State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Roundup 1.25.14

Who's ready for signing day? SOTU definitely is, finally back on our game, just in time for this next class to overload each school's fax machine.

It's been quite a while, huh? The crazy amount of time and effort going into these roundups (plus real life, naturally) makes doing them during the season quite a challenge--and, just an FYI, here at BSD we had a pretty major story to cover the last month or so.

That being said, with signing day just a scant eleven days away, we've got your primer as to who's going to what Big Ten school as a part of the 2014 recruiting class--that is, as of this morning, anyway. With no further ado, your current 2014 recruiting classes in the B1G:

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 previous rank in B1G
Ohio State 22 3.7 3.87 3.78 3.78 2 2 3 1 1
Michigan 16 3.44 3.5 3.56 3.75 25 15 20 2 2
Wisconsin 24 2.92 2.92 3.15 3.12 29 30 19 3 7
Penn State 21 3.18 3.32 3.18 3.32 20 29 31 4 4
Michigan State 20 3.1 3.38 3.19 3.29 30 34 30 5 5
Nebraska 20 3.0 3.1 3.15 3.15 35 40 39 6 9
Rutgers 22 2.89 2.89 2.96 3.07 44 42 40 7 3
Indiana 22 2.86 2.77 2.86 3.05 40 47 41 8 11
Northwestern 14 3.06 3.35 3.12 3.4 49 44 47 9 6
Iowa 19 2.74 2.89 2.89 3.11 52 48 43 10 8
Maryland 14 3.0 2.94 2.9 3.25 61 55 58 11 14
Purdue 18 2.5 2.8 2.68 3.0 60 61 60 12 13
Illinois 17 2.75 2.67 2.65 3.0 64 60 62 13 10
Minnesota 14 2.71 2.79 2.71 2.92 70 67 65 14 12

Ohio State solidly has the best class in the conference, and at this point it’s not even close—they’re vying for the best class in the nation, not just the Big Ten. After that, it gets murky; the next four schools are all pretty close, and Michigan has fallen off quite a bit since last we talked. The third tier, if you will, is equally close, with Nebraska through Iowa all within percentage points of each other. The bottom, too, is almost interchangeable, and each tier could have significant position jockeying in the final days before signing day (and, heck, even after February 5).

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 5 4 4 5/23/2013
Brown, Noah Ath Sparta, NJ Pope John XXIII 6'2", 211/td> 4 4 4 4 9/9/2013
Campbell, Parris RB Akron, OH St Vincent-St Mary 6'1", 181 3 4 4 4 2/10/2013
Collier, Stephen QB Leesburg, GA Lee County 6'3", 206 2 3 3 3 6/21/2013
Dixon, Johnnie WR Palm Beach Gardens, FL Dwyer 5’10", 187 4 4 4 4 12/17/2013
Holmes, Jalyn DE Norfolk, VA Lake Taylor 6'5", 235 4 4 4 4 6/20/2013
Hooker, Malik ATH New Castle, PA New Castle Senior 6’2", 183 3 4 4 4 7/29/2013
Hubbard, Sam LB Cincinnati, OH Moeller 6'6", 223 3 4 5 3 4/5/2013
Jones, Jamarco OL Chicago, IL De La Salle 6'5", 295 4 4 4 4 6/27/2013
Jones, Marcelys OL Cleveland, OH Glenville Academic Campus 6'4", 325 4 4 3 3 12/25/2012
Knox, Demetrius OL Fort Worth, TX All Saints Episcopal 6’4", 287 4 4 4 4 7/28/2013
Lattimore, Marshon CB Cleveland, OH Glenville 6'0", 175 4 4 4 4 1/4/2014
McLaurin, Terry WR Indianapolis, IN Cathedral 6'0", 175 4 4 4 4 6/23/2013
McMillan, Raekwon LB Hinesville, GA Liberty County 6'2", 242 5 5 4 5 12/16/2013
Neurnberger, Sean K Buckner, KY Oldham County 6'2", 230 3 2 3 3 6/11/2013
Samuel, Curtis WR Brooklyn, NY Erasmus Hall Campus 5’11", 180 4 4 4 4 8/16/2013
Smith, Erick S Cleveland, OH Glenville 6’1", 185 4 4 4 4 1/4/2014
Taylor, Brady OT Columbus, OH Bishop Ready 6'5", 276 3 3 3 3 1/20/2014
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

Observations: The rich keep getting richer in Columbus, as the Buckeyes landed one of the conference’s best pickups in McMillan—who’s already on campus this spring. Since our last update, Ohio State also picked up verbals from Brown, Dixon (also already on campus), Lattimore, Smith, and Taylor; they also saw a decommitment from Indiana athlete Lonnie Johnson, who left the class in November and committed to Western Michigan a week later. Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense to me either—unless it was a decommitment of the carefrontation type.

