We are just days away from the start of pre-season camp. Big Ten Media Days are underway in Chicago. The summer is hot and so is the recruiting.
Shortly after we published last month's ranking post, Chris Ash & Co. went on a tear, getting commitments from an incredible number of quality players.
Between June 26 and June 28.....boom!
The number of recruits was impressive. It was exciting and exhausting as Scott Logan and Griffin Whitmer and Aaron and everybody here was getting blisters keeping up with the plethora of commits. And it certainly bumped Rutgers up in the recruiting rankings as we'll show.
But numbers are one thing, quality - blue chip/4 & 5 star quality - is something else.
And as good as Rutgers is, as well as Ash is gaining traction with recruits, we - and the rest of the college football world - are still playing catch up. Insanely, there is a possibility that Ohio State's 2017 class could be all blue chippers.
There is a chance that Ohio State’s entire recruiting class will be blue chip players. That almost never happens: https://t.co/lS34XYSLsU— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) June 26, 2016
Those points, however, should not deter us from being very excited and very happy about what is going on around these parts.
BTN's Gerry DiNardo has his weekly updates out and Rutgers and the two B1G divisions stack up thusly:
B1G 2017 Recruiting Update #Rutgers Ranked 20 Nationally by Scout,19 by 247,— Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) July 25, 2016
15 by Rivals,21 by ESPN with ave. star rating of 2.90 20 Commit
B1G 2017 Recruiting Update East average ranking 21 with an average star rating of 3.32 West average ranking 44 with a star rating of 2.94— Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) July 25, 2016
The East is the beast
The B1G East still dominates the rankings among conference teams, Ohio State is still No. 1 in the nation according to all three services. And Michigan is still in the top ten, averaging a 5.3 ranking. Penn State has slipped a bit and Maryland is generally holding steady.
Rutgers continues to look better nationally and within the Big Ten. The big question - still - is the number of stars Rutgers is collecting. So far, Rutgers' strength is in its quantity.
And in the Big Ten
Social Media impact
One of the things that all of us have noticed is the extensive and fun use of social media by the football staff. And there really has to be an impact on the recruits themselves, as pointed out by former WRSU and WCTC play-by-play guy, Danny Breslauer:
Sorry, Aaron, I couldn't help myself
Stay classy, Rutgers. Stay classy, Bob.
Stick it, In_iana.
The Hoosiers have an average three-service ranking of 65.7, more than 40 spots behind Rutgers and behind powerhouses Vanderbilt, Toledo, and Kansas. KANSAS!
B1G 2017 Recruiting Update #Hoosiers Ranked 61 Nationally by Scout, 69 by 247,— Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) July 25, 2016
67 by Rivals with ave. star rating of 2.73 and 9 Commits
Nine commits. Nine? Does anyone even want to go to In_iana?
D1 Programs behind Rutgers
As we did previously, these are the schools immediately behind Rutgers in the respective rankings. As RU moves up, the neighborhood looks a bit more "elite".
|Northwestern||Michigan State||South Carolina|
|Penn State||Duke||Michigan State|
As a point of reference, when we first did this in May, the list of schools behind Rutgers looked like this:
|As of 5/23||Scout||247 Sports||Rivals|
|Iowa St||Va Tech||Wash St|
|So Carolina||Cent. Mich||Cal|
|Wash St||Texas A&M||Duke|