Every Wednesday here at The Big Ten Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, decommits and rumors in the recruiting world.
Christian Lacouture made Nebraska's day by committing to the Huskers over Michigan during the weekend. He's a 4-star prospect on Scout, and at 6'5" and 265 pounds, he looked tailor-made for the 5-technique DE spot that Michigan uses. One would suspect Nebraska won't have much difficulty finding room for Lacouture in their defensive plans instead, though.
Wisconsin got a verbal from Jack Keeler, a 6'7", 290-pound offensive lineman out of Barrington, Ill., whom we might as well write in as the Badgers' starting right tackle of 2015. Putting a kid who's that big in Wisconsin's strength training program seems unfair.
Austin Schmidt joins the Illinois Class of 2013 with a verbal over the weekend. Schmidt is a big body at 6'6" and 275, but he's still a project in terms of developing skills. Only Central Michigan gave Schmidt an offer before the Illini came calling.
Michigan added wide receiver Csont'e York to its prodigious class today. York was a star of the weekend recruiting camps, and his low recruiting status in terms of stars and offers appears to be based on outdated information more than anything else. He's not a burner, but he makes catches.
Alex Anzalone, obviously, has decommitted from Ohio State. This may be temporary, as his family continues to evaluate the Charles Eric Waugh situation, but for now he's back on the market. Penn State is going to continue pushing for the Wyomissing (Pa.) linebacker prospect.
News and Rumors
Michigan QB commit Shane Morris was a star at Elite 11 tryouts over the weekend, receiving MVP honors and an invite to the final Elite 11 camp. The 4-star QB could seriously push Russell Bellomy for the starting spot next year if he keeps up this high level of play.
The Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus was over the weekend, and the Big Ten represented well there. Fellow Wolverine commits Mike McCray and David Dawson picked up MVP honors at their respective positions (LB and OL, respectively), and Iowa verbal Delano Hill was named MVP of the defensive backs.
Also at the NFTC Columbus event, Ohio State athlete commit Jalin Marshall shifted from his usual QB position to receiver and wowed scouts there. With J.T. Barrett in the fold and Braxton Miller on the field, Ohio State should be set at quarterback for the foreseeable future; a Marshall move to receiver full time thus seems inevitable.