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Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:33 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:12 pm
 

Big Ten Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. The Big Ten used to be like the football on the field against SEC opponents, a step slow and a little behind. That's no longer the case thanks to recent hires Urban Meyer at Ohio State and Brady Hoke at Michigan. They say the rivalry between the two schools is everyday and based on how the two newcomers are hitting the recruiting trail, the Midwest is suddenly one of the top battlegrounds in the country.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big Ten
College Commits Top 100 Moving
3. Michigan 24 4
5. Ohio State 23 5

Top storylines

1. Who else does Urban Meyer flip?

Big Ten meet Urban, he's a good recruiter. Some would call him relentless. In just a short time since his hiring, Meyer has taken the Buckeyes from middle of the back in the conference to one of the top five classes nationally. He's flipped several players and seems to have targeted what was Penn State's recruiting class in particular. Not everybody was spared, including Michigan State who lost Se'Von Pittman. Although scholarship reductions will put a crunch on the numbers, the current group isn't a finished product and the Buckeyes are still in the running for players like Armani Reeves so it's possible Meyer scores another big time player.

2. Does Michigan win the head-to-head battle with Ohio State?

At one point, Michigan was lapping the rest of the Big Ten when it came to recruiting but with Meyer in Columbus, the equation has changed slightly. The Wolverines have undergone some defections in the last month but the group of current commitments still adds depth at much needed positions and gives the program what might be the best incoming offensive line group in the country. It's possible to call the two schools' classes equal on the home stretch even if Michigan is ahead in the latest Maxpreps team rankings. The Buckeyes have more star power and are loaded along the defensive line, will that be enough to overtake a deep group of UM commits come Signing Day? Should be interesting to find out.

3. Does anyone else come close?

There's only two conference teams listed in the top 25 classes and that about sums up the situation in the Midwest. To be in an analogous mood, Ohio State is like a Ferrari and Michigan is a Lamborghini while the rest of the Big Ten is driving Yugos. It's not that there's bad players coming in, it's just that there's not enough of them. Indiana, Minnesota and others appear to be set in terms of recruiting but they are not filled with elite players. Michigan State, Wisconsin and others have gone for quality but haven't come close to getting any quantity. It should make for an interesting conference reset come February 2 to see if anybody can cobble together a top 25 class and even come close to what Michigan and Ohio State have done on the recruiting trail.

4. What does newcomer Nebraska's class look like?

It's not big, it's not spectacular and it's left many fans wondering what the heck is up. We're not talking about the latest menu addition at Jack-in-the-Box but Nebraska's recruiting class. Although the season fell short of expectations not many expected the Cornhuskers to struggle this much in terms of recruiting. There's some solid players among the commits, such as wide out Jordan Westerkamp and linebacker Michael Rose but there doesn't appear to be a huge name to be found among the bunch that can come in and leave an impression. The overall number of commits, 13 a week away from Signing Day, is also concerning. It's very possible that Bo Pelini ends up with a decent class of 2012 but, at the moment, it's going to take a lot of work to do so.

Most impressive class: Ohio State

Most underrated class: Wisconsin

Work left to do: Nebraska

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
3. Noah Spence DE Ohio State
14. Stefon Diggs WR Uncommitted
26. Josh Garnett OL Uncommitted
34. Vince Biegel LB Wisconsin
40. Phillip Nelson QB Minnesota
 47. Tommy Schutt DT Ohio State
49. Adolphus Washington DE Ohio State
52. Chris Wormley DL Michigan
54. Greg Garmon RB Iowa
55. Jordan Westerkamp WR Nebraska
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Mike Ekeler, Indiana
Eric Johnson, Iowa
Fred Jackson, Greg Mattison and Mark Smith, Michigan
Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State
Matt Limegrover, Minnesota
John Papuchis, Nebraska
Matt MacPherson, Northwestern
Luke Fickell, Tom Herman and Everett Withers, Ohio State
Larry Johnson, Mac McWhorter and Ron Vanderlinden, Penn State
Gary Nord, Purdue
Mike Markuson and Matt Canada, Wisconsin

