State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update 5.1.12

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After a busy few weeks, the end of April calmed down a bit, with only three schools picking up commits since we left off last. With six teams in the top 25 of 247's team recruiting rankings, the Big Ten is sitting pretty so far.

Team # of commits Avg Rivals ranking Avg 247 ranking Avg Scout ranking Avg ESPN ranking 247 team rank recruiting rank in B1G
Michigan 17 3.76 4.0 4.12 3.88 1 1
Ohio State
13 3.92 3.77 3.92 3.92 5 2
Penn State 8 4.0 3.83 4.0 4.0 15 3
Michigan State 7 3.33 3.14 3.17 3.5 16 4
Iowa 7 3.14 3.0 3.17 3.33 19 5
Nebraska 5 3.4 3.6 3.4 3.67 24 6
Wisconsin 5 3.2 3.5 3.2 3.33 30 7
Illinois 5 3.25 2.8 3.25 3.5 32 8
Northwestern 1 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 59 9
Purdue 1 3.0 3.0 3.0 NR 64 10
Minnesota 1 3.0 3.0 3.0 NR 66
11
Indiana 0 12

As with last week, all of Michigan's recruits are ranked by all services, while Michigan State's Rivals and Scouts rankings are for six of seven, and their ESPN grades are for four of seven. Three of Nebraska's five person class was ranked by ESPN, which ranked twelve of Ohio State's now 13-person class, and Penn State's Rivals and Scout numbers are based off of seven of their nine commits, and the PSU 247 number is off of eight of nine.

For Illinois' numbers this week, both Rivals and Scout ranked four of their five commits, while ESPN graded two. Six of Iowa's seven were rated by Scout, but only three Hawkeyes grabbed ESPN ratings. Lastly, four of Wisconsin's five verbals have rankings from 247, with only three being graded by ESPN.

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 4 stars
5/10/2011
Bosch, Kyle OT/OG Wheaton, IL St Francis 6'5", 282 4 4 5 4 2/18/2012
Thomas, Dymonte RB/Saf Alliance, OH Marlington 6'1", 175 4 4 5 4 9/10/2011
Fox, Chris OT/DT Parker, CO Ponderosa 6'6", 300 4 4 4 4 2/18/2012
Tuley-Tillman, Logan OT Peoria, IL Manual 6'7", 300 4 4 4
4 2/19/2012
Charlton, Taco OLB Pickerington, OH Pickerington Central 6'6", 245 4 4 3 4 2/18/2012
McCray, Michael LB Trotwood, OH Trotwood-Madison 6'2", 220 4 4 4 4 3/5/2012
Kugler, Patrick OT/OG Wexford, PA North Allegheny 6'4", 270 4 4 5 4 2/25/2012
Gedeon, Ben LB Hudson, OH Hudson 6'3", 215 4 4 4 4 4/10/2012
Dawson, David OT Detroit, MI Cass Technical 6'5", 305 4 4 4 4 2/18/2012
Conley, Gareon ATH Massillon, OH Washington 6'2", 165 3 4 4 4 3/10/2012
Smith, Deveon RB Warren, OH Howland 5'11", 210 3 4 4 4 3/17/2012
Butt, Jake DE, TE Pickerington, OH Pickerington North 6'6", 225 4 4 4 4 2/19/2012
Shallman, Wyatt FB, DE Novi, MI Catholic Central 6'3", 245 4 4 4 3 2/18/2012
Lewis, Jourdan CB Detroit, MI Cass Technical 5'10", 170 4 4 4 4 2/18/2012
Dukes, Jaron WR Columbus, OH Marion-Franklin 6'5", 197 3 3 4 4 2/22/2012
Hill, Khalid TE Detroit, MI Crockett 6'2", 235 3 3 3 3 2/6/2012

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

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 4 stars 1/30/2012
Bosa, Joey DE Fort Lauderdale, FL St Thomas Aquinas 6'5", 260 4 4 5 4 4/23/2012
Burrows, Cameron CB/Saf Dayton, OH Trotwood-Madison 6'2", 195 5 4 4 4 1/19/2012
Barrett, JT QB Wichita Falls, TX Rider 6'2", 205 4 4 4 4 4/18/2012
Woodard, Eli CB Voorhees, NJ Eastern 6'1", 185 4 4 4 4 2/16/2012
Baugh, Marcus TE Riverside, CA J W North 6'4", 200 4 4 4 4 4/10/2012
Anzalone, Alex LB Reading, PA Wyomissing 6'3", 220 4 4 4 4 4/21/2012
Lisle, Evan OL Centerville, OH Centerville 6'6", 265 4 4 4 4 2/28/2012
Price, Billy DT Youngstown, OH Fitch 6'4", 300 4 4 4 4 2/13/2012
Elliott, Ezekiel RB Saint Louis, MO John Burroughs School 6'0", 195 4 3 4 4 4/1/2012
Thompson, Jayme S Toledo, OH Central Catholic 6'2", 190 4 3 3 4 4/1/2012
Sprinkle, Tracy DE Elyria, OH Elyria 6'4", 250 3 3 3 NR 4/17/2012
Neal, Lewis DE Wilson, NC James Hunt 6'1", 235 3 3 3 3 4/23/2012

There was no change in the Buckeyes' class this week, though reports are coming out that Neal's commitment is less than rock solid.

