Big Ten Football: Weekly 2013 Recruiting Roundup

Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterMay 16, 2012


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


Illinois welcomed DT Kenton Gibbs to its 2013 class last week. Gibbs is from D-I factory Cass Tech in Detroit, a school that sends several prospects to the FBS every year. Gibbs isn't huge at 6'2" and 280, but he's got the potential to be a disruptive force from the 3-technique.

Gibbs is the only player to publicly verbal to a Big Ten school this week. Hey, it's May.



Nobody was a straight decommit this week, but Michigan fans who felt like Ty Isaac was soon to join the vaunted 2013 class must feel like that was the closest thing to a decommit itself. Michigan's got options and this isn't the end of the world, but it's a bummer.


News and Rumors

Penn State has offered 2014 linebacker Dante Booker, per Tom Tolley. Gaze upon Booker's highlight reel and despair, because this kid is absolutely legit.

People, he's a 2014 recruit. These highlights are from his sophomore year. Unsurprisingly, he's listed as the top recruit in Ohio and the top linebacker in the nation in the '14 class.

Michigan's running low on spots to fill for the 2013 class—real bummer of a problem to have in May, eh?—but one position where the Wolverines are still pressing hard in recruiting is wide receiver. MGoBlog tracks four wideouts with Michigan offers, including new offer Alvin Bailey from Florida. Michigan should be able to sell early playing time and "we're Michigan in case you forgot" to these recruits.

Ever wondered whether where a player goes to school relative to home matters to his NFL future? Turns out, it matters way more than you think. Stay close to home, kids!