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 4 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
Canteen, Freddy WR Elkton, MD Eastern Christian Academy 6'3", 170 4 3 4 3 6/29/2013
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
Furbush, Noah LB Kenton, OH Kenton 6'4", 229 3 3 3 4 7/1/2013
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 3 3 4/5/2013
Peppers, Jabrill DB Paramus, NJ Paramus, NJ 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
Wangler, Jared LB Warren, MI De La Salle 6’2", 215 3 3 3 3 8/9/2013
Watson, Brandon DB Elkton, MD Eastern Christian Academy 5'11", 185 3 3 3 3 6/29/2013
Ways, Maurice WR Beverly Hills, MI Country Day 6'3", 195 3 3 3 4 4/25/2013
Winovich, Chase LB Jefferson Hills, PA Thomas Jefferson 6'3", 216 3 3 4 3 6/1/2013

Observations: Speaking of things that don’t make much sense…The Wolverines were once neck and neck with OSU for the top class in the conference, but have since not picked up a commit for the 2014 recruiting class since HC Brady Hoke flipped Jared Wangler from Penn State—back in August. Couple that with vaunted commit Jabrill Peppers’ announcement a few months back that he had wanted to take a few more official visits (to be fair, it seems as though those visits haven’t happened, and Peppers remains committed to Michigan), the situation for UM isn’t as rosy as it looked six months ago.

WISCONSIN

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Benzschawel, Beau OT Grafton, WI Grafton 6’6", 240 3 stars 2 stars 3 stars 3 stars 10/24/2013
Cizauskas, Dominic LB Mukwonago, WI Mukwonago 6'1", 250 3 2 3 3 6/19/2013
Deal, Taiwan RB Hyattsville, MD DeMatha 6'2", 225 3 3 3 3 6/25/2013
Deiter, Michael OL Genoa, OH Genoa Area 6'5", 295 3 2 3 3 6/24/2013
Edwards, TJ ATH Lake Villa, IL Lakes Community 6'1", 220 3 2 3 2 12/2/2013
Evans, Craig DT Sun Prairie, WI Sun Prairie 6'3", 350 4 4 4 4 3/3/2013
Figaro, Lubern ATH Everett, MA Everett 6'0", 175 2 3 3 3 9/26/2013
Gaglianone, Rafael K Chattanooga, TN Baylor School 6'0", 225 2 3 3 3 11/17/2013
Gault, Jaden OL Morona Grove, WI Morona Grove 6'6", 281 4 4 4 4 8/18/2012
Gillins, DJ QB Jacksonville, FL Ribault 6'3", 185 4 4 3 4 7/8/2013
Hirschfeld, Billy DE Hartland, WI Arrowhead 6'6", 269 3 4 3 3 5/15/2013
Hudson, Austin DB Tampa, FL Plant 6'2", 188 2 2 3 3 6/27/2013
Jamerson, Natrell WR Ocala, FL Vanguard 6'0", 170 2 3 3 3 11/20/2013
Jones, Chris WR Hyattsville, MD DeMatha 6’2", 185 3 3 3 3 9/18/2013
Kapoi, Micah OT Kapolei, HI Kapolei 6'4", 298 2 2 2 2 12/1/2013
Kinlaw, Caleb RB Goose Creek, SC Goose Creek 5’10", 186 3 3 3 3 11/14/2013
Maxwell, Jacob OT Greendale, WI Greendale 6'6", 280 2 2 3 3 11/27/2013
Panos, George OL Hartland, WI Arrowhead 6'5", 290 3 4 4 3 4/28/2012
Patterson, Jeremy DT Jesup, GA Wayne County 6'3", 310 3 3 3 3 10/26/2013
Sanders, Krenwick WR Jesup, GA Wayne County 6'2", 190 3 3 3 3 10/8/2013
Sheehy, Conor DE Milwaukee, WI Marquette University 6'4", 255 3 3 4 3 9/5/2012
Sturghill, Cornelius ATH Memphis, TN Melrose 5’10", 170 3 3 3 3 1/24/2014
Tindal, Derrick CB Fort Lauderdale, FL Boyd Anderson 5’11", 160 2 3 3 NR 1/24/2014
Tolutau, Ula ATH Salt Lake City, UT East 6'1", 230 2 2 3 3 5/16/2013
Trezy, Serge LB Thatcher, AZ Eastern Arizona College 6'2", 195 3 3 3 3 12/12/2013
Watkins, Dareian ATH Galion, OH Galion 6'2", 192 4 4 4 4 11/30/2013

Observations: The Badgers had the most additions of any Big Ten Class of 2014 since last we spoke, with fifteen players giving their verbal commitments (Benzschawel, Edwards, Figaro, Gaglianone, Jamerson, Jones, Kapoi, Kinlaw, Maxwell, Patterson, Sanders, Sturghill, Tindal, Trezy, and Watkins). Two are Petersen flips from fellow B1G institutions; Watkins was once part of Northwestern’s class, and Tindal had committed to Indiana before receiving an offer from Wisconsin—and decommitted for the Badgers less than a week later. Watkins was the only new addition to have held an offer from the Nittany Lions.