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 4 stars
3/9/2012
Hackenberg, Christian QB Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 6'4", 215 4 4 4 4 2/29/2012
Webb, Greg DT Sicklerville, NJ Timber Creek 6'2", 290 4 4 4 4 4/5/2012
Sickels, Garrett DE Little Silver, NJ Red Bank Reg 6'4", 230 4 4 4 4 3/4/2012
Douglas, Ross Ath Avon, OH Avon 5'10", 180 4 4 3 4 2/29/2012
Mahon, Brendan OL Randolph, NJ Randolph 6'5", 302 4 3 3 4 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

There was no change in the Nittany Lions' 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 NR 2/17/2012
Benenoch, Caleb OL Katy, TX Seven Lakes 6'6", 321 3 3 3 4 stars
3/13/2012
Shelton, R.J. APB Beaver Dam, WI Beaver Dam 5'11", 187 3 3 3 3 2/26/2012
Jones, Shane LB Cincinnati, OH Moeller 6'1", 220 4 3 3 NR 4/16/2012
Powell, Jalyn S Marion, OH Harding 6'1", 185 3 3 3 NR 2/26/2012
Holmes, Gerald RB Flint, MI Carman-Ainsworth 6'1", 209 3 3 3 3 2/5/2012
Terry, Damion QB Erie, PA Cathedral Prep 6'4", 210 NR 3 NR 4 4/16/2012

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

IOWA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight
Rivals grade
247 grade Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Goebel, Colin OG Naperville, IL Naperville 6'4", 275 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 4/21/2012
Kenny, John LB Carmel, IN Carmel 6'2", 210 3 3 3 NR 4/27/2012
Gressel, Brant DT Centerville, OH Centerville 6'2", 280 3 3 3 NR 4/23/2012
Kenney, David DE Indianapolis, IN Pike 6'2", 250 4 3 4 4 4/4/2012
Willies, Derrick WR Rock Island, IL Rock Island 6'3", 190 3 3 3 NR 4/10/2012
Hill, Delano DB Detroit, MI Cass Technical 6'1", 190 3 3 3 3 4/14/2012
Bazata, Nathan DT Howells, NE Nowells Jr/Sr 6'2", 270 3 3 NR NR 4/22/2012

For a class that started off comparatively slowly, the Hawkeyes have picked up a full head of steam in the recent weeks, including two commits since our last update

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 4 stars 4/12/2012
McWilson, Marcus S Youngstown, OH Cardinal Mooney 6'0", 195 4 4 4 NR 2/26/2012
Love, Courtney LB Youngstown, OH Cardinal Mooney 6'1", 215 3 4 3
NR 4/22/2012
Natter, AJ DE Milton, WI Milton 6'5", 240 3 3 4
N3 4/16/2012
Dixon, Tre'Vell Ath Baldwin, LA West St Mary 6'0", 180 4 3 3 4 1/23/2012

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
Obasih, Chikwe DE Brookfield, WI Central 6'3", 240 4 stars 4 stars
3 stars
NR 4/29/2012
Ramesh, Austin RB/Ath Eagle River, WI Northland Pines 6'2", 221 3 4
3
3 stars 3/24/2012
Wheelwright, Rob WR Columbus, OH Walnut Ridge 6'3", 185 3 3
4
3 4/29/2012
Dooley, Garret LB Rochester, IL Rochester 6'2", 215 3
3 3
4 2/27/2012
Watt, TJ Ath Pewaukee, WI Pewaukee 6'4", 200 3 NR 3 NR 4/1/2012

It isn't too often you hear of FBS athletes being offered Ivy League scholarships, but Badger commit Obasih, one of two pickups this week, holds an offer from Yale on his list.

ILLINOIS

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade
247 grade
Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Bailey, Aaron QB Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook 6'2", 215 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars
4 stars 4/25/2012
Chadwell, Jesse OL Clarkston, MI Clarkston 6'5", 260 NR 3 3
NR 3/15/2012
DiLauro, Christian TE Uniontown, OH Green 6'5", 240 3 stars 3 3 NR 4/13/2012
Cazley, Dillan DB Charleston, IL Charleston 5'10", 165 3 2 3 3 stars
2/28/2012
Foster, Kendrick RB Peoria, IL Richwoods 5'8", 182 3 2 NR NR 4/12/2012

The Illini's lone new verbal this week is unquestionably their biggest pickup so far, as Bailey was a consensus four star recruit.

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 4 stars
4/14/2012

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

PURDUE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Etling, Danny QB Terre Haute, IN Terre Haute South Vigo School 6'3", 210 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars NR 4/17/2012

There was no change in the Boilermakers' 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 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars
NR 2/26/2012

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

INDIANA

No current commits.

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