Class ranking: Big Ten - #1, National - #4, Previous National Rank - #11 (+7)
Commitments - 18
TE Byron Hubbard 6-1 192 Fr J.D. Leftwich (Magazine AR) 2.0 of 5.0 [Receiving]
DE Jonathan Stiles 6-6 253 Fr Holy Cross (River Grove IL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Blitz]
RB Bryce Sanders 5-10 211 Fr Sterling (Sterling IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power]
OLB John Hilton Jr. 6-3 235 Fr P.L. Julian (Chicago IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Coverage]
P Sean Walsh 6-3 174 Fr Central Community (Breese IL) 2.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy]
Moving into the #1 spot in the B1G, and #4 nationally, is Coach FlutleFlakes and the Fighting Illini. While the results on the field haven’t been what the coach desires, he surely has to be ecstatic about the work done on the recruiting trail.
FlutieFlakes secured five additional commitments over the past few weeks, all of whom figure to be impact players for the Illini. Leading the way is 5 star tight end, Byron Hubbard and 5 star defensive end, Jonathan Stiles. The work that Illinois and Purdue have put in on the recruiting trail should put every team in the B1G on notice. We’re all going to have our hands full for many years to come.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #2, National - #5, Previous National Rank - #4 (-1)
Commitments – 18
OG Otto Adams III 6-3 332 Fr East (Cleveland OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]
C Travis Ross 6-4 303 Fr Belpre (Belpre OH) 2.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]
DT Keenan Crenshaw 6-5 275 Fr Largo (Largo FL) 2.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap]
OLB Jacob Cahill 6-3 236 Fr Pasadena (Pasadena TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Coverage]
ILB Jabari Scruggs 5-11 205 Fr Stephenson (Stone Mountain GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will]
ILB Christian Conway 6-2 257 Fr Mineral Wells (Mineral Wells TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Mike]
The past few weeks have consisted of primarily depth signings for Coach inspiral and Purdue, but the Boilermakers were able to add another terrific piece on the offensive line. In case you have forgotten, Purdue already had secured the services of three lineman, all rated 4.5 or above. They can now add a fourth lineman to that list. With the addition of 3.5 star center, Travis Ross, Purdue’s recruiting class boasts an offensive line that is likely better than what many teams are currently fielding.
So far, recruiting in the B1G has boiled down to Illinois, Purdue and then everyone else much further down the rankings.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #3, National - #30, Previous National Rank - #33 (+3)
Commitments - 10
LS Travis Hurt 6-3 261 Fr St. Xavier (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Specialized]
OT Philip Rosenberg 6-1 276 Fr Slippery Rock Area ( PA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking]
CB Luke Lindsay 6-1 186 Fr Century (Rochester MN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]
QB Vince Burnett 6-1 206 Fr South (Cleveland OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling]
CB Natrone Glenn 5-10 187 Fr Posen (Posen MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
DE Hakeem McCrary 6-2 273 Fr Padua Franciscan (Parma OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]
The last time we checked in with Ann Arbor, the Wolverines had only secured four commitments yet were sitting at #33 in the nation. Fast forward to now and Coach jmjacobs has brought this class to ten commitments after securing pledges from another six commits.
The Wolverines added a couple of nice players in offensive tackle Phillip Rosenberg and cornerback Luke Lindsay. Both players figure to be contributors in Ann Arbor, but will need some time to develop their skills further.
With only half the class filled at this point, it will be interesting to see how jmjacobs rounds out this year's class and if anyone in the B1G can jump him in the rankings.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #4, National - #32, Previous National Rank - #79 (+47)
Commitments - 12
OG Larry Frey 6-6 287 Fr Bayard (Bayard NE) 2.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking]
DE Lawrence Everett 6-5 260 Fr Birmingham ( England) 1.5 of 4.5 [Blitz]
OLB Damiano Fiorelli 6-1 219 Fr Milan ( Italy) 1.0 of 4.5 [Coverage]
DE Randall McRae 6-6 245 Fr Apalachicola (Apalachicola FL) 2.5 of 3.5 [Blitz]
FS Henry Gilles 6-2 209 Fr Vancouver ( Canada) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]
CB Logan Travis 6-2 163 Fr Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
RB DeSean Stanley 5-7 196 Fr Joplin (Joplin MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power]
Making one of the biggest jumps we have seen this season, are the Nebraska Cornhuskers. All was quiet last we checked, but since then, Coach caesari has been hard at work and finds himself with the #32 class in the country.
