As most universities’ spring semesters have come to a close, we begin to enter the summer months of recruiting for the class of 2019. The Michigan Wolverines continue to sit atop the Big Ten rankings, but Ohio State is not far behind. In the months of April and May, the Golden Gophers have also made a charge towards the top to make their name known.
Wolverines hang on to No. 1
After having an impressive spring and making a trip to France, the Michigan Wolverines are finding themselves at the top of the Big Ten for the class of 2019. According to 247Sports, Michigan is sitting at 8th nationally with a point total of 183.50. The Wolverines have received commitments from one 5-star, five 4-stars and four 4-stars. The latest commitment came from offensive tackle Karsen Barnhart. Barnhart, 6-4 and 282 pounds from Paw Paw, Mich., is a 3-star tackle according to 247. The lineman committed on April 30.
After finishing with the No. 2 class nationally for 2018, Ohio State had a slow start to the class of 2019. That slow start did not last for long, as the Buckeyes have torn up the recruiting trail the last two months. Now, the scarlet and gray sit just 0.25 points behind No. 1 Michigan.
Prior to the Spring Game, Urban Meyer picked up a commitment from 4-star athlete Ronnie Hickman. Hickman is ranked 119th nationally and third in the state of New Jersey.
Then on April 28, 3-star safety Bryson Shaw added his name to the list of 2019 commits. Shaw is 6-2 and 175 pounds from Potomac, Md. Shaw was originally committed to Wisconsin before flipping to Ohio State.
April 29 saw the addition of 5-star Garrett Wilson and 4-star Cade Stover. Wilson, 6-1 wide receiver, is the highest rated receiver commit to ever make his way to Columbus. The 5-star is ranked 31st nationally and is fifth at his position. The same day, Mansfield native Cade Stover made the decision to go to Ohio State. Stover is a 6-4, 225-pound outside linebacker ranked eighth at his position.
I sacrificed time, fun, and relationships to be in this position. Recruiting is a grueling process, but god showed me the way. I got unfinished business in the 614… I’m coming home. #TTWFO pic.twitter.com/W9xRyot1Bs
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) April 30, 2018
Gophers rowing to the top
After an impressive last two months, PJ Fleck’s Golden Gophers are now third in the Big Ten for the class of 2019. Minnesota has received commitments from one 4-star and nine 3-stars, giving them a 144.53 rating.
4-star Jason Bargy committed to Minnesota on May 9. Bargy is a 6-4, 255-pound defensive end from Momence, Ill. Bargy is ranked 192nd nationally and 13th at his position.
Thanks to all the coaches and schools that showed interest & made offers during my recruitment. But i am happy to say that I HAVE OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA!! #RowTheBoat #Gophers #WeAreMomence @GopherFootball @Coach_Fleck pic.twitter.com/WPpaTidpJY
— Jason Bargy 🏋🏿♂️ (@jbargy_) May 10, 2018
Adding to the list of Gopher commits are 3-stars Keonte Schad, D’Vion Harris, Ahmad McCullough and Chris Daniels. Schad is the top JUCO defensive tackle in the country from Ellsworth CC. Joining Schad on the defensive line, D’Vion Harris is a top 50 defensive end hailing from Saint Louis.
Ahmad McCullough, the top JUCO outside linebacker in the country, committed to Minnesota on May 10. Chris Daniels out of Copiah-Lincoln CC is 6-3.5 and 315 pounds. The defensive tackle from Wesson, Miss. committed on May 5.