State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Roundup 5.30.13

Sorry for the delay, still recovering from vacation...but let's get on this!

Well, the rich get richer, and...wait, what's that?

Team # of commits Avg Rivals ranking Avg 247 ranking Avg Scout ranking Avg ESPN ranking Rivals team rank 247 team rank Scout team rank recruiting rank in B1G
Michigan 11 3.45 3.73 3.7 4.0 4 1 3 1
Ohio State 9 3.44 3.89 3.67 3.56 9 8 6 2
Northwestern 11 3.27 3.36 3.22 3.6 12 11 15 3
Penn State 9 3.0 3.33 3.33 3.6 18 17 14 4
Michigan State 8 3.13 3.38 3.25 3.2 24 26 16 5
Rutgers 11 2.55 2.91 3.0 3.0 20 22 35 6
Wisconsin 6 3.17 3.5 3.67 3.5 31 31 17 7
Iowa 3 4.0 3.67 3.5 4.0 43 48 36 8
Minnesota 3 3.5 3.33 3.5 3.0 52 60 37 9
Illinois 5 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 52 52 51 10
Maryland 3 3.33 3.33 3.0 3.5 56 58 55 11
Nebraska 2 3.0 3.0 NR NR 67 68 67 12
Purdue 2 2.0 3.0 NR 3.0 86 85 NR 13
Indiana 0 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 14

Holy crap, Northwestern.

Obviously, it's pretty huge that the Wildcats are having inarguably their best recruiting class ever...but what's the most impressive to me is the schools they're beating out for some of their kids. They haven't successfully and consistently recruited against the quote-unquote big guns yet (the top tier of SEC, Michigan & OSU, USC), but they're no longer competing against MAC-like schools for talent--they're pulling guys with offers from myriad numbers of other BCS programs, which, for Northwestern, is quite a shift.

I'd probably still like them more if Fitz didn't stand two yards in on the field during the entirety of the game and never get called for it.

Now...onto the rest (and, still, poor Hoosiers).

MICHIGAN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Bunting, Ian TE Hinsdale, IL Hinsdale Central 6'6", 210 3 stars 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4/23/2013
Bushell-Beatty, Juwan OL Paramus, NJ Paramus Catholic 6'5", 295 3 4 3 4 4/29/2013
Cole, Mason OL Tarpon Springs, FL East Lake 6'5", 275 4
4
4
4 2/25/2013
Ferns, Michael LB Saint Clairsville, OH Saint Clairsville 6'3", 235 4 4 4 4 8/9/2012
Harris, Drake WR Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids Christian 6'4", 180 4 4 4 4 4/14/2013
Marshall, Lawrence DE Southfield, MI Southfield 6'4", 205 3 4 4 4 5/11/2013
Mone, Bryan DT Salt Lake City, UT Highland 6'4", 315 4 4 4 4 2/12/2013
Pallante, Brady DT Naples, FL Barron Collier 6'1", 255 2 2 NR 3 4/5/2013
Peppers, Jabrill DB Paramus, NJ Paramus Catholic 6'1", 210 5 5 5 5 5/26/2013
Speight, Wilton QB Richmond, VA The Collegiate School 6'6", 217 3 3 3 4 2/6/2013
Ways, Maurice WR Beverly Hills, MI Country Day 6'3", 195 3 3 3 NR 4/25/2013

The Wolverines picked up arguably the best recruit in the conference this week in Peppers, who also had Penn State in his final four, but was a Michigan lean for some time.

OHIO STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Berger, Kyle LB Cleveland, OH St Ignatius 6'2", 200 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4/8/2013
Booker, Dante LB Akron, OH St Vincent-St Mary 6'3", 210 4 4 4 4 5/23/2013
Campbell, Parris RB Akron, OH St Vincent-St Mary 6'1", 181 3 4 4 3 2/10/2013
Hubbard, Sam LB Cincinnati, OH Moeller 6'6", 223 3 4 4 3 4/5/2013
Johnson, Lonnie ATH Gary, IN West Side 6'3", 180 3 4 3 4 5/12/2013
Jones, Marcelys OL Cleveland, OH Glenville Academic Campus 6'4", 325 3 4 3 3 12/25/2012
Thompson, Dylan DE Lombard, IL Montini 6'5", 270 3 3 3 4 3/23/2013
Trout, Kyle OL Lancaster, OH Lancaster 6'6", 280 4 4 4 3 2/10/2013
Webb, Damon DB Detroit, MI Cass Tech 6'0", 175 4 4 4 4 1/13/2013

The Buckeyes' lone new commit was a consensus four-star, and held offers from much of the conference, including PSU.

