Big Ten lunch links: Talent void in heartland
January, 26, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Some weekend leftovers and fresh ones from this morning.
- A lack of top-tier talent in the Big Ten region has hurt teams in a conference that has struggled on the field, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
"The top-rated recruit committed to a Big Ten school, according to Rivals.com, is Michigan-bound defensive tackle William Campbell at 26th nationally, 48th by CSTV recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. Lemming's top Big Ten commit is Ohio State's Dorian Bell, a linebacker whom he ranks 27th overall."
- Georgia has become a recruiting hotbed for Ohio State, which has plucked players like Anderson Russell and Cameron Heyward from the Peach State, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Greg Robinson sought out Rich Rodriguez about Michigan's defensive coordinator vacancy, and he plans to bring a new attitude to the Wolverines, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi and head coach Tim Brewster no longer are discussing a contract extension, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- Illinois picked up a couple of commitments from the state of Florida, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Some more good Illini nuggets from the Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite, who reports that talented cornerback Patrick Nixon should learn soon whether he's cleared by the NCAA.
- Iowa made a strong recruiting push during the weekend, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse writes in his blog.