Counter Intel is the smart Ohio State fan’s take on the Big Ten and top nationwide recruiting drives.
Big additions in B1G East
It’s been a busy few weeks in the Big Ten; especially in the eastern division. Since we last looked at the national scene in late June, the state of Ohio has added three new 2022 engagements to its top-rated category. New additions include four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks, four-star spread and best target Kojo Antwi, and Colorado offensive tackle Georgie Fitzpatrick. But Ryan Day isn’t the only one who’s been busy lately.
Michigan, Penn State and Indiana have also seen significant additions to their respective classes. So far this month, James Franklin has added six new players to the 2022 pledges column. The biggest of those is expected to be four-star trailback Nicholas Singleton of Reading, Pa. The nation’s No.6 was heavily on the Ohio state radar, but he ultimately chose the Nittany Lions over Notre Dame.
Penn State also added two more four-star commitments in Pittsburgh rusher Tyreese Fearbry and Florida defensive lineman Zane Durant. Offensive tackle JUCO JB Nelson made his signing on July 2. Two other three-star additions came in the form of Philly linebacker Keon Wylie and New York defenseman Kaleb Artis. The Nittany Lion class is currently in third place in the national team standings.
Michigan’s 2022 class also improved with four new engagements. The biggest of the peloton was four-star Florida rusher Mario Eugenio. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder is ranked No. 282 nationally and also holds offerings from Oregon, Miami and Arkansas. Jacksonville three-star linebacker Micah Pollard is the nephew of Braylon Edwards. Just yesterday he announced he would follow in his uncle’s footsteps. The Wolverines also added another pair of three stars in Idaho tight end Colston Loveland and Tennessee corner Myles Pollard.
Tom Allen is the other recent Big Ten headliner. The Hoosiers have also added four commitments recently as their class is up to No. 5 in the conference and No. 20 nationally. The biggest addition was Omar Cooper, the four-star broad from Indianapolis, and his July 7 engagement gave Indiana its third four-star in the class.
Fort Wayne offensive lineman DJ Moore signed up yesterday. The Buckeyes offered Moore early on, but recruiting seemed to come down to the Hoosiers and Boilermakers. Three-star tackle Bray Lynch and Florida corner James Monds III were the other recent engagements. Allen now has 12 engagements in his class of 2022.
Irish linebacker class gets even better
Brian Kelly has the best linebacker class in the country, and that got even better yesterday with the entry of Jaylen Sneed. The Hilton Head, SC prospect is ranked 70th in the nation, and he’s likely going to see his action increase a bit thanks to strong results at camp. He became the fourth four-star linebacker to join the Irish 2022 class. Other recent engagements include three-star Florida security Devin Moore and New Jersey corner Jayden Bellamy.
It has been a successful week at South Bend, but the Irish have also lost a commitment. On Monday, it was announced that three-star Georgia rusher Darren Agu had renounced his Irish engagement. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound is more of a draft type, but it has a lot of athleticism that could translate into the road. His crystal ball now favors Vanderbilt.
However, the good news certainly outweighed the bad. Kelly’s class skipped Penn State and is back at No. 2 – behind only Ohio State – in the tag team standings.
Earlier win, lose another
Business is booming in Norman as the Sooners have added five new 2022 engagements since early July. The biggest news came on Independence Day when four-star Maryland defensive lineman Derrick Moore made his intentions known. He is now the highest rated defensive player in the class. Lincoln Riley also added a pair of four-star offensive linemen in Jacob Sexton and Bishop Gorman’s Jake Taylor. OU also added some three-star promises with wide-out in-state Robert Spears-Jennings and Texas athlete Xavion Brice.
The bad news came when the Sooners lost another talented broad. Talyn Shettron is the nation’s No.6 player in that position and the state star has been in the Oklahoma class since last October. He will instead play his varsity ball for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys. It came just weeks after four-star broadsider Jordan Hudson gave up on his promise. He signed up to SMU on July 4.
Five star additions for ducks, tide
Oregon has been on a pretty hot streak lately, and the biggest entry for Mario Cristobal’s class of 2022 came last week when the Ducks landed five-star offensive tackle Kelvin Banks. Most thought it was up to the Aggies and Longhorns for the No.2 player in Texas, but the Ducks rushed in and stole one. Oregon also added a pair of wide four stars in Nicholas Anderson (a skinny ND single) and Isaiah Sategna of Arkansas.
A five-star from the state of Alabama has decided to play for Nick Saban ….. for the second time. Edge rusher Jeremiah Alexander retired in October but is now back in Tide’s 2022 class. Bama is back in 11th place in the team standings and now has three five-star entries in the class.
More movement in the ranking of the teams
Ohio State still has a comfortable lead in national team rankings. Ryan Day has up to 17 pledges and is expected to see his class end up with 23 to 25 new signatories. The Irish jumped on Penn State to regain second place. LSU, Oklahoma, Florida State, Texas, Oregon, Georgia and Michigan round out the top 10.
It’s well known that Nick Saban tends to catch fire later in the process, so the Crimson Tide just outside the top 10 shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Rutgers stumbled a bit as Greg Schiano is at No. 13. Jeff Hafley has the Eagles just behind the Knights. I have no idea what Scott Frost is doing. Nebraska is at the very bottom at # 59, behind Coastal Carolina and Miami (OH). Ouch.