NORTHWESTERN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Anderson, Auston RB Plano, TX West 5'9", 180 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars NR 5/9/2013
Doles, Tommy OL Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids Christian 6'5", 240 3 3 3 3 stars 5/3/2013
Hance, Blake OL Jacksonville, IL Jacksonville 6'6", 260 3 3 3 NR 5/16/2013
Jackson, Justin RB Carol Stream, IL Glenbard North 5'11", 180 4 4 4 4 5/14/2013
Oxley, Ben OL Avon Lake, OH Avon Lake 6'6", 260 3 3 3 NR 4/6/2013
Quiero, Cameron LB Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic 6'1", 210 3 3 3 NR 4/4/2013
Thomas, Jordan DB Klein, TX Klein Collins 6'1", 180 3 4 3 3 12/15/2012
Thorson, Clayton QB Wheaton, IL Wheaton North 6'4", 197 4 4 3 4 3/17/2013
Vault, Solomon ATH Gaithersburg, MD Gaithersburg 5'10", 190 3 3 NR NR 4/18/2013
Watkins, Dareian ATH Galion, OH Galion 6'2", 192 4 4 4 4 5/6/2013
Wyatt, Fred DT Lawrence, KS Free State 6'4", 250 3 3 NR NR 5/28/2013

The Wildcats picked up three commits again this past two weeks.

PENN STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Allen, Marcus DB Upper Marlboro, MD Wise 6'1", 187 3 stars 4 stars 4 stars NR 5/10/2013
Allen, Mark RB Hyattsville, MD DeMatha 5'7", 185 3 3 3 3 stars 10/16/2012
Apke, Troy WR Mt Lebanon, PA Mt Lebanon 6'2", 175 3 3 4 NR 4/13/2013
Godwin, Chris WR Middletown, DE Middletown 6'2", 192 4 4 4 4 4/23/2013
Reeder, Troy LB Wilmington, DE Salesianum School 6'3", 232 3 3 3 4 2/26/2013
Scott, Nick ATH Fairfax, VA Fairfax 5'11", 180 3 3 3 3 2/23/2013
Thompkins, De'Andre ATH Swansboro, NC Swansboro 5'11", 172 3 4 3 4 4/20/2013
Wangler, Jared LB Warren, MI De La Salle 6'2", 215 2 3 3 NR 5/10/2013
Worley, Daquan DB Coatesville, PA Coatesville Area Senior 5'10", 175 3 3 3 NR 5/3/2013

There was no change in the Nittany Lions' class these past few weeks.

MICHIGAN STATE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Allen, Brian OL Hinsdale, IL Hinsdale Central 6'2", 285 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars NR 4/20/2013
Bullough, Byron LB Traverse City, MI St Francis Catholic 6'2", 195 3 3 4 4 stars 8/9/2012
Drake, Deon LB Detroit, MI Cass Tech 6'1", 215 4 4 3 3 9/23/2012
Durkin, Chris QB Youngstown, OH Ursuline 6'4", 216 3 4 4 3 3/28/2013
Frey, Chris LB Upper Arlington, OH Upper Arlington 6'0", 208 3 3 3 NR 5/15/2013
Gianacakos, Chase OL St Charles, IL St Charles North 6'6", 280 3 3 3 3 4/1/2013
Smith Jr, Enoch DT Chicago, IL Mt Carmel 6'3", 265 3 4 3 3 4/20/2013
Sokol, Matt TE Rochester, MI Adams 6'5", 226 3 3 3 NR 5/13/2013

The Spartans picked up one more commit this time frame.

