Monday, July 1, 2013
Buckeyes rise in latest recruiting rankings
By Adam Rittenberg
Michigan retains the top spot in RecruitingNation's latest class rankings , but the Wolverines' archrival is making a nice move.
Ohio State rises three spots to No. 14 after adding four commitments in an eight-day span earlier this month, including ESPN 150 offensive tackle Jamarco Jones and ESPN 300 tight end/defensive end Jalyn Holmes. The Buckeyes are now up to 14 commits for the 2014 class.
Michigan also has 14 commits after adding linebacker Noah Furbush on Monday. The Wolverines continue to lead the nation with nine ESPN 150 prospects.
Penn State and Northwestern both drop one spot in the latest rankings, coming in at No. 19 and No. 22, respectively. Both teams are close to wrapping up their 2014 classes as Penn State is operating under scholarship restrictions and Northwestern, which already has 12 pledges, likely won't sign more than 17 players in February.
Another Big Ten notable is Rutgers, which checks in at No. 23 in the latest rankings, rising six spots. The Scarlet Knights, who join the Big Ten in 2014, picked up seven commits in the past two weeks and now have 20 on the board.
No other Big Ten programs appear in RecruitingNation's top 30, although teams like Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin can't be too far off.