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 3 stars 5/10/2013
Allen, Mark RB Hyattsville, MD DeMatha 5'7", 185 3 3 3 3 10/16/2012
Apke, Troy WR Mt Lebanon, PA Mt Lebanon 6'2", 175 3 3 4 3 4/13/2013
Barney, Tarow DT Senatobia, MS Northwest Mississippi CC 6'1", 285 3 4 3 4 11/24/2013
Beh, Noah DE Scranton, PA Scranton Prep 6'7", 245 3 3 3 3 6/2/2013
Brosnan, Brendan OT Park Ridge, IL Maine South 6'6", 275 3 3 3 3 1/14/2014
Cabinda, Jason ATH Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Central 6'1", 220 3 3 3 3 10/23/2013
Gesicki, Mike TE Manahawkin, NJ Southern Regional 6'5", 236 4 4 4 3 10/17/2013
Godwin, Chris WR Middletown, DE Middletown 6'2", 192 4 4 4 4 4/23/2013
Haley, Grant CB Atlanta, GA Lovett School 5’10", 170 3 3 3 3 1/20/2014
McSorley, Trace ATH Ashburn, VA Briar Woods 6'0", 182 3 3 3 3 1/20/2014
O'Connor, Michael QB Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6'5", 223 4 4 3 4 6/8/2013
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
Sorrell, Chance OT Middletown, OH Middletown 6’6", 263 3 3 3 3 1/11/2014
Thomas, Johnathan RB Danvers, MA St John’s Prep 5’11", 205 3 3 3 4 10/20/2013
Thompkins, De'Andre ATH Swansboro, NC Swansboro 5'11", 172 3 4 3 4 4/20/2013
Tubman, Lloyd DE Louisville, KY Seneca Academy 6'5", 235 3 4 3 3 1/11/2014
White, Antoine DT Milville, NJ Milville 6'2", 267 3 3 3 3 7/1/2013
Worley, Daquan DB Coatesville, PA Coatesville Area Senior 5'10", 175 3 3 3 3 5/3/2013
Wright, Chasz OT New Berlin, NY Milford Academy 6'6", 285 3 3 3 3 12/28/2013

Observations: Since the last update, the Nittany Lions lost DB Troy Vincent to NC State (and DL Thomas Holley to FloridaDonte Raymond to Delaware, but they had committed after our last update, so never made it onto the SOTU list) due to the coaching change. Penn State has also picked up ten commits, with all but two (Barney and Gesicki) flipping from other schools. Cabinda had originally been committed to Syracuse before picking up his PSU offerThomas was set to be a Terrapin at UMD, and Wright had actually signed with UConn last spring before delaying his enrollment; BrosnanHaleyMcSorleySorrell, and Tubman, of course, all followed James Franklin from Vanderbilt.

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 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars 4/20/2013
Beedle, David DB Clarkston, MI Clarkston 6'5", 278 3 3 3 3 6/21/2013
Bowers, Robert DE Columbus, OH Walnut Ridge 6’5", 210 3 3 3 3 8/3/2013
Bullough, Byron LB Traverse City, MI St Francis Catholic 6'2", 195 3 3 4 4 8/9/2012
Copeland, Vayante RB Dayton, OH Thurgood Marshall 5'11", 186 3 3 4 3 6/16/2013
Drake, Deon LB Detroit, MI Cass Tech 6'1", 215 4 4 3 3 9/23/2012
Frey, Chris LB Upper Arlington, OH Upper Arlington 6'0", 208 3 4 3 3 5/15/2013
Gianacakos, Chase OL St Charles, IL St Charles North 6'6", 280 3 3 3 3 4/1/2013
Hartbarger, Jake K Whitehouse, OH Anthony Wayne 6'4", 195 2 3 3 3 9/25/2013
Hedelin, David OT San Francisco, CA City College of San Francisco 6'5", 285 3 4 3 4 12/22/2013
London, Madre RB Fort Lauderdale, FL St Thomas Aquinas 6'1", 205 4 3 3 3 11/4/2013
Morrissey, Matt DB Lincolnshire, IL Stevenson 6’3", 185 3 3 3 3 7/15/2013
Nicholson, Montae S Monroeville, PA Gateway 6'3", 200 4 4 4 4 12/19/2013
Owens, Gerald RB Westville, NJ West Deptford 6'1", 266 3 4 3 4 6/21/2013
Padla, Nick OL Berrien Springs, MI Berrien Springs 6'6", 269 3 3 3 3 9/8/2013
Slade, Darrius DE Montclair, NJ Montclair 6'5", 238 3 3 3 3 1/17/2014
Smith Jr, Enoch DT Chicago, IL Mt Carmel 6'3", 265 4 4 3 4 4/20/2013
Sokol, Matt TE Rochester, MI Adams 6'5", 226 3 3 3 3 5/13/2013
Sweat, Montez TE Stone Mountain, GA Stephenson 6’6", 230 2 3 3 3 12/5/2013
Watts-Jackson, Jalen DB Orchard Lake, MI St Mary's 5'11", 175 3 3 3 3 6/19/2013