Head coach under pressure: Bill O'Brien, Penn State

Top Big Ten class prediction: Ohio State

Top Big Ten signee: Noah Spence

Big Ten school-by-school
Legends Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
19 DE Faith Ekakite
RB Greg Garmon
DT Jaleel Johnson
A solid class that is heavy along both lines, Ekakite and Johnson are two top pick ups for the Hawkeyes. Given depth issues and his talent, Garmon has a chance to start right away.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
OL Kyle Kalis
OL Erik Magnuson
DB Terry Richardson
The Wolverines held the top spot in the class rankings for most of the year and still have a chance to finish there on Signing Day. This is a great group, especially on the o-line, that fills most of the team's depth needs and should make defensive coordinator Greg Mattison very happy.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 WR Aaron Burbridge
LB Jamal Lyles
QB Tyler O'Connor
A solid but not spectacular class, the Spartans have several diamonds in the rough (so to speak). O'Connor might need a few years but he's got the talent to develop into a very good Big Ten signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
28 QB Phillip Nelson
OL Jonah Pirsig
 It's not often the Gophers land one top 250 player so it's impressive that Jerry Kill was able to snag two of them. Nelson is a local kid who should adjust well after a redshirt year. There's plenty of Juco transfers to help provide an immediate boost.
- Team page
- Commitment list
13 DE Greg McMullen
OL Paul Thurston
WR Jordan Westerkamp
Needless to say, Bo Pelini still has a lot to work on with this class. The size stands out first and it remains to be seen if the Huskers close strong or just fill out spaces this year. Westerkamp is a good pick up who should play early.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 RB Malin Jones
DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
OL Ian Park
It's always difficult to project where Northwestern's class ends up but there a lot of solid contributors in this group mixed with some impact players like Jones. Odenigbo is a huge boost and should be a situational pass rusher from the start.
Leaders Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 DB TaJarvis Fuller
DT Teko Powell
DT Vontrell Williams
Ron Zook didn't exactly get this class off to a flying start and once he was fired, it took a further nose dive. There's some solid players committed so far but it remains to be seen what becomes of this essentially lost class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 LB Jacarri Alexander
WR Kevin Davis
Kevin Wilson has gone after a few guys that fit his system and though they might not be as big or fast as others, might work out just fine in Bloomington.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Bri'onte Dunn
DT Tommy Shutt
DE Noah Spence
DE Adolphus Washington
This class was dead in the water for most of the year but has quickly gone from so-so to top five nationally thanks to Meyer. There's a few offensive contributors but the real star power in this group is along the front seven.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 TE Jesse James
RB Akeel Lynch
DB Armani Reeves
It's amazing this class is as big as it is given all that has happened in State College and the fact that the new head coach hasn't done any in-home visits. James is the best of the bunch and has the potential to be an all-conference tight end.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 QB Austin Appleby
QB Bilal Marshall
OL Jordan Roos
DE Ryan Watson
The Boilermakers got themselves a steal in the strong-armed Appleby. Watson and Roos will be two solid contributors along each line too.
- Team page
- Commitment list
11 LB Vince Biegel
QB Bart Houston
OL Dan Voltz
OL Walker Williams
Quality not quantity is the phrase used for the Badgers class. While there's not a breakaway skill position player in the group, the OL is one of the best in the conference and Houston is a perfect fit for the offense at quarterback.

Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:26 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 9:53 am
 

Pre-Signing Day Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're less than two weeks out from Signing Day and what better time to take a look at each conference and where every school stacks up as coaches make final home visits and work on scholarship math. Here's a look at all the verbal commitments for the Big Ten.


 Illinois (15)

Offensive lineman Robbie Bain (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Defensive back Taylor Barton (Orlando, Fla.)
Running back Devin Church (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Kicker Ryan Frain (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Athlete Justin Hardee (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Jevaris Little (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Mason Monheim (Orrville, Ohio)
Linebacker Tyrone Neal (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jason Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams (Chicago, Ill.)

Indiana (23)

Linebacker Jacarri Alexander (Auburndale, Fla./Iowa Central Juco)
Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Quarterback Cameron Coffman (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western Juco)
Running back Tevin Coleman (Oak Forest, Ill.)
Linebacker David Cooper (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville Juco)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Ralphael Green (San Antonio, Texas)
Defensive end Shawn Heffern (Carmel, Ind.)
Wide receiver Ricky Jones (Sarasota, Fla.)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Defensive back Antonio Marshall (Milledgevilla, Ga.)
Defensive end Justin Rayside (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Juco)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Defensive back Ryan Thompson (Pontotoc, Miss./Itawamba Juco)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Tregg Waters (Phoenix, Ariz./Glendale Juco)

Iowa (19)

Defensive back Kevin Buford (Canton, Mich.)
Defensive end Faith Ekakitie (Lake Forest, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Running back Greg Garmon (Erie, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Barkley Hill (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Ruben Lile (Detroit, Mich.)
Wide receiver Greg Mabin (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Anthony Morgan (Plano, Texas)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Offensive lineman Eric Simmons (Madrid, Iowa/Iowa Western Juco)
Wide receivers Tevaun Smith (Kent, Conn.)
Quarterback Cody Sokol (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Juco)
Linebacker Laron Taylor (Detroit, Mich.)
Defensive end Daumantas Venckus (Weston, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

  Michigan (23)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Wide receiver Jehu Chesson (St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Wide receiver Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Drake Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

Michigan State (16)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Defensive tackle David Fennell (Portland, Ore.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, Mich.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Defensive back Mark Meyers (Toledo, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Defensive back Ezra Robinson (Sarasota, Fla.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (28)

Athlete Duke Anyanwu (Blaine, Minn.)
Defensive back Jeremy Baltazar (Mansfield, Texas/Blinn Juco)
Defensive back Briean Boddy (Wilmington, Del./Coffeyville Juco)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Linebacker Cedric Dicke (Cannon Falls, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Caledonia, Minn./Rochester Juco)
Running back James Gillum (Pearl River, La./Gulf Coast Juco)
Wide receiver Jamel Harbison (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive back Antonio Johnson (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Roland Johnson (El Dorado, Kan./Butler County Juco)
Defensive end Alex Keith (Columbia, Mo.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Athlete K.J. Maye (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Lincoln Pisek (Waco, Texas)
Defensive back Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.)
Defensive back Martez Shabazz (DeSoto, Texas/Trinity Valley Juco)
Defensive back Damarius Travis (Pensacola, Fla.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams (Lewisville, Texas)

  Nebraska (13)

Linebacker Jared Afalava (South Jordan, Utah)
Athlete LeRoy Alexander (Toledo, Ohio)
Linebacker Zaire Anderson (Philadelphia, Pa./Riverside Juco)
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas)
Linebacker Thomas Brown (Gardena, Calif.)
Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Avery Moss (Tempe, Ariz.)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Mohammed Seisay (Springfield, Va./Eastern Arizona Juco)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Corey Whitaker (Murrieta, Calif.)

