Action since last rankings
8-18-08 Michigan gains commitment from Anthony Fera.
8-20-08 Michigan loses commitment from Kevin Newsome.
8-21-08 Northwestern gains commitment from Tim Riley.
Since there wasn't a ton going on this week, I'll give a little commentary on how good each of the classes is, and the size of gaps between them.New Rankings
|#1 Ohio State - 24 commits|
Solid class by the Bucks, but they aren't likely to challenge for the mythical recruiting national champion in February.
|#2 Michigan - 15 commits|
There is a pretty big dropoff between Michigan and OSU, especially after one of the top commits in the class is there no longer. However, Michigan has filled needs with the types of players that are god in its specific system, if not highly ranked.
|#3 Notre Dame - 14 commits|
The gap between Michigan and Notre Dame isn't quite as large as that between Ohio State and Michigan, but it is a fairly sizable one. The Irish have gotten a couple of big-time commits, however.
|#4 Michigan State - 15 commits|
MSU is virtually tied with Notre Dame, though their class has less upside. They aren't likely to challenge for any more 5-star recruits either, so unless Michigan and Notre Dame lose a lot of players form their classes, this is the peak position for the Spartans.
|#5 Penn State - 16 commits|
Penn State is nearly in a tie with Michigan State, but I rank them lower because they have tons of 3-stars and few exciting prospects.
|#6 Illinois - 12 commits|
Illinois has a very strong base for their class, and Ron Zook can be expected to continue to recruit well.
|#7 Wisconsin - 12 commits|
There is a pretty sizable gap between Illinois and Wisconsin. They are filling needs, and I always give offensive linemen committed to the Badgers an extra mental half-star.
|#8 Minnesota - 9 commits|
There is a cavernous, gaping hole between Wisconsin and Minnesota, even though just a look at the number of commits and stars wouldn't seem to indicate that. Is Brewster's recruiting mojo wearing off?
|#9 Indiana - 16 commits|
Indiana is implementing a new strategy of trying to fill their class early (which may be an overall trend in recruiting nationally). It's working well for them so far, as they appear to be fielding their best class in years.
|#10 Iowa - 4 commits|
Cavernous, gaping hole between IU and UI. Iowa lost their best commit to MSU, but made up for it by landing the state's top player. Ferentz is probably toast, though.
|#11 Northwestern - 7 commits|
Northwestern has been built on sleepers, and they will continue to do so. However, just because a player isn't highly rated doesn't make him a sleeper. Some guys just aren't any good.
|#12 Purdue - 5 commits|
|DT||* (JC)||Kris Cooke|
Purdue has easily the worst class in the Big Ten so far.
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