Time to check the Big Ten recruiting scorecard

June, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

An excellent summer suggestion by reader Derek from New Jersey:

Hey Adam. Is it possible to get a weekly recruiting report around the BigTen? Just who picked up commits at how many were top150.Thanks!

Excellent call, Derek. With Big Ten teams on break or just starting summer workouts, most of the news right now comes on the recruiting trail. I'll post updated scorecards every Monday or Tuesday from now until training camp.

ILLINOIS

  • 2010 verbal commits: 3
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Safety Corey Cooper, quarterback Chandler Whitmer
  • Quick take: My mistake for leaving Whitmer off the watch list the last time. He'll provide a big help to the Illini offense in future years, and he's already helping to recruit some other top prospects to Champaign. Cooper, meanwhile, is still considering some other schools in addition to Illinois.

INDIANA

  • 2010 verbal commits: 1
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: The Hoosiers beat out a number of schools for juco cornerback Andre Kates, a one-time Florida commit who recorded 49 tackles and three interceptions last year.

IOWA

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: It's been all defense so far for the Hawkeyes, who are solidifying their front seven with players like linebacker James Morris, who blew up recently at the Nike Camp in Illinois.

MICHIGAN

  • 2010 verbal commits: 13
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Quarterback Devin Gardner, wide receiver Jeremy Jackson, wide receiver Ricardo Miller, guard Christian Pace, safety Marvin Robinson
  • Quick take: An extended offseason apparently paid off for Rich Rodriguez and his staff, who have put together the Big Ten's strongest recruiting class to this point. Defense should be a bigger focus with the next few commitments.

MICHIGAN STATE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 2
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Linebacker Max Bullough
  • Quick take: Some Spartans fans are a bit concerned about the low number of commits, but Michigan State should be fine, especially if quarterback Robert Bolden or defensive end William Gholston hop on board.

MINNESOTA

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: Another solid start for head coach Tim Brewster, who got commitments from two in-state prospects (Jimmy Gjere and Lamonte Edwards) and talented Chicago-area wideout Antoine Lewis. The Gophers also are still alive in the Seantrel Henderson sweepstakes.

NORTHWESTERN

  • 2010 verbal commits: 0
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: Panic time? Could be getting close to it. But Northwestern can be much more selective than usual with a very small recruiting class for 2010, not to mention Pat Fitzgerald's tendency to redshirt a lot of freshmen.

OHIO STATE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 5
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Tackle Andrew Norwell, linebacker Jamel Turner, defensive end David Durham
  • Quick take: This won't be a huge class for the Buckeyes, and three "watch list" prospects out of five isn't too shabby at all. It has been a while since Scott McVey committed, so expect things to pick up soon.

PENN STATE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 8
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Wide receiver Adrian Coxson, running back Silas Redd, center Miles Dieffenbach, defensive end Kyle Baublitz
  • Quick take: Penn State is pushing Michigan for the Big Ten's top recruiting class thus far, and the recent additions of Dieffenbach, Baublitz and guard Tom Ricketts are very encouraging. JoePa might be off the recruiting trail, but defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and others have done a fabulous job.

PURDUE

  • 2010 verbal commits: 1
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: Quarterback Robert Marve (2007 watch list)
  • Quick take: No high school verbals for the Boilermakers yet, but Marve's decision to transfer could be huge. If Marve can turn a page on his troubles at Miami, he could be Purdue's quarterback of the future beginning in 2010.

WISCONSIN

  • 2010 verbal commits: 3
  • ESPNU 150 Watch List: None
  • Quick take: In-state prospect Konrad Zagzebski was an excellent pickup for Wisconsin, which likely will look to add a few defensive backs in the coming months.

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