The new Rivals 100 is out, and the list has been shaken up pretty dramatically. There are six new 5-star prospects and plenty of moving and shaking as the summer camp schedule winds down.
Here's a link to the updated full list. The Big Ten's presence isn't exactly sparse, but it is worth noting that at no point in the entire list are there two consecutive Big Ten commits. Here's a Rivals.com video breaking down the new additions to the 5-star list, plus another article talking about fast-rising prospects.
At any rate, let's talk Big Ten recruiting.
Shane Morris reaches 5-star tier
Rivals rewarded Michigan QB commit Shane Morris with a fifth star and a bump to No. 17 overall in the list. Morris is now behind only USC commit Max Browne (a native of a Washington town called Sammamish, which is how I pronounced "sandwich" as a two-year-old) on the list of quarterback prospects in the class.
The thing of Morris' rise is, it's not as if he's being rewarded for increased recruiting attention with more and more teams chasing him. He's been a solid Michigan commit for 15 months now, and there are still five-and-a-half more months left before signing day. This is purely a function of Morris' improvement as a passer at the summer camps this year.
Christian Hackenberg solidifies elite status
The lone Big Ten commit on that list of high risers was Penn State verbal Christian Hackenberg. ESPN.com's recruiting service has adored Hackenberg for months now, leaving him in their top 15 overall prospects and listing him as the top quarterback.
While Rivals.com isn't joining in that level of hype, it did bounce him up over 100 spots (!) to No. 42 overall, the fourth overall QB spot (fifth if you count ATH Ricky Seals-Jones, who has potential at QB, WR and S).
Hackenberg's bump comes as a result of solid play over the summer and an invitation to the Elite 11 camp. There are some murmurs that he's rethinking his commitment to Penn State, but so far, he hasn't been public with that sentiment and he's still listed as a solid PSU commit.
More 5-star players for Michigan?
The Wolverines have two more spots to fill in their 2013 class at this point, though that number is certainly subject to change as the year rolls along. Fortunately, programs with Michigan's stature and scarcity of scholarships to fill can afford to be extremely picky, and Michigan is aiming for some truly elite players to round out its class.
One of the players still interested in Michigan is 5-star prospect RB Derrick Green, the top-rated running back in the entire class. Michigan's also in on No. 23 overall prospect WR Laquon Treadwell, who moves up to the top WR in the entire class and is the highest-ranked 4-star prospect in the class.
Last, Michigan is still in the running for 5-star CB Leon McQuay, who doesn't have the Wolverines in his top three (Florida, Vandy and USC comprise that list as of now), but told MichiganTremendous.com that he still plans to visit Michigan for the Michigan State game before he commits.
So, if Treadwell gets that fifth star—and nobody's closer than him—the Wolverines will have a trio of 5-star players to choose from for their last two spots of the class, and that's before any other scholarships potentially open up.
Titles aren't won on Signing Day
And, lest we work ourselves into too much of a lather over these rankings, Penn State commit (and 4-star, No. 56 overall) Adam Breneman took to Twitter to remind fans and his fellow players not to care too much about where everyone's ranked while they're still in high school.
Stop talking about your ranking. Play football and we'll let draft day in a few years do the talking.— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman87) August 20, 2012