All-Big Ten offense and recruiting rankings

January, 25, 2010
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Thanks to Justin from New Orleans for a great suggestion:

I agree with your recent post about your feelings on recruiting rankings, and as a thought, maybe once signing day is done and you have some down time, it might be worthwhile to do an article looking at the individual recruiting rankings of the players named to the all big ten teams from this year. This would seem to me to be a good study about recruiting rankings, as well as staffs that identify and develop talent.

No need to wait for signing day to take a look back. It's very interesting to see the top prospects who reached their potential and the guys who came out of nowhere to earn All-Big Ten honors. As many of you know, I don't think recruiting rankings mean everything, especially in a league like the Big Ten that boasts several strong developmental programs.

Below you'll find the first-team All-Big Ten offense selections from the media this year and how they ranked in recruiting according to ESPN's Scouts Inc., Rivals.com and Scout.com. I've displayed position rankings, state rankings and national rankings.

Note: Scouts Inc. doesn't have rankings for players in the 2005 recruiting class.

I'll have the defense rankings in a separate post later today.

OFFENSE

Daryll Clark, QB, Penn State
Class:
2005
ESPN's Scouts Inc: N/A
Rivals: Three stars (out of five), No. 24 quarterback, No. 38 player in Ohio, unranked nationally (overall)
Scout: Two stars (out of five), unranked nationally (top 100) or among quarterbacks

Evan Royster, RB, Penn State
Class:
2006
ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 72, No. 105 running back, No. 19 player in Virginia, unranked nationally
Rivals: Three stars, No. 26 running back, No. 14 player in Virginia, unranked nationally
Scout: Three stars, No. 39 running back, unranked nationally

John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
Class:
2007
ESPN's Scouts Inc: ESPNU 150, Grade of 79, No. 12 running back, No. 2 in Wisconsin, No. 108 player nationally
Rivals: Four stars, No. 4 running back, No. 2 player in Wisconsin, No. 36 nationally
Scout: Four stars, No. 14 running back, unranked nationally

Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana
Class:
2008
ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 78, No. 64 running back, No. 6 player in Indiana
Rivals: Two stars, unranked nationally or among wide receivers, No. 10 player in Indiana
Scout: Three stars, No. 144 wide receiver, unranked nationally

Keith Smith, WR, Purdue
Class:
2007
ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 74, No. 74 quarterback, No. 115 player in Texas
Rivals: Three stars, listed as athlete, unranked for position or state or nationally
Scout: Two stars, listed as wide receiver, unranked nationally

Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
Class:
2007
ESPN's Scouts Inc: ESPNU 150, Grade of 79, No. 4 center, No. 4 in Pennsylvania, No. 131 player nationally
Rivals: Four stars, No. 8 center, No. 5 player in Pennsylvania, No. 131 nationally
Scout: Four stars, No. 5 offensive guard, No. 100 nationally

Justin Boren, G, Ohio State
Class:
2006
ESPN's Scouts Inc: ESPN 150, Grade of 82, No. 2 offensive guard, No. 4 in Ohio, No. 71 nationally
Rivals: Four stars, No. 1 center, No. 4 player in Ohio, No. 64 nationally
Scout: Five stars, No. 7 offensive lineman, No. 42 nationally

John Moffitt, G, Wisconsin
Class:
2006
ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 40, unranked among offensive tackles, No. 23 player in Connecticut
Rivals: Three stars, unranked for position or state or nationally
Scout: Two stars, unranked among offensive linemen or nationally

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Class:
2007
ESPN's Scouts Inc: ESPNU150, Grade of 80, No. 9 offensive tackle, No. 2 in Illinois, No. 96 nationally
Rivals: Four stars, No. 6 offensive tackle, No. 2 in Illinois, No. 70 nationally
Scout: Four stars, No. 16 offensive guard, unranked nationally

Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Class:
2006
ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 40, unranked among offensive tackles, No. 20 in Wisconsin
Rivals: Three stars, No. 30 offensive tackle, No. 3 in Wisconsin, unranked nationally
Scout: Three stars, unranked among offensive linemen or nationally

Garrett Graham, TE, Wisconsin
Class:
2005
ESPN's Scouts Inc: N/A
Rivals: Three stars, No. 33 tight end, No. 21 in New Jersey, unranked nationally
Scout: Two stars, No. 53 among tight ends, unranked nationally

Brett Swenson, K, Michigan State
Class:
2006
ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 40, unranked among kickers, No. 5 kicker in Florida
Rivals: Three stars, No. 4 kicker, unranked in state or nationally
Scout: Three stars, No. 4 kicker, unranked nationally

There you have it. So recruiting rankings certainly don't mean everything, though in some cases they give you a good idea of what's to come.

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