Big Ten Recruiting Roundup (04.28.17): Penn State Still On Top, but Ohio State is Closing the Gap

By Nick Polak on April 28, 2017 at 7:00 am
The Penn State recruiting class of 2018 (plus a few extras)
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2018 Big Ten Recruiting Team Rankings
Rank Team # of Commits Average Rating Blue Chip % Top-5 Commits

1

Penn State

12 0.9228 58% ★★★★★ DUAL Justin Fields (0.9860)
★★★★★ APB Ricky Slade (0.9841)
★★★★ WR Justin Shorter (0.9588)
★★★★ OT Nana Asiedu (0.9577)
★★★★ TE Zack Kuntz (0.9566)

2

Ohio State

9 0.9673 100% ★★★★★ DT Taron Vincent (0.9937)
★★★★★ DUAL Emory Jones (0.9848)
★★★★ S Jaiden Woodbey (0.9805)
★★★★ APB Jaelen Gill (0.9775)
★★★★ SDE Brenton Cox (0.9729)

3

Northwestern

13 0.8493 9% ★★★★ SDE Devin O'Rourke (0.9120)
★★★ S Jeremiah McDonald (0.8677)
★★★ PRO Jason Whittaker (0.8646)
★★★ CB Greg Newsome (0.8637)
★★★ OG Wyatt Blake (0.8616)

4

Nebraska

8 0.9022 63% ★★★★ CB Brendan Radley-Hiles (0.9653)
★★★★ TE Cameron Jurgens (0.9426)
★★★★ WR Eric Fuller (0.9382)
★★★★ WR Manuel Allen (0.9242)
★★★★ WR Chase Williams (0.9217)

5

Minnesota

12 0.8533 0% ★★★ DT Elijah Teague (0.8681)
★★★ OT Oyenmwen Uzebu (0.8640)
★★★ DUAL Brennan Armstrong (0.8616)
★★★ WR Jornell Manns (0.8575)
★★★ RB Nolan Edmonds (0.8563)

6

Michigan

7 0.9031 57% ★★★★ OG Emil Ekiyor (0.9529)
★★★★ CB Myles Sims (0.9414)
★★★★ OLB Otis Reese (0.9265)
★★★★ SDE Aidan Hutchinson (0.9143)
★★★ CB Gemon Green (0.8877)

7

Wisconsin

8 0.8551 14% ★★★★ ILB Jack Sanborn (0.8833)
★★★ S Reggie Pearson Jr. (0.8615)
★★★ SDE Boyd Dietzen (0.8600)
★★★ PRO Ben Bryant (0.8565)
★★★ OT Michael Furtney (0.8544)

8

Maryland

5 0.8853 40% ★★★★ DT Austin Fontaine (0.9613)
★★★★ OG Evan Gregory (0.8971)
★★★ DUAL Tyler DeSue (0.8659)
★★★ WDE Durell Nchami (0.8527)
★★★ OLB Nihym Anderson (0.8496)

9

Michigan State

5 0.8730 40% ★★★★ TE Trenton Gillison (0.9129)
★★★★ ATH Xavier Henderson (0.9033)
★★★ PRO Theo Day (0.8682)
★★★ CB Christian Jackson (0.8515)
★★★ ILB Edward Warinner (0.8288)

10

Indiana

4 0.8326 0% ★★★ RB Kristian Pechac (0.8651)
★★★ ATH Cam Jones (0.8388)
★★★ CB Elijah Rodgers (0.8266)
★★★ S Jordan Jusevitch (0.7999)

11

Iowa

3 0.8416 0% ★★★ OLB Dillon Doyle (0.8577)
★★★ RB Henry Geil (0.8355)
★★★ OG Jeffrey Jenkins (0.8316)

12

Illinois

2 0.8335 0% ★★★ DUAL Coran Taylor (0.8338)
★★★ OT Julian Pearl (0.8333)

13

Rutgers

2 0.8033 0% ★★★ CB Jarret Paul (0.8177)
★★ S Rachad Wildgoose Jr. (0.7889)

14

Purdue

1 0.8000 0% ★★★ DT Raymond Ellis (0.8000)

Closing the Gap

Ohio State is not so slowly catching up with Penn State's furious start to the 2018 class. In fact, the Buckeyes' newest commit, cornerback Sevyn Banks has a 0.9169 rating and is the No. 201 player in the 2018 class. That makes him the lowest-ranked player in the Ohio State class by a rather absurd 115 spots!

Ohio State will retake their spot atop this list, it's just a matter of how long it takes them to do that (hint- it won't be long).

Nebraska Sneakily Putting Together An Excellent Class

Since their Big 12 days, Nebraska has never been much of a standout name on National Signing Day, but not in a bad way. They've fallen into a nice rhythm of grabbing a few big name four-stars, filling out with solid three-stars, and moving along. This year, however, they seem to be taking the next step. With five four-star players (all ranked within the top 181 players in the country), the Cornhuskers are in position to start thinking about a top-15 class if things keep going their way.

Maryland Coming On Strong

Coming into the month of April, the Terps held just one verbal commitment (Durell Nchami). Now as April comes to a close, they have five, including two big four-star names in Austin Fontaine and Evan Gregory. Fontaine was a big target for Penn State (though the interest never seemed quite as mutual on both sides), so this is a huge pick-up for D.J. Durkin.

I don't know how much longer Durkin will be at Maryland (if he continues doing well and Florida gives Jim McElwain the boot after this year, I think the job is his), but he's certainly doing everything he can to rebuild an empty roster into one very capable of competing in the Big Ten East.

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Rutgers isn't last.

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