State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update 4.17.12

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It's been a very busy week in Big Ten country for recruitniks, with all but four schools gaining recruits. Northwestern joins the ranks of schools with commits, leaving the schools in Indiana as the only ones left without a single class of 2013 commitment.

Team # of commits Avg Rivals ranking Avg 247 ranking Avg Scout ranking 247 team rank recruiting rank in B1G
Michigan 17 3.76 4.0 3.88 1 1
Ohio State
8 4.13 3.88 4.0 9 2
Penn State 8 4.0 3.67 3.8 12 3
Michigan State 7 3.33 3.14 3.17 14 4
Illinois 4 3.0 2.5 NR 32 5
Nebraska 3 4.0 3.33 3.5 36 6
Iowa 3 3.33 3.0 3.0 38 7
Wisconsin 3 3.0 3.5 3.0 35
8
Northwestern 1 4.0 4.0 4.0 53 9
Minnesota 1 3.0 3.0 NR 59
10
Indiana 0 11
Purdue 0 11

Illinois, Nebraska, and Iowa all jumped Wisconsin in the overall team rankings this week, and Northwestern's lone commit was more than enough to jump Minnesota in the rankings.

As for factoring in non-ranking players, Illinois' Rivals ranking is based off of three of their four players, while Iowa's Scout ranking is based off of two of the three. Michigan State's Rivals and Scout grades are based off of 6 of 7 of their commits, and Nebraska's Scout grade is for two out of their three; Wisconsin comes in with 1 of 3 ranked by Scout, and 2 of 3 ranked by 247. For Penn State, the Scout and Rival grades are based off of 6 of the 8 commits, while their 247 grade is for 7 of 8.

These numbers, and the ones below, do not reflect the revised 247 rankings that were released on 4/16; additionally, ESPN releases their first grades today, so next week's numbers look to be a bit different from those on this week's chart.

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
Thomas, Dymonte RB/Saf Alliance, OH Marlington 6'1", 175 4 4 5 150 watch 9/10/2011
Fox, Chris OT/DT Parker, CO Ponderosa 6'6", 300 4 4 4 150 watch 2/18/2012
Bosch, Kyle OT/OG Wheaton, IL St Francis 6'5", 282 4 4 4 150 watch 2/18/2012
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
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
Shallman, Wyatt FB, DE Novi, MI Catholic Central 6'3", 245 4 4 4 150 watch 2/18/2012
Gedeon, Ben LB Hudson, OH Hudson 6'3", 215 4 4 4 150 watch 4/10/2012
Lewis, Jourdan CB Detroit, MI Cass Technical 5'10", 170 4 4 3 NR 2/18/2012
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 3 3 4 150 watch 3/17/2012
Conley, Gareon ATH Massillon, OH Washington 6'2", 165 3 3 4 NR 3/10/2012
Dukes, Jaron WR Columbus, OH Marion-Franklin 6'5", 197 3 3 3 NR 2/22/2012
Hill, Khalid TE Detroit, MI Crockett 6'2", 235 3 3 3 NR 2/6/2012

The Wolverines' pickup this week was one of two linebackers who held offers from Penn State, but ultimately decided to choose rival Big Ten schools.

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
Baugh, Marcus TE Riverside, CA J W North 6'4", 200 4 4 4 150 watch 4/10/2012
Price, Billy DT Youngstown, OH Fitch 6'4", 300 4 4 4 150 watch 2/13/2012
Lisle, Evan OL Centerville, OH Centerville 6'6", 265 4 4 4 150 watch 2/28/2012
Elliott, Ezekiel RB Saint Louis, MO John Burroughs School 6'0", 195 4 3 4 NR 4/1/2012
Thompson, Jayme S Toledo, OH Central Catholic 6'2", 190 4 3 3 NR 4/1/2012

The Buckeyes continue to recruit nationally, not just in state, picking up a commitment from California-native Baugh the #3 TE in the nation.

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
Webb, Greg DT Sicklerville, NJ Timber Creek 6'2", 290 4 4 4 150 watch 4/5/2012
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
Nelson, Andrew OT Hershey, PA Hershey 6'5", 265 NR NR NR NR 4/15/2012

The Nittany Lions picked up their eighth commit this week, with under-the-radar recruit Nelson.

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 3 3 3 NR 3/13/2012
Jones, Shane LB Cincinnati, OH Moeller 6'1", 220 4 3 3 NR 4/16/2012
Shelton, R.J. APB Beaver Dam, WI Beaver Dam 5'11", 187 3 3 3 NR 2/26/2012
Holmes, Gerald RB Flint, MI Carman-Ainsworth 6'1", 209 3 3 3 NR 2/5/2012
Terry, Damion QB Erie, PA Cathedral Prep 6'4", 210 NR 3 NR NR 2/5/2012
Powell, Jalyn S Marion, OH Harding 6'1", 185 3 3 3 NR 2/25/2012

Jones was another linebacker who held a Penn State offer before committing to a program in the state of Michigan; Terry, the Spartans' other commit, despite being from Pennsylvania, didn't hold on offer from the Nittany Lions.

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
DiLauro, Christian TE Uniontown, OH Green 6'5", 240 3 stars 3 NR NR 4/13/2012
Foster, Kendrick RB Peoria, IL Richwoods 5'8", 182 3 2 NR NR 4/12/2012
Cazley, Dillan DB Charleston, IL Charleston 5'10", 165 3 stars 2 NR NR 2/28/2012

The Illini doubled their class this week, and jumped over Nebraska and Wisconsin in the process.

NEBRASKA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Banderas, Josh LB Lincoln, NE Lincoln Southwest 6'2", 220 4 stars 4 stars 3 stars NR 4/12/2012
Dixon, Tre'Vell Ath Baldwin, LA West St Mary 6'0", 180 4 3 NR NR 1/23/2012
McWilson, Marcus S Youngstown, OH Cardinal Mooney 6'0", 195 4 3 4
NR 2/26/2012

The Huskers picked up a commitment from a hometown LB this week, jumping Wisconsin in the overall rankings.

IOWA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight
Rivals grade
247 grade Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Kenney, David DE Indianapolis, IN Pike 6'2", 250 4 stars 3 stars 3 stars NR 4/4/2012
Willies, Derrick WR Rock Island, IL Rock Island 6'3", 190 3 3 NR NR 4/10/2012
Hill, Delano DB Detroit, MI Cass Technical 6'1", 190 3 3 3 NR 4/14/2012

In ten days, the Hawkeyes went from no recruits to three starred commits, also jumping Wisconsin in the overall rankings.

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 3
3 3 stars
NR 2/27/2012
Watt, TJ Ath Pewaukee, WI Pewaukee 6'4", 200 3 NR NR NR 4/1/2012

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

NORTHWESTERN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Alviti, Matt QB Park Ridge, IL Maine South 6'0", 176 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 150 watch 4/14/2012

The Wildcats' first commit was an heralded one, and should help continue their streak of good quarterback play.

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 3 stars 3 stars NR NR 2/26/2012

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

INDIANA, PURDUE

No current commits.

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