Tag:Big Ten
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:53 am
 

Tuley-Tillman tops off Michigan's big weekend

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There are good recruiting weekends and then there are epic recruiting weekends. Michigan had the latter, rolling to a total of eight commitments thanks to the late Sunday pledge of Peoria (Ill.) offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman.

“Officially a Wolverine, and better yet a Michigan man,” Tuley-Tillman tweeted.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder picked the program over offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Ohio State and South Carolina. Tuley-Tillman has seen campus and gotten to know the program well over the past few months and many had pegged it as only a matter of time before he selected Michigan.

Tuley-Tillman's pledge gives Michigan a total of 11 commits for the class of 2013, tops in the Big Ten.


Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Tight end Jake Butt the latest Michigan commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Pickerington (Ohio) tight end Jake Butt left Ann Arbor without committing on Saturday but the experience on his unofficial visit to Michigan left such an impression that the talented pass catcher decided to go ahead and pull the trigger and commit to the Wolverines on Sunday.

"Officially a wolverine!!! #goblue," Butt tweeted.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder was one of the top players in the Midwest at his position and had offers from Iowa, Stanford, UCLA and Wisconsin among others. Butt caught close to 30 passes last season as a junior for just over 400 yards and a total of seven touchdowns.

With a productive recruiting weekend and BUtt's commitment, Michigan now has 10 players in the upcoming class of 2013. The Wolverines signed the nation's fourth-ranked class earlier this month and will bring in two tight ends this fall as a result.
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:41 am
Edited on: February 19, 2012 12:56 am
 

Taco Charlton, Chris Fox cap off day for Michigan

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan's big day just got better after hours as Pickerington (Ohio) linebacker Taco Charlton and Parker (Colo.) offensive lineman Chris Fox, right, both committed to the Wolverines to run the total to six for the program on Saturday.

"You can't pass something like Michigan up after seeing it," Charlton told 247Sports. "It's everything you want in a college."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Charlton held offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, UCLA and others but will stay in the Midwest to play his college ball. On the opposite side of the ball, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Fox is built like a prototype left tackle and held offers from Ohio State, Iowa, Colorado and Purdue and committed to the coaching staff despite making the trip to Ann Arbor for what was a defacto Junior Day.

"It's crazy." Charlton said. "The coaches were going crazy. I'm just excited to be a part of the big family now."

The duo cap off a big day for Michigan recruiting and gives Brady Hoke and company nine commitments for the class of 2013.



Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:00 pm
 

Michigan's Junior Day haul reaches four

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Brady Hoke had assembled, at the time, the nation's best class last year prior to ever coaching a game. With a full season and BCS game victory under his belt, it appears the Michigan head coach and his staff are going about replicating the feat with the class of 2013. Hosting a Junior Day on Saturday, the Wolverines added four commitments with Wheaton (Ill.) offensive lineman Kyle Bosch, right, Detroit (Mich.) offensive lineman David Dawson, Detroit (Mich.) defensive back Jourdan Lewis and Novi (Mich.) athlete Wyatt Shallman the latest to become Michigan men.

"I am now committed to the University of Michigan," Bosch told Scout. "Michigan’s really impressive. Their coaching staff is fantastic. Their facilities are fantastic. Everything there is really top of the line. Their academic support is great."

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bosch was the top prospect out of the bunch and held offers from Notre Dame, Florida and Alabama among others. Dawson and Lewis are teammates at Detroit Cass Tech, which has been a pipeline full of quality recruits for Michigan as of late. Shallman can play multiple positions on both sides of the ball at 6-foot-3, 250-pounds but will likely end up as a big tailback as offensive coordinator Al Borges continues to develop a downhill running game in Michigan's pro-style offense.

"It's just ridiculous. You cannot ask for a bigger stage," Shallman said. "That's what I want, to play in the bigger games. That's why you play football as a kid and pretend you caught a game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. You want to play in atmospheres like that and Michigan consistently has 115,000 people in their stands even when they're playing UMass. It's a better place and a better atmosphere."

