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    [2022] B1G Recruiting Review #2

    credit to RobCarlson77
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Recruiting Review Purdue Class ranking: Big Ten - #1, National - #4, Previous National Rank - #3 (-1) Commitments – 12 New Commits: CB Wendell Willis 5-10 165 Fr John Marshall (Chicago IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] P Andrew Horn 5-8 202 Fr Loyola Academy (Wilmette IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] QB Isaac Keating 6-3 199 Fr Irving (Irving TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Hybrid] Previous Commits: OT Jack Green 6-4 309 Fr Ben Davis (Indianapolis IN) 2.5 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OG Gabe Weber 6-7 322 Fr LaPorte (LaPorte IN) 2.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Shane Hadley 6-7 258 Fr Fountain Central (Veedersburg IN) 3.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] SS Kristian Jennings 5-11 189 Fr Winchester (Winchester IN) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Andre Polk Jr. 6-0 266 Fr Winchester (Winchester IN) 1.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] RB Julius Mosley 5-8 226 Fr Paoli (Paoli IN) 1.5 of 4.5 [Power] WR Jahquil Bush 6-4 193 Fr Culver Community (Culver IN) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] DT Walter McIntyre 6-1 303 Fr North Central (Farmersburg IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] CB Tristan Robertson 5-11 188 Fr Joliet Catholic (Joliet IL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] Two more weeks in the books and not much change for that Purdue guy and his Boilermakers. Purdue sees themselves drop one spot in the national rankings, but still leads the B1G and remains within the top five nationally. Leading the way for this new crop of commits is CB Wendell Willis. Willis, a 4.5 star recruit, made the choice to leave the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois and venture over to West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers have some skill in the secondary so Willis is unlikely to see the field as a freshman. Also pledging their commitment to Purdue was fellow Illinois native, and strong footed punter, Andrew Horn. With current starter A.J. Houser set to graduate, Horn could potentially see some action in 2023. The Boilermakers currently have 12 prospects committed and Coach inspiral will be looking to put the finishing touches on this strong recruiting class. Illinois Class ranking: Big Ten - #2, National - #11, Previous National Rank - #12 (+1) Commitments - 13 New Commits: DT Griffin McRae 6-5 322 Fr Loyola Academy (Wilmette IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap] WR William Huff 6-3 199 Fr Canton (Canton IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Target] DT Isaraelu Cahill 6-1 298 Fr American (Hialeah FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] OLB Nicolas Sandoval 5-11 234 Fr Ohatchee (Ohatchee AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] Previous Commits: OT Anthony Carlin 6-3 277 Fr Hot Springs (Hot Springs SD) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] FS Quincy McClain 5-11 189 Fr Joliet Catholic (Joliet IL) 1.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] OG Julius Dennison 6-2 262 Fr Wheaton North (Wheaton IL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] K Gabe McAuley 5-11 195 Fr Northview (Bratt FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] SS Amari Childs 6-2 190 Fr Morgan Park (Chicago IL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Isaac LeBlanc 6-0 243 Fr Lakeland (Lakeland FL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] FS Cory Pryor 6-2 191 Fr Kashmere (Houston TX) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Kelvin Saldivar 6-3 259 Fr Brevard Christian ( FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] DE Benjamin Moss 6-2 236 Fr Williams (Williams CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] Up a spot to #11 are the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Coach FlutieFlakes continues his hot streak on the recruiting trail securing four commitments. Headlining this group are in-state talents Griffin McRae and William Huff. Coach FlutieFlakes continues to address the defensive line, and Defensive Tackle Griffin McRae will fit in nicely on that defense. With two 5 star defensive lineman currently redshirting for Illinois, that front line could wreak havoc for many years to come. Wide Receiver, William Huff, also figures to be a nice addition to an already deep receiving corp for the Illini. Coach FlutieFlakes has put together an impressive class thus far with 13 commits. He’s also currently in the running to add a couple more very impressive recruits to this class. Iowa Class ranking: Big Ten - #3, National - #26, Previous National Rank - #51 (+25) Commitments - 10 New Commits: OG Anthony Maxwell 6-7 300 Fr New Holstein (New Holstein WI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] CB Marcedes Payton 6-0 177 Fr Durant (Durant IA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] TE Andrew Abrams 6-1 204 Fr Riverside (Oakland IA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] QB Kaden Gant 6-0 185 Fr Crestview (Crestview FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Hybrid] WR Curtis Valentine 6-0 199 Fr Liberal (Liberal MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] Previous Commits: FS Rashard Pitts 6-0 203 Fr Woodbury Central (Moville IA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] DT Marquise Moss 6-6 293 Fr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 2.