Northwestern (20)

Defenisve back Terrance Brown (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Athlete Traveon Henry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Greg Kuhar (Concord Township, Ohio)
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Linebacker Jaylen Prater (Wellston, Ohio)
Wide receiver Andrew Scanian (Royersford, Pa.)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)
Defensive back Eric Wilson (Redford, Mich.)

  Ohio State (23)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Taylor Decker (Vandalia, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Quarterback Cardale Jones (Cleveland, Ohio.)
Wide receiver Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Colo.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker David Perkins (South Bend, Ind.)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Wide receiver Ricquan Southward (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)
Wide receiver Michael Thomas (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
Defensive end Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

  Penn State (20)

Quarterback Steven Branch (Cairo, Ga.)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Baltimore, Md.)
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Malik Golden (Cheshire, N.J.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Offensive lineman Wendy Laurent (Princeton, N.J.)
Wide receiver Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.)
Defensive back Jordan Lucas (Worchester, Mass.)
Athlete Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jonathan Warner (Camas, Wash.)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Wide receiver Trevor Williams (Baltimore, Md.)

  Purdue (25)

Wide receiver Danny Anthrop (Lafayette, Ind.)
Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Brown (Tampa, Fla.)
Athlete Carlos Carvajal (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Cameron Cermin (College Station, Texas)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Aloyis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive end Kingsley Ike (Pflugerville, Texas)
Offensive lineman Jason King (Little Rock, Ark.)
Running back Benjamin Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive end Greg Latta (La Quinta, Calif./College of the Desert Juco)
Quarterback Bilal Marshall (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Wide receiver Cameron Posey (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos (Celina, Texas)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Devin Smith (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Defensive end Ryan Watson (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Dion Witty (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jordan Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Wisconsin (11)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Wide receiver Reggie Love (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defenisve back D.J. Singleton (Jersey City, N.J.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012
Offensive lineman Walker Williams (Tacoma, Wash.), Tom Lemming Top Player for 2012

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Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Midseason Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the halfway point in the college football season and as part of our midseason look at the sport on CBSSports.com, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big Ten.


 Illinois (9)

Defensive back Taylor Barton (Orlando, Fla.)
Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Defensive back Zach Jackson (Snellville, Ga.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jason "JJ" Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)
Defensive tackle Vontrell Williams (Chicago, Ill.)

Indiana (19)

Linebacker Jacarri Alexander (Fort Dodge, Iowa/Iowa Central JUCO)
Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Defensive back Dante Blackmon (Covington, Ga.)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Mike Cotton (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Defensive end Shawn Heffern (Carmel, Ind.)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Quarterback Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Sebastian Smith (Pickerington, Ohio)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Linebacker Darrius Stroud (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Iowa (10)

Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.)
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Ruben Lile (Detroit, Mich.)
Athlete Michael Malloy (Sioux City, Iowa)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Linebacker Laron Taylor (Detroit, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

Michigan (23)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (Kansas City, Mo.)
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio)

Michigan State (14)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, Mich.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (21)

Linebacker Josh Ballesteros (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Rochester JUCO/Rochester, Minn.)
Wide receiver Jamel Harbison (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Defensive back Tyren Hills (Boutte, La.)
Tight end Samad Hinds (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Linebacker Barrington Morris (Lauderhill, Fla.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.)
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.)
Defensive end Dominic Twitty (Mount Holly, N.J.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams Jr. (Lewisville, Texas)

Nebraska (5)

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas)
Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Lineabcker Deion Jones (New Orleans, La.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.)

Northwestern (17)

Defenisve back Terrance Brown (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Athlete Traveon Henry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Greg Kuhar (Concord Township, Ohio)
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Linebacker Jaylen Prater (Wellston, Ohio)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)

Ohio State (13)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Quarterback Cardale Jones (Fork Union, Va.)
Wide receiver Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)

Penn State (16)

Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Wide receiver Eugene Lewis (Plymouth, Pa.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Col.)
Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Tommy Schutt (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

  Purdue (20)

Wide receiver Danny Anthrop (Lafayette, Ind.)
Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Brown (Tampa, Fla.)
Athlete Carlos Carvajal (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Quarterback Aloyis Gray (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Running back Benjamin "BJ" Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive back Steffon Martin (Arizona Western JUCO, Yuma, Ariz.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Wide receiver Cameron Posey (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos (Celina, Texas)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Devin Smith (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western JUCO)
Wide receiver Jordan Woods (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Wisconsin (11)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offenisve lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Defenisve back D.J. Singleton (Jersey City, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Walker Williams (Tacoma, Wash.)

Category: NCAAF
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Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:41 pm
 

End of July Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The month of July has come to a close and what better time to take a broad overview of how a conference is doing on the recruiting trail than the first week in August, roughly six months from Signing Day. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big Ten, where Ohio State is off to a slower start than normal given the problems surrounding the program and Nebraska hasn't taken advantage of the move quite yet.


