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State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Roundup (6.5.15)

The Buckeyes, Spartans and Nittany Lions sit 1-2-3. But after that, things look a little wacky.

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Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

as of 6.4.2014

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 Recruiting Rank in B1G
Ohio State 15 3.93 3.73 3.80 3.85 3 2 2 2.33 1
Michigan State 13 3.23 3.23 3.38 3.33 9 10 7 8.67 2
Penn State 9 3.67 3.89 3.56 3.88 11 11 11 11.00 3
Maryland 11 3.00 3.00 2.70 3.50 20 23 29 24.00 4
Michigan 7 3.71 3.57 3.57 3.67 25 26 23 24.67 5
Minnesota 9 3.11 3.22 3.11 3.25 27 27 25 26.33 6
Nebraska 7 3.00 3.17 3.33 3.25 31 35 32 32.67 7
Rutgers 6 2.83 3.00 2.83 3.00 48 45 48 47.00 8
Northwestern 5 3.20 3.00 2.75 3.00 49 52 57 52.67 9
Wisconsin 5 3.25 3.00 2.60 4.00 57 53 49 53.00 10
Illinois 4 3.25 2.75 3.25 3.00 54 64 45 54.33 11
Iowa 4 2.75 2.75 3.00 -- 60 63 53 58.67 12
Purdue 1 3.00 3.00 3.00 -- 85 100 86 90.33 13
Indiana 1 2.00 3.00 3.00 -- 99 105 79 94.33 14

Notes: Welcome to the first edition of the 2016 recruiting class State of the Union. I know that last time we talked, the Roundup had gotten a bit of a facelift. Well don't worry, because that facelift was a semi--permanent fixture. However, with the formulas that I used to create the new rankings, it doesn't work as well when the conference as a whole has so few commits. So once each team starts to get around 10ish commits each, then the new State of the Union format will return, and I will again spend far too much time calculating the new rankings.

The landscape of the Big Ten in the recruiting sense right now, is familiar, yet new. Ohio State and Penn State are always hanging around the top, but they're starting to be consistently joined by good ol' Sparty. Mark Dantonio has turned Michigan State into a powerhouse thanks to his (and his staff's) ability to develop players of all star levels, so the Big Ten could be in trouble now that he's starting to bring in some highly-touted talent for multiple years in a row. Maryland has carved out a nice spot in the top four, with Michigan and Minnesota right on their heels. After that, the rest of the conference is still working on building up quantity. But Purdue and Indiana, come on guys. Only one commit each?

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Kareem Walker RB Wayne, NJ De Paul Catholic 6’1"/210 5 4 5 4 1/12/2015
Demario McCall RB North Ridgeville, OH North Ridgeville 5’11"/180 4 4 4 4 3/28/2015
George Hill ATH Hubbard, OH Hubbard 6’0"/200 4 4 4 4 6/14/2015
Jake Hausmann TE Cincinnati, OH Archbishop Moeller 6’5"/235 4 4 4 4 1/25/2015
Jonathon Cooper WDE Columbus, OH Gahanna Lincoln 6’3.5"/230 4 4 4 4 11/14/2014
Tristen Wallace Dual-QB DeSoto, TX DeSoto 6’3"/228 3 4 4 4 4/15/2015
Terrell Hall WDE Washington, DC St. John’s College 6'5"/250 4 4 4 4 3/2/2015
Michael Jordan OT Canton, MI Plymouth 6’6"/285 4 4 4 4 5/7/2015
Tyler Gerald OG Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6'5"/300 4 4 4 4 6/19/2014
Tuf Borland OLB Bolingbrook, IL Bolingbrook 6’2"/225 4 4 4 3 4/17/2015
Malik Barrow DT Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6'3"/270 4 4 3 4 4/19/2015
Kierre Hawkins WR Maple Heights, OH Maple Heights 6’4"/225 4 3 4 4 10/18/2014
Jack Wohlabaugh OG Stow, OH Walsh Jesuit 6'3"/280 4 3 3 NR 4/18/2015
Kareem Felder CB Baltimore, MD St. Frances Academy 5'11"/170 3 3 3 3 5/3/2015
Drue Chrisman P Cincinnati, OH LaSalle 6'4"/200 NR 3 3 NR 5/5/2015

Notes: Death, taxes and Urban Meyer turning recruiting into a game of "keep-away" with the best players in the country. Ohio State is yet again dominating the Big Ten in recruiting, as well as nearly all of the country. The jewel of the class right now is five star running back Kareem Walker, who famously committed during halftime of the National Championship game. It remains to be seen if Walker and the other two running backs in the class (Demario McCall and George Hill) will all remain committed, but the Buckeyes will be walking away with a top five running back even if two of them end up elsewhere. An incredibly strong and already very deep 2016 class has Ohio State set up very well.