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] WR Richard Jordan 6-2 168 Fr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OLB Elliot Spencer 6-3 215 Fr DeLaSalle (Minneapolis MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] OLB Ayden Brito 6-2 216 Fr Ritenour (Overland MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] One of the biggest jumps in the national rankings comes from Coach wrigleyfan and his Iowa Hawkeyes. On the backs of three commits rated 4 stars or higher, Iowa leaped from #51 to #26 in the nation. Highly recruited Offensive Guard, Anthony Maxwell, and Cornerback Marcedes Payton, were key signings for the Hawkeyes. Maxwell could potentially slide into one of the starting guard spots if the Hawkeyes think he’s ready to fill that role. Likewise, Payton could find himself in a starting role with the departure of star Cornerback, Benjamin Parris. Tight End Andrew Abrams is another solid add for Iowa, but will likely take a redshirt with Alec Rowell currently holding down the starting spot. Michigan Class ranking: Big Ten - #4, National - #33, Previous National Rank - #33 (No Change) Commitments - 4 New Commits: FS Cordarelle Washington 5-11 185 Fr Muskegon (Muskegon MI) 1.5 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] Previous Commits: WR Antonio Jackson 6-3 214 Fr Portage Central (Portage MI) 3.0 of 5.0 [Target] OLB Nathaniel Dawson 6-3 220 Fr Bellevue (Bellevue MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] K Colin Powell 5-10 185 Fr Cass Tech (Detroit MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] The Wolverines have had a quiet two weeks, only securing a commitment from one player. However, they got a good one in Free Safety, Cordarelle Washington. Coach jmjacobs may be playing his hand slowly, but there’s no denying the recruits that have committed are of a high caliber. Expect Junior A.J. Wallace to man the starting FS spot, with Washington taking over after his departure. Penn State Class ranking: Big Ten - #5, National - #39, Previous National Rank - #16 (-23) Commitments - 4 New Commits: None Previous Commits: WR Savion Saunders 6-1 232 Fr Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 1.0 of 5.0 [Target] CB Jerricho Grant 6-1 191 Fr Mount Carmel Area (Mount Carmel PA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] DT Romeo Hyde 6-1 306 Fr St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia PA) 1.0 of 4.5 [1-Gap] TE Michael Lofton 6-4 191 Fr Episcopal (Jacksonville FL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] No new commits for the Nittany Lions so we’ll check back with them in a few weeks. Ohio State Class ranking: Big Ten - #6, National - #40, Previous National Rank - #62 (+22) Commitments – 6 New Commits: WR Dajuan Page 6-3 199 Fr St. Xavier (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Target] OG Eric Lawson 6-7 281 Fr River Valley (Cheshire OH) 1.5 of 4.5 [Run Blocking] Previous Commits: K Cameron McCoy 6-1 206 Fr Spencerville (Spencerville OH) 2.5 of 5.0 [Power] LS Marcus Reardon 6-2 247 Fr Greenville (Greenville OH) 2.0 of 4.5 [Traditional] QB Colin Weeks 6-7 226 Fr Norwood (Norwood OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] CB Gavin Sproles 5-10 175 Fr Stebbins (Riverside OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] In the previous review, I gave some flack to Coach fever_ful because their two highest commits were specialty players. Fast forward to this week, and the Buckeyes have secured commitments from two high end players on the offensive side of the ball. The commitments of 5 star Wide Receiver, Dajuan Page and 4.5 star Guard, Eric Lawson, have propelled the Buckeyes up 22 spots to #40 in the nation. Both Page and Lawson are upgrades to anyone currently on the Buckeyes roster, so there’s a good chance that both are starters from day one in Columbus. The buckeyes still have 15 scholarships to fill so it will be interesting to see how they round this years recruiting class. Minnesota Class ranking: Big Ten - #7, National - #57, Previous National Rank - #57 (No Change) Commitments - 3 New Commits: OG Derrick Pagan 6-4 262 Fr Dodgeville (Dodgeville WI) 2.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] Previous Commits: DT Marcus Major 6-0 318 Fr Elgin-Millville (Elgin MN) 1.5 of 5.0 [1-Gap] DE Mamadou Newton 6-6 239 Fr Benilde-St. Margaret's ( MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] The Golden Gophers continue to hold down the #57 spot in the national rankings, just as they did two weeks ago. There wasn’t a lot of news to report in Minneapolis, but Coach lucas95 has added a coveted piece to the offensive line with the commitment of Guard, Derrick Pagan. Pagan is a player that can contribute immediately to this Golden Gophers squad. Coach lucas95 has a very talented team on the offensive side of the ball and the addition of Pagan will only make that unit stronger. Northwestern Class ranking: Big Ten - #8, National - #61, Previous National Rank - #89 (+28) Commitments – 11 New Commits: DT Xavier Williams 6-3 331 Fr Hales Franciscan (Chicago IL) 1.5 of 5.0 [2-Gap] FS DeAndre Hargrove 6-0 195 Fr Bryan (Bryan TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] SS Preston Dix 5-11 191 Fr Canton (Canton IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] WR Delonta McDowell 6-4 174 Fr Manistee (Manistee MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OG Ibrahima Dickens 6-4 290 Fr Fleming Island (Orange Park FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] C Cayden Barner 6-1 299 Fr Keystone (La