Every Wednesday here at The Big Ten Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, news and rumors in the recruiting world.
—Indiana scored the recruiting coup of the season by landing defensive tackle Jacobi Hunter. I repeat: the young man's name is Jacobi. He even spells it with an "I," like we classy Jacobis do. Jacobi Hunter will win four Heisman Trophies, and I won't even entertain a notion otherwise.
Also, Mr. Hunter is a 6'1", 285-pound DT from Houston, Texas. Indiana beat out Baylor and some mid-major programs for Hunter's services. Jacobi Hunter, y'all. Today is my favorite day of all time.
—Michigan State is rounding out its class, and the Spartans just picked up two nice commitments from 3-star prospects over the weekend. Dennis Finley is a 6'7", 280-pound tackle from the rather astonishing football factory that is Cass Tech in Detroit. Seriously, if you want a game-ready player from Day 1, you get him from Cass Tech. In a possible sign of a changing recruiting landscape in the Big Ten, Finley chose MSU over offers from Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Also committing to the Spartans is Demetrius Cooper, a 6'5" rush end who's likely to put a good amount of weight on his 220-pound frame before he sees the field. If he can get up to the 265-pound range and maintain his speed off the edge, he should be a terror for the Spartans.
News and Rumors
Michigan commits Logan Tuley-Tillman and Kyle Bosch spoke to ESPN.com's Tom VanHaaren ($$) about the effect the Michigan-Alabama game had on their recruitment and how much it'll matter to recruits down the road. Now Michigan's Class of 2013 is essentially full, and it's not lacking for 5-star talent, but the Wolverines' 2014 recruiting is just getting underway, and recruits in Texas and the South will be paying attention on Saturday.
BuckNuts.com's Bill Kurelic hosted a chat on 247Sports.com recently and thinks Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class is headed for Top Five territory once it's all filled out.
PennLive.com broke down the best 2013 prospects in central Pennsylvania, and while the talent's pretty hit-and-miss, there is at least one juicy nugget therein—PSU commit Zayd Issah hasn't publicly reaffirmed his commitment since the sanctions hit...and he recently got a scholarship offer from Oregon. Look out.