The four recent commits attended Junior Day in Ann Arbor with, among others, Michigan's first in the class of 2013, Warren (Mich.) quarterback Shane Morris. All told, the program has seven players publicly committed for the upcoming class and appears well on the way to matching or exceeding the class of 2012, which was ranked fourth overall by Maxpreps.

Posted on: February 18, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Michigan State's newest pick up is LB Jon Reschke

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan State added the program's first 2013 defensive commitment on Friday as Bloomfield (Mich.) linebacker Jon Reschke pledged to become a Spartan.

“I’ve been thinking about it for about three weeks,” Reschke told Scout. “I sat down and talked with my dad and family. My dad was asking me questions and there were about a dozen schools that wanted me to come to Junior Days and possibly at least half of them would have offered."

The 6-foot-2, 223-pound outside linebacker only held an offer from Toledo before one from Michigan State came in. Reschke is good friends with Michigan quarterback commit Shane Morris so donning the green and white will make for an interesting relationship going forward.

“I’ve been texting Shane and I thought he was a little mad at me,” said Reschke. “He texted me and I was like I’m sorry man, but this is what I’ve got to do for myself. I have to make the right decision for myself just like you did. He completely understood and was more than happy for me. He’s happy I’m at the right school.”

Reschke's pledge gives Michigan State two commitments in the class of 2013. He had an impressive 140 tackles last season as a junior.


Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:46 pm
 

DB Eli Woodard set for Ohio State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Urban Meyer is known for his fast-paced offenses and with more time to plan and evaluate, he'll likely be known for bringing fast-paced recruiting to Ohio State as well. The Buckeyes picked up another top 2013 prospect Thursday afternoon as Voorhees (N.J.) defensive back Eli Woodward committed to the program via his Twitter account.

"After much prayer and consideration, I'm proud to commit as a student-athlete to The Ohio State University!" Woodward tweeted.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback also had Notre Dame and Rutgers as his other finalists on top of scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson and Wisconsin. He had grown close with fellow Ohio State pledge Cameron Burrows over the past few months as Meyer recruited both heavily and the fact that the duo will play together in college is something that helped make Woodward comfortable enough to commit early.

"We have each other's numbers and I talk to him a couple of times per week," Woodard told BuckeyeGrove.com. "We've built a pretty nice relationship; he's a really cool guy. I don't feel like you (shy away from a school) because the competition might be too high. At the end of the day, we're both going to get on the field so I don't even worry about that aspect of it. Every college has great competition so I feel like it's not a big factor to me."

Woodward's commitment gives Ohio State four total for the class of 2013, with his the first from outside of the state of Ohio. The Buckeyes already pulled in a top five class earlier in the month and it appears they are well on their way to replicating the feat.


Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:05 pm
 

Ohio State adds another in lineman Billy Price

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another day, another top recruit for Urban Meyer. After taking an unofficial visit to Columbus over the weekend, Austintown (Ohio) lineman Billy Price decided to end his recruiting early and commit to Ohio State on Monday.

"I was up there Saturday for a banquet and got a tour ahead of time," Price told Rivals. "It kind of clicked on campus. I really realized Columbus was my home. Talking with the academic staff, some of the football staff and some of the students, it really seemed to be my place."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder can play on either side of the line but will probably wind up on defense when he steps on campus next year. Price already had a host of offers from schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame and Tennessee but Ohio State just felt like the place for him.

"It is a huge thing with the fact that my family will be able to come to the home games and some of the away games," he said. "Then, everybody is supporting what you are doing and watching you play every Saturday in front of 105,000 people is unreal."

Price is the third commitment for the Buckeyes' class of 2013, all of whom are in-state recruits. He racked up 40 tackles and three sacks as a defensive tackle last season as a junior.