For more on the Buckeyes, visit Land Grant Holy Land.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Justin Layne WR Cleveland, OH Benedictine 6’3"/180 4 4 4 4 4/25/2015
Cameron Chambers WR Sicklerville, NJ Timber Creek 6'3"/195 4 4 4 4 8/1/2014
Thiyo Lukusa OT Traverse City, MI Traverse City West 6’5"/300 3 3 4 4 5/13/2015
Messiah deWeaver Pro-QB Dayton, OH Wayne 6’4"/215 4 4 3 3 4/22/2015
Demetric Vance S Detroit, MI Cass Technical 6’1"/193 4 3 4 3 5/13/2015
Kenney Lyke S Palatine, IL Fremd 6'2"/182 3 3 4 NR 5/22/2015
Gavin Cupp OT Leipsic, OH Leipsic 6'5"/270 3 3 3 3 5/14/2015
Abdul Adams RB Washington, DC Woodson H.D. 5’11"/205 3 3 3 3 4/24/2015
Austin Andrews CB Columbus, OH St. Francis De Sales 6'1"/180 3 3 3 3 5/12/2015
Jonah Morris OLB Akron, OH Archbishop Hoban 6'4"/196 3 3 3 NR 5/12/2015
Noah Davis TE Cincinnati, OH St. Xavier 6'5"/230 3 3 3 NR 4/26/2015
Matthew Allen C Hinsdale, IL Hinsdale Central 6'3"/262 3 3 3 3 2/25/2015
Joe Bachie ILB Cleveland, OH Midpark 6’2"/225 2 3 3 NR 4/25/2015

Notes: SPARTY YES! Consistent appearances at the top of the Big Ten standings are starting to pay off big time for Mark Dantonio's squad. In Layne, deWeaver, Lukusa, Chambers, Vance and Lyke, they have a high-potential group of four star talents. It doesn't stop there, though. Michigan State is also considered the favorite to land four star DT Naquan Jones, four star DE Josh King and four star WR Donnie Corley. They are also actively working to pull four star CB Lavert Hill from his Penn State commitment. Michigan State has been on fire in April and May, picking up 11 of their 13 commitments since the calendar turned from March. Look for them to continue that positive momentum.

For more on the Spartans, visit The Only Colors.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Shane Simmons WDE Hyattsville, MD DeMatha Catholic 6’4"/221 4 4 4 5 7/30/2014
Miles Sanders RB Pittsburgh, PA Woodland Hills 5’10"/195 4 4 4 4 7/19/2014
Lavert Hill CB Detroit, MI Detroit Martin Luther King 5'10"/166 4 4 4 4 1/31/2015
Connor McGovern C Lopez, PA Lake-Lehman 6’4.5"/295 4 4 4 4 3/20/2015
Zechariah McPhearson CB Upper Marlboro, MD Riverdale Baptist School 5’11"/180 3 4 3 4 4/18/2015
Jake Zembiec Pro-QB Rochester, NY Aquinas Institute 6’2.5"/205 4 4 3 3 11/29/2014
Daniel Dalton TE Marshfield, MA Marshfield 6’5"/230 3 4 3 3 5/16/2015
Alex Gellerstedt OT Dublin, OH Dublin Coffman 6’7"/275 3 3 3 NR 5/18/2015
Michal Menet OL Reading, PA Exeter 6'5"/271 4 4 4 4 5/29/2015

Notes: For only holding nine commits thus far, Penn State is making them count. Not only has James Franklin recruited a very diverse class in terms of positions thus far, but he's picked up some true gems. Miles Sanders, Shane Simmons, Connor McGovern, Michal Menet and Lavert Hill all have legitimate arguments to the top spot at their positions, or at least the top five. Penn State is still heavily recruiting a number of other high profile targets, that could push them ahead of Michigan State. The summer months will be important for the Nittany Lions though, and the caliber of players they start to pick up as depth for the class will determine how high their ranking will rise.