 Illinois (6)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jason "JJ" Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Joseph Spencer (Mason, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Joey Warburg (Louisville, Ky.)

Indiana (15)

Offensive lineman Jacob Bailey (Carmel, Ind.)
Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Mike Cotton (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Quarterback Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Wes Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Tight end Jason Spriggs (Elkhart, Ind.)
Linebacker Darrius Stroud (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Iowa (8)

Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson (Westchester, Ill.)
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Athlete Michael Malloy (Sioux City, Iowa)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Ward (New Lenox, Ill.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

Michigan (22)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Running back Sione Houma (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Jarrod Wilson (Akron, Ohio)
Defensive end Christopher Wormley (Toledo, Ohio)

Michigan State (13)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (11)

Linebacker Josh Ballesteros (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Rochester JUCO/Rochester, Minn.)
Offensive lineman Isaac Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Tight end Samad Hinds (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Linebacker Jack Lynn (Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.)
Linebacker Brian Nicholson (Miami, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig (Blue Earth, Minn.)
Defensive end Dominic Twitty (Mount Holly, N.J.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)
Running back Rodrick Williams Jr. (Lewisville, Texas)

Nebraska (5)

Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.)

Northwestern (13)

Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)
Defensive back Dwight White (Cypress, Texas)

Ohio State (11)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Linebacker Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)

Penn State (13)

Offensive lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Athlete Jake Kiley (New Hampton, N.H.)
Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Col.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Linebacker Nyeem Wartman (Archbald, Pa.)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

  Purdue (10)

Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Tight end Jonathan Curry (Phenix City, Ala.)
Linebacker Andy Garcia (Hialeah, Fla.)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Linebacker Jimmy Herman (Carmel, Ind.)
Running back Benjamin "BJ" Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Defensive back Steffon Martin (Arizona Western JUCO, Yuma, Ariz.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (8)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Category: NCAAF
Tags: A.J. Williams, Aaron Burbridge, Adam DePietro, Adam Kranda, Alex Todd, Allen Gant, Andy Garcia, Anthony Standifer, Anthony Stanko, Arthur Goldberg, Austin Appleby, Austin Johnson, Bart Houston, Ben Branden, Benjamin Knauf, Benny McGowan, Big Ten, Blake Bars, Blake Thomas, Brent Wilkerson, Bri'onte Dunn, Brian Gaia, Brian Nicholson, Caleb Cornett, Caleb Stacey, Cameron Wilson, Camren Williams, Chris Fitzpatrick, Christopher Wormley, Cody Quinn, Connor Kornbrath, Connor Mahoney, Dan Freeney, Dan Vitale, Dan Voltz, Darrius Stroud, Dawson Fletcher, De'van Bogard, De'van Bogard, Dean Lowry, Derek Dowrey, Devin Funchess, Dinero Moss, Dominic Twitty, Drew Davis, Drew Ott, Elliot Faerber, Eric Murray, Eric Olson, Erik Magnuson, Evan Jones, Frank Epitropoulos, Greg McMullen, Gunner Kiel, Hugs Etienne, Ian Park, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Isaac Fruechte, Issac hayes, J.J. Denman, Jack Lynn, Jack Schwaba, Jacob Bailey, Jacoby Boren, Jamal Lyles, James Ross, Jarrod Wilson, Jason Robertson, Jason Spriggs, Jeremy Clark, Jermaine edmondson, Jesse James, Jimmy Herman, Joe Bolden, Joey O'Connor, Joey Warburg, Jonah Pirsig, Jonathan Curry, Jordan Hinojosa, Jordan Shine, Jordan Wallace, Jordan Westerkamp, Joseph Jones, Joseph Spencer, Josh Ballesteros, Josh Perry, Josiah Price, July Commitment List, Kaleb Ringer, Kenton Playko, Kevin Davis, Kyle Dodson, Kyle Kalis, Kyle Kerrick, Lemming 100, Luke Roberts, Macgarrett Kings Jr., Malin Jones, Mario Ojemudia, Matthew Godin, Maurice Fleming Jr., Maxx Williams, Michael Rose, Michigan, Michigan State, Mike Cotton, Mike McHugh, Minnesota, Mitch Kepyy, Mitch Leidner, Najee Murray, Najee Murray, Nebraska, Nick Mangieri, Nick Tompkins, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pat Elflein, Paul Griggs, Paul Thurston, Penn State, Pharaoh Brown, Philip Nelson, Purdue, Reggie Mitchell, Riley Bullough, Rodrick Williams Jr., Royce Jenkins-Stone, Ryan Morris, Sam Cotton, Samad Hinds, Scott Ekpe, Se'von Pittman, Se'von Pittman, Sione Houma, Steffon Martin, TaJarvis Fuller, Tanner Kearns, Terry Richardson, Thomas Meadows, Tom Strobel, Tyler O'Connor, Tyvis Powell, Vince Biegel, Vonte Jackson, Warren Ball, Wes Rogers, Wisconsin, Zach Higgins
 
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 12:59 am
 

June Big Ten Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in June, and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today, we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big Ten, where the Michigan-Ohio State dynamic is taking an interesting twist on the recruiting trail this offseason.


