1 pointI am posting this in reference to what 49'r posted on page 21 of the Starting 5 thread Interesting enough according to the recruiting site ratings we do have Top 3 talent in the Big 10... if we were to go by recruit rankings that is on a current roster. I am going to list all the schools players that are on their current roster that were ranked in the Top 150 or better... *** NOTE: No player is listed if they were not rated in the Top 150 of a recruiting site *** *** NOTE 2: This is based on active rosters so I used direct sources from the schools website to see who is still currently playing and matched it to Rivals recruit lists. Also I included transfers that were highly rated like Copeland (NU), Doorson (Rutgers) or Matthews (Michigan). You will not see any irrelevant 5* or 4* recruits that are no longer on the team... Enjoy *** Top 150 = 1pts Top 100 = 2pts Top 50 = 3pts Top 25 = 4pts Top 10 = 5pts Illinois = 12pts Leron Black = Top 50 Aaron Jordan = Top 100 Tejon Lucas = Top 150 Mark Smith = Top 100 Trent Frazier = Top 100 De'monte Williams = Top 100 Indiana = 11pts Clifton Moore = Top 150 Justin smith = Top 150 De'Ron Davis = Top 50 Curtis Jones = Top 100 Robert Johnson = Top 50 Juwan Morgan = Top 150 Iowa = 5pts Tyler Cook = Top 100 Luke Garza = Top 150 Conner McCaffery = Top 100 Maryland = 15pts Dion Wiley = Top 100 Michal Cekovinski = Top 150 Jared Nickens = Top 150 Kevin Heurter = Top 100 Anthony Cowan = Top 50 Justin Jackson = Top 100 Daryll Marcell = Top 100 Bruno Fernando = Top 100 Michigan = 10pts Moritz Wagner = Top 100 Jon Teske = Top 150 Xavier Simpson = Top 100 Isaiah Livers = Top 150 Jordan Brooks = Top 150 Charles Matthews = Top 50 Michigan State = 26pts Tum Tum Naird = Top 100 Matt McQuaid = Top 100 Myles Bridges = Top 10 Winston Cassius = Top 50 Joshua Langford = Top 25 Nick Ward = Top 50 Jaren Jackson = Top 10 Xavier Tillman = Top 100 Minnesota = 8pts Amir Coffee = Top 100 Dupree McBrayer = Top 150 Jordan Murphy = Top 150 Eric Curry = Top 150 Isaiah Washington = Top 100 Matz Stocksman = Top 150 Nebraska = 16pts Glynn Watson = Top 100 James Palmer = Top 100 Isaiah Roby = Top 150 Isaac Copeland = Top 25 Anton Gill = Top 50 Thomas Allen = Top 100 Nana Akenten = Top 150 Jordy Tshimanga = Top 150 Northwestern = 7pts Vic Law = Top 100 Aaron Falzon = Top 100 Barret Benson = Top 150 Rapolas Ivanaukas = Top 100 Ohio State = 11pts Jae'Sean Tate = Top 100 Keita Bates'Diop = Top 50 Musa Jallow = Top 150 Kyle Young = Top 150 Kaleb Wesson = Top 100 Kam Williams = Top 100 Penn State = 7pts Lamar Stephens = Top 100 Tony Carr = Top 50 Josh Reaves = Top 150 Mike Watkins = Top 150 Purdue = 9pts Isaac Hass = Top 100 Vince Edwards = Top 150 Dakota Mathias = Top 150 Ryan Cline = Top 150 Carson Edwards = Top 100 Nojel Eastern = Top 100 Rutgers = 6pts Da'Shawn Freeman = Top 100 Corey Sanders = Top 100 Mamadou Doucoure = Top 150 Shaquille Doorson = Top 150 Wisconsin = 8pts Brad Davidson = Top 100 Nathan Reuvers = Top 100 Alex Illikainen = Top 150 Brevin Pritzl = Top 100 Ethan Happ = Top 150 So according to this list Nebraska sits at #2 in recruit rankings currently on a roster... 1. Michigan State = 26 2. Nebraska = 16 3. Maryland = 15 4. Illinois = 12 T 5. Indiana = 11 T 5. Ohio State = 11 7. Michigan = 10 8. Purdue = 9 T 9. Minnesota = 8 T 9. Wisconsin = 8 T 11. Northwestern = 7 T 11. Penn State = 7 13. Rutgers = 6 14. Iowa = 5
1 pointYou mean we've felt the same way Minnesota Gopher fans feel right now about their team? They went from 2-16 in 2016 (we went 5-13 in 2013) to 11-7 in 2017 (we went 11-7 in 2014). People have called our run in 2014 a fluke, getting hot at the end of the season blah, blah but the run Minnesota went on last year was probably at least as fluky as ours...the schedule really REALLY helped them out too...much moreso even than ours in 2014 did. I mean if you look at the two situations, they are shockingly similar. Now they're talking about competing for the league title and sweet 16's or more this year. Will they fall flat on their face like we did in 2015? Probably not. But all it takes is an injury here or there and things can change quickly. What if Reggie Lynch's recovery doesn't go as expected, or he suffers an early season injury? Point is, you can project all you want about how a season is going to go, but how the hell can you really know until it's all over? If you look at Minnesota's current roster and compare it to our 2015 roster can you really say they look the same? I dunno.