Monday, June 18, 2012
Big Ten weekend recruiting roundup
By Adam Rittenberg
It was a fairly busy weekend on the recruiting trail across the Big Ten, so let's get caught up.
- The Wisconsin program that brought us the likes of Hugs Etienne made another addition to the all-name team by securing a verbal commitment from wide receiver prospect Jazz Peavy. Peavy gave his pledge after attending Wisconsin's camp Sunday. Wisconsin also added offensive tackle prospect Hayden Biegel, who received a grayshirt offer, meaning he won't join the team until January 2014. Biegel's brother, Vince, is a linebacker who signed with the Badgers in February. Wisconsin now has eight commits for what will be a small 2013 class.
- Nebraska also added two recruits during its Big Red Weekend event. Nathan Gerry, a projected safety from South Dakota, committed to the Huskers along with long snapper Gabriel Miller. Gerry reportedly had offers from several Big Ten schools.
- Iowa added a decorated prospect from a neighboring state in safety Malik Rucker, who committed to the Hawkeyes on Friday . Rucker is rated as the No. 2 player in Minnesota. He was considering Illinois and Minnesota, among others. He could play either defensive back spot for Iowa.
- Several Big Ten recruits were in action at the Big 33 Football Classic, where the Ohio all-stars defeated the Pennsylvania all-stars for the fourth consecutive time. Quarterback Tyler O'Connor, who signed with Michigan State in February, led the Ohio team to victory, earning MVP honors. He connected with Ohio State recruit Najee Murray for an 85-yard touchdown strike.
Be sure and check colleague Jared Shanker's Midwest recruiting blog for all updates on the Big Ten's future players. Here's an updated national scorecard of verbal commits for 2013.