Observations: The Spartans haven’t seen the crazy star bump that some might have expected after their inspiring Rose Bowl run in 2013, but the already solid 2014 class got even more so in the past few months. They did lose the commitment of QB Chris Durkin, who apparently wanted to be elite (he chose to go to Virginia Tech), but has added the commitment of seven others (Hartbarger, Hedelin, London, Nicholson, Padla, Slade, and Sweat). Nicholson, in particular, is one to watch; he’s the lone addition to MSU’s class with a Nittany Lion offer, and as played for new PSU DB coach Terry Smith at Gateway high school as a freshman and sophomore in Western PA (and PSU commit Jason Cabinda has been in his ear about flipping his verbal [$$]).

NEBRASKA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Akinmoladun, Freedom ATH Grandview, MO Grandview 6'4", 240 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 7/4/2013
Brown, Drew K Carroll, TX Carroll 5'10", 170 2 2 3 3 6/7/2013
Cockrell, Byerson S Scooba, MS East Mississippi CC 6’2", 185 2 3 3 3 12/6/2013
Darlington, Zack QB Apopka, FL Apopka 6'1", 205 3 3 3 4 6/14/2013
Farmer, Tanner OL Highland, IL Highland 6'4", 300 4 4 3 3 6/11/2013
Foster, DJ OL Lincoln, NE Southeast 6'3", 312 3 3 4 4 6/15/2013
Gates, Nick OT Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman 6’5", 270 4 4 4 3 1/24/2014
Gifford, Luke ATH Lincoln, NE Southeast 6'3", 195 3 3 3 3 3/11/2013
Harrison, Monte WR Lee's Summit, MO Lee's Summit West 6'3", 200 4 3 3 4 7/4/2013
Jones, Chris ATH Jacksonville, FL Sandalwood 6’0", 175 3 3 2 3 1/20/2014
Kalu, Joshua S Houston, TX Alief Taylor 6’0", 171 3 3 3 3 10/14/2013
Keels, Joe DT Highland, KS Highland CC 6’4", 275 3 4 4 3 11/27/2013
Lockhart, Robert WR Raymond, MS Hinds CC 6’1", 185 3 3 3 3 11/16/2013
Mosley, Trai DB Pflugerville, TX Hendrickson 5'10", 171 3 3 3 3 6/14/2013
Newell, Peyton DE Hiawatha, KS Hiawatha 6’3", 280 3 4 4 3 8/30/2013
Pierson-El, Demornay ATH Alexandria, VA West Potomac 5'9", 174 3 3 3 3 6/15/2013
Stewart, Larenzo RB Klein, TX Klein Oak 5'6", 165 3 3 3 3 7/5/2013
Stoltenberg, Mick DE Gretna, NE Gretna 6'5", 250 3 3 2 3 6/15/2013
Tolbert, Jariah WR New Orleans, LA Edna Karr 6’3", 185 2 3 3 3 1/9/2014
Walton, Jaevon LB New Orleans, LA Edna Karr 6’0", 230 3 2 3 3 11/16/2013

Observations: The Huskers seemed inexplicably low on this list for a nationally-known power, and that has somewhat since been corrected. They’ve picked up nine verbals in the past five months (Cockrell, Gates, Jones, Kalu, Keels, Lockhart, Newell, Tolbert, and Walton), including the #1 player in the state of Nevada in Gates, who chose Nebraska over half of the Pac 12 and much of the Big 12. They also flipped Jones from Purdue in December, Walton from Louisiana-Lafayette, and Lockhart from Miami (where he had been enrolled in 2012).