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:26 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Top 2013 Recruits to Know



Posted by Bryan Fischer


The class of 2012 was so last week and it's time for everybody to turn their attention to the Class of 2013. This class may or may not be as talented as last year's group but it has a lot of high end talent even if it's not as deep. Here are 25 recruits just about everybody should know from coast-to-coast.

Photo by Dennis Carter/MaxPreps.com

 25 Recruits to Know
Player Position Size Location Notes
Robert Nkemdiche DE/OLB 6-5, 260 Grayson, Ga. Will likely be a consensus #1 overall prospect in this class, Nkemdiche is one of the most talented and driven athletes to come out of Georgia on the defensive side of the ball. He's got the speed to chase down the quarterback and is a savvy player who understands the game. Most expect him to end up at Alabama but Georgia, Ole Miss and others will try hard to land him. Highlights
Kenny Bigelow DL  6-3, 285 Bear, Del. It's rare to see such a talented player come out the Northeast like Bigelow but there's a reason why he picked up a ton of early offers from powerhouse programs from across the country. He is athletic enough to play tight end but will wind up playing a variety of positions along the defensive line and has a nice set of pass rush moves. Committed to USC. Highlights
Adam Breneman TE 6-5, 230 Camp Hill, Pa. The top tight end in the country, Breneman is the next in a wave of prototype players who can split out, block or get releases inside from a three-point stance. His hands are soft and he's a very good route runner. Highlights
Max Browne QB 6-5, 200 Sammamish, Wash. The top quarterback on the West Coast, Browne is the latest Evergreen state signal-caller to impress scouts. He is a bit on the skinny side but has a great frame, strong arm and a very good pocket presence. Not a great runner, his arm more than makes up for it. Highlights
Greg Bryant RB 5-10, 210 Delray Beach, Fla. Bryant has been well known in the state of Florida for sometime and is one of the headliners in a strong year for running backs. As quick as he is fast, he runs well between the tackles and knows how to get to the second level and into the open field. Highlights
Cameron Burrows DB 6-2, 200 Trotwood, Ohio Burrows is one of the top players in Ohio this year and can play pretty much any position in the secondary equally well. He's fast, has hands like a wide out and isn't afraid to come up and hit people. He also has an advanced degree in reading the quarterback because he reacts very well in coverage. Committed to Ohio State. Highlights
Su'a Cravens DB/LB 6-1, 210 Murrieta, Calif. The top defensive player out West, Cravens is a terror at multiple spots. He is fast enough to be a safety but will likely end up at outside linebacker who can rush the passer. His motor is always running and he doesn't seem to stop until the ball carrier is on the ground. Highlights
Reuben Foster LB 6-2, 228 LaGrange, Ga. Foster will be one of the top linebackers in the country and it looks like he's ready to step on campus this fall. He needs to work on his coverage skills a little but he's one of the hardest hitters in this class and is just a load coming downhill at an offensive player. Committed to Alabama. Highlights
Kendall Fuller DB 6-0, 180 Olney, Md. He's talented enough to play multiple positions but will likely end up being one of the Northeast's top recruits at corner. He's fluid DB who can turn and run stride for stride with any receiver and plays the ball well. He has a few things to work on but is someone you want taking away one side of the field. Highlights
Ahmad Fulwood WR  6-4, 200 Jacksonville, Fla. Fulwood really burst onto the scene last summer and drew a host of offers early. He's a bit lean but has a great frame to add weight and still maintain his speed. He's a quarterback's best friend for jump balls and isn't afraid to go over the middle to make a tough catch. Highlights
Derrick Griffin WR 6-6, 215 Rosenberg, Texas Because he's also a highly-ranked basketball star, Griffin is a huge, athletic target but is also a lot faster than most people expect. He's got very good hands and obviously can go up and snag the ball from pretty much anywhere on the field. You could see him adding a few pounds and being a very good tight end. Committed to Texas A&M. Highlights