For more on Penn State recruiting, visit our Black Shoe Diaries recruiting page.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Dwayne Haskins Pro-QB Potomac, MD The Bullis School 6’3"/198 4 4 4 4 5/15/2015
Keandre Jones OLB Olney, MD Good Counsel 6'3"/198 4 4 4 4 12/1/2014
Darryl Turner WR Hyattsville, MD DeMatha Catholic 5’9"/175 4 4 3 3 1/24/2015
Michael Clark OT Exton, PA Downington East 6’7"/260 3 3 2 NR 3/27/2015
Lorenzo Harrison RB Hyattsville, MD DeMatha Catholic 5’8"/185 3 3 3 3 9/3/2014
Travon Stott CB Olney, MD Good Counsel 5’11"/169 3 3 3 NR 4/4/2015
Brian Plummer OT Sykesville, MD South Carroll Sr. 6'7"/300 2 3 2 NR 4/2/2015
Terek Zingale OT Macedonia, OH Nordonia 6’6"/300 3 3 2 NR 5/16/2015
Joey Fisher SDE Clear Spring, MD Clear Spring 6’5"/248 2 2 2 NR 4/23/2015
Jeffery Pooler DT Dayton, OH Chaminade Julienne 6’4"/272 2 2 2 NR 5/16/2015
Alex Hall OT Louisville, OH Louisville 6'6"/265 NR 2 NR 5/28/2015

Notes: Riding the coattails of their successful first season in the Big Ten, Maryland finds themselves sitting fourth in the Big Ten right now. While it's mostly thanks to QB Dwayne Haskins, LB Keandre Jones and WR Darryl Turner, the Terps have done a nice job at building their class to this point. Only one other player committed is a consensus three star, but the rest of the class has potential as well. More importantly, the Terps could be in line for an influx of recruits sooner rather than later, if Haskins is to be believed. Some of the top targets remaining on the board that Haskins is going after hard are DT Ellison Jordan (4*), WR Trevon Diggs (4*), WR Tino Ellis (4*), OG Terrance Davis (4*), OT Devery Hamilton (4*) and TE Nasei Upshur (4*). Maryland won't grab all those guys, because no one ever gets everything they want in recruiting, but there is a very good chance that they grab at least two of three of them. That would be enough to keep them in the upper echelon of the Big Ten for now.

For more on the Terrapins, visit Testudo Times.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Erik Swenson OT Downers Grove, IL Downers Grove South 6'7"/285 4 4 4 4 11/25/2013
Brandon Peters Pro-QB Avon, IN Avon 6'5"/205 4 4 4 4 4/3/2015
Matthew Falcon RB Southfield, MI Southfield 6'1"/215 4 4 4 4 4/8/2015
Dele' Harding ILB Elkton, MD Eastern Christian 6'1"/232 4 3 3 3 10/31/2014
David Reese ILB Farmington, MI Farmington 6'1"/235 3 3 3 3 4/4/2015
Kingston Davis FB Prattville, AL Prattville 6'1"/225 3 3 3 NR 4/6/2015
Michael Onwenu OG Detroit, MI Cass Technical 6'3"/365 4 4 4 4 6/2/2015

Notes: Jim Harbaugh is getting a chance to build his first full recruiting class at Michigan, and although it's started off a little slower than Wolverine fans would probably like, there is a lot of quality here. Swenson and Onwenu together are a fantastic foundation for the offensive line, with other big targets still on the board (OT Ben Bredeson, 5* and OG Terrance Davis, 4*), they are in position to bring in a dominant class of offensive linemen. Michigan was also able to grab a quarterback, in Avon's Brandon Peters. The Wolverines have yet to hear decisions from their biggest fish yet, though. 5* LB Caleb Kelly named Michigan in his top group, the aforementioned Bredeson is still a high priority, and the biggest target of all in 5* DT Rashan Gary is still out there. There are many who see Michigan as the frontrunner for his services thanks to his former coach, Chris Partridge, now acting as the Wolverine recruiting coordinator, and the fact that former Paramus Catholic star Jabrill Peppers is on Michigan's roster.

For more on the Wolverines, visit Maize n' Brew.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Carter Coughlin OLB Eden Prairie, MN Eden Prairie 6'4"/212 3 4 4 3 3/12/2015
Sean Foster OT Mundelein, IL Carmel Catholic 6'8"/285 4 4 4 4 4/12/2015
Jovanny Garcia DT Saint Paul, MN East Ridge 6'3"/270 3 3 4 3 11/5/2014
Tony Poljan ATH Lansing, MI Lansing Catholic 6'7"/235 3 3 3 3 5/21/2015
Sam Schlueter OT Mayer, MN Lutheran 6'6"/275 3 3 3 NR 4/11/2015
Phillip Howard ATH Minneapolis, MN Robbinsdale Cooper 5'11"/175 3 3 3 NR 3/31/2015
Matt Kegel OT Chaska, MN Chaska 6'5.5"/303 3 3 3 NR 5/7/2015
Thomas Barber ILB Minneapolis, MN Robbinsdale Armstrong 6'1"/225 3 3 2 NR 3/13/2015
Conner Olson OG Monticello, MN Monticello Senior 6'5"/274 3 3 2 NR 5/5/2015

