10 Uncommitted Recruits Who Are Locks to Sign with Big Ten Programs
Within the national 2015 recruiting class, a large group of uncommitted prospects appear to be likely headed to the Big Ten.
Many of them are from the Midwest, which is a great region for talent. Most recruits from the region are tough and disciplined players, which is why the Big Ten is one of the best conferences in the country.
Ohio State is in position to land another great class, but several recruits on this list are looking hard at Penn State. Plus, Michigan can never be counted out on the recruiting trail.
Tyrone Wheatley Jr., TE
Tyrone Wheatley Jr. is a 4-star tight end who can also play defensive end. His father, of the same name, went to Michiganand starred at running back for the Wolverines.
The younger Wheatley is a 6'6", 250-pounder who has solid athleticism and strength. He can work as an extra offensive tackle in the running game, plus he has above-average ball skills to haul in passes as a receiver.
Alabama and Penn State are in the mix, but 247Sports says Michigan is out in front.
Chris Clark, TE
Chris Clark is listed as a tight end, but his value comes mainly as a blocker. In fact, it wouldn't be a bad idea for the Connecticut native to add more weight in college to become an offensive tackle.
At 6'6" and 247 pounds, Clark has good strength at the point of attack. He drives hard out of his stance at the snap, and he brings his feet and hips through contact. As a receiver, Clark does display the ability to pluck passes with his hands on the move.
Michigan leads other schools such as Ohio State and Michigan State, per 247Sports.
John Reid, CB
If a Big Ten school is looking for a cornerback who excels in off-man and zone coverage, John Reid is one to watch.
The 4-star cover man is a 5'10", 180-pounder who is fluid when transitioning out of his backpedal in space. Reid has solid anticipation and awareness in coverage, as he uses his eyes and instincts to help him make plays. Reid also exhibits terrific quickness when closing on receivers.
Look for the Philadelphia native to sign with Penn State.
Hale Hentges, TE
The third 4-star tight end prospect on this list, Hale Hentges hails from Missouri. He has a quick release to get out of his stance and into his routes, plus he knows how to keep defenders outside passing lanes.
Hentges has great size at 6'6" and 230 pounds. He can reach out to pluck balls outside his frame, and he also can play defensive end in a pinch. Ohio State is the favorite right now, says 247Sports.
Michael Weber, RB
Cass Technical in Detroit is among the top high school football programs in the Midwest. It is also home to 4-star running back Michael Weber, who will likely play in the Big Ten.
Weber, who is 5'10" and 205 pounds, is an instinctive runner who has quick feet. He locates back-side holes well, plus he has great quickness to slash through creases. Weber is also an adequate receiver out of the backfield.
Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State are among his top suitors, according to 247Sports.
Larry Scott, RB
Although he is listed at 6'0" and 205 pounds, 4-star running back Larry Scott appears to be bigger. Scott has a great frame, and he also runs with solid power.
However, the Ohio native also has the agility and quickness to sharply cut to weave around defenders. Scott has the speed to hustle around the corner of the box, plus he can run use his legs to push piles in short-yardage situations.
Ohio State and Michigan State are two key Big Ten schools in Scott's recruitment, per 247Sports.
Matthew Burrell, OL
Matthew Burrell is a 4-star offensive lineman who plays tackle, but he could be an even better guard at the next level. He's a Virginia native who is just about 6'6" and 290 pounds.
Burrell doesn't waste any time firing out of his stance at the snap. He shocks defensive linemen with his strong grab/initial punch at the point of attack. Burrell has the strength to anchor as a pass-protector, plus he can dig defenders out of holes as a run-blocker.
Many experts at 247Sports predict him to sign with Ohio State.
Brian Cole, ATH
A 4-star athlete, Brian Cole will likely play on offense in college. He has the speed and athleticism to play receiver, but he also has experience carrying the ball as a running back.
Cole, who is 6'2" and 190 pounds, is from Michigan. His agility allows him to cut sharply at junctions, and to separate from defensive backs, while his strength helps him carry defenders for a few extra yards after contact.
Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are his top schools, according to 247Sports.
Sterling Jenkins, OT
A Pittsburgh native, 4-star offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins is the kind of player a team wants leading it off the bus.
Jenkins is 6'8" and 305 pounds, and he intimidates a lot of defensive players. The talented blocker has solid agility for a man his size, plus he rarely over-extends as a pass-protector. Jenkins needs to get stronger at the point of attack, but that will improve over time.
Adam Friedman of Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote on April 22:
The Baldwin (Pa.) star has visited Penn State a number of times and has the Nittany Lions in his top two along with Ohio State. Jenkins will visit Penn State again on May 5 and many believe that could seal the deal for the 6-foot-8 offensive tackle.
Penn State leads Ohio State, says 247Sports.
Jerome Baker, ATH
Jerome Baker is a 4-star athlete who is an outstanding football player. He spends most of his time playing running back and linebacker, but a decision will have to be made on where he permanently plays in college.
Baker is 6'1" and 205 pounds. He has more quickness than speed, but he is still capable of running by people. The Cleveland native attacks the line of scrimmage with force from flanks as an outside linebacker, plus he has the strength to wear down defenses as a running back.
Baker is predicted to sign with Ohio State by the experts at 247Sports.