Big Ten Football: Weekly 2013 Recruiting Roundup
Every week here at The Big Ten Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, decommits and rumors in the recruiting world.
Michigan picked up what Dick Vitale usually refers to as a "trifecter" this week with three commitments, bringing the class up to 21. Signing day is eight months away and Michigan has 21 commitments. That's the world we live in now.
Maurice Hurst Jr. (son of longtime Patriots corner Maurice Hurst) committed on Saturday, as reported by 247Sports.com. Hurst is a defensive tackle with remarkable athleticism and potential, but his consistency is lacking. That's an issue that a good locker room will fix pretty quickly, though, and as long as that happens, Michigan's got a stellar prospect here.
Henry Poggi (brother of reserve Iowa linebacker Jim Poggi) was the second in the spree, committing on Monday per Sam Webb at Scout.com. Poggi's a borderline Top 100 talent, a 4-star prospect and has an outstanding motor. He's 6'4" and somewhere around 255 pounds right now; expect that to hit 270-280 as he grows into a 3-technique.
If Poggi and Hurst both develop well (with Michigan's staff, I'll say "yes" on that one), that could be one of the best DT tandems in the country very soon.
Finally, because Michigan's just showing off at this point, the Wolverines added long-snapper Scott Sypniewski, per Bryan Fischer at CBSSports.com. Yes, a long-snapper. A really good one, though! But what might have led Brady Hoke to believe that he needed to commit a full scholarship just to making sure the long snaps on special teams are placed perfectly?
Elsewhere, Penn State added wideout Will Fuller and cornerback Neiko Robinson this week, per Tim Tolley at PennLive.com. Fuller has both excellent speed and body control, so look for him to contribute to the offense very soon.
Robinson, meanwhile, still needs to add bulk at 6'0" and 170 pounds, but his cover skills are unimpeachable and he's dynamite with the football in the open field. Maybe a look at returning is in the works for him.
No decommits this week, but Su'a Cravens going to USC and Jaylon Smith choosing Notre Dame were both bad breaks for the Big Ten. That's more 5-star talent going elsewhere. Not good.
News and Rumors
Michigan's still in good with a number of non-safety/linebacker-ish prospects, per MGoBlog, so as the recruiting winds down for the year, the role of "Su'a Cravens" in the Michigan class will probably be filled by nobody. Stud DB Leon McQuay III could fill in at either cornerback or safety, though, so maybe they go that route.
Alex Anzalone tweeted out a cool recruiting note of indeterminate origin, per Ramzy at Eleven Warriors. It's obviously pro-Penn State, but whether it was a fan or coach that sent it is unclear. You'd hope a college football coach could spell "college," but eh.
Ramzy points out that it's not entirely accurate, but surprise! Nothing is in recruiting. Ever.
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