RUTGERS

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Applefield, Marcus OT Weeki Wachee, FL Weeki Wachee 6’6", 280 3 3 3 3 12/13/2013
Bedell, Donald DE Rumson, NJ Fair Haven 6'4", 229 2 3 3 3 6/20/2013
Behr, George TE Woodbury, MN East Ridge 6'5", 230 2 2 2 2 6/14/2013
Blacknall, Saeed WR Manalapan, NJ Manalapan 6’3", 205 4 4 4 4 8/10/2013
Boggs, Andre CB Avon, CT Avon Old Farms 5’11", 175 NR 3 2 3 10/24/2013
Cole, Tariq OL Long Beach, NY Long Beach SHS 6’6", 375 2 3 3 3 10/1/2013
Gopre, Sidney LB Neward, NJ Weequahic 6'1", 210 3 3 3 3 3/4/2013
Hampton, Saquan DB Hamilton, NJ Nottingham 6'2", 187 3 2 3 3 3/7/2013
Heeman, Zack OL Flanders, NJ Mt Olive 6'8", 265 2 3 3 3 3/15/2013
Herron, Justin OL Potomac, MD Bullis School 6'5", 285 3 3 3 3 5/16/2013
Hicks, Joshua RB Palmetto, FL Palmetto 5'10", 180 3 3 3 3 10/25/2012
Hogan, Joshua DE Franklin Lakes, NJ Ramapo 6'5", 225 2 3 3 3 6/28/2013
Kraut, Jacob RB Neptune Beach, FL Fletcher 5'11", 240 3 2 3 3 6/20/2013
Lister, Logan TE Katy, TX Katy 6'5", 240 3 3 3 3 6/16/2013
Lott, Kamren DB Jacksonville, FL First Coast 5'10", 180 3 3 3 3 5/23/2013
Martin, Robert RB Harrisburg, PA Harrisburg 6'0", 191 3 3 3 3 6/14/2013
Nelson, Justin LB Wayne, NJ DePaul Catholic 6'1", 245 3 3 3 3 2/27/2013
Russell, Brandon LB Fort Lauderdale, FL University School 6'1", 205 2 NR 2 3 6/19/2013
Webb, Jacquis OL Rochester, NY Gates Chili 6'5", 310 2 3 3 3 4/6/2013
Wharton, Isaiah CB Kissimmee, FL Gateway 6’1", 185 2 2 NR 2 1/22/2014
Wiafe, Eric DT New Berlin, NY Milford Academy 6’4", 240 3 3 3 2 11/20/2013
Wilkins, Kevin OL Montvale, NJ St Joseph’s 6’3", 295 3 2 3 3 10/8/2013

Observations: What was once a very impressive class for the Scarlet Knights has become very much less than that over the last few months. While the overall number on the class is exactly the same, that doesn’t mean there’s been no movement—far from it; this class has seen an equal number of commitments and decommitments (six) since August, without even a Head Coaching change to blame. Rutgers has added Applefield, Boggs, Cole, Wharton, Wiafe (originally part of the 2013 class), and Wilkins, but has lost Kiy Hester (to Miami), Jonathan Hilliman (to Boston College), Adonis Jennings (to Pitt), Pete Mokwuah (to Notre Dame), Tyler Wiegers (to Iowa), and David Njoku, who hasn’t committed to another school but has PSU in his final few. The kicker here, for Rutgers, is that four of these decommits were from New Jersey, and a fifth was from nearby New York—not so good for keeping quality talent in-state. An add-on is the possible potential for losing Blacknall to Penn State’s recent courting of the NJ receiver; the crystal ball rankings on 247 (including the prediction of our own Nick Polak) have recently done a 180, with PSU heavily favored to flip the 4* now that Franklin’s made a strong push for him.

INDIANA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Baker, Delroy OL Ocala, FL West Port 6'6", 275 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 6/21/2013
Barwick, Michael DT Cincinnati, OH Summit Country Day 6'0", 291 3 3 3 3 6/2/2013
Booth, Dominque WR Indianapolis, IN Pike 6’0", 205 4 3 4 4 1/7/2014
Carovillano, Nick DE Cincinnati, OH St Xavier 6’4", 245 3 3 3 3 7/19/2013
Clark, Donovan DB Fort Wayne, IN South Side 5'11", 171 3 3 3 3 7/2/2013
Conyers, Jermane DE Rossville, GA Ridgeland 6’3", 290 2 3 3 3 7/19/2013
Diamont, Alexander QB Los Angeles, CA Venice 6'2", 170 3 2 2 3 6/12/2013
Fields, Tony CB Tallahassee, FL Amos P. Godley 5'11", 185 3 3 2 3 1/22/2014
Fuchs, Jordan TE New Berlin, NY Milford Academy 6’6", 235 3 3 2 3 12/18/2013
Gardner, Timothy OT New Berlin, NY Milford Academy 6’5", 310 4 2 3 3 12/19/2013
Harris, J-Shun WR Fishers, IN Fishers 5’8", 165 3 2 3 3 7/10/2013
Herron, DeAndre OL Council Bluffs, IA Iowa Western CC 6'5", 325 3 3 3 3 6/8/2013
Keel, Coray WR Snellville, GA South Gwinnett 6’3", 190 2 3 3 3 9/30/2013
Martin, Wes OL West Milton, OH Milton Union 6'3", 295 2 2 3 3 6/17/2013
Mister, Tommy ATH Chicago, IL St Rita 6’2", 205 3 3 3 3 1/18/2014
Moore, Airius LB Dayton, OH Beavercreek 6’1", 215 3 3 3 3 10/17/2013
Redding, Devine RB Cleveland, OH Glenville 5’10", 210 3 3 2 3 10/20/2013
Scales, Tegray LB Cincinnati, OH Colerain 6’2", 215 3 3 4 3 1/19/2014
Smith, Waynedriko CB Maitland, FL Orangewood Christian School 6’0", 160 NR 3 2 3 1/19/2014
Walker, Zeke S Cayce, SC Brooklyn Cayce 6’3", 200 2 3 NR NR 1/20/2014
Willis, Dameon LB Cleveland, OH St Ignatius 6’0", 209 3 3 3 3 10/2/2013
Yarbary, Willie DE Augusta, GA Richmond Academy 6'2", 270 2 2 3 3 6/19/2013

Observations: The Hoosiers have done quite well for themselves since we last checked in. They picked up a dozen commits in Booth, Fields, Fuchs, Gardner, Keel, Mister, Moore, Redding, Scales, Smith, Walker, and Willis; Booth is arguably one of their best commits in years, turning down 8 SEC schools and half of the rest of the B1G to go to Bloomington. They also flipped Gardner, who was a four (!!) time committed player who had originally enrolled at Ohio State as a part of the class of 2013, but was dismissed last year after an encounter with police. He had spent the fall semester enrolled at the same prep school as PSU enrollee Chasz Wright, amongs others in the 2014 Big Ten classes.