Vernon Hargreaves DB 6-0, 175 Tampa, Fla. He's got a good case as one of the top corners on the East Coast and certainly has a great teacher considering his father is the secondary coach at USF. He's quick and understands coverages very well, sinking into throwing lanes and coming up in run support if needed. Highlights
Derrick Henry RB 6-3, 230 Yulee, Fla. The most impressive athlete in the class, Henry could play a number of positions in addition to his preferred spot at running back. He is physically bigger than just about everybody in high school and needs at least two defenders to bring him down. Committed to Georgia. Highlights
Michael Hutchings LB 6-1, 205 Concord, Calif. One of the top linebackers in the country, Hutchings is a sound player who has been extremely well coached. He's upper body-heavy and is a sure tackler who can run well. He can read the line and blitz very effectively. Highlights
Ty Isaac RB 6-2, 220 Joliet, Ill. Isaac has good speed even if he's not the quickest prospect out there. He also has good vision and is one of the top players in the Midwest due to his versatility that could see him play a little slot or wing back in college. Highlights
Dee Liner DE 6-4, 260 Muscle Shoals, Ala. One of the top linemen in the South this year, Liner does an excellent job of coming off the ball and keeping his pad level down. He's a big guy who can play either end or tackle and is fast enough to chase guys down from behind the play. Committed to Auburn. Highlights
Shane Morris QB  6-2, 180 Warren, Mich. He has solid arm strength but is very accurate, especially on intermediate passes over the middle. Morris has light feet and a solid pocket presence that can move outside and make throws on the run. He is a smart kid who can read coverages quickly and shows great anticipation. Committed to Michigan. Highlights
Marquez North WR 6-3, 210 Charlotte, N.C. A smooth, fluid receiver who can score at any time, North is used to plenty of attention at his powerhouse high school. He's a two-stepper who can return kicks and punts in addition to being a game-changing wide out. Highlights
Jake Raulerson ATH 6-5, 250 Celina, Texas It's not often you get athletes like Raulerson who could play multiple positions on each side of the ball and be highly ranked at each. His feet are terrific and one reason why he's a great offensive lineman and tight end. In addition, he's good on the defensive line and can play the run very well. Committed to Texas. Highlights
Max Redfield DB 6-3, 195 Mission Viejo, Calif. Probably the top safety on the West Coast, Redfield has the size and speed to be an impact defender patrolling the secondary in college. He reads the quarterback as well as anybody, has a fluid backpedal and can turn on a dime. Highlights
Tyrone Swoopes QB 6-5, 220 Whitewright, Texas An athletic dual-threat, Swoopes has as high an upside as any quarterback in 2013. He can get the ball out quickly with a strong arm and is one of the fastest players at his position. He is a perfect fit for a spread offense. Highlights
Altee Tenpenny RB 5-10, 200 North Little Rock, Ark. Was one of the few underclassmen to attend last summer's The Opening, Tenpenny wows with his athleticism. He missed his junior season but that didn't stop any school in the country from offering. Committed to Alabama. Highlights
Laremy Tunsil OL 6-6, 280 Lake City, Fla. His size stands out but his athleticism is what allows him to be dominant and one of the top tackles in the country. Tunsil isn't stiff and is an advanced pass blocker with excellent feet. He also reaches the second level well and can handle linebackers as easy as he does ends.
Thomas Tyner RB 6-0, 200 Beaverton, Ore. One of the fastest players in the class, Tyner brings his 10.4 100m track speed to the football field. He gets into and out of cuts quickly and seems to hit the extra gear as soon as he sees daylight in the open field. Committed to Oregon. Highlights
Eddie Vanderdoes DL 6-3, 275 Placer, Calif. The Sacramento-area has produced some quality talent the past few years and Vanderdoes is the next elite guy. He has excellent size and gets up the field quickly from an interior line position but flexible enough to rush the passer from outside. Highlights



 
 
 
 
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