Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Big Ten recruiting updates
By ESPN.com staff
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Corey Long today brings you an update on Big Ten recruiting classes two months before national signing day. All 11 teams are profiled.
- Iowa: The big name at the top of the board for Iowa is five-star offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha). Even though Kouandjio's brother, Arie, is at Alabama and that's where Cyrus will take his first visit, the 6-foot-6, 325-pound blocker's interest in the Hawkeyes seems legitimate. Of course USC, Miami, New Mexico and UCLA are also in the hunt, but it would seem that Iowa is closer to the top of Kouandjio's board next to Alabama. Another offensive line prospect, Anthony Zettel (West Branch, Mich./Ogemaw Heights), went on an official visit two weeks ago and remains a possibility.
- Michigan: Eight of the 14 recruits committed to Michigan are projected to play on the defensive side of the ball, and it's clear that [Rich] Rodriguez needs more impact players on that side of the field. Four-star linebacker Lamar Dawson (Danville, Ky./Boyle County) will be taking an official to Michigan on Jan. 21. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder will also be visiting Florida, USC and Tennessee. Michigan is also in the hunt for defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), after he went to the campus on an official visit last month.
- Michigan State: For much of the year the Spartans have been trailing Ohio State in the hunt for four-star defensive back Doran Grant (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent St. Mary), but the Under Armour All-American is ready to take his official and will be joined by his father -- a former Spartans football player. Grant, however, doesn't plan on making a decision until he takes all five officials and that might not be until mid-January.
- Ohio State: Coach Jim Tressel and staff focused heavily on both sides of the line and depth in the secondary. One of the names Buckeyes fans expected to add into this class was defensive back Jabari Gorman (Miami/Monsignor Pace). For months it appeared Gorman was heading to Columbus, but in recent weeks Florida has made a major charge for the four-star prospect, and he will be visiting Gainesville in early December.
- Penn State: There's no need to panic yet for the Penn State faithful, as half of the top 10 prospects in Pennsylvania have yet to sign anywhere and many have Penn State among their top schools. Defensive end Deion Barnes (Philadelphia/Northeast) will be taking his official this upcoming weekend. Looking outside of the Keystone State, it appears that the Nittany Lions are in good standing for defensive standout Ishaq Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln), as he has been no stranger on the campus at Happy Valley.
- Wisconsin: The Badgers have signed five of the top 10 players in Wisconsin, but the one still missing is four-star athlete Melvin Gordon (Kenosha, Wis./Bradford). Gordon had originally committed to Iowa but has since backed off that commitment and could commit to the Badgers as soon as this weekend. If Gordon commits, that would give Wisconsin 22 verbals and leave the Badgers with a near-full class.
Also, ESPN Recruiting's Craig Haubert breaks down recruiting in the state of Wisconsin. His piece features items on Gordon and Derek Watt, J.J.'s little brother who recently switched his verbal commitment from Northwestern to Wisconsin. Michigan State also has done pretty well recruiting in the state. Interesting.
You can also check out the state recruiting profiles for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nebraska.