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Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Halfway to Signing Day: Big Ten Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the Big Ten and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Big Ten Commitment List

Best class: Michigan

Quite the impact Brady Hoke has made in just a few months at the helm. The Wolverines have the top class in the country at the halfway point and have blown rival Ohio State out of the water on the recruiting trail. The program has five Top 100 players committed, with several others that are in the mix to make the list by Signing Day. This is a strong class that will be counted on to make an impact early in Ann Arbor with the transition to the new regime. 

Work left to do: Nebraska

Bo Pelini and company haven't seen a big bounce from moving to the Big Ten just yet. The Cornhuskers have one of the smallest recruiting classes in the country at the moment and though they have some nice players, such as linebacker Michael Rose, there just isn't any depth or impact players at this point in the process.

Under the radar class: Wisconsin

It's a small class but what it lacks in quantity, Brett Bielema more than makes up for in quality. Three of the eight players committed are in the Top 100 and they address key positions at quarterback, offensive line and linebacker. Bart Houston is a perfect fit for what the Badgers do on offense and they have done a great job of getting the best player in the state in Vince Biegel. Wisconsin is still in the running for several other players and could finish strong come Signing Day.

Top commit: Quarterback Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind.), committed to Indiana

Loading up: Northwestern (6) and Michigan on offensive linemen (5), Michigan State on wide receivers (3), Penn State on tight ends (3).

Frequent Fliers: Purdue with commitments from eight states.

Fence builders: Ohio State, all of the school's commitments are from Ohio.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Will Ohio State land some elite talent?

It's not fun for Ohio State to see Michigan grab all the headlines on the recruiting trail (though, as any Buckeye will remind you, it has been awhile since they had a headline about beating their rival on the field). Given the coaching change and possible NCAA sanctions, there's a great deal of uncertainty and that has translated into a lack of production at the halfway point. Ohio State is one of the few places that can land elite recruits despite off the field issues because they continually send players to the NFL. The issues are a little bit different this year but if USC could the past two years, so can Ohio State. The only question might be when, not if, the Buckeyes will land some elite recruits between now and February.

Top 25 Teams:

1. Michigan
18. Wisconsin
20. Michigan State



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
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Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Catching up on a few commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's been a busy few days between Media Days and a short vacation for the Eye on Recruiting blog. Because we haven't put up every commitment on the blog, here's a recap on players who have committed over the past couple of days, sorted by conference.

ACC:

Florida State: defensive tackle Justin Shanks

Georgia Tech: running back Marcus Allen

Maryland: linebacker Avery Thompson

N.C. State: defensive end Joe Wright, receiver Charlie Hegedus

USF: offensive lineman Kofi Amichia

Wake Forest: running back Joshua Wilhite, tight end Zach Gordon


Big East:

Cincinnati: quarterback Bennie Coney, linebacker Erroll Clarke

Pitt: defensive back Marchez Coates, quarterback Chad Voytik

Rutgers: offensive lineman Derrick Nelson

TCU: junior college receiver Ricky Collins

UConn: defensive back Jhavon Williams

West Virginia: receiver Ray Martin and Trevor Williams, linebacker Sam Lebbie, defensive end Noble Nwachukwu, offensive lineman Tony Matteo


Big Ten:

Indiana: offensive lineman Jason Spriggs, quarterback Gunner Kiel

Michigan: defensive end Chris Wormley

Michigan State: receiver Aaron Burbridge, defensive back Jermaine Edmondson

Minnesota: offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig

Purdue: tight end Jonathan Curry, linebacker Andy Garcia


Big 12:

Baylor: cornerback Ryan Reid, defensive end Dominique Banks, linebacker Kendall Erhlich

Iowa State: wide receiver P.J. Harris, linebacker Adam Pavelenko

Kansas: quarterback Bilal Marshall and Seth Russell

Kansas State: offensive lineman Aderius Epps

Missouri: defensive lineman Ed Ray

Oklahoma State: defensive end Victor Irokansi

Texas A&M: defensive end Julian Obioha


SEC:

