landed three more commitments this week. Three-star receiver Ladarius Wiley started things off by selecting Purdue over Cal, Fresno State and Northwestern. Three-star running back Dexter Knox was next, choosing the Boilermakers over a host of FCS offers. Three-star corner Chris Jones also committed to Purdue. He had offers from FIU, Indiana, UMass, South Florida and others. 

Visitor news: Dead Period.

Maryland to Penn State?From Maryland to Penn State for Jared Cohen?

10. Maryland

Maryland falls a spot in the rankings after three-star lineman Jared Cohen decommitted. Many expect Cohen to wind up at Penn State. It's a blow to the Terps, but ultimately five-stars Damian Prince and Jalen Tabor are the main guys that everyone is worried about. Both seem to be favoring Maryland. 

Commitments: The Terrapins landed a commitment from two-star long snapper Nate Adams. Air Force was also pursing the two-star prospect. 

Visitor news: Dead Period.

9. Iowa

Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes move up a spot in the latest rankings, but things are looking cloudy on the recruiting trail for Iowa. Their top remaining target, four-star Brian Wallace, continues to trend towards Alabama on the crystal ball. Wallace would be the second offensive lineman that Ferentz "lost" to Nick Saban. 

Commitments: Iowa landed three-star signal caller Tyler Wiegers, one of their top targets. The one-time Rutgers commitment should be a good fit for Iowa's pro-style offense

Visitor news: Dead Period.

8. Rutgers

Kyle Flood and company continue to lose commitments. Three-star tight end Jordan Fuchs decided to sign with Indiana instead of Rutgers. Some say the Hoosiers offered the chance to walk-on to the basketball team, while Rutgers would not. Fuchs was the seventh decommitment for the Scarlet Knights. 

They continue to search for a few more commitments to round out their class, but could they continue to lose more prospects? I'm sure many teams would love to land four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall.

Commitments: No new commitments this week. 

Visitor news: Dead Period.

Wrong JerseyWrong jersey for four-star Parrker Westphal

7. Northwestern

Northwestern's top priority has been fulfilled with this class and it could now turn their attention to the class of 2015. The Wildcats are running tight on scholarships, so they aren't expecting a busy final forty days until NSD. 

Commitments: The Wildcats landed the top guy on their board, four-star corner Parrker Westphal, this week. Westphal was once considered a Michigan lean, but they appeared to look elsewhere. Northwestern beat out Vanderbilt for his commitment. Pat Fitzgerald also landed two-star linebacker Hamilton Anoa'i over an offer from Nevada. 

Visitor news: Dead Period.

6. Nebraska

The Cornhuskers have been quiet this far during the dead period. Bo Pelini will come out swinging after the dead period is lifted. Nebraska has been recruiting numerous players that are committed elsewhere. It should be an interesting finish for the Huskers. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Dead Period.

5. Michigan State

While Michigan State did land two commitments, they also lost one of their top prospects to Virginia Tech. Three-star quarterback Chris Durkin surprisingly decided to flip his commitment to VT. The signal caller from Ohio was the only quarterback committed to the Spartans. It's not clear if MSU will look elsewhere to replace Durkin or move on to 2015. 

Commitments: The Spartans landed a pair of commitments from four-star safety Montae Nicholson and three-star offensive tackle David Hedelin. Nicholson held offers from Michigan, Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and many others before deciding to become a Spartan. The Pennsylvania native should be able to play right away for one of the nation's top defenses. Hedelin, a three-star junior college prospect, held offers from most of the PAC-12 and Big 12 conferences. 

Visitor news: Dead Period.

4. Wisconsin

Wisconsin was one of the few teams to have a quiet start to the dead period. While they did not receive a commitment, five-star running back Joe Mixon did name Wisconsin with UCLA and Oklahoma as his final three schools. Many expect him to stay close to home and play for UCLA. Gary Andersen is running out of time to persuade one of the nation's top players since Mixon will decide on Jan. 4. 

Despite already having 25 commitments, the Badgers are expected to take at least five more commitments. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Dead Period.

