State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update 3.20.12

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Still being relatively early in the recruiting year, not much has changed in the Big Ten's 2013 recruiting classes over the last week. The top of the rankings stays the same, but there was a rearrangement near the bottom of those teams who already have 2013 commitments:

Team # of commits Avg Rivals ranking Avg 247 ranking Avg Scout ranking 247 team rank recruiting rank in B1G
Michigan 16 4.0 3.75 3.88 1 1
Ohio State 5 4.2 4.2 4.2 10 2
Penn State 5 4.0 3.6 3.6 11 3
Michigan State 5 4.0 3.2 3.2 13 4
Nebraska 2 4.0 3.0 4.0 31 5
Illinois 2 NR 2.5 NR 34 6
Wisconsin 1 NR 3.0 3.0 42 7
Minnesota 1 NR 3.0 NR 48 8
Indiana 0 9
Iowa 0 9
Northwestern 0 9
Purdue 0 9

Once again, some of these rankings are skewed based off of non-rankings of certain players. Four of Michigan's now-16 commits were unranked by Rivals, while only one of Michigan State's commits was ranked by the same service.

Both Penn State and Michigan State now match Ohio State's total of 5 commits, and both schools are nipping at OSU's heels in the 247 team recruiting rankings. Illinois, gaining their second commit, jumps both Wisconsin and Minnesota in these rankings; it's important to note that, at this point, 247's team rankings are primarily based on the number of recruits, not as much on their individual rankings as players.

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
Bosch, Kyle OT/OG Wheaton, IL St Francis 6'5", 282 4 4 4 150 watch 2/18/2012
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 5 150 watch 9/10/2011
Tuley-Tillman, Logan OT Peoria, IL Manual 6'7", 300 4 4 4
150 watch 2/19/2012
Charlton, Taco OLB Pickerington, OH Pickerington Central 6'6", 245 4 4 3 150 watch 2/18/2012
Shallman, Wyatt FB, DE Novi, MI Catholic Central 6'3", 245 4 4 4 150 watch 2/18/2012
Dawson, David OT Detroit, MI Cass Technical 6'5", 305 4 4 3 NR 2/18/2012
McCray, Michael LB Trotwood, OH Trotwood-Madison 6'2", 220 4 4 4 150 watch 3/5/2012
Kugler, Patrick OT/OG Wexford, PA North Allegheny 6'4", 270 4 4 5 150 watch 2/25/2012
Butt, Jake DE, TE Pickerington, OH Pickerington North 6'6", 225 4 4 4 150 watch 2/19/2012
Smith, Deveon RB Warren, OH Howland 5'11", 210 NR 3 4 150 watch 3/17/2012
Lewis, Jourdan CB Detroit, MI Cass Technical 5'10", 170 4 4 3 NR 2/18/2012
Conley, Gareon ATH Massillon, OH Washington 6'2", 165 NR 3 4 NR 3/10/2012
Dukes, Jaron WR Columbus, OH Marion-Franklin 6'5", 197 NR 3 3 NR 2/22/2012
Hill, Khalid TE Detroit, MI Crockett 6'2", 235 NR 3 3 NR 2/6/2012

Michigan's newest commit is not unexpected, though he did hold an offer from and was being heavily recruited by Penn State. Wolverines coach Brady Hoke continues his cherrypicking of the state of Ohio in this recruiting class with Smith's commitment.

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
Lisle, Evan OL Centerville, OH Centerville 6'6", 265 4 4 4 150 watch 2/28/2012
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

There was no change in the Buckeyes' class this week.

PENN STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Breneman, Adam TE Camp Hill, PA Cedar Cliff 6'5", 220 4 stars 4 stars 5 stars 150 watch 3/9/2012
Hackenberg, Christian QB Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 6'4", 215 4 4 4 150 watch 2/29/2012
Sickels, Garrett DE Little Silver, NJ Red Bank Reg 6'4", 230 4 4 3 150 watch 3/4/2012
Douglas, Ross Ath Avon, OH Avon 5'10", 180 4 3 3 150 watch 2/29/2012
Mahon, Brendan OL Randolph, NJ Randolph 6'5", 302 4 3 3 NR 3/17/2012

The Nittany Lions once again raided New Jersey for their latest commit, the fifth of this class.

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
Benenoch, Caleb OL Katy, TX Seven Lakes 6'6", 321 NR 3 3 NR 3/13/2012
Shelton, R.J. APB Beaver Dam, WI Beaver Dam 5'11", 187 NR 3 3 NR 2/26/2012
Powell, Jalyn S Marion, OH Harding 6'1", 185 NR 3 3 NR 2/25/2012
Holmes, Gerald RB Flint, MI Carman-Ainsworth 6'1", 209 NR 3 3 NR 2/5/2012

The Spartans went south to find their latest recruit, though it looks like Benenoch was that very rare player who deliberately looked north for his college choice ($, ESPN).

ILLINOIS

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade
247 grade
Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Chadwell, Jesse OL Clarkston, MI Clarkston 6'5", 260 NR 3 stars NR NR 3/15/2012
Cazley, Dillan DB Charleston, IL Charleston 5'10", 165 NR 2 NR NR 2/28/2012

The Illini's class doubled in size this week with the addition of Chadwell, who only held offers from three other schools, but claimed interest (but no offer) from Penn State.

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 4 stars
NR 2/26/2012

There was no change in the Huskers' class this week.

WISCONSIN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Dooley, Garret LB Rochester, IL Rochester 6'2", 215 NR 3 stars
3 stars
NR 2/27/2012

There was no change in the Badgers' class this week. There was not-unexpected news related to the Wisconsin class this week, however, when one-time Badger commit Scott Orndoff gave his verbal pledge to former Wisconsin assistant coach Paul Chryst at Pitt this week.

MINNESOTA

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

There was no change in the Golden Gophers' class this week.

INDIANA, IOWA, NORTHWESTERN, PURDUE

No current commits.

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