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Posted on: August 8, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Ondre Pipkins becomes the latest 'Michigan Man'

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan's roll on the recruiting trail continued Monday as the number one-ranked recruiting class added big Kansas City (Mo.) defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins to what is surely a cornerstone class for Brady Hoke.

"It's going to be great to be able to come back home where I belong and to be part of the legacy all the greats left," Pipkins told 247Sports.com.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder recently visited Michigan unofficially for the school's BBQ at the Big House and came away impressed enough to make a commitmentment shortly thereafter. Pipkins is originally from the state of Michigan, Saginaw to be precise, and held offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Ohio State and others.

Pipkins gives the Wolverines their 23rd commitment for the class of 2012. He racked up 50 tackles and four sacks, to go along with eight forced fumbles, last season as a junior.
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 3, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 10:32 am
 

8/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- It could be a big day for Big Ten recruiting on Friday with several Detroit area stars set to commit.

  Defensive tackle Trae Clark added an offer from Illinois.

  Top 2013 receiver Richard Benjamin received an offer from Florida.

  Michigan's recruiting class has a strong Ohio flavor.


Commitments:


UCF added two nice pickups on offense in quarterback Kedric Bostic and receiver Drico Johnson.

Bostic wasn't the only quarterback to commit to a Florida program as Tyler Cameron selected USF. A look at Cameron's possible impact on the program.

Arizona strayed from their usual recruiting grounds to add defensive tackle Gerron Borne from Louisiana.

Joker Phillips and Kentucky received a commitment from athlete Daniel Ross and offensive tackle T.J. Jones.

Virginia continued to impress on the recruiting trail, getting a verbal pledge from defensive end Eli Harold over Penn State and Florida.

Iowa State reached into Florida to pull out receiver P.J. Harris.

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: August 2, 2011 10:12 am
 

8/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Eye on Recruiting is back in action and better than ever. As a result, a super-sized roundup:

- Really good story on the nation's top recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham.

- Florida quarterbacks Tyler Cameron and Kendric Bostic will pick between several schools Tuesday.

- Several BCS schools are recruiting Diddy's son Justin Combs, a cornerback out of New York.

  Michigan's recent tradition of hosting a BBQ at the Big House continued over the weekend and attracted some top recruits.

 Florida target Adam Lane found out he was invited to the Army All-American Bowl.

  Tight end Kurt Freitag is down to four finalists in Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Miami.

As Oklahoma's recruiting class fills up, a good look at how it is a game of chance.

Top offensive tackle Andrus Peat is down to three schools: Texas, Florida State and Nebraska, where his brother is at.
Recruits in Ohio might be thinking twice about going to Ohio State.

Commitments:

Defensive end Chris Wormley committed to Michigan.

Arkansas picked up cornerback Jared Collins and receiver Keon Hatcher.

Quarterback Bennie Coney is headed to Cincinnati.

Running back Marcus Allen, no not that Marcus Allen, committed to Georgia Tech over Florida State, Tennessee and others.

Arizona State continues to grow their recruiting class, picking up offensive lineman Stephon McCray and running back Russell Hansbrough.

Iowa added offensive tackle Ryan Ward as a commitment.

Defensive end Ben Dixon is the latest Arizona commit.

West Virginia added receiver Ray Martin, linebacker Tony Matteo and defensive end Noble Nwachukwu.

Missouri received a commitment from defensive tackle Ed Ray.
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Gunner Kiel chooses Indiana

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Kevin Wilson era at Indiana is off to a wonderful start as it appears that the Hoosiers may have pulled off the biggest recruiting upset in school history. Quarterback Gunner Kiel of Columbus East High School in Indiana has committed to the Hoosiers. Kiel is widely considered to be the top quarterback prospect in the 2012 class, and MaxPreps has him ranked as the second best high schooler in the country.

The 6-foot-4 216-pound quarterback is the nephew of former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel, and Notre Dame was one of many schools that had made a scholarship offer to Kiel. Schools like Alabama, USC, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma just to name a few.

No doubt the idea of working with Kevin Wilson played a large role in Kiel's decision, as he's seen what Wilson was able to do with quarterbacks like Sam Bradford while at Oklahoma. Not to mention that Kiel will have a good chance of being able to play right away at Indiana. 

Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:50 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Quarterback Mornhinweg commits to Penn State

By MaxPreps' Joseph Santoliquito

Skyler Mornhinweg
 is a modern athlete in so many ways. He's large, mobile, possesses a cannon arm and has been practically raised on the game of football. 

But it's the old-school qualities of academics and athletics -- in that order -- instilled by his parents that Skyler has always valued. (He is the son of Philadelphia Eagles Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.) It's a reason why the prized 6-foot-3, 215-pound rising senior quarterback from St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) gave Penn State and Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno an oral commitment Tuesday morning.

It's the old-school way Penn State does things that Mornhinweg found so appealing, from its graduation rate for football players, to the no-nonsense coaching staff and Paterno's legendary clean reputation.

"There were many great schools and programs I was considering, but I decided to commit to Penn State for its championship football tradition and excellent academics, and also the way coach Paterno and pretty much the whole program goes about their business," said Mornhinweg, an all-state quarterback for the Hawks who will turn 18 on Aug. 10. "Penn State sets unique values for themselves, they have a great fan base and there is a great atmosphere there. I got a chance to watch a game with my mother last season. We went up to the Michigan State game against Penn State after Thanksgiving. The student body was on break, but to look up and see all those fans and how devoted they were, with cars parked around the stadium for miles, that's something I like to be a part of. Penn State has an old-school mentality that really hits home." 

Click here to read more about Mornhinweg's commitment on MaxPreps



 
 
 
 
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