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State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Roundup (12.30.14)

State of the Union is back, with a major twist.

I would like to welcome you to the new era of the State of the Union. As in the past, it will still be the same Big Ten recruiting roundup we all know and love, but with a few new twists. If you've ever ventured onto one of the recruiting sites that we use as our basis for creating these charts, you've surely noticed that the rankings are more specific than just stars. In fact, 247, ESPN, and Rivals all grade on their own numerical systems. While stars make it easy for the casual follower to get the information they need to know, they can sometimes be misleading. For example, a four star player on 247Sports can range from an 89 to a 97. It is for this reason, that I have decided to give these ratings a facelift. From now on, this post will look at the actual numbers for the players, instead of stars (aside from Scout, they only do stars). So take a look, and enjoy the first look at our new Big Ten big board.

**As a quick point of reference, the BSD grade was created by normalizing all of the other rankings to the 247 mean and standard deviation. Therefore, it is technically possible for someone to grade out over 100, since 247's scale actually goes to 110. However, because 247 very infrequently ranks someone over 100, and ESPN infrequently ranks someone over 90 (they go to 100), it's unlikely to find someone over 100 in my rankings, unless they are one of the top seven, or so, recruits in the country. For example. Josh Sweat (Rivals- 6.1, 247- 99, Scout- 5, ESPN- 93) would grade out as a 101.21 on my scale. Hope that helps.**

Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

as of 12.30.2014

Team (# of Commits) Avg. Rivals Ranking Avg. 247 Ranking Avg. Scout Ranking Avg. ESPN Ranking Rivals Team Rank 247 Team Rank Scout Team Rank Avg. Team Rank B1G Rank BSD Ranking BSD Rank
Ohio State (24) 5.73 90.29 3.46 80.42 6 4 4 4.67 1 93.598 1
Penn State (20) 5.77 91.2 3.55 79.65 10 9 10 9.67 2 91.252 2
Michigan State (15) 5.7 88.2 3.4 77.87 33 28 29 30 4 88.518 3
Nebraska (13) 5.68 86.69 3.15 78.23 45 40 39 41.33 6 87.472 4
Wisconsin (25) 5.56 85.72 3.17 77.08 29 25 19 24.33 3 85.85 5
Northwestern (18) 5.55 85.06 2.83 75.39 43 42 38 41 5 84.669 6
Indiana (17) 5.54 85.56 2.76 75.31 48 49 53 50 9 84.618 7
Iowa (16) 5.53 85.19 2.88 75.5 57 56 44 52.33 10 84.589 8
Maryland (17) 5.55 84.65 2.82 75.12 52 45 50 49 8 84.459 9
Michigan (6) 5.7 87.17 3.67 79.17 96 90 68 84.67 14 83.845 10
Minnesota (18) 5.51 82.89 2.67 74.67 52 58 60 56.67 11 83.385 12
Illinois (20) 5.49 82.67 3 75.12 46 46 33 41.67 7 83.033 11
Purdue (24) 5.43 82.09 2.65 75.26 57 52 64 57.67 12 82.603 13
Rutgers (20) 5.44 81.76 2.7 74.85 56 61 61 59.33 13 82.094 14

You're probably confused. "Nick, what in the world is the BSD Rank?" Well, dear reader, let me explain.

When I realized that we could look at these rankings more specifically, I also realized that we could create a new way to look at them altogether. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I don't know how 247Sports computes their Composite rankings. They might do something similar to what I'm about to explain, but I have no way of knowing. Regardless, I assure you that the results are different, and you'll see why.) On the surface, there's no way to combine the Rivals grade (scale of 4.9-6.1), the 247 grade (scale of 79 and below-101), and the ESPN grade (scale of 50-100). Therefore, with the help of some good friends (thank you Kevin Furlong and Kevin Clancy), we developed a way to give each player a new BSD Grade. This grade is based off of the 247Sports, ESPN, and Rivals grades (Scout was excluded due to a lack of a more exact system of rankings), valuing 247Sports and Rivals the most. I could go on for a long time explaining exactly how this grade is made, but I know not everyone wants that explanation. So if you're interested, shoot me an email (nick.polak.51@gmail.com), and I'd be happy to lay it all out for you. For now though, let's just look at the results.

