A few Big Ten recruiting nuggets to pass along, beginning with the latest top 20 team rankings from ESPN's Scouts Inc., which actually came out Dec. 10 (sorry for the delay in posting these). Penn State comes in at No. 5 nationally, while Ohio State ranks at No. 12 and Michigan at No. 20.
Now for some recent news from ESPN's Scouts Inc.
Minnesota defender Beau Allen decides for the Badgers
Three-star defensive tackle Beau Allen of Minnetonka, Minn., has given the Badgers a Class of 2010 commitment. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound prospect also considered Minnesota, Notre Dame and Stanford.
Among his other offers were Colorado, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern UCLA and Vanderbilt.
ESPN's Craig Haubert said of the new, "The Wisconsin Badgers finished the 2009 regular season with a top ten rushing defense. In an attempt to keep that defense stingy against the run they just added a stout run defender to their trenches with a commitment from Beau Allen. Out of the backyard of a Big Ten foe, Allen seems like a great fit for the Badgers. He has good size and can be very tough to block when he stays low and uses his hands. He has a good motor and while his technique is not always great you do like that he pretty consistently plays with a physical and nasty attitude."
Wisconsin tops non-BCS offers for Youngstown receiver
Chase Hammond, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver from Boardman (Youngstown, Ohio), has made his Class of 2010 decision to attend Wisconsin.
Ball State, Kent State, Ohio, Western Michigan and Air Force have also offered.
Hammond is the 19th pledge, second at wide receiver, for the Badgers.
Wideout Kevonte Martin-Manley picks the Hawkeyes
Iowa has gained a Class of 2010 pledge from three-star Brother Rice (Bloomfield, Mich.), receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley.
The 6-foot-0, 190-pound prospect chose the Big Ten Hawks after decommitting from Bowling Green. He was also sought by Central Michigan and Toledo.
As a senior, Martin-Manley caught 43 passes for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Cali defensive back Brock Vereen headed to Minnesota
The Gophers have landed a commitment from three-star cornerback Brock Vereen of Valencia, Calif., for their Class of 2010.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Vereen was also offered by Stanford. Vereen's older brother Shane is a standout running back for Cal.
Defensive lineman Matt Hoch changes from Hawks to Tigers
Missouri has gained defensive end Matt Hoch of Harlan, Iowa, who decommitted from Iowa.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Hock also had offers from Stanford, Iowa State and Kansas State. His older brother, Dan, signed with the Tigers in 2008.
Missouri now has 22 commitments for the Class of 2010.
Signal-caller Dominique Brown drops hometown Cincinnati
Three-star athlete/quarterback Dominique Brown of Winton Woods (Cincinnati) has reopened his recruitment to Cincinnati following the departure of head coach Brian Kelly to Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect is now drawing interest from Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Louisville.