The recruiting saga of Malik McDowell is over. The No. 5-rated defensive tackle in the Class of 2014 delivered a signed letter of intent on Wednesday to Michigan State, the school to which he committed on signing day amid a flurry of confusion.
National signing day is just 48 hours away. To get you ready, we checked in with our ESPN.com recruiting experts for their take on how the Big Ten is faring. Senior national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill and Big Ten recruiting reporter Tom VanHaaren spared time from their busy schedules to answer these questions: Ohio State and Michigan again lead the way in the Big Ten recruiting rankings.
about 664 days ago | Brian Bennett | NCF On The Trail
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- James Franklin hasn't even spent one night in Happy Valley, but Penn State's new head coach has already thrown down the recruiting gauntlet against Pittsburgh and other teams in the northeast.
about 686 days ago | Josh Moyer | NCF On The Trail
Despite the dead period there was still plenty of action within the Big Ten on the recruiting trail. Here is a look at what happened throughout the conference this past week. Biggest commitment: Ohio State continued its roll in recruiting by picking up ESPN 300 teammates Erick Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) and Marshon Lattimore at the Army All-American Bowl.
about 692 days ago | Tom VanHaaren | NCF On The Trail
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Friday's offerings: We're getting closer and closer to the start of festivities for the Under Armour All-America Game, and there are plenty of major questions heading in; Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has to be happy with class he's assembling; and we're going to take a break next week because of the holidays.
about 709 days ago | Jeremy Crabtree | NCF On The Trail
ESPN 300 defensive back Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) surprised some when he chose Michigan State over Pitt. How will he fit with the Spartans? Let's break it down: What he brings: An ideal set of measureables and athletic range to play multiple spots, with football instincts to minimize the learning curve as he makes the jump to the next level.
about 710 days ago | Tom Luginbill | NCF On The Trail
Few prospects did a better job of keeping their recruitment under wraps than Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway). While the ESPN 300 athlete granted interviews, his comments were always guarded and never alluded to one school being ahead of the others.
about 710 days ago | Jared Shanker | NCF On The Trail
This week is starting to look a lot like the week leading up to signing day. Four of the country's premier ESPN 300 prospects committed Tuesday and a handful more will make decisions in the coming week.
about 711 days ago | Jared Shanker | NCF On The Trail