Big Ten 2009 Recruiting Class Rankings 6-7-08

Action since last rankings:
5-17-08 Michigan gains commitment from Bryce McNeal.
5-20-08 Wisconsin gains commitment from Jon Budmayr.
5-21-08 Notre Dame gains commitment from Carlo Calabrese.
5-26-08 Penn State gains commitment from Stephon Morris.
5-27-08 Ohio State gains commitment from Reid Fragel. Penn State gains commitments from Brandon Felder and Sean Stanley.
6-5-08 Michigan gains commitment from Jeremy Gallon. Notre Dame gains commitment from Dan Fox.
6-6-08 Notre Dame gains commitment from Alex Bullard.

New Rankings:

#1 Ohio State – 15 commits
DT ***** Johnny Simon
LB ***** Dorian Bell
RB **** Jordan Hall
CB **** CJ Barnett
WR **** James Jackson
MLB **** Storm Klein
MLB **** Jordan Whiting
DE **** Melvin Fellows
OG **** Corey Linsley
OT **** Jack Mewhort
S **** Jamie Wood
LB *** Zach Boren
TE *** Reid Fragel
WR *** Chris Fields
FB *** Adam Homan

Buckeyes grab another Michigan player in Reid Fragel. It seems as though the instate schools (definitely Michigan) didn’t really want him.

#2 Michigan – 9 commits
DT ***** William Campbell
QB ***** Kevin Newsome
CB **** Justin Turner
QB **** Shavodrick Beaver
WR **** Bryce McNeal
RB **** Teric Jones
RB *** Fitzgerald Toussaint
S * Isaiah Bell
WR * Jeremy Gallon

Bell will likely end up a high 3-star or low 4-star (ESPN loves him). Bryce McNeal was one of Michigan’s top targets at split end. Gallon appeared on the Michigan radar about as fast as he runs. He is a top-100 player on Rivals, and will be ranked in the four-star range.

#3 Penn State – 11 commits
OT ***** Eric Shrive
CB **** Darrell Givens
DE **** Sean Stanley
S *** Derrick Thomas
S *** Stephen Obeng-Agyapong
S *** Malcolm Willis
OT *** Mark Arcidiacono
C * Ty Howle
OG * Frank Figueroa
WR * Brandon Felder
CB * Stephon Morris

Penn State grabs a trio from Maryland. Stanley is a good prospect, the other two are underwhelming. They will be mid three-stars. Arcidiacono is underrated, Howle will end up as a high-three star, Figueroa a low three-star. Penn State has a quantity-over-quality class right now.

#4 Notre Dame – 6 commits
RB ***** Cierre Wood
MLB **** Carlo Calabrese
RB **** Theo Riddick
DT **** Tyler Stockton
OL *** Alex Bullard
TE **** Jake Golic
LB * Dan Fox

Calabrese is a very good prospect, not as overrated as your typical ND commit. Michigan and Ohio State didn’t seem to be pursuing Fox at all, and he wasn’t exactly a sleeper, so I doubt he is much better than a high three-star (with requisite ND-rounding to four). Bullard is an inside/outside prospect, who is a low-to-mid four-star. The Irish beat Michigan and Tennessee for his services.

#5 Michigan State – 6 commits
RB **** Edwin Baker
RB **** Larry Caper
SLB **** Chris Norman
WR *** Donald Spencer
DT *** Blake Treadwell
QB *** Andrew Maxwell

Every player committed to State thus far is from Michigan. They haven’t gotten any commitments in seemingly forever, and more schools are likely to pass them as time goes on.

#6 Minnesota – 5 commits
QB **** Moses Alipate
RB *** Hasan Lipscomb
C *** Ed Olsen
OT *** Josh Campion
WR * Victor Keise

Keise will probably end up a mid 3-star.

#7 Illinois – 2 commits
DT **** Lendell Buckner
OT **** Leon Hill

Illinois started fast, but has since stagnated (and lost Melvin Fellows to the Bucks).

#8 Wisconsin – 4 commits
DT **** Jared Kohout
OG *** Ryan Groy
DE *** Shelby Harris
QB *** Jon Budmayr

Wisconsin grabs their first out-of-state player, QB Jon Budmayr. Another breathing body would move them past Illinois unless the Illini start making some moves.

#9 Iowa – 2 commits
OT **** David Barrent
FB * Brad Rogers

Ferentz’s glory days in recruiting seem to be over.

#10 Northwestern – 2 commits
QB *** Evan Watkins
RB * Mike Trumpy

At least they have some commits. Come on, state of Indiana.

T-11th – Indiana, Purdue (0 commits)

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2 Comments so far

  1. Anthony S says...

    Your rankings all make perfect sense except that Illinois and Wisconsin should be swapped. Three 3-stars beats one 4-star.

    (as a side note, not that this is the way it should necessarily be done, but in each case on your rankings, the team with the higher total number of stars is ranked higher, except Illinois/Wisconsin.)

  2. Tim says...

    I think that both of Illinois’s four-stars are very solid four-stars, whereas Wisconsin’s recruits are low within their star level. Those two are almost even in my eyes, and I decided to keep them where they were instead of bumping Wisconsin ahead.

    I’m also trying to stay away from “more recruits=better class,” but that’s the way it’s happened to turn out so far.

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