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 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars NR 3/4/2013
Hampton, Saquan DB Hamilton, NJ Nottingham 6'2", 187 2 2 NR 3 stars 3/7/2013
Heeman, Zack OL Flanders, NJ Mt Olive 6'8", 265 2 3 NR 3 3/15/2013
Herron, Justin OL Potomac, MD Bullis School 6'5", 285 2 3 NR NR 5/16/2013
Hicks, Joshua RB Palmetto, FL Palmetto 5'10", 180 3 3 3 3 10/25/2012
Lott, Kamren DB Jacksonville, FL First Coast 5'10", 180 3 3 3 NR 5/23/2013
Mokwuah, Pete DT Staten Island, NY St Joseph By The Sea 6'5", 305 2 3 NR NR 5/1/2013
Nelson, Justin LB Wayne, NJ DePaul Catholic 6'1", 245 3 3 3 3 2/27/2013
Njoku, David WR Cedar Grove, NJ Cedar Grove 6'4", 207 3 3 3 NR 4/9/2013
Webb, Jacquis OL Rochester, NY Gates Chili 6'5", 310 2 3 NR NR 4/6/2013
Wiegers, Tyler QB Detroit, MI Country Day 6'4", 197 3 3 3 NR 4/9/2013

The Scarlet Knights picked up another pair of commits, but, like the rest of the class, they had few other offers before pledging to play for Rutgers.

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 4 stars 4 stars 3/3/2013
Gault, Jaden OL Morona Grove, WI Morona Grove 6'6", 281 4 4 4 4 8/18/2012
Hirschfeld, Billy DE Hartland, WI Arrowhead 6'6", 269 3 4 3 NR 5/15/2013
Panos, George OL Hartland, WI Arrowhead 6'5", 290 3 4 4 3 4/28/2012
Sheehy, Conor DE Milwaukee, WI Marquette University 6'4", 255 3 3 4 3 9/5/2012
Tolutau, Ula ATH Salt Lake City, UT East 6'1", 230 2 2 3 NR 5/16/2013

The Badgers picked up a pair this week.

IOWA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight
Rivals grade
247 grade Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
LeGrand, Lucas OL Dubuque, IA Dubuque Senior 6'5", 260 NR 3 stars NR NR 4/3/2013
Pierschbacher, Ross OL Cedar Falls, IA Cedar Falls 6'4", 275 4 stars
4
4 stars 4 stars 1/12/2013
Scheel, Jay ATH LaPorte City, IA Union 6'1", 170 4
4
3 4 1/20/2013

There was no change in the Hawkeyes' class these past few weeks.

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 3 stars 2/2/2013
McKinzy, Dimonic QB Kansas City, KS Wyandotte 6'0", 213 3 3 3 NR 4/27/2013
Richardson, Steve DT Chicago, IL Mt Carmel 5'11", 280 NR 3 NR NR 4/29/2013

There was no change in the Golden Gophers' class these past few weeks.

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 3 stars 3/11/2013
Crouch, Chayce QB Newark, OH Newark Catholic 6'4", 215 NR 3 NR NR 5/2/2013
Dudek, Mike WR Naperville, IL Neuqua Valley 5'11", 175 3 3 3 NR 4/3/2013
Kanteman, Trevor TE Woodland Hills, CA Pierce College 6'4", 238 NR NR NR NR 5/22/2013
Odenigbo, Tito DE Centerville, OH Centerville 6'3", 241 3 3 3 3 3/11/2013

The Illini picked up a JuCo transfer tight end this week, and I've seen conflicting reports as to whether he's a late class of 2013 or '14 commit. For now, we'll keep him here.

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 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 2/18/2013
Thomas, Johnathan RB Danvers, MA St John's Prep 5'11", 215 3 3 3 4 5/9/2013
Ulmer, William QB Washington, DC St John's College High 6'1", 190 4 4 3 NR 4/25/2013

There was no change in the Terrapins' class these past few weeks.

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 3 stars 3 stars NR NR 3/11/2013
Hall, Jason DB Grand Prairie, TX South Grand Prairie 6'2", 190 NR 3 NR NR 5/8/2013

There was no change in the Huskers' class these past few weeks.

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 2 stars 3 stars NR 3 stars 1/4/2013
Hart, Trae ATH Dallas, TX First Baptist Academy 5'10", 155 NR 3 NR NR 5/3/2013

There was no change in the Boilermakers' class these past few weeks.

INDIANA

The Hoosiers have no 2014 commits.

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