Coach caesari has spent some time abroad over the last few weeks and landed himself a couple of nice defensive prospects. Defensive end, Lawrence Everett, hailing from Birmingham, England, and linebacker, Damiano Fiorelli from Milan, Italy, will be making the trip stateside and spending the next 4-5 years in Lincoln, Nebraska. Both players could be starters from day one, and one has to wonder if that was promised to them during the recruitment process?
While those two are certainly welcome additions, the marquee get for Coach caesari is no doubt 5 star offensive guard, Larry Frey. Frey chose to stick with the in-state Cornhuskers after fielding offers from several schools.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #5, National - #33, Previous National Rank - #26 (-7)
Commitments - 19
OG Javier Elizondo 6-6 318 Fr Baker (Baker LA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking]
ILB Da'Quan McClain 5-11 243 Fr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will]
ILB Victor Lord 6-1 216 Fr Martin County (Stuart FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will]
CB Sebastian Moody 5-9 181 Fr Coronado (Lubbock TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
OT Steve Cantu 6-5 326 Fr Big Lake (Big Lake MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
FB Darius McDonald 6-1 224 Fr Olympic Heights (Boca Raton FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
RB Levi Reeves 5-11 191 Fr Ankeny (Ankeny IA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power]
K Larry Franks 6-3 163 Fr Hawley (Hawley MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy]
P Theodore Stoner 6-0 173 Fr Elmira (Elmira OR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy]
Despite securing the services of nine recruits, Coach wrigleyfan sees his Hawkeyes fall seven spots to #33 in the nation.
Iowa focused primarily on depth signings as they rounded out their class, but did secure a commitment from 4 star offensive guard, Javier Elizondo. Elizondo is a bit more polished than other recruits and could find himself sliding into one of the starting guard spots opposite Coop Logan.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #6, National - #38, Previous National Rank - #39 (+1)
Commitments - 8
OLB Derek Mann 6-3 242 Fr St. Xavier (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz]
TE Preston Sample 6-2 213 Fr Slippery Rock Area ( PA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving]
DT Sawyer Cornelius 6-5 298 Fr Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 2.5 of 3.0 [1-Gap]
WR Giovanni Capps 6-1 225 Fr North Springs (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target]
Moving up one spot and doubling their class from four to eight, are the Penn State Nittany Lions. With the exception of linebacker, Derek Mann, there’s not a ton for Nittany Lions fans to get excited about with this crop of signings. Mann, a 4.5 star recruit, is a nice get for Coach grv413. With a couple of linebackers currently redshirting for Penn State, we likely won’t see what Mann is capable of until 2024, at the earliest.
