Big Ten Football Weekly Recruiting Roundup: The Penn State Exodus Continues

Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterAugust 8, 2012

Photo of Nebraska commit Zach Hannon via
Photo of Nebraska commit Zach Hannon via

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



Zach Hannon broke a roughly month-long dry spell of commits for Nebraska by committing on Wednesday afternoon. Hannon called Nebraska's coaches and then went to Twitter to announce the news. Per Rivals, Hannon is a 6'5", 295-pound, 3-star prospect who also had offers from Arkansas and Missouri; Nebraska's only competition from the Big Ten for Hannon's services was Northwestern and Illinois.

Illinois doubled up over the past week for its first commits in over a month. According to the Chicago Tribune, defensive back Darwyn Kelly selected the Illini over a handful of low-level BCS-conference offers, including those from Purdue and North Carolina. His highlight reel below shows an aggressive, technically sound approach to his game, which is exactly what you want out of a safety.

The real treat for Illinois came on Tuesday when linebacker Reggie Spearman committed, per the Tribune. Repeat: his name is Reggie Spearman. So of course he's a linebacker. Spearing's illegal though, just FYI. At any rate, Spearman had interest from some big-name schools (most notably Ohio State and Notre Dame), but his offer sheet was light enough that Illinois was a pretty easy choice. He'll still visit Houston later, for whatever that's worth.

Minnesota added cornerback Jalen Myrick, according to his hometown Savannah Morning News. Myrick's offer sheet was light, but he runs a 10.61 100-meter dash and has experience in the return game, so Minnesota may have a steal on its hands if Myrick continues to develop.

Keith Watkins, a tailback with offers from schools like Iowa, West Virginia and Arizona State, committed to Northwestern over the weekend, per Watkins is the third tailback in this Wildcat recruiting class and by far the smallest, so it'll be interesting to see how he gets used in the unconventional Northwestern offense. We do have highlights.



Let's see...none for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue or Wisconsin. That's...wait, that's 11 schools. Who's the 12th? Oh, right.

Hoooo boy.

Penn State lost three recruits over the past week in the wake of its NCAA sanctions, and they're recruits that Penn State will miss. Cornerback Will Fuller has defected to Notre Dame, per WR/LB Zach Bradshaw decommitted on Tuesday and committed to Virginia shortly thereafter, per The Washington Post.

And Tuesday night, blue-chip OL prospect Dorian Johnson opened his recruiting back up; he'll be visiting Ohio State, Pitt and Virginia Tech; Pitt is thought to be the leader, but not overwhelmingly so at this point.


News and Rumors

There's a roundtable at with various UM bloggers discussing where Michigan's final two offers of the class should go. The general consensus is WR LaQuon Treadwell (who visited Ole Miss and liked it but still favors Michigan, per MGoBlog) and RB Derrick Green, but some other names pop up, too.

Ohio State looked at four 2014 QBs at its Friday Night Lights camp last weekend, per ($), and all four impressed. QB DeShone Kizer, who is 6'5", shined, according to the report, and once Ohio State starts offering 2014 QBs (likely not until October), Kizer may add a Buckeye offer to the likes of those from Illinois, Syracuse and others.

Highly touted Pennsylvania tailback David Williams is now considering Ohio State as a destination, and with that call comes a concurrent drop from his short list. Per, Williams is "not considering [Penn State] no more," and even though that's a double negative, we're pretty sure that's still bad news for Penn State.