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 3 stars 5/9/2013
Anoa’i, Hamilton LB Gardena, CA Junipero Serra 6’3", 205 2 3 3 NR 12/20/2013
Dickerson, Garrett DE Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic 6’4", 240 4 4 4 4 12/8/2013
Doles, Tommy OL Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids Christian 6'5", 240 3 3 3 3 5/3/2013
Hall, Nate WR Sylvania, OH Sylvania Southview 6'2", 201 2 3 2 3 6/17/2013
Hance, Blake OL Jacksonville, IL Jacksonville 6'6", 260 3 3 3 3 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 3 4/6/2013
Prather, James LB Memphis, TN Memphis University School 6’4", 235 2 3 2 NR 1/16/2014
Quiero, Cameron LB Oradell, NJ Bergen Catholic 6'1", 210 3 3 3 3 4/4/2013
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 3 4 4/18/2013
Westphal, Parrker CB Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook 6’0", 186 4 4 4 4 12/20/2013
Wyatt, Fred DT Lawrence, KS Free State 6'4", 250 3 3 3 3 5/28/2013

Observations: What was shaping up to be the Wildcats’ best recruiting class in a number of years has taken a bit of a dip in the ensuing months. They did gain commitments from four new members of the class of ’14 (Anoa’i, Dickerson, Prather, and Westphal), but they also lost the verbals of three others: DB Jordan Thomas (to Oklahoma), ATH Dareian Watkins (to Wisconsin), and LB Noah Westerfield, who just decommitted on January 16.

IOWA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight
Rivals grade
247 grade Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Ellis, Mick K Lucas, TX Lovejoy 5'10", 182 2 stars 2 stars 3 stars 3 stars 7/8/2013
Embry, Jalen CB Detroit, MI King 5’11", 180 3 3 3 3 10/6/2013
Harris, Terrence DE Paramus, NJ Paramus Catholic 6’2", 240 2 2 3 3 7/16/2013
Hesse, Parker ATH Waukon, IA Waukon 6’3", 205 2 3 3 3 11/26/2013
Hilliard, CJ RB Cincinnati, OH St Xavier 5'11", 185 3 3 3 3 6/6/2013
Jackson, Josh DB Corinth, TX Lake Dallas 6’1", 175 2 2 3 3 8/22/2013
Joly, Marcel DB Forestville, MD Forestville High 5’11", 180 3 3 2 3 9/23/2013
Jones, Jyaz DB Dallas, TX South Oak Cliff 6'1", 180 2 4 3 3 6/14/2013
Kidd, Dillon K Torrance, CA El Camino College 6’1", 210 2 NR 2 3 1/9/2014
LeGrand, Lucas OL Dubuque, IA Dubuque Senior 6'5", 260 3 3 3 3 4/3/2013
Mends, Aaron LB Kansas City, MO Winnetonka 6’1", 204 3 3 2 3 8/17/2013
Nelson, Matt TE Cedar Rapids, IA Xavier High School 6'7", 249 3 3 3 3 6/27/2013
Niemann, Ben ATH Sycamore, IL Sycamore 6’3", 185 2 2 3 3 7/20/2013
Outsey, Jameer LB Somerset, NJ Franklin 6'3", 210 3 3 3 3 6/21/2013
Render, Keegan OL Indianola, IA Indianola 6'3", 310 3 2 3 3 6/22/2013
Scheel, Jay ATH LaPorte City, IA Union 6'1", 170 4 4 3 4 1/20/2013
Smith, Markel RB Saint Louis, MO St John Vianney 5'11", 210 3 4 4 3 11/5/2013
Truitt, Omar ATH Washington, DC St John's College High 5'11", 185 3 3 3 3 6/3/2013
Wiegers, Tyler QB Franklin, MI Detroit Country Day 6’3", 190 4 3 3 4 12/20/2013

Observations: The Hawkeyes have picked up an additional seven commits in this class since last we posted (Embry, Hesse, Jackson, Joly, Kidd, Smith, and Wiegers, who flipped to Iowa from Wisconsin). They haven’t lost any additional commits, but are the only school on this list to boast not one—but two!—kickers in their class of 2014. Only Kirk Ferentz, guys.