Arkansas: receiver D'Arthur Cowan, defensive back John Gibson

Auburn: defensive end Gimel President

Mississippi State: cornerback Will Redmond, receiver Frederick Brown

Ole Miss: tight end Austin Ray

South Carolina: linebacker Kaiwan Lewis, offensive lineman Joe Harris

Tennessee: kicker George Bullock, junior college defensive lineman Damien Jacobs


Pac-12:

Arizona: defensive tackle Dwight Melvin

Arizona State: offensive lineman Evan Goodman and Stephon McCray, defensive end Ben Dixon and Jarvis Lewis, running back Russell Hansbrough, linebacker Carlos Mendoza and Matt Rowe
UCLA: offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa

USC: defensive end Pio Vatuvei




Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:30 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 2:38 am
 

Winston evolving into complete QB at Elite 11

Posted by Bryan Fischer

MALIBU, Calif. -- With everybody settled into their picturesque surroundings at Pepperdine University during day two of the Elite 11, the throws were sharper, the completion percentage was up and - perhaps just as important - so was the level of competition.

"It's been good out here with all these great quarterbacks," Bessemer (Ala.) quarterback Jameis Winston said. "I'm just out here competing, that's the main thing."

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound signal-caller was the top performer Tuesday and was really spinning the ball well during a brisk morning throwing session. Despite the effort he put in on each throw, Winston understands that he's still evolving from an athlete into a quarterback and that there are several parts of his game that he can work on.

"Drops," he identifies immediately almost before the question is even asked. "I want to also work on my hips more. I have to get my hips open more so I don't hurt anything down low. So I just have to work my hips more and get open. I've got to get better everyday."

Winston was almost like a little brother on the field to college counselor E.J. Manuel out of Florida State. The two have similar builds (though Winston is much thinner) and a similar throwing motion. Often conversing between snaps, the college starter had no problem mentoring the high school star.

"E.J. helps me a lot on making sure I'm staying on top of the ball and not squeezing the ball," Winston said. "He's helped me a lot and he's at one of my final schools, Florida State."

Down to three schools in his recruitment, Maxpreps' second ranked quarterback and 21st overall player in the class of 2012 is considering the Seminoles and hasn't been shy about asking Manuel about the program.

"I've asked him about Florida State and their program," Winston said. "He's been pretty real with me. He's told me the ups and downs - there's not many downs but he told me some."

The other finalists for the five-star quarterback are both SEC powerhouses, one close to home and the other a few hours away by car. With distance not a huge factor for Winston, he's had to look closer at what each program brings to the table for him.

"Alabama is the home school," he said. "I mean, there's no place like home. I've been there a million times, just over and over. LSU, it's just a great competitive atmosphere and I want to be in that competitive atmosphere wherever I go, especially with baseball and football."

Winston is a top high school baseball player in addition to his success on the gridiron. While Florida State and LSU are perennial contenders at the College World Series, the success of the baseball program at any of the three schools he's considering is only a small factor in his decision.

"Yes," he says before cautioning," but Alabama's baseball program is coming up."

Projected by some to go as high as the first round draft in next year's MLB Draft, Winston knows it's possible he'll have to make a decision similar to Nebraska quarterback and Kansas City Royals first round pick Bubba Starling.

"Yes I've followed him," Winston said. "I'm going to consider (going pro). I don't know right now because I'm not as advanced as he is. He got there this year and I'm just considering it. Thinking about it but trying to have fun. It's in the back of my mind."

Slated to make one fan base very happy when he ultimately picks a school on August 3rd, Winston revealed that he's already decided where he'll play his college ball - football and baseball - but didn't offer any hints as to where that might actually be.

"I know where I'm going," he said. "The coaches know."

Kline reps the West Coast

Danville (Calif.) quarterback Zach Kline had one of the shortest commutes to the Elite 11 from the Bay Area and though he is used to going down to the beach or enjoying a cool summer day, the experience with 23 other top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 has been eye-opening for him.

"It's been awesome," Kline said. "Nothing is like it, ever. It's the best thing I've ever been to and you have the best players here."

The California kid was sporting a Rafael Nadal-like look on Tuesday with long hair and a headband. Though he was one of the most outgoing and relaxed players on the field, that masked his workman-like approach to learning as much as he could from the coaches and counselors at the event.

