Michigan lands Robinson, Illini keep Hawthorne

February, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Several significant bits of Big Ten recruiting news broke while I was over at SportsNation chatting away (too many SEC questions for my liking). 

As expected, Michigan landed a much needed second quarterback as Denard Robinson of Deerfield Beach, Fla., announced he would play for the Wolverines. Robinson and high school teammate Adrian Witty both pledged to Michigan, continuing the team's late recruiting momentum. 

After losing commits Kevin Newsome and Shavodrick Beaver, Michigan needed a second quarterback in this class alongside Tate Forcier. Both Forcier and Robinson will be in the mix for the starting job in spring practice, and both seem to fit head coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense. 

Illinois can breath a sigh of relief after wide receiver Terry Hawthorne of East St. Louis, Ill., sent in his letter of intent this morning. Hawthorne's verbal commitment to the Illini had been questioned in recent days, and the rumors only ramped up this morning after his high school teammate and fellow Illinois commit, wide receiver Kraig Appleton, picked Wisconsin over Illinois.

Hawthorne, ranked as the nation's 10th best wide receiver by Scouts Inc., could step in right away this season. 

There is also a report out of Tennessee that top wide receiver prospect Marlon Brown will pick Ohio State this afternoon. Brown would be an excellent addition to a young and talented receiving corps. 

Penn State was unable to land top linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who is headed to Florida

Here is our updated signing list for the Big Ten. 

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