Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Michigan leads way in ESPN 300 commits
By Brian Bennett
By now, you probably know all about the ESPN 150, our list of the top high school football prospects in the nation.
But for some of you recruiting lovers, that's not enough information. Well, double your pleasure today with the release of the ESPN 300, which also ranks the top players from No.s 151-300.
No matter how you slice the new data, it's still clear that Michigan is killing it on the 2013 recruiting front. The Wolverines lead the country with 16 commitments from the ESPN 300. No other school has more than 12. Ohio State is doing quite nicely as well, tied for third nationally with 10 commitments from that group. Here is how the rest of the Big Ten is faring in top 300 pledges:
Penn State: 4
Michigan State: 2
The ESPN 300 also includes updated player rankings. The highest ranked recruit currently committed to a Big Ten school is Penn State-bound quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who is rated No. 10 nationally. Future Ohio State cornerback Eli Woodard is right behind him at No. 11, while another Buckeyes committed cornerback, Cam Burrows, is at 19.
The Midwest has 38 prospects ranked in the ESPN 300, and Michigan (11) and Ohio State (five) have gotten commitments from 16 of them so far. Recruiting analyst Jared Shanker writes that this isn't the sterotypical Midwestern recruiting year, with skill position players dominating the linemen.
None of the region's top-seven prospects play along the line. In fact, six of those seven are at the skill positions, led by top Midwest recruit Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), a cornerback. In all, only 12 of the 32 Midwest recruits (38 percent) in the ESPN 300 are along the lines. In 2012, eight of the 12 ESPN 150 recruits (67 percent) played either offensive or defensive line.
Shanker also writes that the fall recruiting scene in the Midwest could be calm, because 24 of the 32 prospects in the region have already committed.
There's plenty more recruiting info to digest in the new rankings. So go nuts with it.