With only 8 spots filled, Penn State will be looking to add more over the next few weeks.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #7, National - #40, Previous National Rank - #40 (No Change)
Commitments – 13
WR Trevor Dutton 6-1 173 Fr Colerain (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed]
OT Walt Ellis 6-6 283 Fr Briggs (Colombus OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]
CB Jahmir Vereen 5-9 195 Fr Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant MI) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
FS Christopher Carroll 6-1 208 Fr Lake Gibson (Lakeland FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
CB Antowaine Aiken 6-2 196 Fr Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]
DE Elias Young 6-3 249 Fr Valley Forge (Parma Heights OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain]
FB Frederick Riley 6-0 207 Fr Walnut Hills (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
Holding steady at #40 this week are the Ohio State Buckeyes. Coach fever_ful added seven new Buckeyes, headlined by in-state receiver, Trevor Dutton. Dutton a 4.5 star recruit will provide a nice one-two combo with fellow commit, Dajuan Page. Moving forward, QB Matt Ballard should have plenty of offensive weapons at his disposal and the Buckeye offense could cause fits for B1G defenses.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #8, National - #58, Previous National Rank - #61 (+3)
Commitments – 17
OLB Juan Solano 6-0 242 Fr East Peoria Community ( IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz]
DE Miguel Carlos 6-4 236 Fr Morgan Park (Chicago IL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Contain]
DE Amara Oliver 6-2 246 Fr Roberto Clemente Academy ( IL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Contain]
K Luke Stephenson 5-9 186 Fr Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches TX) 1.5 of 3.5 [Power]
QB Parker Coyne 6-4 197 Fr Inlet Grove (Riviera Beach FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling]
OT Nikolas Bacon 6-2 263 Fr Roberto Clemente Academy ( IL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
Coach robcarlson77 and the Northwestern Wildcats continue to focus on securing depth to this squad. However, the Wildcats were able to secure a commitment from one of their top targets in linebacker, Juan Solano. The Wildcats seem to be set at linebacker for the 2023 season, which will provide Solano a chance to redshirt, get acclimated to the speed of the game and hit the ground running as a starter in 2024.
Northwestern’s recruiting has improved each year under Coach robcarlson77, but it has to be concerning to Wildcat fans to see in-state rival, Illinois, doing so well on the recruiting trail.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #9, National - #61, Previous National Rank - #67 (+6)
Commitments - 18
DE Dahntay Parks 6-1 258 Fr Ocean City (Ocean City NJ) 1.5 of 4.5 [Contain]
KR George Rivers 5-9 186 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid]
TE Nawat Willis 6-3 223 Fr Wayne Hills (Wayne NJ) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blocking]
CB Lamont Gore 6-2 166 Fr Bethel (Bethel CT) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
CB Ryder Woodward 6-2 202 Fr Denison (Denison TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]
CB DaeSean Wilson 6-1 174 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]
WR Charles Rivers 5-9 187 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Speed]
CB Andre Benjamin 6-2 204 Fr Hotchkiss School (Lakeville CT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]
FB Maxwell Riggs 5-10 213 Fr Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking]
P Cyrus Monahan 6-3 182 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 2.0 of 2.5 [Power]
Coach vollmagnet and the Scarlet Knights have added ten signings over the past few weeks bringing their class total to 18. 4.5 star defensive end, Dahntay Parks “and Recreation” is the prized piece to this crop of recruits and instantly becomes the second highest rated recruit for Rutgers. Don’t be surprised to see Parks “treatin’ himself” to a starting spot in game number one for the Scarlet Knights.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #10, National - #62, Previous National Rank - #82 (+20)
Commitments – 16
ATH DeVante Ricks 6-2 166 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]
ILB Pablo Hernandez 6-4 250 Fr Suitland (District Heights MD) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike]
FS Darnell Brown 5-11 200 Fr Hico (Hico TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]
WR Greg Dowd 6-3 216 Fr Elkton (Elkton MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target]
C Devin Leal 6-4 276 Fr North Harford (Pylesville MD) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
OT Alan Blanco 6-3 325 Fr Gilman School (Baltimore MD) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
RB Jay Giles 5-10 172 Fr Ocean City (Ocean City NJ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed]
DE Osceola Rockwell 6-2 256 Fr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain]
QB Mordechai Rupp 6-5 226 Fr Elkton (Elkton MD) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling]
