Big Ten Recruiting Power Rankings After 5-Star RB Derrick Green's Commitment
We've just had another big domino fall on the recruiting trail, as stud RB Derrick Green has committed to Michigan, per the Richmond Times Dispatch. Big Blue always sat pretty with the Virginia native, and now he's officially a Wolverine.
This is great news for Brady Hoke, as it solidifies a top-10 class is coming to Ann Arbor for the second consecutive year. Green gives Michigan a big back at 6'0" and nearly 230 pounds who also has great straight-line speed.
Of course, with a commitment of this magnitude, rankings will see some movement. I'm here to give you an update of the Big Ten recruiting rankings board now that Michigan has landed Derrick Green.
Does Green give the Wolverines enough ammo to fend off their rivals, Ohio State? Or do the Buckeyes have the better and top class in the B1G? Let's find out right now!
Jerry Kill currently has 14 commitments for the Golden Gophers. I don't think Kill is too concerned about his recruiting rankings, as continuing to change the culture and getting players that fit his schemes are more important.
CB Jaylen Myric is the top player coming, and the 5'11", 185-pounder hails from Georgia. The most interesting prospect for Minnesota is 6'5", 270-pound kicker Ryan Santoso.
From Florida, Santoso is a big kicker and has a big leg. He should become a weapon for Kill's squad.
New lead Boilermaker Darrell Hazel is piecing together a class of 16 commitments right now. Purdue hasn't been a front-line Big Ten team in several years, but Hazell should change that.
The best thing about this class is that QB Danny Etling is already signed. Etling is a 6'3", 212-pound signal-caller from Indiana that has a skill set that projects him as a starter.
RB Keyante Green, from Georgia, also will surely help.
Iowa isn't a sexy recruiting school, but all Kirk Ferentz and his staff do is get players that help them contend for Big Ten titles.
This class of 17 commitments is led by 6'5", 215-pound TE Jon Wisnieski. As I look at this class, I find t interesting that only two commitments are OLs.
With Iowa being a factory for blockers, obviously the Hawkeyes used this cycle to stock talent at other positions. Anyway you slice it, look for Ferentz to coach this group of solid football players well.
With 26 commitments, Illinois has already signed five JC prospects. WR Martize Barr, a 5'11", 190-pounder, is their top JC prospect.
However, the class headliner is Aaron Bailey, a 6'2", 215-pound dual-threat QB that can also play several positions. Bailey is one of the best prospects from Illinois this year and the Illini are counting on him to become the face of their program soon.
The Wildcats have netted 19 commitments this year so far, but Pat Fitzgerald's biggest catch is at the QB position.
Matt Alviti is such a gritty, competitive gunslinger that I'll go on record and call him a cross between Brett Favre and Tim Tebow. He's 6'0", 192 pounds and has good athleticism, solid arm strength and wins football games.
Fitzgerald is also bringing in four OL prospects in this class to help make sure Alviti will be protected.
7. Michigan State
Michigan State is one of the hardest schools to recruit at in the country, if you ask me. Think about it—in your region alone, you have to recruit against Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
That's tough sledding for Mark Dantonio, but somehow he finds a way to get it done each year.
This year, he has 17 commitments, with two being upper-echelon LB prospects Jon Reschke and Shane Jones, who should make a solid tandem. Also, keep your eye on dual-threat QB Damion Terry and his high school teammate, ATH Delton Williams.
Gary Andersen has hit the ground running at Camp Randall and is working to put the finishing touches on an 18-man recruiting class before Feb. 6th rolls around.
Prospects like WR Rob Wheelwright, RB Corey Clement, OT Jack Keeler, DE Alec James and LB Garret Dooley are all committed to the Badgers.
Don't expect the tough, physical and strong play that Wisconsin has built itself in the past to change under Andersen.
Surprised to see the Hoosiers this high, right? Well, they deserve to be, as I think their class is going to surprise some people.
With 19 commitments, Kevin Wilson has maybe the next Antwaan Randle El in Rashard Fant. The 5'10", 165-pounder can play an array of positions and has good speed.
Look out for S Antonio Allen, as he is really effective in the box. DLs Darius Latham and David Kenney III will upgrade the DL talent in Bloomington immediately.
Bo Pelini will enjoy a good day on Feb. 6th, as right now he figures to be discussing a recruiting class made up of 23 commitments.
QB Johnny Stanton is a dual-threat-signal caller that should develop well in Lincoln, while Louisiana native Tre'vell Dixon is one of the top ATH prospects in the country.
OT Davin Knevel, JUCO DE Randy Gregory, RB Terrell Newby and LB Marcus Newby are also all top commitments in this class. Yet the player to watch for Big Red from this class is OLB Josh Banderas, as he has the potential to be an All-B1G selection.
3. Penn State
One of the best moves Bill O'Brien made when he was hired was keeping longtime DL coach and recruiter Larry Johnson, Sr.
The Nittany Lions are flirting with a top-25 finish, which would be amazing considering their obvious circumstances.
With 17 commitments, Penn State will bring in top-flight prospects like QB Christain Hackenberg, TE Adam Breneman, DE Garrett Sickels, OG Brendan Mahon, WR DaeSean Hamilton and OT Andrew Nelson.
JUCO QB Tyler Ferguson gives O'Brien the luxury of not having to rush Hackenberg onto the field.
2. Ohio State
Settle down, Buckeye fans, as your beloved team has a No. 1 B1G class, too. This is not a slight by any means to what OSU has done on the trail this cycle.
I love Ohio State's class and won't be surprised if they finish in the top five nationally. Urban Meyer has once again done a fantastic job recruiting and has 22 commitments.
With talent like CB Eli Apple, DT Joey Bosa, WR/ATH Jalin Marshall, CB Gareon Conley, RB Ezekiel Elliot, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows and LB Mike Mitchell, I really need to move on because I'm having second thoughts listing this group anywhere but No. 1.
With Green's commitment today (Richmond Times Dispatch), I'm going with Michigan as the No. 1 recruiting class in the B1G right now. The Wolverines have a 26-man group with fantastic talent up and down the list.
QB Shane Morris leads a group that along with Green also has prospects like OG Patrick Kugler, DE Taco Charlton, CB Jourdan Lewis, OG David Dawson, OT's Logan Tulley-Tillman, Chris Fox and Kyle Bosch—plus TE Jake Butt, LB Mike McCray and S Dymonte Thomas.
This is an incredible class yet again for Brady Hoke, and it could also be a top-five group nationally.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a college football and NFL draft magazine.