Bill O'Brien flipping Delaware commitmentsPenn State flips Delaware commitment 

3. Penn State

The Nittany Lions move up a spot after a big recruiting week. Bill O'Brien's unsettled future has not impacted recruiting, yet. PSU is the favorite to land three-star Maryland offensive lineman decommit Jared Cohen and three-star safety Shawn Boone, which would be a great finish to a solid class. 

Commitments: Penn State landed four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley and three-star linebacker Donte Raymond. Holley had offers from many top schools including Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Raymond was committed to Delaware before being offered by Bill O'Brien. 

Visitor news: Dead Period.

2. Michigan

Wolverine fans will be keeping a close on four-star defensive end Malik McDowell as we inch closer to National Signing Day. Many felt McDowell was a "Michigan lock," but he has recently picked up a few crystal ball predictions elsewhere. Michigan State and Ohio State are both pushing for the Michigan native. 

Commitments: No new commitments this week.

Visitor news: Dead Period.

1. Ohio State

The Buckeyes have been on a recruiting hot streak, but things are expected to be quiet until Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith announce, Jan. 4, during the Army All-American game. Keep a close eye on official visitors during the month of January. Solomon Thomas, Malik McDowell and Mike Rogers are a few of the highly rated prospects left on the board that are expected to visit. These upcoming visits will be key to Ohio State's finish. 

Commitments: Ohio State landed a commitment from four-star receiver Johnnie Dixon. Dixon chose the Buckeyes over Alabama and Miami (FL). With the Miami speedster enrolling early, he could be a factor next season. 

Visitor news: Dead Period. 

Rankings Overview

No. School Commits Scout ★ AVG Rivals ★ AVG 247 ★ AVG ESPN ★ AVG Overall ★ Avg
1 Ohio State   19 3.84 (7) 3.79 (3) 3.84 (2) 3.79 (5) 3.82
2 Michigan  16 3.56 (19) 3.44 (19) 3.63 (13) 3.75 (10) 3.60
3 Penn State  18 3.28 (25) 3.29 (23) 3.28 (19) 3.47 (24) 3.33
4 Wisconsin  25 3.12 (18) 2.96 (21) 3.04 (26) 3.12 (31) 3.06
5 Michigan State 19 3.16 (27) 3.00 (31) 3.05 (32) 3.33 (NR) 3.14
6 Nebraska  19 3.11 (35) 3.05 (34) 3.05 (37) 3.21 (NR) 3.11
7 Northwestern  15 3.07 (43) 3.14 (53) 3.20 (39) 3.36 (36) 3.19
8 Rutgers  23 2.87 (37) 2.80 (43) 2.96 (42) 2.96 (NR) 2.90
9 Iowa 18 2.94 (40) 2.78 (52) 2.94 (48) 3.12 (NR) 2.95
10 Maryland  13 2.92 (59) 3.25 (63) 3.00 (52) 3.31 (NR) 3.12
11 Purdue  18 2.56 (61) 2.59 (60) 3.00 (55) 3.00 (NR) 2.79
12 Illinois   18 2.54 (63) 2.75 (58) 2.89 (56) 3.05 (NR) 2.81
13 Indiana  16 2.81 (57) 2.61 (57) 2.88 (65) 3.00 (NR) 2.83
14 Minnesota  13 2.69 (65) 2.77 (66) 2.85 (66) 3.00 (NR) 2.83

Number in parentheses is national rank


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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Thanks Jordan.  Great stuff as usual.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Thanks for reading!

Seattle Linga's picture

Jordan - top shelf my friend. I really hope that recruiting will increase for Minnesota, Kill is a good coach with a good club. We need the B1G to be as strong as possible.

MN Buckeye's picture

All of the Gopher fans in the Twin Cities certainly feel that way, although they are generally happy with the progress so far.

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed and speaking from the land of Minny - you prolly get inundated with gopher stuff all day long. Jerry seems like a great coach that players love to play for all season.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I definitely like what Jerry Kill is doing up there. While their recruiting class is ranked last, they have a few commitments that should make an instant impact. 

Thanks for the compliment, by the way. 