Grange OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Previous Commits: WR Rakeem Vereen 5-9 168 Fr Perham (Perham MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] CB Julius Boston 5-9 190 Fr Wayne County (Jessup GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] DT Garrett Howe 6-2 313 Fr Roberto Clemente Academy ( IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] CB DeShaun Tubbs 5-10 190 Fr Southeast Bulloch (Brooklet GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] TE Jadiel Palma 6-5 200 Fr Rich South (Richton Park IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] The Wildcats built of their initial five commits with Coach robcarlson77 and staff securing pledges from another six prospects. Northwestern was able to secure a commitment from their top target, 5 star Defensive Tackle, Xavier Williams. Williams will be the highest rated player at the DT position and figures to be a starter from day one. The other commits all figure to factor into the future plans, but will need some time to develop their skills once arriving in Evanston. Rutgers Class ranking: Big Ten - #9, National - #67, Previous National Rank - #50 (-17) Commitments - 8 New Commits: K Nicolas Booth 5-11 185 Fr St. Joseph Regional (Montvale NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] TE Case Gibson 6-4 198 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] Previous Commits: DE Cameron Berry 6-2 242 Fr Dwight Englewood (Englewood NJ) 1.0 of 5.0 [Contain] OLB Matt Stearns 6-4 218 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 2.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] WR Walt Ambrose 6-2 230 Fr Woodland Regional (Beacon Falls CT) 1.5 of 3.5 [Target] WR Kwamie Simpson 6-1 214 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] QB Lucas Norman 6-4 234 Fr Dwight Englewood (Englewood NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] ILB Israel Shaw 6-3 209 Fr Friends (Wilmington DE) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] Not a whole lot to report with the Scarlet Knights this week. Coach vollmagnet added two more signings, both with a 3.5 star rating. Kicker, Nicolas Booth figures to be the next starter when Junior Josh Christiansen departs Rutgers. Tight End Case Gibson could also find himself in a starting role within a year or two. Nebraska Class ranking: Big Ten - #10, National - #79, Previous National Rank - #58 (-21) Commitments - 5 New Commits: None Previous Commits: TE Mychal Baxter 6-1 190 Fr Aurora (Aurora NE) 1.0 of 4.5 [Receiving] QB Calvin Murphy 6-3 228 Fr Stephenson (Stone Mountain GA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] OLB Gabriel Wagner 6-0 217 Fr Vienna ( Austria) 2.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] C Jonathan Hillman 6-2 252 Fr Maplewood-Richmond Heights ( MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Filipo Leiataua 6-7 275 Fr Millard North (Omaha NE) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Nebraska is the second team to not add anyone to their recruiting class, so like Penn State, we will check back in with the Cornhuskers during the next review. Maryland Class ranking: Big Ten - #11, National - #82, Previous National Rank - #80 (-2) Commitments – 7 New Commits: OLB Quincy Waters 6-1 228 Fr Northwest (Germantown MD) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] K Leonard Jackson 6-4 216 Fr DeMatha (Hyattsville MD) 1.0 of 4.0 [Power] DE Nicholas Beasley 6-7 255 Fr Mount Carmel Area (Mount Carmel PA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] Previous Commits: ATH Desmond Beal 6-3 219 Fr Wilson (Washington DC) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] CB Samuel Rouse 6-1 204 Fr Southern (Oakland MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] OG Peter Whalen 6-2 307 Fr Northwest (Germantown MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] FS Hakeem Douglas 5-10 213 Fr Southern (Oakland MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] Maryland Coach, TheSam, brings his class total to seven commits with the addition of 3 more recruits. Linebacker Qunicy Waters is a nice piece to the defense, but with a strong linebacker corp, he should have the benefit of taking a redshirt which will allow him to get acclimated to the expectations of a college linebacker. Kicker Leonard Jackson is another good get for the Terrapins. He, too, will have the luxury of taking a redshirt as current Maryland kicker, Logan Callaway, should be back for his senior season. Indiana Class ranking: Big Ten - #12, National - #90, Previous National Rank - #101 (+11) Commitments – 6 New Commits: OT Quinn Weir 6-4 261 Fr Terre Haute South Vigo ( IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] LS Rickie Patrick 6-2 270 Fr St. Thomas Aquinas ( FL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Traditional] Previous Commits: ILB David Evans 5-11 206 Fr Rockville (Rockville IN) 1.5 of 3.5 [Will] K Jackson McKenna 6-1 151 Fr Pope (Marietta GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] WR Giovanni Mills 6-0 229 Fr Wesley Chapel (Wesley Chapel FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] TE Buster Parris 6-1 201 Fr Frankfort (Frankfort IN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] Coach Jamzz breaks into the top 100 and checks in at #90 nationally. The big commit for the Hoosiers was in-state Offensive Tackle, Quinn Weir. Indiana doesn’t have a ton of depth on the offensive line, but may have just enough to provide Weir with a redshirt opportunity, which would provide him an opportunity to develop his skills and benefit the Hoosiers in the long run. Michigan State Class ranking: Big Ten - #13, National - #91, Previous National Rank - #92 (+1) Commitments – 6 New Commits FS Lavonte Nunn 6-1 218 Fr Rockville (Rockville IN) 2.5 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] TE Kamar Iverson 6-0 228 Fr Houghton (Houghton MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] Previous Commits: TE Eddie Houston 6-0 244 Fr White Pigeon (White Pigeon MI) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] OT Raymond Rudolph 6-4 318 Fr Monroe (Monroe MI) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Matthew Holden 6-5 278 Fr Monroe (Monroe MI) 1.