State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update

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Welcome to our weekly update of where all Big Ten schools stand in 2013 football recruiting! In addition to the raw numbers, we'll include anecdotes and how any of these commits may impact Penn State's 2013 recruiting class.

In future posts, we'll be ranking the schools in the Big Ten in terms of their overall classes and how they compare to each other; as of right now, however, there's not a whole lot of committing going on. As of February, recruiting in the Big Ten can basically be summed up as Michigan, and everyone else.

Right now, universal consensus among recruiting services has Michigan having the top 2013 recruiting class in the nation so far. Ohio State's comparatively small but star-laden class has it at or around #10 on most sites. Michigan State also has four current recruits, Nebraska and Wisconsin each have two verbal on their lists, and late Sunday Minnesota gained their first commit. The other half of the conference, however, has yet to land a single commit.

What that means, of course, is PENN STATE IS NOW BELOW THE RECRUITING LEVEL OF MINNESOTA! //cue fan meltdown.

A breakdown of the schools with commits after the jump.

MICHIGAN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Morris, Shane QB Warren, MI De La Salle Collegiate 6'3", 190 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars 150 watch 5/10/2011
Fox, Chris OT/DT Parker, CO Ponderosa 6'6", 300 4 4 4 150 watch 2/18/2012
Thomas, Dymonte RB/Saf Alliance, OH Marlington 6'1", 175 4 4 4 150 watch 9/10/2011
Bosch, Kyle OT/OG Wheaton, IL St Francis 6'5", 282 4 4 NR 150 watch 2/18/2012
Charlton, Taco OLB Pickerington, OH Pickerington Central 6'6", 245 4 4 NR 150 watch 2/18/2012
Tuley-Tillman, Logan OT Peoria, IL Manual 6'7", 300 4 4 NR 150 watch 2/19/2012
Dawson, David OT Detroit, MI Cass Technical 6'5", 305 4 4 NR NR 2/18/2012
Shallman, Wyatt FB, DE Novi, MI Catholic Central 6'3", 245 4 4 4 150 watch 2/18/2012
Kugler, Patrick OT/OG Wexford, PA North Allegheny 6'4", 270 4 4 4 150 watch 2/25/2012
Butt, Jake DE, TE Pickerington, OH Pickerington North 6'6", 225 4 4 NR 150 watch 2/19/2012
Lewis, Jourdan CB Detroit, MI Cass Technical 5'10", 170 4 4 NR NR 2/18/2012
Dukes, Jaron WR Columbus, OH Marion-Franklin 6'5", 197 NR 3 NR NR 2/22/2012
Hill, Khalid TE Detroit, MI Crockett 6'2", 235 NR 3 NR NR 2/6/2012

Michigan had a huge Junior Day, with 8 of their commitments coming the weekend of February 18-20. After that weekend, though, the most recent and stinging commit to Michigan's 2013 class is Wexford, PA resident Patrick Kugler. The only current B1G commit with an offer from Penn State in hand, he committed to the Wolverines on February 25. He's currently projected as the #4 recruit in Pennsylvania, and the #20 Offensive Tackle in the nation.

OHIO STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Marshall, Jalin QB/Ath Middletown, OH Middletown 6'0", 190 4 stars 5 stars 5 stars 150 watch 1/30/2012
Burrows, Cameron CB/Saf Dayton, OH Trotwood-Madison 6'2", 195 5 4 4 150 watch 1/19/2012
Woodard, Eli CB Voorhees, NJ Eastern 6'1", 185 4 4 4 150 watch 2/16/2012
Price, Billy DT Youngstown, OH Fitch 6'4", 300 4 4 4 150 watch 2/13/2012

Most of OSU's commits so far hail from the Buckeye state, unsurprising as Urban looks to keep locking down in-state talent. They've been mostly successful so far, aside from Jake Butt (committed to Michigan). The lone non-Ohio commit is Eli Woodard, from Penn State's backyard in New Jersey. If the 2012 class is any indication, Ohio State's 2013 class won't stay at four for very long.

MICHIGAN STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Reschke, Jon ILB Bloomfield Hills, MI Brother Rice 6'2", 223 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 150 watch 2/17/2012
Shelton, R.J. APB Beaver Dam, WI Beaver Dam 5'11", 187 NR 3 1 NR 2/26/2012
Powell, Jalyn S Marion, OH Harding 6'1", 185 NR 3 1 NR 2/25/2012
Holmes, Gerald RB Flint, MI Carman-Ainsworth 6'1", 209 NR 3 NR NR 2/5/2012

Hovering around #14 in the national recruiting rankings, MSU picked up all commits this February, including two this past weekend. The best player on this list, Reschke, seems a lock to play for MSU; he's a legacy whose father played in East Lansing.

NEBRASKA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Dixon, Tre'Vell Ath Baldwin, LA West St Mary 6'0", 180 4 stars 3 stars NR NR 1/23/2012
McWilson, Marcus S Youngstown, OH Cardinal Mooney 6'0", 195 4 3 NR NR 2/26/2012

McWilson's high school should look familiar to Penn State fans; both Brandon Beachum and Michael Zordich hailed from Cardinal Mooney. No indicators, though, that McWilson was interested in PSU, or vice versa. Something to keep an eye on: according to CornNation, Bo Pelini and staff are evaluating how they recruit. Jury's still out on how or if it will impact this recruiting class.

WISCONSIN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date committed
Orndoff, Scott TE Pittsburgh, PA Seton-La Salle 6'4", 240 NR 3 stars NR 150 watch 8/18/2011
Dooley, Garret LB Rochester, IL Rochester 6'2", 215 NR NR NR NR 2/27/2012

The Badgers' first commit hails from Western PA, but hasn't yet picked up an offer from or shown an interest in Penn State. Scott Orndoff is projected to be the #15 player from Pennsylvania in this recruiting year. Many recruiting services have changed Orndoff's status to a soft verbal, as he opened back up his recruitment when the bulk of Wisconsin's offensive staff left for Pitt.'

MINNESOTA

Name Position Hometown High School ht/wt Rivals 247 Scout ESPN Date Committed
Brookins, Keelon CB Oakdale, MN Tartan 5'11", 175 NR 3 stars NR NR 2/26/2012

Minnesota's sole commitment came during their junior day, one day after Brookins received the offer. As of right now, Brookins has no other offers on the table.

ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, NORTHWESTERN, PENN STATE, PURDUE

No current commits.

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