<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d19839948\x26blogName\x3dVarsity+Blue\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dBLUE\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttp://varsityblue.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den_US\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://varsityblue.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d9110799870737777087', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>
Varsity Blue

Visit the new Varsity Blue at http://www.umvarsityblue.com!

Big Ten 2009 Recruiting Class Rankings 4-25-08

This will become a weekly feature for Saturdays henceforth. If there is no recruiting action during the week, I'll either skip it or do something else informative.

Action since last rankings:
4-5 Northwestern gains commitment from Evan Watkins.
4-18 Michigan gains commitment from Fitzgerald Toussaint.
4-19 Ohio State gains commitment from Darrell Givens.
4-21 Ohio State gains commitment from Jordan Hall and Dorian Bell.
4-24 Michigan gains commitment from Kevin Newsome. Melvin Fellows switches commitment from Illinois to Ohio State.

New Rankings:
#1 Ohio State - 8 commits
DT
*****
Johnny Simon
LB
*****
Dorian Bell
RB
****
Jordan Hall
CB
****
Darrell Givens
WR
****
Chris Fields
CB
****
CJ Barnett
MLB
****
Storm Klein
MLB
****
Jordan Whiting
OT
***
Jack Mewhort
S
***
Jamie Wood
LB
*
Adam Homan
Ohio State has picked up three 4-star players and one 5-star player since the last rankings were given. They have a very strong start to their class. Adam Homan switched from FB to LB, where he will likely (not) play in college.

#2 Michigan - 6 commits
DT
*****
William Campbell
QB
****
Kevin Newsome
CB
****
Justin Turner
S
*
Isaiah Bell
RB
*
Teric Jones
RB
*
Fitzgerald Toussaint
Michigan has continued a fairly strong (though not OSU-ian) start to the recruiting year. Kevin Newsome fills a huge need for the Wolverines, and is the right guy for this system. He will end up a very high 4-star or a 5-star (currently Scout's #41 player (they had 50 5-stars last year), and Rivals's #39 player (they had 30 5-stars last year)), though an early commitment to Michigan typically means death to a player's ranking. Fitzgerald Toussaint is another RB/slot hybrid, with impressive film. High 3 or low 4-star likely.

#2 Michigan State - 6 commits
RB
*****
Edwin Baker
RB
****
Larry Caper
SLB
****
Chris Norman
WR
***
Donald Spencer
DT
*
Blake Treadwell
QB
*
Andrew Maxwell
No movement since the last rankings. Passed by Michigan because the Wolverines' commitments will end more highly ranked, and fill positions of need effectively.

#4 Illinois - 2 commits
DT
****
Lendell Buckner
OT
****
Leon Hill
Losing Melvin Fellows wasn't enough to drop the Illini below a couple teams with fewer commits.

#5 Wisconsin - 3 commits
OG
*
Ryan Groy
DT
*
Jared Kohout
DE
*
Shelby Harris
No movement. Their guys aren't yet ranked, but Wisconsin develops linemen like it's their job (side note: it is, in fact, their job).

#6 Minnesota - 3 commits
QB
***
Moses Alipate
C
*
Ed Olsen
OT
*
Josh Campion
Minnesota is going through a big scheme change, and needs to recruit players to the new system. After a huge (and pretty good) 2008 recruiting class, Minnesota is not off to a fast start in 2009. Once a new batch of rankings come out, they might sneak past Wisconsin.

#7 Penn State - 1 commit
C
*
Ty Howle
JoePa is death to Penn State's ability to recruit.

#8 Northwestern - 1 commit
QB
***
Evan Watkins
A big QB. Curious to see whether he has the quicks to run Northwestern's scheme, which requires some mobility.

T-9th - Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue (0 commits)

Labels: ,


“Big Ten 2009 Recruiting Class Rankings 4-25-08”

  1. Blogger RJHOVE Says:

    I tried scout...the free trial...your free stuff is better...scout seems like a waste.