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All-Big Ten defense and recruiting rankings

1/25/2010

After looking at where this year's All-Big Ten offensive players ranked as recruits, it's time to get defensive. Here's where the league's top defensive players stacked up according to ESPN's Scouts Inc., Rivals.com and Scout.com. I've displayed position rankings, state rankings and national rankings.

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

These are the media's first-team All-Big Ten selections. I added Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick, the league's co-Defensive Player of the Year, to the mix.

Enjoy.

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

Class:
2006

ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 80, No. 9 inside linebacker, No. 2 in Missouri, unranked nationally

Rivals: Four stars (out of five), No. 8 defensive end, No. 2 player in Missouri, No. 194 nationally

Scout: Four stars (out of five), No. 18 defensive end, unranked nationally (top 100)

Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Class:
2006

ESPN's Scouts Inc: ESPNU 150, Grade of 86, No. 2 inside linebacker, No. 1 in Michigan, No. 31 nationally

Rivals: Five stars, No. 2 inside linebacker, No. 1 in Michigan, No. 15 player nationally

Scout: Five stars, No. 3 inside linebacker, No. 14 player nationally

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

Class:
2007

ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 74, No. 72 defensive end, No. 6 in Indiana, unranked nationally

Rivals: Three stars, No. 46 defensive end, No. 4 in Indiana, unranked nationally

Scout: Three stars, No. 88 defensive end, unranked nationally

O'Brien Schofield, DE, Wisconsin

Class:
2005

ESPN's Scouts Inc: N/A

Rivals: Three stars, No. 24 defensive end, No. 24 in Illinois, unranked nationally

Scout: Three stars, No. 55 linebacker, unranked nationally

Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Class:
2006

ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 76, No. 32 defensive tackle, No. 23 in Pennsylvania, unranked nationally

Rivals: Four stars, No. 3 defensive tackle, No. 1 in Pennsylvania, No. 31 nationally

Scout: Four stars, No. 8 defensive tackle, No. 55 nationally

Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

Class:
2007

ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 71, No. 101 defensive end, No. 57 in Ohio, unranked nationally

Rivals: Three stars, No. 34 outside linebacker, No. 16 in Ohio, unranked nationally

Scout: Three stars, No. 24 linebacker, unranked nationally

Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

Class:
2006

ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 77, No. 22 inside linebacker, No. 11 in Maryland, unranked nationally

Rivals: Four stars, No. 12 inside linebacker, No. 9 in Maryland, No. 212 nationally

Scout: Four stars, No. 22 linebacker, unranked nationally

Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa

Class:
2005

ESPN's Scouts Inc: N/A

Rivals: Three stars, No. 26 inside linebacker, No. 5 in Iowa, unranked nationally

Scout: Three stars, No. 57 linebacker, unranked nationally

Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan

Class:
2007

ESPN's Scouts Inc: ESPNU 150, Grade of 80, No. 8 cornerback, No. 8 in California, No. 86 nationally

Rivals: Five stars, No. 3 cornerback, No. 4 in California, No. 25 nationally

Scout: Five stars, No. 4 cornerback, No. 22 nationally

Sherrick McManis, CB, Northwestern

Class:
2006

ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 40, unranked among cornerbacks, No. 58 in Illinois

Rivals: Two stars, unranked among cornerbacks or state or nationally

Scout: Two stars, unranked among cornerbacks or nationally

Tyler Sash, S, Iowa

Class:
2007

ESPN's Scouts Inc: Grade of 69, No. 165 running back, No. 7 in Iowa, unranked nationally

Rivals: Three stars, No. 59 athlete, No. 5 in Iowa, unranked nationally

Scout: Three stars, No. 82 safety, unranked nationally

Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State

Class:
2006

ESPN's Scouts Inc: ESPNU 150, Grade of 81, No. 12 cornerback, No. 8 in Ohio, No. 125 nationally

Rivals: Four stars, No. 13 cornerback, No. 10 in Ohio, No. 183 nationally

Scout: Four stars, No. 14 cornerback, unranked nationally

Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan

Class:
2005

ESPN's Scouts Inc: N/A

Rivals: Three stars, No. 2 kicker, No. 36 in Ohio, unranked nationally

Scout: Three stars, No. 4 punter, unranked nationally

Another interesting look back at who panned out. There certainly were several steals in this group (McManis, Sash, Jones), while others (Graham, Warren) lived up to the hype.