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#1 - OHIO STATE

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Joshua Alabi DE Detroit (MI) Cass Technical 6'5"/295 5.7 87 3 79 88.265 7/25/14
A.J. Alexander TE Burke (VA) Lake Braddock 6'4"/220 5.6 90 3 80 88.616 9/12/14
Jerome Baker ATH Cleveland (OH) Benedictine 6’2"/210 6.0 97 4 84 97.046 10/21/14
Rashod Berry DE Lorain (OH) Lorain Digital 6'5"/230 5.7 86 3 75 86.749 10/22/14
Branden Bowen OT Draper (UT) Corner Canyon 6’7"/330 5.6 87 3 80 87.416 11/23/14
Matt Burrell OT Woodbridge (VA) CD Hylton 6'5"/302 5.9 96 4 84 95.517 11/17/14
Joe Burrow DT-QB The Plains (OH) Athens 6'4"/205 5.6 88 4 80 87.816 5/27/14
Nick Conner ILB Dublin (OH) Dublin Scioto 6’3"/225 5.9 91 4 80 92.401 6/17/14
Jashon Cornell DE Saint Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall 6'4"/260 5.9 96 4 90 97.191 7/2/14
Carlton Davis CB Miami (FL) Norland 6’1"/182 5.7 87 3 79 88.265 8/11/14
Jamel Dean CB Cocoa (FL) Cocoa 6'2"/201 5.8 92 3 83 92.51 12/1/13
Kevin Feder OT Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep 6’9"/305 5.8 86 3 76 88.157 6/22/14
Torrence Gibson ATH Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage 6’4"/200 5.8 96 4 90 96.062 11/3/14
Eric Glover-Williams CB Canton (OH) McKinley 5’11"/165 5.9 95 4 83 94.838 8/25/13
Justin Hilliard OLB Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier 6’0"/225 6.0 98 4 90 99.12 7/2/14
Dre’Mont Jones DE Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius 6’5"/250 5.7 96 4 81 92.423 6/18/14
Mirko Jurkovic OG Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy 6'5"/275 5.5 86 3 80 85.887 12/4/14
Liam McCullough LS Columbus (OH) Worthingon Kilbourne 6'2"/230 5.2 78 2 69 76.233 6/10/14
Joshua Norwood CB Valdosta (GA) Valdosta 5’10"/175 5.7 86 3 74 86.47 11/4/14
Grant Schmidt OT Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt - 03 6’6"/275 5.8 87 3 80 89.673 6/9/14
Alex Stump WR Lakewood (OH) St. Edward 6’3.5"/195 5.7 91 4 78 89.586 10/12/14
Denzel Ward CB Macedonia (OH) Nordonia 5’11"/165 5.6 92 3 79 89.137 6/19/14
Michael Weber RB Detroit (MI) Cass Technical 5’10"/205 5.9 94 4 82 94.159 12/10/14
Robert Landers DT Dayton (OH) Wayne 6'2"/295 5.6 85 4 74 84.942 12/16/14

Notes: Ohio State's class, while actually grading out lower than Penn State's on 247, Rivals, and Scout in terms of the average recruit rating, is full of star power. Torrence Gibson, Justin Hilliard, Jashon Cornell, Matt Burrell, and Jerome Baker lead the way for this class, but there are plenty of intriguing guys ranked slightly lower, as well. Eric Glover-Williams is primed to be a stud in the secondary, Joe Burrow just had an extraordinary senior season, and Keven Feder might actually be half-giant. It's an extremely impressive class for the Buckeyes, and they even got a long snapper!

Visit Land Grant Holy Land for more on the Buckeyes.

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#2 - PENN STATE

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Saquon Barkley RB Whitehall (PA) Whitehall High School 5’11"/190 5.9 96 4 80 94.401 2/19/14
Ryan Bates OT Warminster (PA) Archbishop Wood 6’5"/280 5.8 94 4 83 93.31 2/15/14
Manny Bowen OLB Barnegat (NJ) Barnegat 6'2"/206 5.8 89 4 81 90.752 6/21/14
Ryan Buchholz DE Malvern (PA) Great Valley 6’6"/240 5.8 88 3 76 88.957 2/24/14
Kamonte Carter ATH Gaithersburg (MD) Gaithersburg 6'4"/235 5.8 88 4 79 89.794 2/15/14
Irvin Charles WR Haddonfield (NJ) Paul Vi 6'4"/212 5.8 92 3 79 91.394 7/19/14
Jake Cooper ILB Warminster (PA) Archbishop Wood 6’1"/220 5.6 93 3 77 88.979 2/24/14
Steven Gonzalez OG Union City (NJ) Union City 6’3"/300 5.7 96 3 81 92.423 3/29/14
Jonathan Holland TE/DE Potomac (MD) The Bullis School 6'4"/240 5.7 86 3 81 88.423 5/3/14
Sterling Jenkins OT Pittsburgh (PA) Baldwin 6’8"/205 5.8 92 4 83 92.51 5/6/14
Juwan Johnson WR Glassboro (NJ) Glassboro 6’4"/200 5.9 93 4 81 93.48 3/16/14
Daiquan Kelly ATH Union City (NJ) Union City 6'2"/206 5.8 90 3 79 90.594 9/14/14
Jarvis Miller S Suffield (CT) Suffield 6'2"/188 5.5 86 3 75 84.492 2/15/14
Ayron Monroe S Washington (DC) St. John’s College 6’0"/195 5.6 89 3 78 87.658 5/10/14
Brandon Polk WR Ashburn (VA) Briar Woods 5'9"/152 5.7 88 4 78 88.386 3/25/14
John Reid CB Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph’s 5’10"/180 5.9 94 4 82 94.159 8/8/14
Andre Robinson RB Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt 5’9"/205 5.7 95 4 80 91.744 2/27/14
Tommy Stevens Dual-QB Indianapolis (IN) Decatur Central 6'4"/200 5.7 88 3 77 88.107 11/10/14
Garrett Taylor CB Richmond (VA) St. Christopher’s School 6'1"/195 5.9 96 4 83 95.238 11/30/14
Paris Palmer (JuCo) OT Scranton (PA) Lackawanna C.C. 6'8"/305 5.9 91 4 80 92.401 12/12/14

Notes: Around the middle of November, Nittany Lion fans thought the sky was falling. Since then, Franklin and the staff have picked up commitments from Garrett Taylor, who becomes the highest rated recruit in the class, and Paris Palmer, the number one Junior College offensive tackle. However, the strength of Penn State's class lies in the consistency of their rankings. They might not have anyone ranked at the same A+ level that many of Ohio State's recruits sit at, but the Penn State class is full of guys around the A/A- minus level, which is exactly what they needed to help rebuild a depleted roster.

Visit our Penn State recruiting page for more information on the Nittany Lion recruits.