"A lot of things like making every throw count and the little things matter the most," he said about what he learned. "Even the smallest thing down to a drop, the fake on the play action matters more than anything and is the difference between a completion and an interception. And just kind of getting to know these guys and the things that they see."

In between meals and film sessions, the Cal commit has been able to take time to bond with his fellow campers, many of whom he is already close with.

"I know these guys real well," Kline said. "Connor Brewer I've been friends with for awhile, for a couple of years. Jake Rodrigues I've been friends with for a long time as well. Tyler Matthews same deal. Gunner Kiel, I was at the Elite 11 last year as a ball boy with him. He's the man, he's a great quarterback and just a cool dude to hang around with. Same for all of those guys, every single one of them."

Regarded by many as the top quarterback on the West Coast, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is confident in himself and showed that he can make all the throws on the field, going neck-and-neck with other highly ranked players like Winston and Kiel. Still, despite actually belonging with the best in the nation, Kline knows there's still something left for him to prove.

"Definitely," he says before identifying the biggest reason why. "Tanner Mangum is giving me a run for my money. He's good, a great quarterback and a great dude too. He's a good friend of mine as well and he's going to do big things at BYU, just an awesome quarterback, can't wait to watch him."

Appleby stars in the classroom

While Mangum wore a yellow jersey for being the winner of the Golden Arm competition on the field Monday, North Canton (Ohio) quarterback Austin Appleby sported a red jersey on Tuesday after taking home honors for best performance in the classroom. The chance to show off his quarterback IQ was a welcome one for someone who had prepared to do so for quite some time.

"I got a chance to get up in front on the board, in front of everybody, and impress Coach (Trent) Dilfer," Appleby said. "I put a lot of time and preparation coming into this. I've been hours upon hours into knowing this playbook and I take pride in being the most prepared at this camp."

With so much teaching on and off the field from instructors, Appleby made an apt analogy to schoolwork when talking about what specifically he'll take back to his high school.

"It's graduate level stuff," he said. "In my offense, I'm a little more advanced and making those checks and making those slide protections, or any audible I need too. So having this knowledge and understanding of how it's really supposed to work is really going to broaden my skill level from a mental aspect as well from the coaching we're going to get from a fundamental aspect."

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder looks like he's physically ready to play on Saturdays and appears fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered last year. He throws a very catchable ball but can really put some spin on it if required. Even having the opportunity to showcase his quarterback skills alongside the other campers has been quite the experience for Appleby.

"It's awesome, there's no better place than to be here right now," he said. "The talent level is unbelievable. It's the top 24 for a reason and as the days go by and we get near the end, the elite will rise towards the top. Then we'll see who's number one and I have full intentions of being that number one."

Committed to Purdue, Appleby is in constant contact with the Boilermakers staff to keep them updated on his progress at the Elite 11.

"I'm going to be in contact with them and at the end of the day, I kind of update them with what's going on," he said. "It's kind of tough with the time zone, I keep forgetting how late it is over there. But I tell my high school coach as well and we're going to all together get better."

Clearly advanced mentally and physically, the senior to-be is undecided if he'll enroll early and take part in spring football with Purdue next year.

"I don't know at this point," he said. "We're looking into it but I don't know the details at this point."

Notes:

- Tanner Mangum won the Golden Arm competition for the second day in a row. After proudly sporting the yellow jersey on Tuesday, he will do so again during Wednesday's throwing sessions.

- Utah commit Travis Wilson has the frame to put on a few pounds of muscle but the 6-foot-6 quarterback has all the tools to make it at the next level. His release might be the best part of his game, as the ball comes out quickly and effortlessly.

- One of the surprises of day two was North Carolina commit Patton Robinette. He came in a close second behind Mangum in the Golden Arm competition but was sharp throughout practice. He did a good job hitting the receivers in the right spot and knowing just how much to put on the ball. Robinette also did a good job on throws to the outside and could really drive the ball on out routes.

- After a rough week at The Opening, Oregon verbal Jake Rodrigues has bounced back nicely at the Elite 11. It still seems like he gets a little bit too wide of a base but he was accurate and was able to get good power on just about every one of his throws.