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] CB Maru Sititi 5-9 174 Fr St. Philip Catholic Central ( MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] The Spartans added two more commits to their class this week. Coach SlinkyJr was able to reach down into the Hoosier state and secure the services of Free Safety Lavonte Nunn. Nunn, is a 4 star recruit, but has the skillset to start immediately for the Spartans. I imagine we will see this young man in the starting lineup for game #1. The Spartans were also able to reach into the Upper Peninsula and secure a commitment from Tight End Kamar Iverson. Iverson is the second tight end in this class and isn’t quite as developed as future teammate Eddie Houston. The Spartans do have a bit of a logjam at the tight end position, so opportunities for Iverson may be limited. Wisconsin Class ranking: Big Ten - #14, National - #106, Previous National Rank - #86 (-20) Commitments – 3 New Commits: P Theo Gannon-Whitmore 6-0 164 Fr Arthur Hill (Saginaw MI) 2.5 of 3.0 [Accuracy] Previous Commits: RB Ian Hill 5-6 196 Fr White Lake (White Lake WI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] DT Jalen Banks 6-5 301 Fr Napoleon (Napoleon MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] It’s been a slow start to the recruiting season for Coach taffyowner and the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin currently has three commitments and finds themselves as the only B1G team outside the top 100. There are still several weeks of recruiting left for things to work themselves out, but we know the Badger faithful will be expecting Coach taffyowner to improve the standing of this recruiting class. **Bold indicates a key commitment**
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    [2022] Week 6 B1G Players of the Week

    credit to FlutieFlakes
  4. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Matt Ballard, Ohio State (23 of 34 for 300 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT vs Maryland) Honorable mentions: QB Evan Perkins, Michigan (22 of 34 for 304 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs Michigan State); RB Franklin Riggins, Nebraska (26 carries for 164 yards, 2 TD vs Northwestern) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK SS Kameron Myrick, Minnesota (1 INT, 5 tackles, 2 PD vs Illinois) Honorable mentions: OLB Tyler Matthews, Maryland (1 sack, 6 tackles, 1 TFL vs #23 Ohio State); FS Jermaine Mingo, Wisconsin (1 INT, 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PD vs Akron) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Chase Greenfield, Wisconsin (4/5 FG made from 41,28,34,30 yards vs Akron) Honorable mentions: K Greg Reilly, Minnesota (3/3 FG made from 40,29,33 yards vs Illinois); P Leonardo Hein, Iowa (43.3 yard punting average vs #9 Penn State)
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    [2022] Week 5 B1G Players of the Week

    credit to FlutieFlakes
  6. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK RB Nick Rowland, Michigan (24 carries for 185 yards, 2 TD vs Rutgers) Honorable mentions: RB Franklin Riggins, Nebraska (26 carries for 168 yards vs #14 Ohio State); WR Calvin McKay, Nebraska (6 receptions for 105 yards, 1 TD vs #14 Ohio State) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DT Erik McElmore, Penn State (2 sacks, 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 FF vs #5 Purdue) Honorable mentions: OLB Matt Marino, Michigan State (1 INT, 5 tackles, 1 safety vs Illinois); DE Landon Crowder, Purdue (1.5 sacks, 5 tackles, 3 TFL vs #15 Penn State) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Garrett Strange, Northwestern (3/3 FG made from 47,42,34 yards vs Indiana) Honorable mentions: P P.K. Crowe, Indiana (46.2 yard punting average vs Northwestern); P Ronan Hoyt, Northwestern (43.3 yard punting average vs Indiana)
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    [2022] Week 4 B1G Players of the Week

    credit to FlutieFlakes
  8. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK RB Franklin Riggins, Nebraska (24 carries for 152 yards, 2 TD vs Wisconsin) Honorable mentions: RB Kedaveon Vaughn, Iowa (22 carries for 137 yards, 2 TD vs Georgia Tech); WR Allen Lara-Cruz III, Minnesota (10 receptions for 135 yards, 2 TD vs Florida) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DE Oghale Adelangwe, Penn State (2 sacks, 5 tackles, 2 TFL vs Boston College) Honorable mentions: DE Joe Hanley, Iowa (2 sacks, 2 tackles vs Georgia Tech); ILB Bradley Rainey, Penn State (1 INT, 1 PD, 5 tackles vs Boston College) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK CB Zion Evans, Michigan (92 punt return yards, punt return TD vs Maryland) Honorable mentions: K Mark Schofield, Purdue (4/4 FG made from 44,21,33,39 yards vs Ole Miss); K Billy O'Neill, Nebraska (3/3 FG made from 45,47,40 yards vs Wisconsin)
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    [2022] B1G Recruiting Review #1

    credit to RobCarlson77!
