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Monday, August 26, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten

By Brad Bournival & Tom VanHaaren

Ohio State and Michigan were at it again over the weekend in what has become commonplace in the recruiting world. The Wolverines nabbed an ESPN Junior 300 commit Friday and followed it up with another junior pledge on Saturday.

Big Ten ConferenceNot to be outdone, the Buckeyes grabbed an ESPN 300 standout of their own Sunday.

Here is a look at what happened over the past week.

Biggest commitment

Brad Bournival: Ohio State landed a big-time name Sunday evening with the commitment of ESPN Junior 300 athlete Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley). Though he’s playing quarterback for the Bulldogs, the 29th-ranked player in the 2015 class is being recruited as an athlete. The Buckeyes want him to be the face of the program next year in recruiting, and he’s more than happy to oblige.

As a sophomore, Glover-Williams was 75-of-154 for 1,114 yards and 12 touchdowns, while adding 1,810 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns on 243 rushing attempts.

Tom VanHaaren: Michigan landed two more commitments for its 2015 class over the weekend, which was a big deal. ESPN Junior 300 prospect Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) and defensive back Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) both chose the Wolverines this past weekend. Crawford is the No. 49 ranked prospect in the country, and Kinnel recently earned an offer after camping with Michigan in the summer. The commitments give the Wolverines six for the 2015 class, three of whom are in the ESPN Junior 300.

Biggest offer

Bournival: Ohio State waited until this spring to really cull through the quarterbacks in the 2014 class. The Buckeyes won’t be doing that in 2015, as they offered ESPN Junior 300 standout Jauan Jennings (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Blackman) on Saturday. To date, Ohio State has offered ESPN Junior 300 stars De'Andre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) and Lorenzo Nunez (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison), as well as Jennings, out of the Class of 2015. It took until May 5 for Ohio State to reach three offers to quarterbacks with the current class.

Most important visit

Bournival: Purdue pledge Drue Tranquill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) was back in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday. After picking up a Notre Dame offer, the three-star outside linebacker visited the Fighting Irish on Aug. 17. He left after both visits still committed to the Boilermakers, which should be a big deal. He’ll be back at Purdue for the Notre Dame game on Sept. 14.

Best performance

VanHaaren: Michigan’s 2015 running back commit Damien Harris (Berea, Ky./Madison Southern) rushed for 210 yards on 23 carries, with five touchdown runs. He also took a kickoff back for a touchdown in his team’s first game of the year. Penn State commit De'Andre Thompkins also had a good night with 130 total yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Biggest question

Bournival: Will Big Ten schools start recruiting 2013 quarterback Tra'von Chapman (Kent, Ohio/Roosevelt) again after he was dismissed by Pittsburgh over the weekend? The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Chapman was being pursued by Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin before choosing the Panthers back in high school.

Chapman’s father, Thad Jemison, was also the receivers coach with new Purdue head man Darrell Hazell at Kent State before Hazell left for the Boilermakers. As a senior, Chapman passed for 2,469 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 690 yards and 10 scores. Incidentally, Hazell had an offer out to Chapman when he was at Kent State.

VanHaaren: Will Nebraska get the weekend off to a good start? Defensive lineman Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan./Hiawatha) is making his decision Aug. 30 and has Nebraska as a finalist. The 2014 three-star has been to Nebraska multiple times and would be a good addition to the already strong class.

Biggest answer

Bournival: Will come today about Kyle Berger's knee, when the ESPN 300 outside linebacker gets things checked out by his doctor. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound senior out of Cleveland St. Ignatius tweaked his left knee during a scrimmage with Canton McKinley on Friday night. He said things didn’t look good, but he’ll know more after today’s appointment. Ranked 281st overall, Berger registered 90 tackles -- 39 tackles for loss -- and 8.5 sacks last season.

VanHaaren: Unfortunate that this section is all about injuries, but it looks like it’s good news. That is definitely the case for Nebraska commit Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka), who was airlifted to the hospital after sustaining a head injury in his game Saturday. He was knocked unconscious and later diagnosed with a concussion. It was reported, though, that he was moving on his own and is recovering from the injury.