State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update 3.6.13

Now, with even more red teams!

SOTU is back for the 2014 class, and we've added Maryland and Rutgers to our numbers (because, why not? It's not like I have anything better to do!)

Team # of commits Avg Rivals ranking Avg 247 ranking Avg Scout ranking 247 team rank Scout team rank recruiting rank in B1G
Michigan 4 4.0 3.75 4.0 11 6 1
Ohio State 4 4.0 4.0 4.0 10 10 2
Michigan State 3 4.0 4.0 3.33 17 11 3
Wisconsin 4 4.0 3.75 3.25 18 14 4
Iowa 2 4.0 4.0 4.0 25 20 5
Minnesota 1 4.0 4.0 4.0 36 19 6
Penn State 3 NR 3.0 3.0 23 33 7
Northwestern 1 NR 4.0 3.0 40 33 8
Rutgers 3 NR 3.0 3.0 32 43 9
Purdue 1 NR 3.0 NR 54 NR 10
Maryland 1 NR 2.0 NR 57 NR 11
Illinois 0 NR NR NR NR NR 12
Indiana 0 NR NR NR NR NR 12
Nebraska 0 NR NR NR NR NR 12

I can't emphasize enough how early it is in the 2014 recruiting process. It's really, really early, as evidenced by the fact that Rivals hasn't even come out with their 2014 team rankings, and ESPN hasn't even rated the recruits yet. Scratch that; the latter really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone (obligatory knock on tWWL).

All of that being said, the conference as a whole seems head and shoulders above last year at this point, when less than half of the teams in the B1G had commits, and Michigan was already leaving all the other teams in their dust. This year, there seems to be more parity, with only three teams not having a commit yet (really, Huskers? REALLY???), and the conference newcomers getting their hat in the ring early.

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 NR 3 NR WL 2/6/2013

The Wolverines start off strong again for 2014, with four commits already (including Ferns, who, despite his early UM commit, holds an offer from PSU).

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 NR 4 stars NR NR 2/10/2013
Jones, Marcelys OL Cleveland, OH Glenville Academic Campus 6'4", 325 NR 4 NR NR 12/25/2012
Trout, Kyle OL Lancaster, OH Lancaster 6'6", 280 4 stars 4 4 stars WL 2/10/2013
Webb, Damon DB Detroit, MI Cass Tech 6'0", 175 4 4 4 WL 1/13/2013

Urban Meyer will not be outdone, also nabbing four early commits for the Buckeyes, focusing (so far, at least) on in-state talent.

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 NR NR 3 stars WL 8/9/2012
Drake, Deon LB Detroit, MI Cass Tech 6'1", 215 4 stars 4 stars 3 WL 9/23/2012
Harris, Drake WR Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids Christian 6'4", 180 4 4 4 WL 6/27/2012

The Spartans have three commits for this new class, all giving their pledge last year. Harris also counted Penn State amongst his many offers.

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 NR 4 3 NR 4/28/2012
Sheehy, Conor DE Milwaukee, WI Marquette University 6'4", 255 NR 3 4 NR 9/5/2012

Up until earlier this week, the Badgers had five commits in this class. Which means that Wisconsin was the first B1G school to nab a decommitment in this early recruiting year! Go Bucky!

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

The Hawkeyes have already nabbed two in-state recruits in this class.

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

The Golden Gophers actually have a commit already! /insert surprised .gif here

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 NR 3 3 stars NR 2/26/2013
Scott, Nick ATH Fairfax, VA Fairfax 5'11", 180 NR 3 NR NR 2/23/2013

The Nittany Lions have three commits so far in this to-be-expected small class, including recent commits Scott and Reeder (wooooo LB!).

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

The Wildcats have one commit so far this year.

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 NR NR NR 3/4/2013
Hicks, Joshua RB Palmetto, FL Palmetto 5'10", 180 NR 3 stars 3 stars NR 10/25/2012
Nelson, Justin LB Wayne, NJ DePaul Catholic 6'1", 245 NR 3 3 NR 2/27/2013

Welcome to the Big Ten, Scarlet Knights! Though your three 2014 commits did only have three other offers from Division 1 schools combined.

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

The Boilermakers have an early commit this year! I credit the awesomeness that is Darrell Hazell.

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 NR 2 stars NR NR 2/18/2013

Welcome to the Big Ten, Terrapins! Your one commit is an offensive lineman, but that doesn't mean he doesn't need to know how to throw the ball.

ILLINOIS

The Illini have no 2014 commits.

INDIANA

The Hoosiers have no 2014 commits.

NEBRASKA

The Cornhuskers 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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