MARYLAND

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Adams, Nate LS Phoenix, AZ Greenway 6’2", 213 2 2 2 2 12/19/2013
Aniebonam, Jesse DE Olney, MD Good Counsel 6’5", 240 4 4 4 4 8/20/2013
Burke, Tyler LB Coatesville, PA Coatesville Area Senior 6'4", 240 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 6/25/2013
Christie, Sean OT Medford, NY Patchogue-Medford 6’5", 280 2 3 2 3 12/15/2013
Gray, Andrew TE Chardon, OH Chardon 6'4", 215 3 2 3 3 6/15/2013
Grey, Derwin OT Fork Union, VA Fork Union Military Academy 6’4", 291 4 4 4 4 6/15/2012
Kulka, Brett DE Edinboro, PA General McLane 6'5", 230 3 2 2 3 6/24/2013
Mazyck, Larry OL Council Bluffs, IA Iowa Western CC 6’8", 340 3 3 3 3 8/25/2013
Moore, Brendan OL Austin, TX Westwood 6'4", 270 3 3 2 3 6/25/2013
Noil, Jordan WR Norcross, GA Norcross 6’3", 176 3 2 3 3 10/1/2013
Shaw, David DT Spring Grove, PA Spring Grove 6'5", 276 2 2 3 3 6/2/2013
Ulmer, William QB Washington, DC St John's College High 6'1", 190 3 4 3 4 4/25/2013
Winfree, Juwann WR Englewood, NJ Dwight Morrow 6’2", 180 4 4 4 4 9/23/2013
Woods, Josh S Owings Mills, MD McDonogh 6’3", 180 3 3 3 3 11/18/2013

Observations: The Terps’ first class to play all four years in the Big Ten isn’t bad, especially with the return of Derwin Gray (originally a Class of ’13 UMD commit, who ended up at Christian Hackenberg’s alma mater for a year before enrolling this month). In addition to Gray, Maryland got seven other commitments in this class since our last outing (Adams, Aniebonam, Christie, Mazyck, Noil, Winfree, and Woods), but lost two either directly (RB Johnathan Thomas) or indirectly (OL Jared Cohen) to the Nittany Lions; the offer from PSU caused Cohen to reopen his recruitment, despite the new staff’s cooling on the lineman.

PURDUE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade Scout grade ESPN grade Date Committed
Barron, Kirk OL Mishawaka, IN Marian 6'2", 294 2 stars 3 stars 3 stars 3 stars 6/15/2013
Bentley, JaWhaun DE Hyattsville, MD DeMatha 6’2", 245 3 3 3 3 12/7/2013
Blough, David QB Carrollton, TX Creekview 6'1", 187 3 3 3 3 6/15/2013
Cason, Tim DB Clarkston, MI Clarkston 6’0", 181 3 3 3 3 10/7/2013
Cobbs, Simmie WR Oak Park, IL River Forest 6’4", 205 3 3 3 3 10/17/2013
Colmery, Will DE La Grange Park, IL Nazareth Academy 6’5", 235 3 3 2 3 11/1/2013
Hart, Trae ATH Dallas, TX First Baptist Academy 5'10", 155 2 3 3 3 5/3/2013
Herdman, Cole TE Oakton, VA Flint Hill School 6’4", 225 2 2 2 3 12/16/2013
Jenkins, Juan S Gainesville, FL Gainesville 5'11", 200 3 3 2 3 12/15/2013
Jones, Keiwan DT Dunnellon, FL Dunnellon 6’2", 265 2 2 2 3 12/9/2013
Knox, Dexter RB Fairburn, GA Creekside 5'9", 200 2 3 2 3 12/17/2013
McGehee, Austin K Pine Bluff, AR Pine Bluff 6'1", 200 2 2 3 3 6/28/2013
Patterson, Martesse OT Columbus, OH Marion-Franklin 6’5", 290 2 3 3 3 12/15/2013
Phillips, Gregory WR Lithonia, GA Arabia Mountain 5'11", 180 2 3 2 3 6/24/2013
Roberts, Brandon CB Valdosta, GA Lowndes 6’0", 185 2 3 3 3 12/10/2013
Robinson, Gelen DE St John, IN Lake Central 6'1", 231 4 3 3 3 6/24/2013
Wiley, Ladarius WR Los Angeles, CA Cathedral 6’1", 185 3 3 3 3 12/17/2013
Yacoobi, Bearooz OT Dearborn, MI Dearborn 6’5", 250 2 2 3 NR 1/19/2014

Observations: The Boilermakers have come on strong, adding a dozed commits in the past five months: Bentley, Cason, Cobbs, Colmery, Herdman, Jenkins, Jones, Knox, Patterson, Roberts, Wiley, and Yacoobi. Lineman Denzel Ward, a high school teammate of PSU’s Michael O’Connor, decommitted from Purdue in December; other than that, the Boilers haven’t had much negative news. With more class space left, though, look for some strong push to increase the class in the next eleven days.

