1 Commitment Every Big Ten Team Wishes It Could Get This Summer

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 29, 2014

1 Commitment Every Big Ten Team Wishes It Could Get This Summer

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    The Big Ten figures to be represented well in the final 2015 recruiting rankings, with each team in the conference having a wish list of commitments it would love get this summer. 

    However, this list will focus on which commitment each Big Ten program wishes it could get if it only could pick one. Some schools' wishes are far-fetched, while several have a legit chance to see their wish come true.

    Michigan would love to lock up a 5-star pass-rusher, while rival Ohio State also has a 5-star defensive end on its mind. Plus, Penn State figures a 4-star cornerback could be one of the final pieces to an excellent class.

Illinois: Miles Boykin, WR

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    An in-state target for Illinois, Miles Boykin would be welcomed with open arms if he committed this summer. The 4-star pass-catcher can play receiver and tight end, plus he would be the headliner of the Illini's class. 

    At 6'4" and 220 pounds, Boykin has decent speed and a large frame. He would warrant immediate playing time at Illinois, plus he would likely become a starter by the middle of his freshman season.

    The Illini will have to beat out Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan State for Boykin, says 247Sports.

Indiana: Darrin Hall, RB

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    Darrin Hall is a 4-star running back from Ohio whom Indiana highly covets. The Youngstown native can do a little bit of everything in the backfield, as he has solid quickness and strength.

    Hall, who is 6'0" and 205 pounds, figures to be in the 220-pound range in a few seasons. He could very well become an every-down back in college.

    On June 10, Hall told Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts"Michigan State, West Virginia and Indiana are probably my top three. But I probably won't decide until during the football season."

Iowa: Justin Hilliard, LB

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    Easy pick for Iowa here, as it is no secret how bad the Hawkeyes yearn for 5-star linebacker Justin Hilliard. Head Kirk Ferentz signed Hilliard's brother, CJ Hilliard, in 2014. 

    From Cincinnati, Hilliard is a stud on the second level who can play inside and outside at 6'2" and 230 pounds. He has good range to track the ball sideline to sideline, plus Hilliard's athleticism makes him capable of being an asset in coverage.

    Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame are Iowa's biggest competition, according to his 247Sports Crystal Ball. Hilliard will announce his decision on July 2, per 247Sports.

Maryland: Isaiah Prince, OT

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    A trio of prospects could be at this slot for Maryland, including 4-star athlete Kai Locksley and 4-star guard Quarvez Boulware.

    However, elite 4-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince gets the nod. Although he is quite raw, Prince is an uber-athletic blocker who has a ton of potential. The 6'7", 280-pounder can dance well with rushers in space, plus his strength figures to improve as he develops.

    Maryland is the leading school in Prince's 247Sports Crystal Ball, with Ohio State and Florida also in the mix.

Michigan: Keisean Lucier-South, DE

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    Michigan is a school realistically in the hunt for several high-end targets. That means several prominent players are at the top of its wish list.

    However, no recruit may be higher on the Wolverines' list than 5-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South. Head coach Brady Hoke is a defensive line coach at heart, so he has to be drooling over the 6'5", 225-pound California native.

    Big Blue's biggest competition for Lucier-South is UCLA, per his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Michgian State: Jashon Cornell, DE

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    For Michigan State, 4-star athlete Brian Cole was given heavy consideration here. However, 4-star defensive end Jashon Cornell is the one prospect the Spartans would choose for this list.

    Head coach Mark Dantonio hangs his hat on defense, and Cornell would be a great fit in East Lansing. From Minnesota, the 6'4", 260-pounder could be ready to help Sparty immediately next season.

    Ohio State is out in front in Cornell's 247Sports Crystal Ball, but don't count out the Spartans at all.

Minnesota: Jashon Cornell, DE

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    Another program wishing to land Jashon Cornell this summer is Minnesota. Cornell is an in-state prospect for head coach Jerry Kill, and a commitment from him would serve as a rallying cry for the Gophers in 2015 recruiting.

    Minnesota doesn't land prospects of Cornell's caliber often, so he would be the unquestioned headliner of its class. It might be a stretch for a wish, but Kill can certainly dream of it.

    Cornell is announcing his decision on July 2, per 247Sports.

Nebraska: J.W. Ketchum III, ATH

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    It's well known how much Nebraska loves dual-threat quarterbacks. The Cornhuskers have signed mobile passers such as Zack DarlingtonJohnny Stanton and Tommy Armstrong in recent years.

    Although 3-star athlete J.W. Ketchum III may have a brighter future as a running back, he fits the mold of what Big Red likes in a quarterback. The Texas native is a lefty who is 5'11.5" and 201 pounds, plus he has outstanding speed and agility.

    He'd be in line to make some dazzling plays in Lincoln. Nebraska, LSU, Texas and Oklahoma are all interested in Ketchum, says 247Sports.

Northwestern: Travis Waller, QB

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    Perhaps the hottest recruit in the nation right now is 4-star quarterback Travis Waller. From California, Waller has a ton of upside, plus he has improved greatly in his ability to read coverages.

    At 6'3" and 190 pounds, he possesses terrific arm strength and quickness in his setup. Waller also has the ability to elude rushers, escape the pocket and make plays with his legs.

    According to 247Sports, Northwestern and Notre Dame are among his top schools, and a decision will be announced on July 1.

Ohio State: Josh Sweat, DE

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    A number of players could be at this slot for Ohio State, but Josh Sweat is the pick right now. The 5-star defensive end is a big-time talent who has NFL potential.

    Sweat, who is from Virginia, is a dynamic edge-defender at 6'5" and 237 pounds. He has supreme first-step quickness, agility and range. The Buckeyes will have to deal with schools such as Florida State, Tennessee and Georgia, per 247Sports.

Penn State: John Reid, CB

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    Penn State is building a strong 2015 recruiting class. Full of talented prospects, the group consists of 17 commitments.

    However, another commitment head coach James Franklin would love to get is one from 4-star cornerback John Reid. The Philadelphia native excels in off-man coverage due to his loose hips and solid instincts. 

    At 5'10" and 180 pounds, Reid would be able to hold his own against Big Ten receivers. Pen State leads big in his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Purdue: Van Jefferson, WR

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    A Tennessee native, Van Jefferson is a quick 4-star receiver with length. Purdue isn't going to get a long look by a lot of 4-star recruits, but Jefferson is one it wishes it could get.

    At 6'2" and 176 pounds, he gets off the line well to quickly shoot into his routes. Jefferson has above-average ball skills, plus he can make a few plays after the catch. Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia are his top suitors, according to 247Sports.

Rutgers: Christian Wilkins, DT

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    Rutgers is moving into the Big Ten, which means it will need to make sure to place an emphasis on size and physicality on the recruiting trail.

    Those are traits 4-star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins possesses, plus there's more to him as a prospect. The 6'4", 290-pounder plays stout and strong at the point of attack, and he is a tough customer in the trenches.

    Landing the Connecticut native would be huge for Rutgers, especially in the summer.

Wisconsin: Michael Weber, RB

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    Wisconsin should be a dream school for every running back in the country. The Badgers run the ball down people's throats, plus they always have a good offensive linemen.

    A recruit head coach Gary Andersen wishes he could get a pledge from this summer is Michael Weber, a 4-star runner from Detroit. The 5'10", 205-pounder has solid strength to push piles inside, plus he can jump to the edges with quickness.

    Michigan State leads in his 247Sports Crystal Ball, but Wisconsin and Ohio State are also in the hunt. 

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.
    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 and Cleveland Browns.