State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update 3.27.12

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After last night's commitment of Curtis Cothran to the Nittany Lions, the Big Ten's total for new commitments this weeks sits at a whopping two. Nabbing their second commit had Wisconsin jumping Nebraska and Illinois in the rankings, and Penn State's addition had them leapfrogging Ohio State. Nationally, only Michigan retained their spot in the 247 team recruiting rankings; both teams who gained recruits also moved up, but all other Big Ten teams fell a few spots. Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, and Purdue all have yet to gain a verbal commitment.

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
Penn State 6 4.0 3.5 3.6 11 2
Ohio State 5 4.2 4.2 4.2 13 3
Michigan State 5 4.0 3.2 3.2 15 4
Wisconsin 2 3.0 3.5 3.0 31
5
Nebraska 2 4.0 3.0 4.0 34 6
Illinois 2 NR 2.5 NR 36 7
Minnesota 1 NR 3.0 NR 50
8
Indiana 0 9
Iowa 0 9
Northwestern 0 9
Purdue 0 9

As in every week, some of these rankings are skewed based off of non-rankings of certain players. With Wisconsin's new recruit, both their Rivals and Scout averages are based off of only one commit. Penn State's newest commit was only ranked by 247, so their Rivals and Scout averages are off of five players. Once again, 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.

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

There was no change in the Wolverines' 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
Cothran, Curtis DE Newtown, PA Council Rock 6'5", 230 NR 3 NR NR 3/26/2012

With Cothran's commitment, the Nittany Lions now have the second best class in the Big Ten. See Junny's weekly recruiting post for more coverage on who else may be headed Penn State's way.

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.

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

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

WISCONSIN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Ramesh, Austin RB/Ath Eagle River, WI Northland Pines 6'2", 221 3 stars 4 stars
NR
NR 3/24/2012
Dooley, Garret LB Rochester, IL Rochester 6'2", 215 NR 3
3
NR 2/27/2012

The Badgers added the second pickup in the league this week with Ramesh, the #2 recruit from the state of Wisconsin.

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.

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

There was no change in the Illini's class 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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