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#3 - MICHIGAN STATE

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Justice Alexander DE Macedonia (OH) Nordonia 6’6"/236 5.5 87 3 75 84.892 6/21/14
Josh Butler CB Mesquite (TX) West Mesquite 5’11"/175 5.8 88 4 79 89.794 7/21/14
Felton Davis III WR Highland Springs (VA) Highland Springs 6'3"/175 5.7 89 3 76 88.228 7/21/14
Kaleel Gaines WR Frostproof (FL) Frostproof 6'0"/175 5.7 84 3 77 86.507 8/4/14
Tyler Higby OT Houston (TX) The Kinkaid School 6'4"/286 5.7 86 3 79 87.865 7/30/14
Brian Lewerke Pro-QB Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle 6’3"/180 5.8 88 3 81 90.352 4/19/14
Noah Listermann OT Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods 6’7"/293 5.7 86 3 76 87.028 6/1/14
Grayson Miller OLB Georgetown (KY) Scott County 6’2"/195 5.6 86 3 78 86.458 6/19/14
Larry Scott RB Hubbard (OH) Hubbard 6’0"/205 6.0 96 4 83 96.367 7/10/14
Tyson Smith CB West Bloomfield (MI) St. Mary’s 5’11"/175 5.5 87 4 76 85.171 12/4/13
Kyonta Stallworth OG Detroit (MI) Detroit Martin Luther King 6’4"/275 5.8 93 4 81 92.352 8/7/13
Tyriq Thompson OLB Detroit (MI) Detroit Martin Luther King 6’1"/220 5.6 88 4 76 86.7 8/6/14
Khari Willis ATH Jackson (MI) Lumen Christi 6'0"/189 5.6 86 3 74 85.342 6/14/14
Darrell Stewart ATH Houston (TX) Nimitz 6'0"/170 5.6 87 3 78 86.858 11/23/14
Raequan Williams DT Chicago (IL) Gordon Tech 6’4"/280 5.9 92 4 79 92.522 12/19/14

Notes: Michigan State has an interesting class here. Not only did they pluck a stud running back right out of Ohio, but they have a nice southern presence. Although the kids they pulled out of Texas aren't the highest ranked kids in the state, it's still important to maintain those relationships with coaches that can generate highly ranked kids at a greater rate than coaches in the north can. The aforementioned Larry Scott should be able to step in and help continue the recent string of running back success for Sparty.

Visit The Only Colors for more on the Spartans.

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#4 - NEBRASKA

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Avery Anderson ATH Colorado Springs (CO) Pine Creek 6'0"/170 5.8 88 4 80 90.073 2/2/14
Carlos Davis DE Blue Springs (MO) Blue Springs 6’2"/260 5.7 89 4 80 89.344 3/1/14
Khalil Davis DT Blue Springs (MO) Blue Springs 6'2"/260 5.8 89 3 77 89.636 3/1/14
Michael Decker OG Omaha (NE) Omaha North 6’4"/285 5.6 86 3 77 86.179 4/9/14
Kevin Dillman ATH Denton (TX) Guyer 6'4"/220 5.5 86 3 79 85.608 4/5/14
Christian Gaylord OT Baldwin City (KS) Baldwin 6’6"/275 5.7 90 3 78 89.186 2/3/14
Reuben Jones DE Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson 6’3"/223 5.7 83 3 78 86.386 11/15/14
Eric Lee CB Littleton (CO) Valor Christian 6’0"/175 5.9 93 4 82 93.759 2/1/14
Nekyle Lundie WR Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson 6'2"/215 5.6 84 3 76 85.1 8/8/14
Stanley Morgan WR New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine 6'0"/185 5.8 87 3 81 89.952 11/7/14
DaiShon Neal DE Omaha (NE) Central 6'6"/229 5.6 84 3 75 84.821 4/9/14
Aaron Williams S Atlanta (GA) Carver 5’11"/183 5.6 88 3 78 87.258 5/15/14
Tyrin Ferguson OLB New Orleans (LA) Edna Karr 6’2.5"/205 5.6 80 2 76 83.5 12/6/14

Notes: Nebraska is a school that could still make a late splash, as teams with new head coaches often do. Still though, Pelini's comments along with current player reactions could not have left the best impression on their targeted recruits. The Huskers have a nice class for now, and Eric Lee is a name to remember, but there is probably a lot of movement still ahead for Mike Riley and his staff.

Visit Corn Nation for more on the Huskers.

