Big Ten weekend recruiting update

January, 31, 2011
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The final weekend before national signing day is in the books, and I thought it would be a good idea to recap things as Big Ten squads put the finishing touches on their 2011 recruiting classes.

Things kicked off Friday night as Michigan secured a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Chris Bryant, a very solid prospect. Bryant's pledge adds to the late recruiting momentum Michigan has generated under new coach Brady Hoke.

Here's more recruiting news from around the Big Ten, courtesy of ESPN Recruiting:
  • Indiana secured verbal commitments from three-star offensive linemen Peyton Eckert and Gregory Lewis and defensive lineman Adarius Rayner, who originally committed to Colorado State.
  • Nebraska landed a kicker as it begins life without superstar Alex Henery. The Huskers received a verbal pledge from Mauro Bondi from Boca Raton, Fla. As a senior, Bondi was 7 of 11 on field goals with a long of 44. He also had 45 of 55 kickoffs go for touchbacks and averaged 43.2 yards per punt. Nebraska also added junior college defensive lineman Joseph Carter, who had decommitted from Arizona.
  • Minnesota bolstered its defensive front with a commitment from Texas prospect Michael Amaefula. The Gophers also added defensive back Derrick Wells from Lehigh Acres, Fla.
  • You've got to love long-snappers and Ohio State landed one for its 2011 class as Bryce Haynes gave a pledge to the Buckeyes over Notre Dame, North Carolina and Utah State.

I'll have plenty more on the Big Ten recruiting scene throughout the week.

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