State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update 3.27.13

...This isn't supposed to be the dead period...

Alas, it seems to be, as there's been only three additions to the 2014 classes in the last two weeks.

Team # of commits Avg Rivals ranking Avg 247 ranking Avg Scout ranking 247 team rank Scout team rank recruiting rank in B1G
Ohio State 5 3.4 3.8 3.6 8 7 1
Michigan 4 3.75 3.75 4.0 15 10 2
Wisconsin 4 3.5 3.75 3.25 27 13 3
Rutgers 5 3.0 2.8 3.0 13 37 4
Iowa 2 4.0 4.0 4.0 36 22 5
Penn State 3 3.0 3.0 3.0 32 32 6
Michigan State 2 3.5 4.0 3.0 39 31 7
Northwestern 2 4.0 4.0 3.0 41 42 8
Minnesota 1 4.0 4.0 4.0 51 35 9
Illinois 2 3.0 3.0 3.0 45 50 10
Maryland 1 3.0 2.0 NR 67 52 11
Purdue 1 NR 3.0 NR 62 NR 12
Nebraska 1 NR 3.0 NR 63 NR 13
Indiana 0 NR NR NR NR NR 14

Rivals updated their rankings, so a lot of commits gained stars. While their homepage looks like their 2014 rankings may be in, as of the writing of this post, the link doesn't work--so we're still basing the overall rankings off 247 and Scout.

OHIO STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Campbell, Parris RB Akron, OH St Vincent-St Mary 6'1", 181 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars NR 2/10/2013
Jones, Marcelys OL Cleveland, OH Glenville Academic Campus 6'4", 325 3 4 3 NR 12/25/2012
Thompson, Dylan DE Lombard, IL Montini 6'5", 270 3 3 3 NR 3/23/2013
Trout, Kyle OL Lancaster, OH Lancaster 6'6", 280 4 4 4 WL 2/10/2013
Webb, Damon DB Detroit, MI Cass Tech 6'0", 175 4 4 4 WL 1/13/2013

The Buckeyes picked up their fifth commit this week, solidifying their place at the top of the conference.

MICHIGAN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Cole, Mason OL Tarpon Springs, FL East Lake 6'5", 275 4 stars
4 stars
4 stars
WL
2/25/2013
Ferns, Michael LB Saint Clairsville, OH Saint Clairsville 6'3", 235 4 4 4 WL 8/9/2012
Mone, Bryan DT Salt Lake City, UT Highland 6'4", 315 4 4 4 WL 2/12/2013
Speight, Wilton QB Richmond, VA The Collegiate School 6'6", 217 3 3 NR WL 2/6/2013

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

WISCONSIN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Evans, Craig DT Sun Prairie, WI Sun Prairie 6'3", 350 4 stars 4 stars 3 stars WL 3/3/2013
Gault, Jaden OL Morona Grove, WI Morona Grove 6'6", 281 4 4 3 WL 8/18/2012
Panos, George OL Hartland, WI Arrowhead 6'5", 290 3 4 3 NR 4/28/2012
Sheehy, Conor DE Milwaukee, WI Marquette University 6'4", 255 3 3 4 NR 9/5/2012

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

RUTGERS

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Gopre, Sidney LB Neward, NJ Weequahic 6'1", 210 NR 3 stars 3 stars NR 3/4/2013
Hampton, Saquan DB Hamilton, NJ Nottingham 6'2", 187 NR 2 NR NR 3/7/2013
Heeman, Zack OL Flanders, NJ Mt Olive 6'8", 265 NR 3 NR NR 3/15/2013
Hicks, Joshua RB Palmetto, FL Palmetto 5'10", 180 3 stars 3 3 NR 10/25/2012
Nelson, Justin LB Wayne, NJ DePaul Catholic 6'1", 245 3 3 3 NR 2/27/2013

The Scarlet Knights picked up another in-state commit this week, their third with no offers besides Rutgers.

IOWA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight
Rivals grade
247 grade Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Pierschbacher, Ross OL Cedar Falls, IA Cedar Falls 6'4", 275 4 stars
4 stars
4 stars WL 1/12/2013
Scheel, Jay ATH LaPorte City, IA Union 6'1", 170 4
4
NR WL 1/20/2013

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

PENN STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Allen, Mark RB Hyattsville, MD DeMatha 5'7", 185 NR 3 stars NR NR 10/16/2012
Reeder, Troy LB Wilmington, DE Salesianum School 6'3", 232 3 stars 3 3 stars NR 2/26/2013
Scott, Nick ATH Fairfax, VA Fairfax 5'11", 180 3 3 NR NR 2/23/2013

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
Bullough, Byron LB Traverse City, MI St Francis Catholic 6'2", 195 3 stars NR 3 stars WL 8/9/2012
Drake, Deon LB Detroit, MI Cass Tech 6'1", 215 4 4 stars 3 WL 9/23/2012

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

NORTHWESTERN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Thomas, Jordan DB Klein, TX Klein Collins 6'1", 180 NR 4 stars 3 stars NR 12/15/2012
Thorson, Clayton QB Wheaton, IL Wheaton North 6'4", 197 4 stars 4 3 WL 3/17/2013

The Wildcats picked up their second commit this week, a QB with a PSU offer.

MINNESOTA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade
Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Jones, Jeff RB Minneapolis, MN Washburn 6'0", 190 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars WL 2/2/2013

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

ILLINOIS

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade
247 grade
Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Allegretti, Nick OL Frankfort, IL Lincoln Way East 6'4", 280 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars NR 3/11/2013
Odenigbo, Tito DE Centerville, OH Centerville 6'3", 241 3 NR 3 NR 3/11/2013

There was no change in the Illini's class this week.

MARYLAND

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Cohen, Jared OL Owings Mills, MD McDonogh 6'4", 290 3 stars 2 stars NR NR 2/18/2013

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

PURDUE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Garner, Brandon DB Arlington, TX Mansfield Timberview 5'11", 200 NR 3 stars NR NR 1/4/2013

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

NEBRASKA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Gifford, Luke ATH Lincoln, NE Southeast 6'3", 195 NR 3 stars NR NR 3/11/2013

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

INDIANA

The Hoosiers have no 2014 commits.

**editor's note: the "WL" in the ESPN column denotes that they are on the ESPN 150 watchlist. Because ESPN is just like that.

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