After adding nine commits, the Terrapins find themselves 20 spots higher and checking in at #62 in the nation. This group of signings is anchored by 4.5 star athlete, DeVante Ricks, who figures to man a to be determined spot in the secondary. In addition to Ricks, Coach TheSam, added two nice pieces in 4 star linebacker, Pablo Hernandez and 4 star safety, Darnell Brown. It will likely be a few years before either of these players take over a starting role.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #11, National - #75, Previous National Rank - #106 (+31)
Commitments – 13
ILB Grant Morrison 6-1 248 Fr DeLaSalle (Minneapolis MN) 1.0 of 5.0 [Mike]
SS Eldrick Carter 6-1 216 Fr Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort IL) 1.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]
LS Simon Puckett 6-1 253 Fr Bullock Creek (Midland MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Traditional]
OG Ahmed Fowler 6-1 338 Fr Stewartville (Stewartville MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]
OG Bryce Meeks 6-4 338 Fr Lakeville (Lakeville MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
WR Shamar Ford 6-1 203 Fr Irving (Irving TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target]
DE Andre Seay 6-3 241 Fr Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]
TE Rowan Schumacher 6-6 199 Fr Pewaukee (Pewaukee WI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]
K Owen Whitt 6-0 162 Fr Frankfort (Frankfort IN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy]
OLB Frank Shackelford 6-0 241 Fr Benilde-St. Margaret's ( MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Coverage]
After occupying a spot at the bottom of the rankings for much of the season, the Badgers and Coach taffyowner have finally woken and climbed up the rankings a bit. Of the ten commits the Badgers secured, devoted fans should be most excited about 5 star linebacker Grant Morrison. The Badgers do have some established player at the linebacker position, but it may be tough to keep Morrison off the field.
4 star safety, Eldrick Carter is another nice get for the Badgers. With the impending departure of current starter Myles Hamilton, Carter could potentially start as a freshman, though he may be best served to redshirt, if at all possible.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #12, National - #76, Previous National Rank - #57 (-19)
Commitments - 3
A search party may need to be sent to Minneapolis to see if the Gopher coaching staff can be found. After a solid start that saw the Golden Gophers ranked as high as #51 in the nation, Coach lucas95 and the Gopher staff have been unable to secure the services of any additional recruits. The good news for Gopher fans is that Minnesota has two solid players already committed. That said, there is still a lot of work to be done for lucas95 to add some more pieces to this class.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #13, National - #84, Previous National Rank - #90 (+6)
Commitments – 11
OLB Quenton Amos 5-11 240 Fr Bloomington North (Bloomington IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage]
CB Khiry Sharpe 5-9 183 Fr Floyd Central (Floyds Knobs IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]
DT Kenyan Turner 6-2 322 Fr River Ridge (Elizabeth IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap]
CB Lamarr Carter 6-2 180 Fr Elsik (Houston TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
WR Jayson Corcoran 6-0 197 Fr Salem (Salem IN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target]
Coach Jamzz and the Hoosiers continue their climb out of the triple digits and will check in at #84 in the nation this week.
The Hoosiers were able to add a couple of quality players on the defensive side of the ball in 4 star linebacker, Quenton Amos and 4 star cornerback, Khiry Sharpe. Both players would likely benefit from a redshirt year, but Coach Jamzz will have to determine what these two may bring to his squad immediately.
Class ranking: Big Ten - #14, National - #104, Previous National Rank - #91 (-13)
Commitments – 10
CB Thierno Alston 6-2 167 Fr McCormick (McCormick SC) 2.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
OLB Vaughn Yeager 6-2 244 Fr St. Philip Catholic Central ( MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]
RB Makai Wiley 5-6 176 Fr Napoleon (Napoleon MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed]
CB Aiden Lemons 6-2 160 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]
Let’s just say things have not been going well on the recruiting trail for Coach SlinkyJr and the Spartans. Thankfully for the Spartan faithful, things have been going very well on the field and MSU finds themselves currently ranked in the Top 25. Perhaps all of the gameplanning is distracting SlinkyJr from recruiting because their recruiting ranking is the polar opposite of their Coaches Poll ranking. Sitting at #104 nationally, the Spartans failed to sign any impact players with their most recent group of commits.
As the lowest rated team in the B1G, the Spartans are currently occupying a spot no one wants to hold. Lets see what Coach SlinkyJr can do to improve this class over the remaining weeks.
**Bold indicates a key commitment**