  10. Recruiting Review Purdue Class ranking: Big Ten - #1, National - #3 Commitments – 9 OT Jack Green 6-4 309 Fr Ben Davis (Indianapolis IN) 2.5 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] OG Gabe Weber 6-7 322 Fr LaPorte (LaPorte IN) 2.5 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Shane Hadley 6-7 258 Fr Fountain Central (Veedersburg IN) 3.0 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking] SS Kristian Jennings 5-11 189 Fr Winchester (Winchester IN) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Andre Polk Jr. 6-0 266 Fr Winchester (Winchester IN) 1.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] RB Julius Mosley 5-8 226 Fr Paoli (Paoli IN) 1.5 of 4.5 [Power] WR Jahquil Bush 6-4 193 Fr Culver Community (Culver IN) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] DT Walter McIntyre 6-1 303 Fr North Central (Farmersburg IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] CB Tristan Robertson 5-11 188 Fr Joliet Catholic (Joliet IL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] The defending National Champs continue their hot streak, this time on the recruiting trail, and check in at #3 nationally after securing nine commitments. Sorry Notre Dame and Indiana, but it appears Purdue signed a good chunk of the talent in the Hoosier state. It’s also clear that Coach inspiral felt that the offensive line needed some work and he went after several bubs who may provide an immediate impact for the Boilermakers. Green, Weber and Hadley could all be contributors from day one, but the Boilermakers currently have several lineman on their roster that could allow the team to be patient and redshirt their incoming lineman. This is a luxury many teams in the country would kill for. Of the nine commitments secured by Purdue, eight of these players figure to be contributors during their time in West Lafayette. Coach inspiral is off to a great start and will be looking to put the finishing touches on an already strong class. Illinois Class ranking: Big Ten - #2, National - #12 Commitments - 9 OT Anthony Carlin 6-3 277 Fr Hot Springs (Hot Springs SD) 3.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] FS Quincy McClain 5-11 189 Fr Joliet Catholic (Joliet IL) 1.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] OG Julius Dennison 6-2 262 Fr Wheaton North (Wheaton IL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] K Gabe McAuley 5-11 195 Fr Northview (Bratt FL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] SS Amari Childs 6-2 190 Fr Morgan Park (Chicago IL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Isaac LeBlanc 6-0 243 Fr Lakeland (Lakeland FL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] FS Cory Pryor 6-2 191 Fr Kashmere (Houston TX) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] DE Kelvin Saldivar 6-3 259 Fr Brevard Christian ( FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] DE Benjamin Moss 6-2 236 Fr Williams (Williams CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] Checking in at #12 in the nation are the Fighting Illini. It seems Illinois coach, FlutieFlakes, took a similar approach to Purdue, and focused their recruiting on improving the offensive line. The Illini faithful will be pleased as the team secured commitments from 5.0 potential players in Tackle Anthony Carlin and Guard Julius Dennison. Those two will be great pieces in protecting signal caller, Jordan Harrison. Illinois also secured a commitment from a terrific Free Safety in Quincy McClain. McClain could be a starter from day one, but may be better suited to sit for a year and learn from current starter Donte Murphy-Neal. Kicker Gabe McAuley will be a welcome addition as the starting kicker when Mason Williams graduates in 2023. The Illini also added several depth signings to their class. Many of these players do not figure to be immediate contributors, but will likely see the field at some point during their time in Champaign. Penn State Class ranking: Big Ten - #3, National - #16 Commitments - 4 WR Savion Saunders 6-1 232 Fr Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 1.0 of 5.0 [Target] CB Jerricho Grant 6-1 191 Fr Mount Carmel Area (Mount Carmel PA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] DT Romeo Hyde 6-1 306 Fr St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia PA) 1.0 of 4.5 [1-Gap] TE Michael Lofton 6-4 191 Fr Episcopal (Jacksonville FL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving] Penn State only secured four commitments this week, but these four players were enough to rank them third in the B1G and #16 nationally. All four players will be contributors for Coach grv413, but WR Savion Saunders is the gem of this group. Penn State already has a good crop of receivers for QB Dillon Sneed, but Saunders could be a special one in State College. Cornerback “don’t call me Y2J,” Jerricho Grant and Defensive Tackle, Romeo Hyde could see a redshirt their first year on campus, but figure to be significant contributors for Coach grv413 