NCF Nation: espn 150
April, 17, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
The 2013 ESPN 150 -- our list of the top high school rising seniors in the country (now with less U!) -- was unveiled this afternoon. And the Big Ten's hand prints are all over the list, which you can find in its entirety here. (You can read more about the class, including spotlights on Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg and Ohio State recruit Cam Burrows, here).
Twenty players from the list have already committed to Big Ten schools. So of the 77 players who have committed, the Big Ten claims more than a quarter of them. The Big Ten only signed 12 players from the 2012 ESPN 150 list.
Michigan is responsible for the biggest portion of that haul. The Wolverines -- who have 17 total commitments for the '13 class -- boast 11 ESPN 150 prospects in their corner so far.
That's easily the most of any school in the country. Texas and Florida are next with seven ESPN 150 commits each, followed by Alabama and Georgia with six. Alabama had the top class in the country this year with 13 ESPN 150 signees. Michigan has a chance to compete for the top class ranking next year if this current group holds together and gets a few more notable additions. Brady Hoke and his staff have done an excellent job of locking up early pledges.
Ohio State is doing well, too. The Buckeyes currently have five ESPN 150 commits for Urban Meyer, including three in the top 55 of the list.
But the league school with the highest-ranked prospect so far is Penn State. Let's take a look at the players from the list who are currently committed to a Big Ten team:
No. 11: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
No. 12: Eli Woodard, CB, Ohio State
No. 21: Cam Burrows, CB, Ohio State
No. 37: Shane Morris, QB, Michigan
No. 39: Adam Breneman, TE, Penn State
No. 55: Jalin Marshall, ATH, Ohio State
No. 63: Gareon Conley, CB, Michigan
No. 75: Mike McCray II, OLB, Michigan
No. 92: David Dawson, OG, Michigan
No. 97: Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT, Michigan
No. 98: Dymonte Thomas, ATH, Michigan
No. 105: Chris Fox, OT, Michigan
No. 107: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
No. 112: Kyle Bosch, OG, Michigan
No. 113: Matt Alviti, QB, Northwestern
No. 115: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
No. 121: Patrick Kugler, OG, Michigan
No. 123: Greg Webb, DT, Penn State
No. 127: Marcus Baugh, TE, Ohio State
No. 142: Evan Lisle, OT, Ohio State
Here is where we issue the requisite word of caution, as these are only verbal commitments and it's a long way until signing day next February. Things can change a lot between now and then, and star rankings do not always predict college success. But clearly the Big Ten is doing a good job competing for the nation's highest-ranked prospects during this recruiting cycle.