Every Wednesday here at The Big Ten Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, decommits and rumors in the recruiting world.
Wisconsin landed the prize of the class by signing Danny O'Brien today; O'Brien was the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2010 as Ralph Friedgen's quarterback but couldn't adjust well to a Gary Crowton offense ("Hey, same here!" - EVERYBODY) and decided to ship out. O'Brien is on pace to graduate from Maryland this spring, so he will join Wisconsin as a graduate student and is thus eligible to play immediately. Well, as immediate as the season is, anyway.
Out in Happy Valley, Penn State picked up defensive end Curtis Cothran of Newtown, PA. Cothran is 6'5" and will probably add some weight to his 245-pound frame. Cothran had decent but not overwhelming offers up and down the east coast; Penn State is the best of the bunch.
As reported here earlier, Wisconsin landed LB/FB prospect Austin Ramesh over the weekend. Ramesh is coveted by coaches on both sides of the ball, so where he cracks the lineup first may depend on nothing more than where the coaches need an extra man.
None. This isn't really a strong part of the year for decommitments, as most players aren't even close to signing and very little is changing at each school that would affect a player's desire to attend. There are no teams tanking in the standings, most of the coaches' comings and goings have already taken place, etc.
News and Rumors
Michigan will be hosting DT prospect Rod Crayton and WR/ATH Elijah Qualls on official visits this fall, per mgoblog.
Michigan State has an offer in to Darius Mosely, a WR/DB prospect. Mosely also has Big Ten offers from Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue, and he's also interested in Wisconsin.
Penn State lost WR prospect Ryan Switzer today, as he has committed to North Carolina, per his coach. Switzer's more of a slot guy at 5'9" and 165.
Lincoln, Nebraska linebacker prospect Josh Banderas just picked up an offer from LSU. Landing the hometown kid isn't such a sure thing for the Huskers anymore.
Iowa has reportedly offered a scholarship to Danny Etling, a quarterback in Indiana. Etling currently has offers from Purdue and Colorado on the table and likely more to come.