Big Ten weekend recruiting wrap: Major movement in B1G


The final week of the regular season always brings excitement and that was certainly the case in the Big Ten. Recruiting is about to go into overdrive, so here is a look at what happened within the conference this past weekend and what’s next.

Biggest commit:

Michigan secured the biggest commitment of the weekend from ESPN 300 defensive lineman Jordan Elliott. Elliott is the No. 47 prospect overall and a huge piece to the recruiting puzzle for the Wolverines.

Michigan now has Elliott, Ron Johnson Jr., Carlo Kemp and Rashad Weaver along the defensive line with one big target remaining in No. 1 Rashan Gary. If the staff can add Gary to the class, it will be an outstanding haul to add depth along the line.

Nebraska also got in the mix with two commitments from Brandon Drayton and kicker Caleb Lightbourn over the weekend.

The Huskers now have commitments from 10 different states, which was a needed expansion to help Nebraska land playmakers.

Nebraska might have also gotten some good news in the form of a decommitment from another program. Receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick decommitted from Louisville and is heavily considering the Huskers.

Fitzpatrick also recently received an offer from Arizona and could start to see more interest now that he is decommitted.

It wasn’t all good news, though, as there were also a few decommitments within the conference.

Penn State lost a commitment from ESPN 300 defensive back Lavert Hill, which seemed to have been coming for quite some time.

Hill has been rumored to be favoring Michigan and that very well could be his final landing spot when he makes his decision in January.

Quarterback Tony Poljan announced that he has decommitted from Minnesota after new coach Tracy Claeys announced offensive staff changes, firing offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski.

Biggest visit:

Michigan didn’t just have the biggest commitment with Elliott, but the Wolverines also had the biggest recruiting visit weekend of the conference. ESPN 300 prospect Mecole Hardman was in attendance as well as receiver Keyshawn Young, lineman Terrance Davis, Keyshon Camp and a plethora of other targets.

Michigan State also had an important weekend with ESPN 300 running back George Hill and former commit Naquan Jones on hand among others.

What’s next:

The craziest few months in recruiting is what’s next. If you haven’t been paying attention, there amazing number of coaching changes will greatly impact recruiting.

With decommitments and flips on high alert, December through signing day will be very eventful.

There is a contact period that runs from November 29 until December 14, which then starts a dead period until January 13. Coaches are allowed to make phone calls in dead periods, but there is no in-person contact.

Once the dead period ends, there is another contact period from January 14 to Jan. 30. That will be the last stretch for coaches to get in front of coaches until signing day and will likely be when a lot of the madness happens.