Big Ten Football: Weekly 2013 Recruiting Roundup

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Big Ten Football: Weekly 2013 Recruiting Roundup
Joey Bosa tries on the scarlet and gray. We think he liked it. (Image via Bosa's Twitter profile picture)

Every Wednesday here at The Big Ten Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, decommits and rumors in the recruiting world.

 

Commits

Ohio State continued on its recent tear, landing commits from a trio of coveted prospects who attended the 2012 spring game.

Joey Bosa is the jewel of the trio; Bosa is a 4- or 5-star prospect, depending on who you ask, and the defensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida received attention from dozens of schools.

Bosa has the raw power to play defensive tackle, the fire off the line and around blockers to play defensive end, and could probably have played linebacker in high school with his closing speed.

Highlights? Yessir, highlights. (See above link; NSFW audio alert: Rage Against The Machine)

Almost as highly touted is linebacker Alex Anzalone, a 4-star linebacker from Pennsylvania who had his pick of programs before deciding on Ohio State. Anzalone has elite speed for the position and is comfortable in coverage, but he's still got work to do in terms of tackling technique (he goes high with the shoulder instead of wrapping up too often).

DE/OLB Lewis Neal committed on Monday; he's a consensus 3-star prospect from North Carolina who projects to outside linebacker for the Buckeyes. His pursuit and ability to shed blocks are both exemplary, so as long as he can master coverage, he should be a good one for the Buckeyes. 

– Outside linebacker Courtney Love (go ahead, make the obvious jokes now) from Cardinal Mooney HS in Youngstown, Ohio, joined teammate safety Marcus McWilson in Nebraska's recruiting class. Love spurned offers from Oklahoma, Ohio State and Notre Dame to commit to Nebraska.

It should be noted that Bo Pelini (like OU coach Bob Stoops) is originally from Youngstown himself.

Iowa's recruiting is heating up, with three big bodies committing to the Hawkeyes over the week. Colin Goebel, a cousin of Ohio State's Garrett Goebel, verbaled on Saturday. He's a 6'4", 275-pound guard prospect out of Naperville, Ill.

3-star DT Brant Gressel joined the fold on Monday, and eight-man football star Nathan Bazata from Nebraska committed on Sunday.

The three add much needed size and strength to Iowa's growing recruiting class, and all three play in the trenches with an appreciation for collision. That's good news for a Hawkeye team that still struggles on the defensive line.

Purdue welcomes QB prospect Danny Etling as its first verbal of the 2013 class. Etling is a standard drop-back passer, listed at 6'4" and 190 pounds by Scout (though Etling says he's 6'3" and 210, so make of that what you will).

He's got polished footwork and mechanics, surely the result of his work with people like Cam Cameron during his development, so he should be able to contribute to Purdue's offense very soon.

 

Decommits

This early? Not without a coaching change. None of the Big Ten coaches own a motorcycle, right?

 

Rumors

Many expected elite TE prospect Mike Heuerman to be the fourth horseman from the Ohio State spring game to commit to the Buckeyes, but he hasn't made that official yet. This could be a matter of days.

As MGoBlog notes, the commitment of Bosa to Ohio State means OSU's not likely to continue making Maryland DT Henry Poggi a priority. That's good news for Michigan, who's still high on Poggi's list, but the Wolverines still have to tangle with Alabama and whoever else joins the fray between now and next February.

Nick Arcidiacono, an OL/DL/LB prospect from Pennsylvania, should be getting a visit from Penn State coaches this week, and an offer may come from the visit. Arcidiacono said he's taking recruiting slowly, so don't expect big news over the weekend.

As HuskerExtra reports, Nebraska is keeping up the full-court press on recruiting. Ross Els, the recruiting coordinator, says it's about "keep[ing] that red 'N' in front of recruiting and coaches." So they're not just recruiting; they're brand ambassadors!

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