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Gauging post-sanctions success - Legends

12/27/2012

NittanyNation takes a look at how Penn State's recruiting since the sanctions has compared to teams in the Legends Division.

Iowa

Number of commits: 18

Commits since July 24: 3

Key post-July 23 commits: WR Damond Powell (3 stars), WR Matt Vandeberg (3 stars), RB LeShun Daniels (3 stars)

Synopsis: It hasn't been a great recruiting season for the Hawkeyes. They grabbed just one four-star recruit and no one in the ESPN 300 -- and they've been relatively quiet since July. PSU has done much better before and after.

Michigan

Number of commits: 24

Commits since July 24: 5

Key post-July 23 commits: ATH Dymonte Thomas (4 stars), OG David Dawson (4 stars), CB Ross Douglas (4 stars)

Synopsis: Nearly half of Michigan's commitments came in February, and one-third of their signees-to-be are from the state. The Wolverines have the No. 6 class in the nation and were in good position by June. They've garnered pledges from two ESPN 150 recruits since September. It's difficult to weigh PSU against U-M because the Wolverines weren't in need of recruits like PSU once the fall hit -- but Michigan definitely has had the higher-quality recruits.

Michigan State

Number of commits: 15

Commits since July 24: 5

Key post-July 23 commits: ATH Delton Williams (4 stars), OT Dennis Finley (4 stars), K Michael Geiger (3 stars)

Synopsis: The Spartans are ranked No. 34 in the nation and didn't plan on signing a very big class, so it's not surprising to see they've had only five commits since July 24. That makes it pretty difficult to compare their performance to PSU, but three of the five commits they've had since July 24 are ranked within the bottom-5 of the recruits they've already had committed. So the advantage here likely goes to PSU.

Minnesota

Number of commits: 15

Commits since July 24: 10

Key post-July 23 commits: WR Nate Andrews (3 stars), CB Jalen Myrick (3 stars), RB Berkley Edwards (3 stars)

Synopsis: Minnesota needed to make a late push after grabbing just five commits before July 23, and it grabbed just as many prospects as PSU did since then. But, it's pretty clear the Gophers aren't in the same class as Penn State ... or, really, any other Big Ten team. Minnesota hasn't signed a single four-star recruit despite the small class.

Nebraska

Number of commits: 16

Commits since July 24: 5

Key post-July 23 commits: DE Randy Gregory (4 stars), RB Adam Taylor (4 stars), S D.J. Singleton (4 stars)

Synopsis: The Huskers have the No. 27 recruiting class, but they've basically been flying under the radar since the announcement of Penn State's sanctions. They've signed a trio of four-star prospects -- including a late qualifier and a juco player -- so they appear to have the better quality since July while PSU has had the quantity.

Northwestern

Number of commits: 20

Commits since July 24: 5

Key post-July 23 commits: ATH Godwin Igwebuike (4 stars), RB Keith Watkins II (3 stars), OLB Ray Davison (3 stars)

Synopsis: Ohio and Illinois have accounted for half of the Wildcats' recruits, and the class is brimming with mid-level three-star recruits. Since July 23, Northwestern has garnered just four commitments from recruits rated three stars or higher. The Nittany Lions have done a better job in terms of quantity and quality since the sanctions.