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#5 - WISCONSIN

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
X’zaviae Ausborne CB Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff 5'10"/170 5.4 78 3 77 80.722 6/6/14
Elu Aydon DT Pago Pago (AS) Samoana 6'2"/315 5.4 85 NR 74 82.685 10/27/14
Zack Baun ATH Milwaukee (WI) Brown Deer 6'3"/205 5.5 83 3 78 84.129 10/25/14
Davon Crookshank RB Missouri City (TX) Fort Bend Marshall 5’10"/195 5.5 88 3 78 86.129 7/20/14
Jon Dietzen OT Seymour (WI) Seymour 6’5"/345 5.6 88 4 79 87.537 5/4/14
David Edwards TE Downers Grove (IL) Comm Dist 99 - North 6'7"/245 5.6 87 3 79 87.137 6/18/14
Kevin Estes OT San Marcos (CA) San Marcos 6’6"/275 5.7 95 3 77 90.907 8/15/14
Jordan Griffin ILB Seffner (FL) Armwood 6’0"/207 5.6 84 3 75 84.821 10/25/14
Nate Howard DE Saint Louis (MO) Ladue Horton Watkins 6'5"/225 5.5 89 3 76 85.971 6/15/14
Andrew James WR Fort Lauderdale (FL) Westminster Academy 5’10.5"/162 5.5 84 3 79 84.808 3/11/14
Austin Kafentzis DT-QB Sandy (UT) Jordan 6’1"/200 5.6 89 3 80 88.216 6/18/13
Brandyn Lee WR West Hills (CA) Chaminade 6'1"/175 5.5 84 3 78 84.529 6/15/14
Sam Madden OT Barnegat (NJ) Barnegat 6’7"/345 5.7 92 3 79 90.265 6/15/14
David Moorman OT Pinckney (MI) Northville 6'5"/275 5.7 86 4 79 87.865 5/7/14
Chris Orr ILB DeSoto (TX) DeSoto 6'0"/215 5.4 80 3 74 80.685 6/14/14
Kyle Penniston TE Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 6'5"/232 5.8 90 3 80 90.873 2/17/14
David Pfaff DE Thiensville (WI) Homestead 6’2.5" 5.4 84 3 73 82.006 5/20/14
Jake Pickard DE Millburn (NJ) Millburn Senior 6'6"/231 5.4 84 3 75 82.564 7/31/14
Olive Sagapolu DT Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei 6’3"/295 5.6 84 3 74 84.542 10/27/14
Dominic Sheppard OLB Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep 6’2"/225 5.7 86 3 77 87.307 7/29/14
Nick Thomas ILB Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy 6'2"/222 5.5 85 3 78 84.929 6/12/14
Takadrae Williams CB Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff 6'1"/170 5.4 83 3 77 82.722 6/6/14
TJ Griffin CB Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes 5’9"/180 5.6 79 3 78 83.658 11/18/14
Titus Booker RB Grayslake (IL) Grayslake Comm North 5’11"/172 5.5 85 4 73 83.534 11/15/14
Jordan Stevenson RB Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff 5’8"/185 5.8 91 4 80 91.273 12/11/14

Notes: The best part of Wisconsin's pickup of Paul Chryst as their head coach, is the familiarity factor. Recruits know that Wisconsin is about running the football, and playing defense. Nothing illustrates that more than Jordan Stevenson's commitment, which happened while the Badgers were without a coach. Despite that fact, Stevenson and everyone else in America knows that the Badgers will always run the football. Chryst should be able to get Wisconsin into the discussion a bit more for Pennsylvania recruits in the years to come, but that's not something we'll necessarily see this year. One thing to love about this class though? Thirteen recruits from the combination of Florida, Texas, and California.

Visit Bucky's 5th Quarter for more on the Badgers.

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#6 - NORTHWESTERN

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Jordan Thompson DT Cincinnati (OH) LaSalle 6’3"/250 5.6 87 4 77 86.579 5/2/14
Jared Thomas OC Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral 6’4"/255 5.7 88 3 78 88.386 6/27/14
Joe Gaziano DE Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers 6'4"/242 5.7 89 3 74 87.67 4/15/14
Trent Goens DE Chino (CA) Chino Hills 6'3"/245 5.7 85 3 78 87.186 4/14/14
Simba Short S Concord (CA) De La Salle 6’2"/210 5.5 88 3 77 85.85 5/15/14
Cameron Green WR Lincolnshire (IL) Adlai Stevenson 6'2"/195 5.6 85 3 78 86.058 6/24/14
Nathan Fox ILB Houston (TX) Clear Lake 6'2"/230 5.6 85 3 78 86.058 4/11/14
Tommy Vitale OLB Wheaton (IL) Wheaton Warrenville South 6'2"/220 5.6 85 3 76 85.5 4/12/14
John Moten RB Saint Louis (MO) John Burroughs School 6’0"/188 5.5 86 3 77 85.05 4/13/14
Adam Lemke-Bell OT Oak Park (IL) River Forest 6’5"/255 5.6 85 3 77 85.779 5/31/14
Charlie Fessler WR Erie (PA) Cathedral Prep 6'4"/195 5.5 85 3 76 84.371 6/23/14
Zach Allen DE New Canaan (CT) New Canaan 6'5"/235 5.6 86 3 74 85.342 4/15/14
Jelani Roberts WR Baltimore (MD) Gilman 5’8"/153 5.5 83 2 73 82.734 6/23/14
Alonzo Mayo CB Baltimore (MD) Gilman 5’10"/172 NR 84 2 67 78.11 10/3/14
Andrew Otterman OG Morristown (NJ) Delbarton School 6'4"/285 5.3 82 2 73 80.077 6/7/14
Lloyd Yates DT-QB Oak Park (IL) River Forest 6’1"/180 5.5 84 3 74 83.413 7/17/14
Jacob Murray S Coppell (TX) Coppell 6’1"/194 5.3 79 2 74 79.156 7/24/14
Grant Perry WR Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice 6'0"/185 5.6 85 3 76 85.5 12/8/14

Notes: Northwestern can't help but be overjoyed with this class so far. Coach Fitzgerald has done a fantastic job over the years with this program, but it will take a few years of sustained, very high level success to turn the Wildcats into a major player in Big Ten recruiting. That being said, he's doing a great job with his 2015 class, including two names that might sound familiar to Penn State fans. Charlie Fessler (Erie, PA), is someone who took a Penn State visit in the summer and had a little bit of interest from the staff. Cameron Green is someone who told me he had some Penn State interest a while back, but that interest never amounted to much. Both players have the potential to cause some trouble for defenses, and Charlie Fessler already has that feel of someone who will seem like they've been playing in college for the last 65 years.

Visit Inside NU for more on the Wildcats.

