Big Ten Football Weekly Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State Gains 320 Pounds at Once
Every week here at The Big Ten Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, decommits and rumors in the recruiting world.
— Michigan welcomed cornerback Ross Douglas to the mix last week. Douglas is a former Penn State commit (and a good one at that) who revisited his options once the NCAA came down on the Nittany Lions, and his arrival brings the Michigan class to 24 recruits on the year. In related news, it's Aug. 1. Let's watch some highlights of Douglas below.
— From a pure novelty standpoint, Ohio State has made a splash in recruiting this week by picking up the heaviest commitment in the conference's 2013 class to date: Timothy Gardner, listed by Rivals as a 6'5", 340-pound tackle. But as Eleven Warriors points out, Gardner showed up to Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp last week down 20 pounds, and Ohio State coaches were impressed enough to send an offer his way. This being Ohio State we're talking about, Gardner quickly accepted.
— Michigan State landed a commitment from defensive tackle/bowling ball Devyn Salmon last week, per the Detroit Free Press. Salmon is a tall lineman's nightmare at 6'1" and 285 pounds, and that's the type of frame that he can use to get leverage against a run block.
— Remember Minnesota defensive back commit Keelon Brookins? Wisconsin sure did, and that's why he's now Wisconsin defensive back commit Brookins, per ESPN.com ($). Brookins jumped at a Badger offer last week and is now set to go to Madison next year.
— Purdue sniped a coveted tailback from UCLA's grasp this week, as per the Henry Daily Herald, Keyante Green decommitted from the Bruins and announced for the Boilermakers instead. Green held offers from schools like Florida State, Virginia Tech and Ohio State (And Duke! No, we didn't forget about you, Duke!), and could be a future star in short order. Highlights are below.
— Speaking of the Boilermakers, safety Austin Logan also committed on Wednesday, per ESPN ($); he was an early target of Purdue and selected Danny Hope's offer over others including Stanford, Utah and Vanderbilt. (And Duke! Boy, it is just not Duke's week!) Obviously, Logan values academics, and he told ESPN he's high on the Purdue coaching staff, so this is a solid fit.
— Indiana will be bolstering its defensive frontline in 2013 with the addition of junior college defensive end Demetrius Hill, who is selecting the Hoosiers over offers from Mississippi State and Oklahoma State (Wait, really?), per Rivals. Hill is battle-ready at 6'3" and 255 pounds, and odds are he'll make an immediate difference in run support.
— Sorry for spoiling it earlier, but Wisconsin heisted cornerback prospect Brookins from Minnesota, and Ross Douglas went from Penn State to Michigan.
— Also, as first reported by Mike Farrell of Rivals.com, Penn State bid adieu to 4-star DT commit Greg Webb, who is now North Carolina-bound, in the days preceding the NCAA penalties. That was 11 days ago, though.
— All told, here's a rundown of the other Penn State players on their way out (plus Justin Brown, who probably isn't at this point). All the transfers notwithstanding, the recruiting class has stuck around so far. Now, the rub is that recruits aren't required to make a decision by the start of the season—signing day is still six months away. So who knows if peace or carnage lies ahead at this point.
News and Rumors
— Iowa just dismissed tailback De'Andre Johnson, per Mike Hlas, after two run-ins with the law in three days, so there's a spot for another running back on the roster. Why anyone would want to play running back for Iowa these days is anybody's guess, but still.
At any rate, '12 Penn State RB commit Akeel Lynch is wavering on his decision, and The Gazette says Lynch will be choosing between Iowa and Penn State on Sunday. Considering how most of these "stay or go" decisions have been going for PSU thus far, Iowa may have a late boost to its RB corps. Keep an eye on this.
— Remember when we said Michigan was at 24 commits? It might be an even 25 very soon; MGoBlog says blue-chip RB prospect Derrick Green could be close to committing—especially with Clemson and Ohio State giving up on Green. WR Laquon Treadwell also has been close to pulling the trigger on his commitment for a while now; assuming the NCAA grants Michigan a waiver on Douglas' scholarship since he's a former Penn State commit, that should do it for Michigan's recruiting.
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