ESPN.com released its updated Top 150 recruiting rankings, and with the new rankings comes a newer and better sense of the recruiting landscape in the Big Ten. Here are a few things worth checking out.
It's still Christian Hackenberg's world
Michigan commit Shane Morris may be garnering the most attention of the Big Ten QB prospects with his Twitter feed and impressive camp performances—and his ESPN ranking has moved up to No. 32 accordingly—but ever so quietly, Penn State verbal Christian Hackenberg has been strengthening his hold on the top QB prospect ranking.
Hackenberg moved from No. 11 to No. 10 in the latest update, keeping pace with No. 12 Max Browne (USC commit) and No. 16 Ryan Burns (Stanford commit), as they both moved up a spot too. Past that, Morris is ranked at 32nd as mentioned before, and then you have to go all the way down to No. 141 and Matt Alviti (Northwestern commit) to find the next Big Ten quarterback.
The news won't get much brighter for the rest of the Big Ten on the QB recruiting front; every quarterback prospect in the Top 150 has verbally committed to a school already.
Michigan holds steady
Michigan's class is nearly full, and make no mistake, it's really good. But the commitments from the last few months aren't making a whole lot of noise on ESPN's radar. New verbal Henry Poggi comes in at No. 250 in the Top 300, and April commit Ben Gedeon (likely a linebacker) is No. 271 on the list. And that's it. They're both still great prospects that a lot of teams wanted, but the "wow" factor hasn't shown up in a while.
Waiting on more...and waiting...and waiting...
The Big Ten is pretty well-represented in the Top 150 as a whole, as 21 of the prospects are Big Ten commits (there are 87 committed prospects in the Top 150). That's not bad at all. It's just been awhile since the Big Ten added another recruit here to its ranks; the last prospect to commit was Joey Bosa in late April. Yes, there's also the Alex Anzalone (No. 66) situation, but still, it's been quite awhile.
The wait might not be much longer. Even with Su'a Cravens headed to USC over Nebraska and Michigan, RB Derrick Green might be a Wolverine before too long, and there's no telling when Anzalone will re-commit somewhere; there's a strong chance it's to either Penn State or Ohio State, though. So there's hope yet. We're just getting a little bored here, fellas.
Top 150 Recruit Breakdown
Michigan: 12 commits (best: No. 32, QB Shane Morris)
Ohio State: Six commits (best: No. 11, CB Eli Woodard)
Penn State: Three commits (best: No. 10, QB Christian Hackenberg)
Northwestern: One commit (best: No. 146, QB Matt Alviti)