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#7 - INDIANA

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Leon Thornton WR Lombard (IL) Montini Catholic 6’2"/190 5.7 85 3 80 87.744 6/11/14
Brandon Knight OT Noblesville (IN) Noblesville 6’5"/270 5.7 88 3 77 88.107 6/22/14
Nicholas Westbrook WR Lake Mary (FL) Lake Mary 6’3"/190 5.6 87 2 77 86.579 8/16/14
Hunter Littlejohn OG Powell (OH) Olentangy Liberty 6’4"/267 5.5 86 3 75 84.492 6/18/14
Simon Stepaniak OT Hamilton (OH) Ross 6'4"/287 5.5 86 3 74 84.213 5/3/14
Jacob Robinson DE Westfield (IN) Westfield 6’4"/230 5.5 85 3 75 84.092 5/9/14
Austin Dorris TE Shadyside (OH) Shadyside 6'5"/220 5.5 83 3 71 82.176 6/23/14
Joey Belden DE Avon (IN) Avon 6'3"/250 5.5 81 3 74 82.213 6/18/14
Omari Stringer S Crete (IL) Crete-Monee 6'4"/208 5.6 83 2 75 84.421 6/30/14
Andre Brown Dual-QB Decatur (GA) Columbia 6’0"/187 5.4 79 3 75 80.564 8/13/14
Isaac James ATH/WR Carmel (IN) Carmel 5’11.5"/180 5.6 88 3 75 86.421 12/14/14
Tyler Green S Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic 6'3"/195 5.7 90 3 75 88.349 12/14/14
DaVondre Love OG Saint Louis (MO) Affton 6’7"/290 5.4 NR 2 NR 80.72 12/14/14
Mike Majette Dual-QB Woodbridge (VA) Woodbridge 5’11"/195 5.5 89 3 74 85.413 12/14/14
Austin King Pro-QB Alpharetta (GA) Alpharetta 6'3"/193 5.5 85 3 78 84.929 12/15/14
Jonathan Crawford S Largo (FL) Largo 6'2"/175 5.5 87 3 77 85.45 12/18/14
Donavan Hale WR Largo (FL) Largo 6'3"/200 5.4 87 2 73 83.206 12/18/14

Notes: The recruiting world was #TalkinBoutTheHoosiers on December 14th, as they not only grabbed four new commits, but they flipped two of them. Mike Majette chose to flip from Maryland to Indiana, and Tyler Green decided to drop his Buckeye colors for Hoosier colors (which are almost the same, so that's pretty easy). When Tommy Stevens flipped to Penn State, things weren't looking great for the Hoosiers class, but they've rebounded nicely. They could use an influx of defensive players though, so look for the staff to push for that side of the ball as Signing Day approaches.

Visit Crimson Quarry for more on the Hoosiers.

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#8 - IOWA

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Ryan Boyle Dual-QB West Des Moines (IA) Dowling Catholic 6’2"/205 5.5 89 3 75 85.692 3/26/14
Drew Cook ATH Iowa City (IA) Regina 6'5"/205 5.5 86 2 80 85.887 2/26/14
James Daniels OC Warren (OH) Warren G Harding 6’4"/204 5.8 86 4 79 88.994 7/31/14
Adrian Falconer WR Leesburg (FL) Leesburg 6'1"/189 5.4 84 2 76 82.843 6/21/14
Karan Higdon RB Sarasota (FL) Riverview 5’10"/190 5.7 90 3 78 89.186 10/28/14
Jack Hockaday S Maroa (IL) Maroa-Forsyth 6’1"/205 5.5 81 3 75 82.492 3/29/14
Justin Jinning OLB The Colony (TX) The Colony 6'2"/200 5.4 78 3 76 80.443 6/23/14
Jacob Newborg OG Inwood (IA) West Lyon 6’3"/270 5.5 87 3 77 85.45 8/31/13
Emmanuel Ogwo WR Mesquite (TX) Horn 6’0"/170 5.5 80 2 77 82.65 7/30/14
Landan Paulsen OG Moville (IA) Woodbury Central 6’4.5"/265 5.6 89 4 75 86.821 3/2/14
Levi Paulsen OT Moville (IA) Woodbury Central 6'5"/265 5.6 88 4 76 86.7 3/2/14
Brady Reiff DE Parkston (SD) Parkston 6'3"/215 5.4 88 3 74 83.885 4/24/14
Jerminic Smith WR Garland (TX) South Garland 6'1"/175 5.6 85 2 72 84.384 11/3/14
Michael Slater Jr ATH Chesterfield (MO) Parkway Central 6'2"/240 5.4 84 3 71 81.448 10/15/14
Nate Vejvoda TE New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic 6'5"/210 5.5 82 3 72 82.055 7/26/14
Brett Waechter OT Hartley (IA) Harley-Melvin-Sanborn 6’5"/265 5.5 86 2 75 84.492 6/11/14

Notes: Iowa's 2015 class should prove to be a very solid one, when all things are said and done. It comes as no surprise that the Hawkeyes were able to bring in a good group of linemen, including the younger brother of Reilly Reiff, as well as the Paulsen twins. Karan Higdon is the other big name to watch on the offensive side of the ball. Expect the Hawkeyes staff to recruit the defensive side of the ball hard in the closing month before National Signing Day. Props to the staff for doing a nice job of locking down the in-state talent, grabbing six of the state's top ten players.

Visit Black Heart Gold Pants for more on the Hawkeyes.