- If there's anyone who could be labeled Mr. Consistent, it would be Bart Houston. He doesn't wow you out of the gate but he's got the perfect mix of arm strength, frame, throwing motion and accuracy to know he'll be a perfect fit at Wisconsin.

Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:28 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:33 am
 

Buckeyes grab commitments from two Ohioans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

For most Ohio State fans, recruiting talk recently has mostly been about who has decommitted -- like top 100 offensive lineman Kyle Kalis -- and not who could commit. There was some positive news' however, for Buckeyes across the country late Wednesday: Word leaked that Pickerington (Ohio) offensive lineman Patrick Elflein and Lancaster (Ohio) linebacker Luke Roberts would commit to the school Thursday.

“I was real excited when I heard about the offer,” Elflein told Bucknuts.com. “That was the school I was holding out for and it happened.”

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Elflein should soften the blow of losing Kalis at least a little bit. He held scholarship offers from Northwestern, Purdue and Indiana among others.

For Roberts, who also picked up an offer from Ohio State this week, the combination of playing for the school of his dreams and for someone like new linebackers coach Mike Vrabel was too much to pass up.

"Ohio State has a very good business school, and that's going to be my major," Roberts told The Columbus Dispatch. "And considering I'm a linebacker, the hiring of Coach Vrabel was a huge plus for me."

Even though the school is facing possible NCAA sanctions, that didn't seem to be a deterrent to either player from committing to the school and coach Luke Fickell.

"My thoughts on that are, I think what's being said in some parts of the media is as bad as it really happened," Roberts said. "I think it is being blown out of proportion a little. And at the end of the day, Ohio State is Ohio State. It has been one of the more successful programs and it will continue to be a successful program."

The verbal pledges give Ohio State 11 commitments for the class of 2012 with both players becoming the second commitment for the Buckeyes at their position.
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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Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:22 am
Edited on: June 24, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Nebraska raids Ohio for defensive end

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As soon as Nebraska's move to the Big Ten was announced, many thought that the Huskers would begin to recruit the state of Ohio heavily as they distanced themselves from the Big 12 and their pipeline from the state of Texas. While the program will still try to maintain ties to the South, with a weakened Ohio State and head coach Bo Pelini's ties to Ohio, it appears that Nebraska might end up making a dent in the state sooner rather than later.

“I committed to Nebraska,” Akron (Ohio) defensive end Greg McMullen told HuskersIllustrated.com Thursday night. “I actually did it a few days ago, but I try to stay out of the media.

“I talked to the defensive coordinator and the defensive line coach. I’m going to call Coach Pelini tonight.”

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound end held scholarship offers from schools such as Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Purdue. He is the second defensive lineman to commit to the school in as many days and was attracted to the success the program had at sending players to the NFL.

“I’m a defensive guy and in the last three or four years Nebraska has had some great defensive lines. They had Ndamukong Suh and then there’s Jared Crick," he said. "It’s a defensive-minded school and Bo Pelini is a defensive coach.”

McMullen had 55 tackles and 8 sacks as a junior last season. He is the Huskers' first commitment from the state of Ohio and fourth overall.


Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Wide receiver Cameron Wilson selects Iowa

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's been awhile (over two months, but who's counting except for some fans) since Iowa picked up a football commitment, but that was remedied Tuesday afternoon with the verbal pledge of Dublin (Ohio) wide receiver Cameron Wilson.

"Well, I've been putting a lot of thought into it the past few months and especially this last week, and I just felt like Iowa has everything that I wanted in a school so I didn't have to look any further." Wilson told HawkeyeReport.com. "Iowa was the right place for me, so I decided to commit."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver selected Iowa over Boston College, Illinois, Purdue and Pitt. After visiting Iowa City and touring campus a few times during the spring, Wilson just felt at home with the Hawkeyes and comfortable enough to commit.

"I really liked the football atmosphere," he said. "We were there for the spring scrimmage and it was a really cold day, but they still had a lot of fans there cheering for them. The coaches, the players, and everyone treated me really well and I just enjoyed it there." 

Wilson is the second commit for Iowa's recruiting class of 2012. He hauled in 77 catches for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns for Jerome High School last season.
 
 
 
 
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