and the Nittany Lions. With 17 scholarships left, it will be interesting to see where the Nittany Lions end up in the final rankings. Michigan Class ranking: Big Ten - #4, National - #33 Commitments - 3 WR Antonio Jackson 6-3 214 Fr Portage Central (Portage MI) 3.0 of 5.0 [Target] OLB Nathaniel Dawson 6-3 220 Fr Bellevue (Bellevue MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] K Colin Powell 5-10 185 Fr Cass Tech (Detroit MI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] Another small class in terms of number of commits, but the Wolverines still check in at #33 in the nation and fourth in the B1G. Leading the way is stud Wide Receiver Antonio Jackson who figures to be a great compliment to current Wolverine receiver Tyler Sterling. The two of them could torment B1G defenses for several years. Coach jmjacobs has put together a strong offense with stud players across the board. Also committing to the wolverines is highly rated Linebacker, Nathaniel Dawson. Dawson is a likely redshirt candidate during his freshman year, but should be a key piece in the Wolverines future defensive plans. Coach jmjacobs has the Wolverines trending in the right direction and the team figures to be in the national discussion for many years to come. The staff will surely focus on putting together the final pieces to make them a National Championship threat. Rutgers Class ranking: Big Ten - #5, National - #50 Commitments - 6 DE Cameron Berry 6-2 242 Fr Dwight Englewood (Englewood NJ) 1.0 of 5.0 [Contain] OLB Matt Stearns 6-4 218 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 2.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] WR Walt Ambrose 6-2 230 Fr Woodland Regional (Beacon Falls CT) 1.5 of 3.5 [Target] WR Kwamie Simpson 6-1 214 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] QB Lucas Norman 6-4 234 Fr Dwight Englewood (Englewood NJ) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] ILB Israel Shaw 6-3 209 Fr Friends (Wilmington DE) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] Checking in at the #5 spot are the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Coach vollmagnet secured pledges from six recruits this week. While most of these players figure to be depth additions that will contribute during their time on campus, the Knights were able to secure the commitment of 5.0 Defensive End Cameron Berry. The Knights are currently without a high caliber defensive end, but the commitment of Berry will alleviate that issue on one end of the line. Don’t be surprised to see Berry suiting up from day one for Coach vollmagnet at the Scarlet Knights. Iowa Class ranking: Big Ten - #6, National - #51 Commitments - 5 FS Rashard Pitts 6-0 203 Fr Woodbury Central (Moville IA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] DT Marquise Moss 6-6 293 Fr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 2.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] WR Richard Jordan 6-2 168 Fr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] OLB Elliot Spencer 6-3 215 Fr DeLaSalle (Minneapolis MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] OLB Ayden Brito 6-2 216 Fr Ritenour (Overland MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blitz] When the first round of commitments took place last year, the Hawkeyes checked in with a big ol’ zero on the board. Fast forward a year and Coach wrigleyfan has the Hawkeyes at the #6 spot in the B1G and #51 nationally. This group of commits is led by 5.0 Free Safety, Rashard “I hit hard” Pitts. Pitts figures to be a terrific player for Iowa, but the coach will have to determine if Pitts should take a redshirt year behind current starter Khalil Spears. Pitts would likely be well served to take a redshirt, but it will be tough to keep a player of his caliber on the sidelines in street clothes. Rounding out the rest of the commitments for this week are several depth signings that will help Coach wrigleyfan as he continues to build up his roster and shape the Hawkeyes to fit his vision. Minnesota Class ranking: Big Ten - #7, National - #57 Commitments - 2 DT Marcus Major 6-0 318 Fr Elgin-Millville (Elgin MN) 1.5 of 5.0 [1-Gap] DE Mamadou Newton 6-6 239 Fr Benilde-St. Margaret's ( MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain] It was a pretty quiet week for the Golden Gophers and Coach lucas95 with only two commitments to report. That said, the Gophers were able to secure the services of a major (pun intended) interior presence in Defensive Tackle, Marcus Major. Major is already checking in at 318 lbs at a mere 18 years old. This young man could be a force once he is working with college strength and conditioning coaches. With the impending departure of Senior Timmy Campbell, it may be difficult for Coach lucas95 to keep Major off the field as a freshman. Nebraska Class ranking: Big Ten - #8, National - #58 Commitments - 5 TE Mychal Baxter 6-1 190 Fr Aurora (Aurora NE) 1.0 of 4.5 [Receiving] QB Calvin Murphy 6-3 228 Fr Stephenson (Stone Mountain GA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Scrambling] OLB Gabriel Wagner 6-0 217 Fr Vienna ( Austria) 2.