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#9 - MARYLAND

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Jameel Cook S Missouri City (TX) Ridge Point 6'0"/181 5.4 83 3 75 82.164 6/20/14
Jahrvis Davenport WR Tampa (FL) Robinson 5'10"/180 5.5 83 3 74 83.013 6/20/14
Isaiah Davis ATH Alexandria (VA) St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 6’1"/210 5.4 82 3 73 81.206 8/12/14
E.J. Donahue OG Frederick (MD) Linganore 6’5"/335 5.6 90 4 77 87.779 10/26/13
Keiron Howard DT Oxon Hill (MD) Potomac 6’4"/295 5.7 84 3 72 85.112 6/8/14
Ty Johnson RB Cumberland (MD) Fort Hill 5’10"/178 5.6 87 2 77 86.579 6/8/14
Ulric Jones (JuCo) DE El Dorado (KS) Butler C.C. 6’6.5"/283 5.5 83 3 68 81.339 11/10/14
Gus Little ILB Fredericksburg (VA) Massaponax 6’3"/230 5.5 86 2 77 85.05 6/19/14
Will McClain OT Middletown (MD) Middletown 6'5"/290 5.5 80 3 74 81.813 6/24/14
Ellis McKennie OG Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh School 6'4"/310 5.7 83 2 77 86.107 5/28/14
Adam McLean DT Gaithersburg (MD) Quince Orchard 6’2"/290 5.9 93 4 83 94.038 12/4/14
D.J. Moore ATH Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep Institute 6’0"/180 5.8 85 3 77 88.036 7/2/14
Darnell Savage CB Bear (DE) Caravel Academy 5'10"/172 5.5 87 3 72 84.055 6/23/14
Gage Shaffer Pro-QB Ridgeley (WV) Frankfort 6’7"/205 5.4 84 2 79 83.68 6/7/14
Mbi Tanyi DE Richmond (TX) Bush 6’2.5"/247 5.4 82 3 73 81.206 6/12/14
Brett Zanotto ILB Murrysville (PA) Franklin Regional 6'0"/215 5.5 84 2 75 83.692 6/19/14
Mason Zimmerman OC Whitehouse (OH) Anthony Wayne 6'5"/275 5.4 83 3 74 81.885 6/15/14

Notes: Maryland's 2015 class is an interesting one. The commitment of Adam McLean was huge for them for many reasons, one of them being his ability to recruit. However, McLean's recruiting prowess has only really shown up for the 2016 class thus far, with the commitment of four star linebacker Keandre Jones. Of course, there's still time for plenty to change before National Signing Day, and it will. Personally, I'll be listening for news about McLean recruiting while at the Under Armour All-America game (he won't be participating, due to his injury). The Terps have some high-upside players to go along with McLean, in guys like DJ Moore, EJ Donahue, and Ty Johnson. Donahue in particular is someone who has a bright future ahead of him at UMD, and could be a starter on the offensive line for a long time.

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#10 - MICHIGAN

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Brian Cole ATH Saginaw (MI) Heritage 6’2"/190 5.9 97 4 82 95.359 7/26/14
Andrew David K Massillon (OH) Washington 5’9"/165 5.3 75 3 75 77.835 6/24/13
Tyree Kinnel S Dayton (OH) Wayne 6’0"/205 5.8 90 4 81 91.152 6/11/14
Alex Malzone Pro-QB Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice 6’1.5"/200 5.8 88 4 80 90.073 5/12/14
Grant Newsome OT Trenton (NJ) The Lawrenceville School 6'6"/290 5.8 92 4 81 91.952 6/11/14
Jon Runyan Jr. OT Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph’s 6’4"/276 5.6 81 3 76 83.9 6/25/13

Notes: This class is going to get very interesting, very quickly with the arrival of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. It's a little too early to tell exactly which recruits they'll be targeting, but the comments coming from recruits at this week's all star games have been positive so far. There's no doubt that the class will start to fill up rapidly before NSD, but Michigan fans looking for a bevy of five stars to commit for 2015 will likely be disappointed. 2016 will be a different story, but for now, Harbaugh and his new staff need to get to work just filling out the rest of the class. They do have some great pieces already in place though, with Grant Newsome, Brian Cole, and Alex Malzone. And a kicker! #B1G

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#11 - MINNESOTA

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Shannon Brooks RB Jasper (GA) Pickens County 5'11"/196 5.6 84 2 73 84.263 9/11/14
Almonzo Brown WR Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett 6'2"/214 5.5 84 3 76 83.971 8/21/14
Ray Buford Jr. ATH Southfield (MI) Southfield 6’1"/195 5.6 84 3 75 84.821 8/21/14
Alonzo Craighton S Geismar (LA) Dutchtown 6’2"/184 5.4 81 2 77 81.922 10/31/14
Nick Connelly OT Red Wing (MN) Red Wing Senior 6’6.5"/265 5.5 82 3 72 82.055 6/24/14
Demry Croft Dual-QB Rockford (IL) Boylan Central Catholic 6’5"/187 5.6 88 3 73 85.863 6/30/14
Bronson Dovich OT Akron (OH) Archbisop Hoban 6'6"/300 5.5 84 3 74 83.413 6/18/14
Jonathan Femi-Cole RB Aurora (ON) St. Andrew’s College 6’0"/220 5.6 77 3 74 81.742 7/19/14
Kiante Hardin CB Webb City (MO) Webb City 5’10"/164 5.3 84 2 72 80.598 10/14/14
Jacob Huff S Bolingbrook (IL) Bolingbrook 5'10"/205 5.5 80 2 76 82.371 6/5/14
Julian Huff ILB Bolingbrook (IL) Bolingbrook 5'11"/225 5.4 78 2 75 80.164 6/5/14
James Johannesson RB Fargo (ND) South 6'1"/210 5.5 82 2 73 82.334 8/22/14
Quinn Oseland OT Springfield (IL) Sacred Heart Griffin 6’6"/310 5.6 87 3 76 86.3 8/13/14
Ace Rogers CB Council Bluffs (IA) Iowa Western C.C. 6'1"/210 5.5 85 3 78 84.929 12/3/14
Antonio Shenault CB Roselle (IL) Lake Park 5’11"/175 5.5 81 3 72 81.655 7/19/14
Ted Stieber OL Akron (OH) Hoban 6'6"/290 5.5 83 3 74 83.013 6/18/14
Jaylen Waters ILB Copperas Cove (TX) Copperas Cove 6’1.5"/229 5.5 81 3 77 83.05 7/21/14
Tyler Moore C Houston (TX) North Shore 6’4"/310 5.5 87 3 77 85.45 12/16/14