MN Buckeye's picture

The problem with the Gophers is one of dilution. There are the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, and Lynx for pro teams, and none but the Lynx have done well for a long time. So there is some Gopher discussion but nothing like you see in Cbus for OSU. If the Gophers do well, people get excited, but no one really goes crazy.
I hope Kill and staff continue to build stability, and they have been a great story this year.

Condor's picture

Agree. I have a theory that there are 3 types of men:
1. Those who love pro sports (pro sports fans).
2. Those who love college sports (college sports fans).
3. Those who love both college and pro sports (divorced).

"Do not fear me gypsy, all I want is your tears."

 -- Borat Sagdiyev


FitzBuck's picture

Did scout change there ranking or did Jerry tweet bad info?  He put them down as 2.  

@gerrydinardo: B1G 2014 Recruiting Update #Buckeyes Rated 2,2,3,5 in country & 1st in B1G in 4 rec. services significantley separting from rest of B1G

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Jordan Wagner's picture

I believe he made a mistake. I took the rankings directly from here

jBarnes's picture

It looks like Scout rates tOSU #7, but if you sort by Avg it places us at #3.  Maybe that's what Gerry was playing at.

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nfischer's picture

Yeah, I don't understand that. Would love for someone to explain.  We definitely have higher quality recruits than Tennessee and most of the others "ahead" of us in these rankings.

Crimson's picture

#7 is based on points.  We're #3 based on average, 19 recruits.  Here's how it shakes out:
#3 Notre Dame: #6  in average, 23 recruits.
#6 Forida State: #11 in average, 26 recruits.
#2 Tennessee:   #12 in average, 33 recruits.
#5 Miami (FL):    #15 in average, 31 recruits.


CincyBuckeye31's picture

Long time reader, first time poster here.  This class is shaping up nicely.  Let's get those Glenville boys in here and keep the recruiting train rolling!  Go Bucks!

Seattle Linga's picture

Welcome aboard Cincy - what took you so long - the more the merrier. 

CincyBuckeye31's picture

Thanks!  I was diagnosed an introvert?  Good question, sir.  I will be sure to post all my vast knowledge on the articles for all to see.

BeijingBucks's picture

i throw you a coupla upvotes so you can properly troll bad posts?  (clearly this means none of mine are ever bad)

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CincyBuckeye31's picture

Thank you kindly, sir.

Deadly Nuts's picture

CincyBuckeye31? Sounds like CincyOSU... I'll keep an eye on you.


CincyBuckeye31's picture

Was that a former poster on here with a bad reputation?

Crimson's picture

Current.  He has a bad reputation, because he always defends ESPN, which makes him a heretic  :)

CincyOSU's picture

Sigh...some still can't see the difference between "defending" something and getting irritated with the hive mind mentality of blaming ESPN for everything that is wrong with the world. 
Ive been on record MANY times saying I don't care for ESPN either...I just don't think every time they say some negative it's an attack on OSU or that the network is actively trying to cripple the program, which many on here think is the case. 
Either way, I don't wish to start another debate...it's Christmas so let's just enjoy the time with our friends and family.  January 3rd can't come fast enough. 

TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

And keep the one we have!

Ericgobucks's picture

It's really funny how close to the vest Smith and Lattimore have played this recruiting process. They are crystal balled 100% to Ohio State, but are so secretive. I am just cusious who will be out "Christmas surprise" will be? McDowell? Thomas? Maybe even Tony Brown! Exciting time!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Rutgers went from potentially having the 2nd best class, to 8th. Unbelievable.

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

703Buckeye's picture

Even if they kept all their commitments, they would have dropped. Their ranking was bloated due to the high numbers in their class while the rest of the conference trailed.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Ericgobucks's picture

Is it Jan 4th that Lattimore and Smith will announce? Army All American Game right? I get confused with Under Armour game and Army All American Game.  

Jordan Wagner's picture

Correct. Jan. 4th. 

One Bad Buckeye's picture

What? No mention of McMillan in the "commitments" paragraph? :)

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Deadly Nuts's picture

He committed one day before the last edition of this came out.


One Bad Buckeye's picture

Boy, I feel like a horses patoot.

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