Remember the excitement over finding out that Neenah (WI) center and Marquette commit Matt Heldt was ranked #56 by Scout a few weeks back? Well, on Wednesday, we were reminded that people have varying opinions. Rivals, the Yahoo Sports recruiting service, released a brand new Top 150 list for 2015 recruits and things are different over here.
Matt Heldt sneaks into the top 150 at #149, while Sun Prairie (WI) guard Nick Noskowiak checks in at #94, lower than his Scout ranking of #89. Ultimately, I can't be too caught up in the differential between Rivals and Scout on Heldt. If Steve Wojciechowski sees something he likes in Heldt, I'm going to stick with his opinion on how Heldt can play wearing blue and gold. Plus, back when Scout released their list, Heldt had a 247 Sports composite ranking of #162. Now he's up to #94. As a comparison, Noskowiak's composite is still #62 after both Rivals and Scout dinged him lower than that.
Turning our attention to guys who have recently demonstrated a significant interest in Marquette, Rice Lake (WI) power forward Henry Ellenson is ranked #17 by Rivals. Haanif Cheatham, who will be visiting Marquette this weekend, earned a ranking of #68. Bryant Crawford, who included Marquette on his list of seven schools on August 11th, turned up at #78.
Since Scout released their list, Jimmy Whitt (Arkansas) and Terance Mann (Florida State) have both declared their allegiances, so there's no reason to worry about their ranking any longer. As of yesterday, Diamond Stone (#5) is no longer considering Marquette, so we can cross him off the list of top 100 recruits to pay attention to going forward.
Marquette has two open scholarships for the fall of 2015 right now. While Ellenson is clearly the top guy, landing commitments from Cheatham and Crawford would be A-OK by me, too.