Tag:Big Ten
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:29 pm

DT Vincent Valentine signs with Nebraska

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Nebraska added a good player and an even better name to its defensive line on Wednesday when defensive tackle Vincent Valentine signed his letter of intent to play with the Cornhuskers.

Valentine is out of Edwardsville, Illinois and is ranked #18 amongst all defensive tackles in the 2012 class by MaxPreps.

At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, the three-star Valentine should prove to be an anchor on the Nebraska line and a run-stuffer. Though he's also agile enough that he'll be able to get after the quarterback from time to time.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.

Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:48 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 12:49 pm

OT Kyle Dodson flips from Wisconsin to Ohio State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Score another one for the Urban Meyer machine.

Kyle Dodson, an offensive tackle out of Cleveland, Ohio, had originally committed to play at Wisconsin back in June. That commitment did not stick, as Dodson announced on Wednesday that he would instead be playing at Ohio State next fall.

Reports that Dodson would be flipping his commitment first surfaced in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Wednesday morning.

Tom Lemming calls Dodson one of the "premiere tackle prospects in the Midwest." He's certainly got the frame for it, as Dodson checks in at 6-foot-6 and weighs 315 pounds.

The good news for Wisconsin is that the Badgers picked up lineman Jake Meador on Wednesday morning, which helps offset the loss of Dodson to Ohio State.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:46 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:00 am

POLL: 2012 National Signing Day

Posted by Eye On Recruiting

National Signing Day has become one of the most anticipated dates in the college football offseason, with coaches, players, and fans awaiting the Letter of Intent from the most prized recruits in the nation.  

We want to hear your opinion on the biggest topics of the day, and the results will be shown during the National Signing Day Special on CBS Sports Network

Don't forget to also check the MaxPreps' Team Recruiting Rankings page to see how the teams stack up as the players put pen to paper on Signing Day. You can also sort the committed recruits by conference and check out Tom Lemming's Top 100 Recruits for the class of 2011. More Recruiting Coverage
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:31 pm

Ohio State nabs another for its 2013 class

Posted by Tom Fornelli

At the rate Urban Meyer has been moving since taking over at Ohio State, I fully expect the Buckeyes will have put the finishing touches on their 2016 recruiting class by sometime in May of 2012. Although most schools will be signing off on their 2012 classes on Wednesday, Meyer and the Buckeyes have already picked up the second commitment of their 2013 class.

MaxPreps tells us that Ohio State has received a commitment from junior quarterback Jalin Marshall of Middletown, Ohio.

“It’s one of the biggest decisions of my life, and I feel like I made a great choice,” Marshall told the Middletown Journal. “It’s close to home, and it’s my childhood dream school. When they gave me the opportunity, I kind of knew where I wanted to go.” 

Marshall is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback that was named co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Greater Miami Conference. He rushed for 1,859 yards, threw for 782 yards and scored a total of 26 touchdowns as a junior.

He joins cornerback Cam Burrows as the second member of Ohio State's 2013 class.

Photo by Michael Noyes 
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:53 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 10:54 pm

Another top recruit picks Ohio State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If this is how Urban Meyer recruits after only two months on the job, the rest of the Big Ten - and the nation - is on notice. The Ohio State head coach flipped another former Penn State commitment and landed West Roxbury (Mass.) cornerback Armani Reeves on Sunday night.

"I'm going......BuckeyeNation SilverBullets GoBucks !!!!!! God led me here n in god I trust !! Lets go BuckeyeNation !!!!" Reeves pledged on Twitter.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder was down to heated rivals Michigan and Ohio State after opening things up with the turmoil at Penn State. Reeves is teammates with linebacker Camren Williams, who also flipped from the Nittany Lions to the Buckeyes recently.

Reeves is ranked as the #11 cornerback in the class of 2012 and #124 overall. He was a noticble presence at the Semper Fi All-American Game earlier in the month and had been hotly pursued by several college programs over the last several months. The three-star becomes Ohio State's 24th commitment with Signing Day just three days away and gives the Buckeyes an impressive seven commits in the top 125.

Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 3:57 pm

Mornhinweg flips to Florida from Penn St.

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the most famous names -- and better quarterbacks -- in the class of 2012 has reportedly decided to head for the SEC.

Gator Country has reported that Skyler Mornhinweg, son of current Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg, has pledged to sign with Florida over Penn State. Skyler originally committed to Stanford as a rising sophomore at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, but switched to the Nittany Lions last summer when Jim Harbaugh left the Cardinal.

New Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease and Marty Mornhinweg played together at Montana, potentially giving Pease a window in which to make his pitch to Skyler after the recent coaching transition at Penn State. Skyler visited Florida's campus last weekend, Gator Country reports.

At 6'3" and 190 pounds, Mornhinweg has been among his class's more highly-prized pro-style quarterbacks, with reported offers from programs like Tennessee and Illinois as well as Stanford, Penn State, and the Gators. Tom Lemming writes this in his evaluation of Mornhinweg:

He impresses you with his arm strength, poise, smarts, and overall game. You can tell he's the son of a coach, I watched him throw down in Phoenix last December and was impressed with his quick setup and even quicker release. Shows great poise and field vision, not a sprinter but he can escape the rush and buy time with his feet. A winner with a great attitude.

Mornhinweg becomes the 21st commitment --and only quarterback -- of Will Muschamp's impressive 2012 class. The Gators currently rank fourth in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings.

Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:27 pm

Wisconsin picks up local kid Musso

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Leo Musso won't have to drive very far to get from home to his new school.

The Waunakee, Wisconsin native, a suburb of Madison, committed to Wisconsin on Friday after receiving a scholarship offer earlier this week. Playing in Camp Randall Stadium won't be much an adjustment for the high school running back, as his high school team has won the last three Wisconsin Division Two state championships inside the stadium.

"It's one of the best feelings ever," Musso told BadgerBlitz.com about his commitment to Wisconsin.

Musso had been being recruited by Paul Chryst, who left Wisconsin to become the head coach at Pitt. Once Chryst left for Pitt he continued to recruit Musso, and Musso was planning on visiting Pitt this weekend. However, once the offer from Wisconsin came in, he decided he'd rather stay home and play for the program he grew up rooting for.

Though he was a running back in high school, it's likely Musso will move to the defensive side of the ball at Wisconsin, possibly at safety. 
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:36 pm

Nebraska adds RB Imani Cross

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Running back Imani Cross of North Hall in Gainesville, Georgia committed to Nebraska on Thursday night, bringing Bo Pelini's 2012 class to 14 commits.

Cross had been down to Nebraska and Kentucky but committed to the Cornhuskers after an in-home visit from Pelini on Thursday night.

"It's official, he's a Cornhusker," Cross' father, Tim Cross, told HuskerOnline. "It's Nebraska. Great people, great atmosphere, coaches, coach (Ron) Brown, coach (Bo) Pelini, coach (Tim) Beck, I mean everything - all of the above."

"Because we weren't there for the official visit, him being so far from home, we wanted to be sure it was okay for him. It is okay. It's okay with us. It's his decision. And we support our son in whatever he wants to do. He had the other place, Kentucky, deep in his heart as well, but the deciding factor was the relationship and the definite place was where he'd be playing. It was as a Cornhusker and we got that cleared up tonight. It wasn't going to be a long drawn out process for him to make a decision."

Cross rushed for 1,706 yards and 24 touchdowns in 10 games for North Hall in 2011, averaging 8.9 yards per carry and 170.6 yards per game.

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