Illinois (4)

Wide receiver Elliot Faerber (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Defensive back TaJarvis Fuller (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Defensive back Cody Quinn (Middletown, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jason "JJ" Robertson (Mokena, Ill.)

Indiana (11)

Wide receiver Caleb Cornett (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Linebacker Mike Cotton (O'Fallon, Ill.)
Wide receiver Kevin Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Dan Freeney (Orland Park, Ill.)
Defensive back Dawson Fletcher (West Chester, Ohio)
Tight end Tanner Kearns (Lexington, Ohio)
Defensive end Adam Kranda (New Castle, Ind.)
Linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, Ill.)
Defensive tackle Adarius Rayner (Largo, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Alex Todd (Streetsboro, Ohio)
Linebacker Jordan Wallace (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Iowa (5)

Athlete Maurice Fleming Jr. (Chicago, Ill.)
Offensive tackle Mitch Kepyy (Port Byron, Ill.)
Kicker Connor Kornbrath (Bridgeport, W.V.)
Defensive end Drew Ott (Giltner, Neb.)
Wide receiver Cameron Wilson (Dublin, Ohio)

Michigan (18)

Offensive lineman Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Ben Branden (Rockford, Mich.)
Defensive end Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
Defensive back Jeremy Clark (Madisonville, Ky.)
Tight end Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Allen Gant (Sylvania, Ohio)
Defensive tackle Matthew Godin (Novi, Mich.)
Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (Carlsbad, Calf.)
Defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
Defensive back Terry Richardson (Detroit, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer (Clayton, Ohio)
Linebacker James Ross (Orchard Lake, Mich.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cornerback Anthony Standifer (Crete, Ill.)
Defensive end Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio)
Tight end A.J. Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Michigan State (10)

Athlete Riley Bullough (Traverse City, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Zach Higgins (Alliance, Ohio)
Tight end Evan Jones (West Lafayette, Ohio)
Wide receiver Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, Pa.)
Linebacker Jamal Lyles (Southfield, Mich.)
Offensive lineman Benny McGowan (Centerville, Ohio)
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor (Lima, Ohio)
Defensive end Se'von Pittman (Canton, Ohio), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Tight end Josiah Price (Greentown, Ind.)
Running back Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga.)

Minnesota (11)

Linebacker Josh Ballesteros (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Drew Davis (Raleigh, N.C.)
Defensive tackle Scott Ekpe (Lewisvile, Texas)
Wide receiver Isaac Fruechte (Rochester JUCO/Rochester, Minn.)
Quarterback Mitch Leidner (Lakeville, Minn.)
Wide receiver Andre McDonald (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Defensive back Dinero Moss (Surprise, Fla.)
Defensive back Eric Murray (Milwaukee, Wisc.)
Quarterback Philip Nelson (Mankato, Minn.)
Offensive linebacker Nick Rallis (Edina, Minn.)
Tight end Maxx Williams (Waconia, Minn.)

Nebraska (5)

Tight end Sam Cotton (Lincoln, Neb.)
Defensive end Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio)
Linebacker Michael Rose (Kansas City, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Paul Thurston (Arvada, Col.)
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (Lombard, Ill.)

Northwestern (12)

Offensive lineman Adam DePietro (Lancaster, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Chris Fitzpatrick (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Defensive back Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill.)
Running back Malin Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive end Dean Lowry (Rockford, Ill.)
Offensive lineman Connor Mahoney (Malvern, Pa.)
Wide receiver Mike McHugh (Kirkwood, Mo.)
Offensive lineman Eric Olson (Cambridge, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Ian Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Kenton Playko (Lewis Center, Ohio)
Tight end Jack Schwaba (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Athlete Dan Vitale (Wheaton, Ill.)

Ohio State (9)

Running back Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio)
Defensive back De'van Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio)
Offensive lineman Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio)
Running back Bri'onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio)
Wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
Defensive back Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio)
Linebacker Josh Perry (Galena, Ohio)
Defensive back Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio)
Tight end Blake Thomas (Westlake, Ohio)

Penn State (11)

Offensive lineman J.J. Denman (Fairless Hills, Pa.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Defensive tackle Derek Dowrey (Winchester, Va.)
Offensive lineman Brian Gaia (Baltimore, Md.)
Tight end Jesse James (McKeesport, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Austin Johnson (Richland, N.J.)
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones (Rochester, N.Y.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Joey O'Connor (Windsor, Col.)
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Anthony Stanko (Warren, Ohio)
Tight end Brent Wilkerson (Hyattsville, Md.)
Linebacker Camren Williams (West Roxbury, Mass.)

  Purdue (6)

Quarterback Austin Appleby (North Canton, Ohio)
Kicker Paul Griggs (Charlotte, N.C.)
Running back Benjamin "BJ" Knauf (Lakeland, Fla.)
Kicker Thomas Meadows (Goochland, Va.)
Tight end Ryan Morris (Barnegat, N.J.)
Defensive back Jordan Shine (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wisconsin (8)

Linebacker Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member
Offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Defensive back Hugs Etienne (Plantation, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Arthur Goldberg (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Bart Houston (Concord, Calif.)
Running back Vonte Jackson (Kenosha, Wis.)
Athlete Reggie Mitchell (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Dan Voltz (Barrington, Ill.), Tom Lemming Top 100 member

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Ohio State Nike Camp Top Performers: Offense

Posted by Bryan Fischer

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some of the best from all over the Midwest and East Coast came to play on the campus of Ohio State for this past Saturday's Nike Camp. Here's a few of the top performers on the offensive side of the ball from the camp: 

Quarterbacks

With the final stop for the Elite 11 and a good number of talented quarterbacks in the Midwest, Ohio State hosted some of the best signal callers in the nation. With three of the top four guys in the MaxPreps Top 100 in attendance, there was some very good play from the most important position on the field. Zeke Pike struggled during the Elite 11 but bounced back with a solid day during the Nike Camp.

