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Rutgers National Signing Day 2015: Scorecard, here! Get yer scorecard!

We're getting closer to NLI Day. What do things look like in Piscataway and around the B1G? Let's take a snapshot a see what we see. NOTE: This story was not updated to reflect any additional commitments after Jan. 26.

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Marques Ford commits over the weekend.

Najee Clayton commits on Monday.

Not a bad round up for Kyle Flood.  So where exactly does Rutgers stand as we approach T minus 7 days til National Letter of Intent Day?

Figures Never Lie and Liars Never Figure

You can use whatever rating service you want.  Both 247 Sports and Rivals have their own scoring system, and they both moved Rutgers up nicely with the 4-star commit of Marques Ford.  As of January 26, at this writing, Rutgers had moved up ten spots on 247's Composite ranking to No. 52 nationally.  Within the Big Ten, 247 had us at No. 9, ahead of - in order - Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, and Michigan.  Yes, as of today, the Wolverines are the 14th best recruiting team in the B1G this off season.  They have only nine commitments, of which five are 4-star players.  I don't think Jim Harbaugh will keep those figures for long.

247 Sports

B1G Rank

Team

1

Ohio State

2

Penn State

3

Michigan State

4

Wisconsin

5

Nebraska

6

Maryland

7

Northwestern

8

Indiana

9

Rutgers

10

Iowa

11

Illinois

12

Purdue

13

Minnesota

14

Michigan

Over at Rivals, it's pretty similar.  Rutgers comes in at No. 48 nationally and No. 8 in the conference, ahead of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Purdue, and Michigan.  Tell me again why we're in the Eastern Division?

Rivals

B1G Rank

Team

1

Ohio State

2

Penn State

3

Wisconsin

4

Michigan State

5

Nebraska

6

Northwestern

7

Indiana

8

Rutgers

9

Minnesota

10

Iowa

11

Illinois

12

Maryland

13

Purdue

14

Michigan

But the rankings change quite a bit if you look at it a bit differently.  With Rivals, for instance, if you look at the average star ranking, Rutgers drops, since it has only one 4-star and a lot of 3's.  Michigan, with more than half of its (nine) recruits at 4-stars, jumps way up.  Same for 247's average value, based on their scoring system.

Rivals Star Average

Team

Total Recruits

Avg Stars

Ohio State

24

3.5

Penn State

22

3.5

Nebraska

14

3.36

Michigan State

15

3.33

Michigan

9

3.33

Average


3.40

Wisconsin

26

2.88

Iowa

17

2.88

Northwestern

20

2.84

Indiana

19

2.84

Maryland

17

2.81

Minnesota

20

2.74

Illinois

19

2.68

Rutgers

22

2.59

Purdue

25

2.48

247 Composite Scoring Average

Original Rank

Team

Total Recruits

Avg Value

1

Ohio State

24

90.04

2

Penn State

22

89.56

14

Michigan

9

87.5

5

Nebraska

14

87.48

3

Michigan State

16

87.47


Average


88.41

4

Wisconsin

26

85.09

6

Maryland

18

85.01

7

Northwestern

20

84.4

8

Indiana

19

83.99

10

Iowa

17

83.99

11

Illinois

19

83.09

9

Rutgers

23

82.9

13

Minnesota

20

82.81

12

Purdue

24

81.84

So, who has a better class right now?

Oh, and by the way, according to 247 Sports, there is only one 5-star recruit in all of the Big Ten.  And Rivals says there are none.