Notes: Similarly to Michigan State, Minnesota has been doing more with less for years. That's finally starting to turn around a little bit, and could lead to them doing even more with more. Carter Coughlin and Sean Foster are great pickups, and should be future starters for the Golden Gophers at linebacker and offensive tackle, respectively. Coach Kill has yet to really reach outside of the state of Minnesota for pieces of this class yet, but those players will come as time goes on. It's not as if other teams are chomping at the bit to grab players out of the Gopher State, but being able to dominate your home state is important (right, Miami?).

For more on the Golden Gophers, visit The Daily Gopher.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
John Raridon OG West Des Moines, IA Valley 6'4"/260 4 4 4 4 9/28/2014
Bryan Brokop OT New Lenox, IA Lincoln Way West 6'5"/273 3 3 4 3 9/27/2014
William Johnson OLB Yuma, AZ Arizona Western College 6'3"/220 3 3 3 NR 5/4/2015
Jared Bubak TE Lincoln, NE Lincoln Christian 6'4"/235 3 3 3 3 9/6/2014
Patrick O'Brien Pro-QB San Juan Capistrano, CA San Juan Hills 6'4"/225 3 3 3 NR 5/21/2015
Terry Wilson Dual-QB Oklahoma City, OK Del City 6'2.5"/187 3 3 3 3 5/5/2015
Alphonso Thomas RB Van, TX Van High School 5'11"/190 2 NR NR NR 5/30/2015

Notes: Nebraska is never much of a true "recruiting powerhouse", but they typically do well for themselves in the end. They're off to a decent start, as Raridon and Brokop is a good starting point, to bring in some new blood on the offensive line. Even though they don't have a ton of quality or quantity yet, the Huskers are still doing what they always seem to do, and bringing in players from all over the country (they have commits from Arizona, California, Oklahoma and Texas).

For more on the Cornhuskers, visit Corn Nation.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Trey Sneed RB Orange Park, FL Fleming Island 5'11"/198 3 3 3 3 4/3/2015
Nick Krimin OT Metuchen, NJ St. Jospeh 6'5"/320 3 3 3 NR 2/12/2015
Jonathan Pollock OLB Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips 6'1"/212 3 3 3 3 10/4/2014
Anthony Russo Pro-QB Warminstser, PA Archbishop Wood 6'4"/221 2 3 3 NR 5/18/2015
Mohamed Jabbie WR Monmouth Junction, NJ South Brunswick 5'11"/165 3 3 2 NR 10/6/2014
Elias Reynolds LB Brookyln, NY Poly Prep 6'3"/230 3 3 3 NR 6/3/2015

Notes: Sneed is a nice pull for Rutgers, and he should be able to learn a lot from current starter Paul James, who is a fantastic player. Other than Sneed, it's a solid class, and one that puts the Scarlet Knights ahead of plenty of other Big Ten teams already. Where they end up on National Signing Day is yet to be seen, but they're off to a good start. Anthony Russo is an underrated pick up as well. The Archbishop Wood QB has had a few years of playing on one of the best teams in Pennsylvania, and that sort of experience can only do good things for a quarterback.

For more on the Scarlet Knights, visit On the Banks.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Roderick Campbell Jr. CB Saint Louis, MO Chaminade College Prep 5'11"/180 4 3 3 3 4/28/2015
Nik Urban OG Willoughby, OH South 6'4"/280 3 3 3 NR 4/19/2015
Cameron Kolwich OG West Bloomfield, MI St. Mary's 6'5"/270 3 3 3 NR 5/23/2015
Jesse Meyler OT Alexandria, VA Episcopal 6'5"/280 3 3 NR NR 5/23/2015
Brian Bullock CB Round Rock, TX Round Rock 6'0"/175 3 3 2 3 4/11/2015

Notes: Roderick Campbell is the jewel of the class thus far, and may end up continuing to be the jewel until National Signing Day. Northwestern isn't in on a ton of other highly-ranked targets at the moment, so it will continue to be an uphill battle for Pat Fitzgerald. The former linebacker has done a good job of coaxing talent out of unheralded players in the past, though, so there's no reason to assume he won't be able to continue to do it. Look for the Wildcats to focus on bringing in some skill position players, now that they have a solid stable of linemen and defensive backs.