Notes: The Gophers haven't quite translated their on-field success to the recruiting world, just yet. After another season or two of challenging for the Big Ten West crown, they should start to be able to get into the conversation with more big time recruits. They're making do with what they have for now. Demry Croft is very athletic, and was one of the QB's Penn State reached out to following the departure of Brandon Wimbush. Quin Oseland and recent pick up, Tyler Moore, should both find themselves in the starting five on the line consistently in their careers.

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#12 - ILLINOIS

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Connor Brennan OG San Francisco (CA) City College of San Francisco 6'4"/290 5.3 76 3 NR 77.898 12/7/14
Dre Brown RB Dekalb (IL) De Kalb 6’0"/195 5.7 87 4 74 86.87 3/7/14
Desmond Cain CB Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage B/D 5’10"/180 5.5 86 3 73 83.934 11/5/14
Reggie Corbin RB Washington (DC) Gonzaga 5'10"/190 5.4 81 3 74 81.085 5/27/14
Andrew Davis (JuCo) TE Coucil Bluffs (IA) Iowa Western C.C. 6'6"/220 5.6 82 3 75 84.021 6/1/14
Henry Enyenihi (JuCo) RB Sacramento (CA) Sacramento City College 6'0"/220 5.5 78 3 74 81.013 7/3/14
Jordan Fagan OT El Cajon (CA) Grossmont College 6'6"/280 5.5 NR 3 NR 83.541 12/10/14
Jimmy Fitzgerald Pro-QB Champaign (IL) Centennial 6’3"/205 5.5 83 3 78 84.129 2/1/14
Zach Heath (JuCo) OC Sacramento (CA) American River C.C. 6’4"/285 5.3 NR 3 73 79.244 7/1/14
Julian Jones ATH Atlanta (GA) Westlake 6'3"/205 5.4 80 3 72 80.127 12/7/14
Zeke Martin OT Medina (OH) Medina 6'5"/280 5.4 83 3 73 81.606 6/18/14
Sam Mays WR Houston (TX) The Kinkaid School 6’3.5"/181 5.6 89 3 75 86.821 7/6/14
Gabe Megginson OT Jacksonville (IL) Jacksonville 6’5"/295 5.7 88 4 81 89.223 4/25/14
A.D. Miller WR Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne Catholic 6’3"/175 5.6 84 3 79 85.937 7/5/14
Patrick Nelson S Chicago (IL) Hales Franciscan 5’11"/196 5.7 81 3 76 85.028 6/25/14
Caleb Reams TE Gurnee (IL) Warren Township 6'3"/220 5.5 81 3 75 82.492 8/9/14
Adam Solomon OT Indianapolis (IN) Bishop Chatard 6’6"/290 5.5 88 3 75 85.292 5/31/14
Justice Williams OLB Frisco (TX) Wakeland 6'3"/202 5.5 80 3 77 82.65 9/24/14
Frank Sumpter CB/S Cleveland (OH) Glenville 6’1"/180 NR 82 2 NR 82 12/15/14
Ainslie Johnson TE Norwalk (CA) Norwalk 6’2"/235 5.2 79 2 73 77.749 12/15/14

Notes: The 2015 Illinois class, is the one that I think is most likely to outperform their rank. Not only do they have stud lineman Gabe Megginson, but they have a strong group of above average prospects, with Adam Solomon, AD Miller, Sam Mays, and Dre Brown. Those four plus Megginson could very well be the core of the Illini offense for years to come, and should provide Beckman with some decent weapons to work with.