Gunner Kiel

The top quarterback in the nation and number two overall player, Kiel easily lived up to the hype. He was the best quarterback at an Elite 11 event this year and has the size, arm and accuracy you look for. Physically, he looks ready to play right away and is smooth from drop back to follow through. He can still improve but he's got a presence to him and is a very polished prospect overall. 

Jameis Winston

Tall and lanky, Winston was another top player who lived up to his high ranking. He's light on his feet and though he runs the ball well, he's got a very good arm and throws the ball effortlessly. He can really spin the ball and threw a very pretty fade route. During a two-minute drill simulation, he showed off a calm demeanor and playmaking skills. He's not as polished as some other quarterbacks but he's got everything you look for in a college quarterback.

Shane Morris

A rising junior, you can tell why Michigan made Morris the cornerstone of their 2013 class. He has good size and really nice footwork. The lefty throws a nice ball and throws the ball well on the move. He is accurate and had a surprisingly quick release. Morris had the confidence of an older quarterback and was eager to learn at the same time. 

Running backs

William Mahone

There weren't a ton of great running backs in attendance but Mahone stood out with his combination of size and speed. Though he wasn't the fastest guy running routes, he did show a good burst and nice hands. He's not going to reverse field on you a bunch of times and looks like a downhill runner. He's one of the top backs in the Midwest but still has some room to improve.

Wide receivers

Dwayne Stanford

Stanford might have been one of the most heavily recruited players at the camp and you can see why after a few minutes of watching him. He's got the frame to fill out a little and is ideal height as an outside receiver who can also play out of the slot. Stanford gets into and out of his breaks quickly and is a good route runner. One thing that sticks out is his long arms and very big hands, which just snatch the ball out of the air. He creates separation from opposing defensive backs and while he's not the fastest guy out there, he still manages to do what ever he wants.

Corey Smith

The Tennessee commit should fill a slot receiver role quickly. He's fast and has really good feet which allow him to turn on a dime. He's not as polished as others and had a drop or two but was solid throughout the camp. He seemed to improve as the day went on and if he gets bigger, could be a nice addition for the Vols.

Kevin Davis

Davis is another smaller guy who will end up as a slot guy who can stretch the field. He's small but silky smooth running routes. Davis has a solid pair of hands but needs to work on really driving some of his routes to create more separation with his man.

Offensive linemen

Kyle Knapp

Knapp took home MVP honors and was solid and consistent all day long. He's good tackle size and doesn't have much bad body weight. Knapp can get a little stronger in his upper body to handle the bull rush but he's athletic enough to keep moving and maintain an advantage. He also has a very quick kick step and can get back in pass protection quickly and stay balanced. 

Austin Stock

A little smaller than others, Stock is more of a guard but he might excel as a center. He's got good feet and pulls around to block very well. During one-on-one drills he kept his man in front of him and didn't let his man out leverage him.

DeAndre Herron

Herron definitely projects as an interior offensive lineman and needs to get rid of some bad body weight. That said, he was very good in pass protection and moves his feet nicely. His arms are long and he does a good job at keeping the defender from getting into him too much. Every once and awhile he'd get off balance and lean too much however. Herron did well at the camp overall and might see his offer list pick up as he was one of the better players there.

Posted on: May 22, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: May 22, 2011 9:19 am
 

Taft duo shines at Ohio State Nike Camp

Posted by Bryan Fischer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a talent-laden Elite 11 on the campus of Ohio State Friday, the Nike Football Camp on Saturday tried to match the talent level and may have ended up exceeding it overall based on the number of big names in attendance.

The latest stop in the camp circuit attracted several hundred of the nation's top athletes and one of the headliners was Cincinnati (Ohio) defensive end Adolphus Washington, who excelled during one-on-one drills once he got into the swing of things.

“I did pretty good,” Washington said. “I messed up in the one-on-ones the first time but overall I did pretty good. I came and bounced back.”

The 6-foot-3, 260 pound end had really good footwork outside of one rep and had a nice array of pass rush moves. He's compact but explosive and proved he was one of the top guys at his position.

“It's good competition to see who I have to go against in my class,” he said. “It's lets you know that other people are out there working. Just because you are one of the top (guys) in the country doesn't mean much, they're coming after you because you are one of the top guys.”

The Taft High product has the frame to add on weight and perhaps even the ability to move inside for some reps at defensive tackle. With almost too many scholarship offers to count, Washington has seen plenty of schools stop by during the evaluation period, including some big names in the past week.

Notre Dame on Monday, Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee,” he rattled off. “It was a couple of them.”

As hectic as things have been for Washington, he's managed to trim his list of schools down as he starts to focus on the recruiting process and the journey to eventually making a commitment.