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] C Jonathan Hillman 6-2 252 Fr Maplewood-Richmond Heights ( MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Filipo Leiataua 6-7 275 Fr Millard North (Omaha NE) 3.0 of 3.0 [Run Blocking] Nebraska and Coach caesari were able to secure commitments from five future Cornhuskers, but only one of those commits, Tight End Mychal Baxter, figures to be a major contributor. Baxter does not have prototypical size for a Tight End, but is a terrific pass catcher and could present matchup challenges for opposing defenses. With Sophomore Dontae Amos currently holding down the starting spot at Tight End, we will likely have to wait until 2024 to see what Baxter brings to this Nebraska offense. Ohio State Class ranking: Big Ten - #9, National - #62 Commitments – 4 K Cameron McCoy 6-1 206 Fr Spencerville (Spencerville OH) 2.5 of 5.0 [Power] LS Marcus Reardon 6-2 247 Fr Greenville (Greenville OH) 2.0 of 4.5 [Traditional] QB Colin Weeks 6-7 226 Fr Norwood (Norwood OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pocket] CB Gavin Sproles 5-10 175 Fr Stebbins (Riverside OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] Like Iowa, Ohio State failed to secure any commitments during the first week of pledges last season. After the first week this season, the Buckeyes and Coach fever_ful check in at #62 in the nation. However, this rating may be a little skewed when you factor in the positions of the two highest rated commits. Having a reliable kicker is a crucial aspect of the game and McCoy looks to be a good one. However, it’s hard to get too excited about a player who only sees the field a handful of times each game. The Buckeye faithful will be hoping that Coach fever_ful can add some marquee every down players as the season progresses. Maryland Class ranking: Big Ten - #10, National - #80 Commitments – 4 ATH Desmond Beal 6-3 219 Fr Wilson (Washington DC) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will] CB Samuel Rouse 6-1 204 Fr Southern (Oakland MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] OG Peter Whalen 6-2 307 Fr Northwest (Germantown MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] FS Hakeem Douglas 5-10 213 Fr Southern (Oakland MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] The Maryland Terrapins and Head Coach TheSam added four commitments to their signing class this week. This crop of commits was led by Athlete Desmond Beal. Beal figures to lineup on the defensive side of the ball, likely at one of the linebacker spots. Beal doesn’t appear to be a “stud” player, but should be a good piece to the puzzle that could play in a couple of spots depending on the needs of the Terrapins. The rest of the Terrapins signings will add some depth to several positions. Free Safety Hakeem Douglas could potentially be a starter after Adam Carroll departs the team in 2023. Wisconsin Class ranking: Big Ten - #11, National - #86 Commitments – 2 RB Ian Hill 5-6 196 Fr White Lake (White Lake WI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed] DT Jalen Banks 6-5 301 Fr Napoleon (Napoleon MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] The Badgers and Coach taffyowner had a pretty quiet week on the recruiting trail securing pledges from two players. Running Back Ian Hill is the highest rated with a 4.0 potential. The Badgers will be losing their top two running backs after this season and Hill could see some playing time early on. It may not be as a freshman, but Hill certainly figures into the long term plans in Madison. Defensive Tackle Jalen Banks isn’t the highest rated recruit, but the tackle spot is an area of need for Wisconsin at the moment and Banks could provide some help as Coach taffyowner works to improve that position. Northwestern Class ranking: Big Ten - #12, National - #89 Commitments – 5 WR Rakeem Vereen 5-9 168 Fr Perham (Perham MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed] CB Julius Boston 5-9 190 Fr Wayne County (Jessup GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] DT Garrett Howe 6-2 313 Fr Roberto Clemente Academy ( IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] CB DeShaun Tubbs 5-10 190 Fr Southeast Bulloch (Brooklet GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] TE Jadiel Palma 6-5 200 Fr Rich South (Richton Park IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] It was a relatively quiet week for the Wildcats and Coach robcarlson77. The third year coach did not secure the services of any marquee recruits, but continues to work on building depth throughout the roster. Something that Northwestern was severely lacking the last few years. None of these five commits are likely to be major contributors, but cornerbacks Julius Boston and DeShaun Tubbs have a good chance to see some playing time at the corner spots. Currently, the Wildcats like to throw the ball all over the field, Wide