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#13 - PURDUE

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Markus Bailey OLB Hilliard (OH) Hilliard Davidson 6’1"/205 5.5 82 3 78 83.729 7/13/14
Tyshawn Brown WR Atlanta (GA) Mays 6'0"/180 5.5 86 2 73 83.934 8/4/14
Andy Cheif S Southlake (TX) Southlake Carroll 6'0"/185 5.3 78 2 77 79.593 6/10/14
Jeff Christian CB Cincinnati (OH) Colerain 5'11"/175 5.6 NR 3 77 86.266 12/9/14
Wyatt Cook ILB Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh School 6’3"/225 5.5 88 3 78 86.129 7/1/14
Evyn Cooper ATH Buford (GA) Buford 6'2"/185 5.5 83 3 76 83.571 12/2/14
Sawyer Dawson OLB Plant City (FL) Plant City 6'1"/200 5.5 86 3 74 84.213 6/30/14
Rob Ennis RB Millville (NJ) Millville 5’10"/170 5.4 83 2 77 82.722 6/12/14
Tim Faison OLB Tallahassee (FL) Amos P. Godby 6'2"/200 5.4 81 2 73 80.806 11/19/14
Tario Fuller RB Buford (GA) Lanier 6'0"/190 5.3 85 NR 77 82.393 6/27/14
Shayne Henley DE Moorpark (CA) Moorpark College 6'4"/245 5.3 78 NR 70 77.64 12/7/14
Brycen Hopkins TE Nashville (TN) Ensworth 6'5"/225 5.4 79 NR NR 79.86 12/13/14
Markell Jones RB Columbus (IN) Columbus East 5’11"/205 5.6 85 3 75 85.221 6/24/14
Michael Little WR Sherman Oaks (CA) Notre Dame 6'1"/175 5.5 83 3 75 83.292 12/7/14
Anthony Mahoungou (JuCo) WR Paris (France) West Hills Community College 6'3"/200 NR NR NR 79 88.959 12/7/14
Ben Makowski LS Mishawaka (IN) Penn 6’2"/245 5.2 70 2 68 72.754 6/13/14
Matt McCann OT Indianapolis (IN) Bishop Chatard 6’6"/305 5.6 88 3 75 86.421 6/13/14
Twazanga Mugala DE Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell 6'3"/215 5.3 85 2 76 82.114 10/30/14
Joe Schopper P Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral 5'11"/185 5.3 70 3 74 75.556 8/5/14
Elijah Sindelar Pro-QB Princeton (KY) Caldwell County 6’4"/200 5.6 85 4 80 86.616 2/11/14
Peyton Truitt OT West Lafayette (IN) West Lafayette Jr/Sr 6’5"/280 5.4 77 2 72 78.927 8/24/14
Chazmyn Turner DE Mooresville (NC) Mooresville Senior 6'5"/240 5.3 83 2 73 80.477 12/7/14
Isaac Warren CB Tyler (TX) John Tyler 6’0"/188 5.5 87 3 77 85.45 7/29/14
Richard Worship III FB Cleveland (OH) Valley Forge 6'1"/235 5.5 84 3 77 84.25 6/28/14

Notes: Ah, Purdue. While it's certainly not exciting to be this far down on the list, Boilermaker fans should at least know that they have some interesting players to look forward to. Isaac Warren could turn into a leader in their secondary, Elijah Sindelar could be a potential answer to Purdue's quarterback woes, and they should get some immediate help for the near future with Anthony Mahoungou. It will take more than a class like this to help rebuild the Purdue program, but you have to start somewhere.

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#14 - RUTGERS

Name Pos. Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade BSD Grade Commit Date
Jarius Adams CB Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer 5’11"/180 5.5 83 3 73 82.734 7/18/14
Blessuan Austin CB New Berlin (NY) New Berlin 6'2"/195 5.4 NR 3 80 85.537 11/15/14
Jon Bateky DE Poolesville (MD) Poolesville 6'4"/235 5.3 84 3 75 81.435 6/28/14
Rashad Blunt WR Saint Augustine (FL) Creekside 6'2"/190 5.5 84 3 75 83.692 6/29/14
Blake Camper OT Virginia Beach (VA) Frank W. Cox 6’7"/280 5.6 86 3 77 86.179 6/13/14
Ron’Dell Carter DE Columbia (MD) Long Reach 6'3"/227 5.2 78 3 75 77.907 4/21/14
Michael Dare Pro-QB Elmwood Park (NJ) Memorial 6’2"/165 5.7 86 3 76 87.028 2/5/14
Anthony Folkerts TE Valdosta (GA) Valwood School 6'5"/214 5.5 83 3 76 83.571 6/15/14
Nakia Griffin TE Tenafly (NJ) Tenafly 6’5"/220 5.6 79 3 78 83.658 2/18/14
Jonah Jackson OT Media (PA) Penncrest Hs 6'4"/285 5.3 77 2 76 78.914 5/17/14
Ronnie James S Glassboro (NJ) Glassboro 6’0"/180 5.4 79 3 74 80.285 8/1/14
Trevor Morris OLB Malvern (PA) Malvern Prep 6'2"/200 5.3 77 2 73 78.077 8/11/14
Dontae Owens WR Reading (PA) Reading 6'0"/180 5.4 NR 2 71 79.26 6/26/14
Al-Kadair Ports ATH Newark (NJ) Weequahic 6'1"/190 5.4 85 3 76 83.243 4/15/14
Willington Previlon DE Orange (NJ) Orange 6'5"/230 5.3 81 2 75 80.235 6/28/14
Deonte Roberts ATH Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall 6'2"/210 5.4 82 2 74 81.485 6/27/14
Kamaal Seymour DT Brooklyn (NY) Brooklyn EBT 6'5"/250 5.5 NR 3 74 82.763 4/16/14
Charles Snorweah RB Fairless Hills (PA) Pennsbury 5’10"/175 5.5 84 3 74 83.413 4/18/14
Manny Taylor OT Philadelphia (PA) Roman Catholic 6’6"/270 5.3 80 2 70 78.44 6/16/14
Zach Venesky OG Archbald (PA) Valley View Hs 6’4"/280 5.6 82 3 75 84.021 4/19/14

Notes: Bringing up the back of the pack in the Big Ten, is Rutgers. Kyle Flood had a surprisingly successful first season in the difficult Big Ten East, but wasn't able to do much with it in regards to recruiting. There are some positives for the Scarlet Knights in the 2015 cycle, though. Michael Dare should provide another competitor for the starting quarterback role, in due time. Kamaal Seymour is very raw, but very talented. Flood will have to work to keep him though, as he is reportedly interested in Penn State, as well.

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There you have it, folks. Now that we are headed full steam into the last few weeks of the 2015 recruiting calendar (the dead period ends on January 14th), things are going to change quickly, especially in the Big Ten with all of the coaching turnover. As always, keep you eyes on Black Shoe Diaries, as well as my twitter account (@TheRealNPolak), to stay up to date with everything you need to know about Penn State and Big Ten recruiting. I hope you have a lovely Tuesday.