“I actually have a top five: Ohio State, Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan and Miami in Florida,” Washington said. “I'm not really crossing anybody out but that's my top five that I like right now.”

Washington hasn't taken any unofficial visits to see those five schools yet but he is about to put a check mark next to one of those schools pretty soon to indicate he's visited.

“Me and Dwayne (Stanford) are going to Michigan next week,” Washington said. “We're looking forward to looking at their roster, seeing how the social environment is, graduation rates, how do African-American students do at their school and things like that.”

The Wolverines are one of the programs that meet the criteria that Washington is looking for in a school. While he's still a few months away from pulling the trigger, the very confident defensive end knows what he is looking for and won't commit until he's comfortable that the school has all that he's looking for.

“I'm looking into academics first,” he said. “Do they have the major I'm trying to get my degree in? What's the social life there and see how the team works together and stuff like that.”

Washington has not really eliminated any schools but at this point in the process it will be hard for others outside his top five to jockey into position to land his signature on Signing Day. Even within his top five pretty much set, there are two schools who have been on Washington from the beginning and continue to recruit him as a top priority.

“Michigan is actually recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “Coach (Greg) Mattison and Coach (MarkSmith. Alabama too with Coach Sal (Sunseri).”

Though Washington didn't take home defensive end MVP Saturday, he was among the most polished pass rushers at the camp and you can easily tell why plenty of the nation's top programs are after the talented defender.

Stanford stands out too

While Washington was a stud on defense, his Cincinnati Taft High teammate Dwayne Stanford might have been even more impressive at wide receiver Saturday. With an outstanding frame and polished pass catching skills, it's easy to see why he is also among the country's best at the receiver position.

“I got to see where I was at today against some of the top DB's in the area and I think I showed I did pretty well,” Stanford said. “I didn't know any of them but I know from watching them that they were pretty good and knew what they were doing.”

Like many of the attendees, attending the Nike Camp was about more than just going through one-on-ones and catching passes.

“To get teaching, that's the main reason why I came here,” he said. “The first three hours I got teaching and I learned a lot about my footwork and route running. A lot of good stuff here. And also just to see where I'm at against the other top receivers out here. I'm always looking to get better against the best.”

The 6-foot-4, 200 pound wide out also listed a few of the schools to stop by Taft in the past few weeks and for Stanford, every school that does come by to evaluate him serves as motivation and part of the drive to be one of the best in the country at his position.

“This week we had Tennessee stop by, North Carolina, USC was here, some others,” Stanford said. “It's been busy. I'm working to get better and prove to these colleges that I am what they see.”

With a busy spring full of things to do, Stanford hasn't had a chance to see many of the schools who have extended him a verbal scholarship offer. With school about to be wrapped up, his schedule will be jam-packed with unofficial visits over the coming month or two this summer.

“Basically, I want to get around to all of these colleges on the East Coast,” he said. “Next weekend I'm going to try and make it up to Michigan and see them. I'm going to be on the road all of June.”

One of the things that he is looking to do is continue to play with his close friend and teammate Washington at the next level. While there's always talk of package deals in college football recruiting, it appears that it will be very hard to separate the two from signing with the same program.

“Definitely,” Stanford confirmed of the duo's playing together. “We're going to take most of our visits together. We'll sit down and see where's the best school for us individually and where the best school for us is together. Hopefully our individual schools are the same school that fits us best together. We definitely want to stay together and it's something we'll try and make happen.”

Unlike Washington however, Stanford hasn't narrowed down his list of over 20 offers and counting. It's clear that he wants to be able to do some research on a school and if possible see them for himself before naming a few top teams in the mix for his services.

“No, no really because I haven't taken any visits yet,” he said. “I took one to Cincinnati and Ohio State but those were during the season. Now I'm going to take these visits and really focus on seeing if it's a school that I can really see myself at.”

Academics are important to Stanford and his parents. While that is one of his top criteria in selecting a school, so too is how he fits into a program and the town that he'll live in for four or five years.

“I just want to see how the coaches use me and stuff like that,” he said. “I just want to feel like it's a good fit for me. The atmosphere and how it feels and that I like what's going on there.”

Mahone leaves lasting impression

Already one of the top running backs in the Midwest, Austintown (Ohio) athlete William Mahone didn't need to stop by Ohio State to show what he could do. But there he was at the Nike Camp, showing off a good burst, soft hands and many of the skills that get colleges from across the country excited just thinking about landing him.

“I felt like I did really good today, this is one of the best camps I've been to,” Mahone said. “There was some great competition out there today and I had a really good time.”

The 5-foot-10, 210 pounder was among the bigger running backs to show up and he tried to use that to his advantage during several of the drills. While he was best in the open field and taking on linebackers one-on-one, he did have to make a slight adjustment when it came to blocking individual defenders.

“I picked up on some more footwork drills and I need to work on my blocking,” he said. “I was surprised that we did some blocking today, I really wasn't ready for it. I kind of struggled with that a little bit so I know I need to work on it.

“It's different (without pads). You can't have that mentality where you want to take somebody out, you have to hold back a little.”

Already holding a double-digit offer list, Mahone continues to pick up scholarships weekly. The evaluation period has seen plenty of assistant coaches roll by Fitch High to get a look at him this spring and see how impressive he is in person.

