Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Big Ten recruits in the new ESPNU 150
By Brian Bennett
The newest ESPNU 150 -- ESPN.com's list of the top 150 high school prospects for the Class of 2012 -- was released on Wednesday. More than half the nation's top recruits on this list are still uncommitted, and even those who have pledged their services to a school can change their mind before February. But here's a look at the ESPNU 150 players who have already committed to a Big Ten school:
No. 68: Terry Richardson, CB: Committed to Michigan
No.97: Jarron Jones, OT: Committed to Penn State
No. 117: Royce Jenkins-Stone, OLB: Committed to Michigan
No. 139: Michael Rose, ILB: Committed to Nebraska
No. 140: Kyle Kalis, OT: Committed to Ohio State
Our recruiting folks also have a list of players who just missed the cut, and they include linebacker Joe Bolden and tight end Devin Funchess, both Michigan commitments. Brady Hoke is off to an excellent start in his first full recruiting season for the Wolverines, and his ability to attract elite defenders has to make his fan base smile.
Many people are going to be watching Ohio State's recruitment this year to see if the Buckeyes' off-the-field troubles and lack of a permanent head coach hurt their efforts to sign top prospects.
There is plenty of time for the Big Ten to rack up more blue-chippers off this list; for example, the No. 4-ranked player (defensive end Noah Spence) is considering Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan.
Look for ESPN.com's early 2012 class rankings in a few days.