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
Allison, Geronimo WR Council Bluffs, IA Iowa Western CC 6’3", 130 3 3 3 3 7/25/2013
Crouch, Chayce QB Newark, OH Newark Catholic 6'4", 215 3 3 3 3 5/2/2013
Cvijanovic, Peter OL Great Barrington, MA East Coast Prep 6’5", 285 3 2 2 3 10/7/2013
Domer, Matt RB Chicago, IL Mount Carmel 6'0", 180 3 3 3 3 7/2/2013
Dudek, Mike WR Naperville, IL Neuqua Valley 5'11", 175 3 3 3 3 4/3/2013
Fotu, Joe DE Oakland, CA Laney College 6’4", 275 NR 3 2 3 12/17/2013
Hylton, Julian ATH Frankfort, IL Lincoln Way North 6’1", 190 3 2 2 3 7/9/2013
McGrew, Henry LB Stilwell, KS Blue Valley 6'3",237 2 2 2 3 6/18/2013
Odenigbo, Tito DE Centerville, OH Centerville 6'3", 241 3 3 3 3 3/11/2013
Phillips, Carroll LB Wesson, MS Copiah-Lincoln CC 6’4", 245 NR 3 2 3 12/18/2013
Roberts, Austin LB Rice Lake, WI Rice Lake 6'3",226 2 2 2 3 6/13/2013
Stone-Davis, Tyree DB Woodland Hills, CA Pierce College 6’3", 200 3 2 2 3 7/25/2013
Stone-Davis, Tyrin ATH Woodland Hills, CA Pierce College 6’3", 195 3 4 3 3 7/24/2013
Turner, Malik WR Springfield, IL Sacred Heart 6'2", 200 3 2 3 3 6/24/2013
Ward, Jihad DT New York, NY Globe Institute of Technology 6’7", 286 3 4 4 3 12/19/2013
Watson, Tre LB Tampa, FL Tampa Catholic 6’2", 230 2 2 3 3 12/15/2013

Observations: Say what you will about former Illini Head Coach Ron Zook (most of it warranted), but damn if that man couldn’t recruit. The same hasn’t been proven of his successor, whose second real class is, close to signing day, a significant downgrade (~20 places) from his first, and a far cry from the top 20 classes Illinois was having under the Zooker. Illinois did gain commitments from Cvijanovic, Fotu, Phillips, Ward, and Watson in the past few months, but lost a commitment from TE Jordan Frazier—who had actually signed a financial aid agreement with the University before reneging, and committing to Oklahoma State.

MINNESOTA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals grade 247 grade
Scout grade
ESPN grade
Date Committed
Blasingame, Khari S New Market, AL Buckhorn School 6’2", 204 3 stars 3 stars 2 stars 3 stars 12/13/2013
Elmore, Gaelin TE Somerset, WI Somerset 6'5", 238 3 3 3 3 6/16/2013
Gibson, Jerry TE Theodore, AL Theodore 6’3", 213 2 3 2 3 11/29/2013
Jones, Jeff RB Minneapolis, MN Washburn 6'0", 190 4 4 4 3 2/2/2013
Kafo, Julien DE Montreal, QC Vanier College 6’4", 245 2 2 2 3 11/24/2013
Lingen, Brandon TE Plymouth, MN Wayzata Senior 6’5", 245 3 2 3 3 10/3/2013
Mayes, Connor OL Van Alstyne, TX Van Alstyne 6'5", 330 3 3 4 3 6/17/2013
McKinzy, Dimonic QB Kansas City, KS Wyandotte 6'0", 213 3 3 3 3 4/27/2013
Poock, Cody LB Council Bluffs, IA Iowa Western CC 6’3", 230 3 2 2 3 12/14/2013
Rasmussen, Luke OT Brookfield, WI Brookfield Central 6’7", 270 2 2 2 NR 12/14/2013
Richardson, Steve DT Chicago, IL Mt Carmel 5'11", 280 3 3 3 2 4/29/2013
Smith, Rodney RB Jonesboro, GA Mundy’s Mill 5’11", 195 2 3 3 NR 1/23/2014
Stelter, Andrew DE Owatonna, MN Owatonna 6’4", 250 3 3 3 3 7/20/2013
Williams, Everett LB Mansfield, TX Mansfield Legacy 6’2", 220 2 3 2 3 9/30/2013

Observations: One of the surprising things on this list is the Golden Gophers’ placement, especially given the resurgent season they had in 2013, and the energy (despite medical issues) Head Coach Jerry Kill has undoubtedly brought to the Minnesota football program. They did add eight commits in the past five months (Blasingame, Gibson, Kafo, Lingen, Poock, Rasmussen, Smith, and Williams), but at only 14 commits, their class is tied for the smallest in the conference, and all four of the recruiting services have their average ranking at below a 3.0 (Minnesota is the only B1G to have that distinction). Look for a flurry of additions in the next week, but without much fire, not much will likely change.

***Note: Players in BOLD have already enrolled in their respective schools.***

This post was fueled by Wegmans diet wedge grapefruit soda and Sirius XM’s Rockin’ Frat Party radio station.

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