“The most recent would be Minnesota about a week ago,” he said. “We've had Stanford stop by our high school. Pitt, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and a lot of other schools.”

Most of Mahone's offers come from schools in the Midwest or along the East Coast. While many are several hundred miles away from home, he's still on the fence as to what's an acceptable distance away from home he's comfortable going.

“It would be kind of nice to stay home but then again, if I need to go, I'm going to go,” he said. “I guess you could say I'm on the fence about distance away from home.”

There's plenty of other factors that will go into his decision however.

“I want a good relationship with the coaching staff, I want to feel like a family,” he said. “Coaching stability. I also want to be able to get on the field as soon as I can.”

Mahone has taken a few unofficial visits already this past year and has seen Michigan State, Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia already. He plans on visiting Notre Dame and Boston College in the near future but there already seems to be one school emerging as a leader for his commitment.

“The best relationship I have with coaches is at Pittsburgh,” Mahone said. “They're just warm and embracive. I went down there for my first visit with the new staff and they were real cool. I went back a month later, me and my mom went down there, and it was even better. I saw the campus and feel like I can have great success there.”

The plan is to narrow his list of schools down this summer and then take all five official visits before verbally committing sometime during the season.

Knapp stands out along the offensive line

One of the great things about the Nike Camps are the chance to see a player perform well that might be a little under the radar. Portage (Mich.) offensive tackle Kyle Knapp isn't heavily recruited but he has seen his stock rise as of late and he did nothing to slow it down Saturday, picking up the group's MVP award and shutting down some big time defensive linemen in one-on-ones.

“It's just a great feeling, I've been working at it for a long time, non-stop,” Knapp said. “I'm ready to continue it and keep working my butt off to keep it going.”

The 6-foot-4, 265 pound Knapp has a great frame and looks to be a natural left tackle. He could get a little stronger but is very athletic and moves well, stays balanced when pass blocking and has a very quick drop step. He needed all his skills during the competition given the talent he had to face.

“There were some really good defensive linemen,” he said. “They're quick and big but I feel like I handled myself well. I'm going to continue to work on my pass blocking and keep going. The coaches helped me with everything.”

Knapp is still a bit under the radar in the Midwest but is seeing his stock rise after performing well at several camps this spring. While he has yet to pick up his first BCS offer, he's got a solid group of schools who have extended a scholarship and will likely pick up a lot more once coaches get a hold of his film.

“I've got six right now, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Bowling Green, FIU and South Alabama,” he said. “There are some other schools talking with me but I'm not sure who's close to offering. Michigan has come by for a transcript visit. Iowa has come by for a transcript visit, Syracuse too.”

It will be a busy summer for Knapp with the trip to Columbus being just a pitstop along the way. He doesn't mind competing and will have plenty of chances to prove he's one of the better prospects in the region along the offensive line.

“I've got a lot of camps coming up,” he said. “I'm going to a one-day Wisconsin camp, Iowa's Elite camp. I'm going to go to Notre Dame... I've got them all, I've got a loaded schedule.”

Knapp said will wait until the fall to see how his recruiting plays out and likely commit halfway through the season.

Notes

- While plenty of parents were wearing Ohio State gear on the sidelines of the camp, there wasn't any being worn on the field. Ironically it was archival Michigan's maize and blue that littered the field. Quarterback Shane Morris, linebacker James Ross and cornerback Terry Richardson were among the top performers and represented their future school well on enemy territory. Richardson was the most recent to commit to going to Ann Arbor for college and discussed his verbal pledge last week.

“I committed to Michigan because I felt comfortable with them,” he said. “I did like Alabama and all the other schools but I felt the best at Michigan and that's why I picked them. I have a lot of friends going there and we'll make it happen up there.”

Richardson injured his hamstring at a track meet the night before running the 200 meters but still managed to lock down opposing receivers. He was one of several players whispering in a few recruits' ears about how good it was to be a Michigan man.

- In addition to Knapp taking home offensive line MVP honors, Morris took home quarterback MVP. Kansas City (Mo.) Ondre Pipkins was a terror during one-on-ones and was defensive line MVP while Ray Harris was running backs MVP, Tre Parmalee was wide receiver MVP, Jaylon Smith was linebackers MVP and Sebastian Smith was defensive back MVP.

- Others that impressed along the defensive line were Michigan commit Mario Ojemudia, who should be a very good outside linebacker at the next level, Se'Von Pittman, class of 2013 defensive end Jason Hatcher, tackle Sheldon Day, Pipkins, Alex Pace and Dayrl Goldsmith.

- The defensive backs had a very good day, with Cameron Burrows, Marcus Foster, Shaquille Davis and De'Van Bogard among those that impressed. The linebacker group was also deep and the aforementioned Ross was one of the top players in space. Class of 2013 prospect Mike McCray looked good and David Perkins also impressed with how well he moved.

- Stanford was easily the top guy at the receiver position, using his long arms to snag whatever was thrown his way. He's a good, polished route runner who gets into and out of breaks well and has deceptive speed for someone with his build. Corey Smith, Kevin Davis, Jeremy Graves, Gervon Simon and Urston Smith also performed well. Zeke Pike bounced back from a rough day at the Elite 11 to throw the ball much better. Pat Dill was another signal caller who looked good.

 
 
 
 
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