Big Ten Football: The Top 2014 Committed Recruit for Each B1G Team
Earlier this week, we looked at the SEC and each program's top 2014 committed recruits. Today, we're going to continue that trend but move up to the Big Ten and check out each team's top commitment right now.
The Big Ten may take some heat for not being a conference known for speed and quickness on the field, but with the way teams in the league are recruiting now that heat may cool off in the future. Recruiting tradition is still upheld here, as Michigan and Ohio State are the two top recruiting programs in the conference
Yet, teams like Nebraska, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and even Indiana had solid 2013 classes. Getting off to a good start 2014 is critical for all of the Big Ten programs and here is the top commitment for each team right now.
Nebraska, Indiana and Illinois
The Cornhuskers, Hoosiers and Illini are the three teams in the Big Ten who do not have commitments for the 2014 recruiting class at this time.
Stay tuned for updates on these program's recruiting efforts as we move along with the 2014 cycle.
Top 2014 Commitment: Conor Sheehy, DE
Sheehy is a classic Wisconsin recruit, as he hails from the state and plays a tough and physical brand of football. He's 6'4", weighs 260 pounds and shows the ability to play both DE and DT.
With the Badgers moving to a 3-4 defense, Sheehy fits the scheme well due to his good upper-body strength, ability to quickly locate the ball and active style of play.
Top 2014 Commitment: Brandon Garner, OLB
Garner is a 5'11", 205-pound defender from Texas who will come up to Purdue for college. He has the ability and versatility to play some SS/Rover for the Boilermakers.
An instinctive player, Garner finds the football and just gets to it quickly. He's tough, heady and shows pretty good pursuit speed.
Top 2014 Commitment: Troy Reeder, LB
Reeder is also a good lacrosse player and has gotten some offers to play that sport in college. He's 6'3", 232 pounds and has a good deal of toughness, strength and power.
He's not going to back down from taking on an OL or a FB in an alley, has some power to shed them and can thump as a tackler. Look for Reeder to play the MLB/ILB position in Happy Valley.
Top 2014 Commitment: Marcelys Jones, OL
Jones come from Buckeye pipeline Cleveland Glenville Academy and is a good one. He's 6'5", 325 pounds and can also play a little center too.
Offensive guard may be his best long term position, which will allow Jones to play physical in a phone booth and be stout against DTs. He has good football intelligence and perform several blocks.
Top 2014 Commitment: Jordan Thomas, DB/WR
Thomas is from Texas and is a 6'0", 175-pounder who can play WR, CB or S for a team. It appears he may start his career as a big cover corner, but don't be shocked if he leaves college as a safety.
Thomas has solid play speed, good on-field awareness and his length helps him get his hands on balls both a receiver and defensive back.
Top 2014 Commitment: Jeff Jones, RB
Jones is one of the better RB prospects in the country and could be the best recruit Jerry Kill has had during his tenure in the Twin Cities.
A 6'0", 195-pound runner, Jones can bully inside and get physical with a front seven and also has the quickness to get to the edges. He has the talent to step in and impact the Golden Gophers' roster right away in 2014.
Top 2014 Commitment: Drake Harris, WR
Harris is the top commitment for the Spartans, but he may still be their top target. Harris has been looking around a bit and Michigan may prove to be a serious threat for MSU.
At 6'4" and 180 pounds, Harris has good athleticism, length, ball skills and solid speed. He can catch in a crowd and also works well on intermediate routes.
Top 2014 Commitment: Mason Cole, OL
Cole is a 6'4", 285-pound OL from Florida who will add to a young and talented OL unit in Ann Arbor. He shows quick feet, comes off the ball hard and plays big at the point of attack.
Cole can play tackle, yet I think he likely is a future guard. With his mean streak and deceptive athleticism, he should get plenty of snaps before he leaves Michigan.
Top 2014 Commitment: Ross Pierschbacher, OL
Probably the best player in Iowa this year, Pierschbacher is a road-grading guard who stands 6'5", 270 pounds. He is nasty at the point of attack, works hard at each snap and plays with good motor.
He's a classic Iowa OL prospect and should be molded well be head coach and renowned OL guru Kirk Ferentz. Pierschbacher is among the top OL recruits in the country for 2014.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.