For more on the Wildcats, visit Inside NU.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Antonio Williams RB New London, NC North Stanly 5'11"/210 4 4 4 4 12/4/2014
Kare' Lyles Pro-QB Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale, AZ 6'1"/215 3 3 3 NR 3/15/2015
Seth Currens S Pickerington, OH Pickerington Central 6'2"/195 3 3 2 NR 5/30/2015
Mason Stokke OLB Menomonie, WI Menomonie, WI 6'3"/205 NR 3 2 NR 4/22/2015
Luke Benzschawel WDE Grafton, WI Grafton, WI 6'7"/220 3 2 2 NR 4/10/2015

Notes: Wisconsin may not be looking so hot on the recruiting trail at the moment, but they still have one of the B1Ggest recruiting stories of the class. Their top prospect, Antonio Williams, famously committed to the Badgerswhile they didn't have a full time head coach. The sheet reputation Wisconsin has for producing 1,000 yard rushers was enough for him. EDIT: I totally confused Williams with Jordan Stevenson. Williams is a fantastic player in right own right, though. The Badgers are in an interesting position, otherwise. Normally, when a new coach enters a top program, there is a recruiting influx (new name, new ideas, new potential, etc). However, Chryst isn't exactly a new name for Wisconsin, as their former offensive coordinator. Will he still see the same effect? Or will his familiarity lead to even bigger things? Or worse? WHO KNOWS?!?! The Badgers don't normally recruit at the same level as the tops in the B1G anyway, so it likely won't make a huge difference. But it's an interesting dynamic to consider.

For more on the Badgers, visit Bucky's 5th Quarter.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Kentrail Moran RB O'Fallon, IL O Fallon 5'10"/192 4 3 4 3 3/14/2015
Eli Peters Pro-QB Jacksonville, FL Sandalwood 6'3"/210 3 3 3 NR 3/14/2015
Juwuane Parchman S Rockford, IL Auburn 6'1"/190 3 3 3 NR 10/24/2014
Amani Jones ILB Chicago, IL Phillips Academy 5'11"/210 3 2 3 NR 4/16/2015

Notes: Kentrail Moran is a solid player. Peters could be a nice piece in the long run. Parchman and Jones are good pulls when you consider keeping the kids home. Aside from Moran though, I'm not excited by much in this class. But hey, if you're a recruit reading this, and you want to join this class and bring it to the next level, Tim Beckman's phone number probably won't be too hard to get. After all, I still have it.

For more on the Fighting Illini, visit The Champaign Room.

#12 - IOWA

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Cedrick Lattimore SDE Detroit, MI East English Village Prep 6'6"/265 3 3 3 NR 5/18/2015
Nate Stanley Pro-QB Menomonie, WI Menomonie 6'4"/200 3 3 3 NR 11/10/2014
Chauncey Golston SDE Detroit, MI East English Village Prep 6'5"/242 3 3 3 NR 5/18/2015
Toren Young RB Madison, WI Monona Grove 5'11"/215 2 2 3 NR 1/25/2015

Notes: It's kind of unfair for me to include Iowa in this, because I will never see their recruiting class as better than when they signed these guys last year. I mean, does it get more Iowa than that? Seriously.

Jean and camo, fishing and hunting, American flag painted barn-owning twin brothers aside, Iowa is off to a decent start in 2016. Gettinig a quarterback is a good place to start, and the Lattimore/Golston duo has great size already. Young will be interesting to see develop, as pulling kids out of cities where other B1G schools lie always makes for interesting stories.

For more on the Hawkeyes, visit Black Heart Gold Pants.

#13 - PURDUE

Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Joshua Hayes CB Indianapolis, IN Pike 6'0"/180 3 3 3 NR 4/30/2015

Notes: Hayes is solid. So good job with that one, Boilermakers. Other than that, you're not giving me much else to work with.

For more on the Boilermakers, visit Hammer and Rails.


Name Position Hometown High School Height/Weight Rivals Grade 247 Grade Scout Grade ESPN Grade Date Committed
Peyton Ramsey Pro-QB Cincinnati, OH Elder 6'3"/190 2 3 3 NR 4/21/2015

Notes: At least they got a quarterback commit to make up for losing Tommy Stevens last year. Sorry (not sorry) about that one, guys.

For more on the Hoosiers, visit The Crimson Quarry.