Few Big Ten commits among ESPNU 150

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Attention, recruitniks: the ESPNU 150 recruiting rankings are out, along with a breakdown of how the selections were made and some nuggets from JC Shurburtt.

It won't take you long to notice a pattern, and I'm not talking about the fact the top six players are uncommitted.

The rankings are very heavy on players from the south and southeast, while prospects from Big Ten territory are few and far between.

Only four players in the top 50 hail from Big Ten states: linebacker Jordan Hicks (No. 2, Ohio), offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson (No. 4, Minnesota), defensive end William Gholston (No. 33, Michigan) and wide receiver Kyle Prater (No. 43, Illinois).

Does this mean there's no talent in Big Ten states? Hardly. But at least according to these ratings, more and more elite prospects play their high school football in warm-weather states. It's why we're seeing more Big Ten teams expand their recruiting efforts to the south and southeast.

Here's the list of ESPNU 150 prospects committed to Big Ten teams:

  • No. 33: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State

  • No. 58: Roderick Smith, RB, Ohio State

  • No. 71: Dakota Royer, DE, Penn State

  • No. 81: Evan Hailes, DT, Penn State

  • No. 83: Evan Louis, WR, Ohio State

  • No. 86: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Illinois

  • No. 103: Adrian Coxson, WR, Penn State

  • No. 112: Darryl Baldwin, DE, Ohio State

  • No. 114: Robert Bolden, QB, Penn State

  • No. 115: Andrew Norwell, OT, Ohio State

  • No. 117: Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan

  • No. 134: Miles Dieffenbach, C, Penn State

As for the team breakdowns, Penn State leads the way with five commits, followed by Ohio State with four. Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan each have one.

Check Thursday's blog for your updated recruiting scorecard.