Receiver Rakeem Vereen and Tight End Jadiel Palma probably wish they were a few years older so they could catch some passes from current Wildcat QB E.J. McGuire. While there’s nothing they can do to change that fact, both players are likely to catch some passes during their time in Evanston. Coach robcarlson77 will need to add some higher quality players if he plans to keep Northwestern competitive in the conference and beat their in-state rival, Illinois. Michigan State Class ranking: Big Ten - #13, National - #92 Commitments – 4 TE Eddie Houston 6-0 244 Fr White Pigeon (White Pigeon MI) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blocking] OT Raymond Rudolph 6-4 318 Fr Monroe (Monroe MI) 1.5 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OT Matthew Holden 6-5 278 Fr Monroe (Monroe MI) 1.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] CB Maru Sititi 5-9 174 Fr St. Philip Catholic Central ( MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] The offensive line is likely the biggest weakness for the Spartans and Coach SlinkyJr and two of their four commitments address this need. While Rudolph and Holden are not the highest rated recruits, they will provide some much needed depth for the Spartans and there’s a good chance that the teammates from Monroe High School see some playing time at Spartan Stadium. On defense, Cornerback Maru Sititi should provide some help to the Spartan defense, though he is likely to see a redshirt his first year on campus. Indiana Class ranking: Big Ten - #14, National - #101 Commitments – 4 ILB David Evans 5-11 206 Fr Rockville (Rockville IN) 1.5 of 3.5 [Will] K Jackson McKenna 6-1 151 Fr Pope (Marietta GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Accuracy] WR Giovanni Mills 6-0 229 Fr Wesley Chapel (Wesley Chapel FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] TE Buster Parris 6-1 201 Fr Frankfort (Frankfort IN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] Much like Northwestern and Michigan State, the Hoosiers did not secure any marquee commitments this week, but added several depth players to their roster. Coach Jamzz has his hands full dealing with in state powers Purdue and Notre Dame and has to fight tooth and nail for the high end talent in the Hoosier state. Kicker Jackson McKenna is the likely kicker in waiting when starter Zack Yarbrough departs after the 2023 season. Linebacker David Evans could also see the field early on for the Hoosiers. **Bold indicates a key commitment**
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    [2022] Week 3 B1G Players of the Week

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  12. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK WR Hiroshi Nagatomo, Illinois (12 receptions for 153 yards, 2 TD vs Virginia) Honorable mentions: QB Matt Ballard, Ohio State (25 of 36 for 380 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT vs Michigan State); RB Jamal Trufant, Wisconsin (25 carries for 170 yards, 3 TD vs Miami(OH)) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK ILB Charlie Vazquez, Maryland (1 INT, 8 tackles vs Indiana) Honorable mentions: OLB Jermon Pendleton, Minnesota (2 sacks, 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR vs New Mexico State); FS Mark McClendon, Penn State (1 INT, 1 PD, 4 tackles vs North Carolina) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Greg Reilly, Minnesota (3/3 FG made from 46,49,25 yards vs New Mexico State) Honorable mentions: K Mason Williams, Illinois (3/3 FG made from 45,40,31 yards vs Virginia); P P.K. Crowe, Indiana (44.5 yard punting average vs Maryland)
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    [2022] Week 2 B1G Players of the Week

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  14. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Isaac Tyson, Michigan State (25 of 30 for 397 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 4 carries for 29 yards, TD vs Western Michigan) Honorable mentions: RB Kamar Blackman, Indiana (24 carries for 178 yards, 3 TD vs Kentucky); WR Cory Carradine, Northwestern (9 receptions for 136 yards, 2 TD vs East Carolina) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DE Cece Condon, Ohio State (1.5 sacks, 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 safety vs Arizona State) Honorable mentions: OLB Phillip McNally, Iowa (1.5 sacks, 4 tackles vs Appalachian State); OLB Alex Schuster, Ohio State (3 tackles, 1 FR, fumble return TD vs Arizona State) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Mark Schofield, Purdue (4/4 FG made from 45,27,36,41 yards vs Syracuse) Honorable mentions: K Billy O'Neill, Nebraska (3/3 FG made from 40,24,32 yards vs #1 Auburn); K Mason Williams, Illinois (2/2 FG made from 50,38 yards vs Florida International)
  15. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK RB Franklin Riggins, Nebraska (23 carries for 200 yards, 2 TD vs Tennessee) Honorable mentions: RB Jamal Trufant, Wisconsin (26 carries for 195 yards, 3 TD vs USF); QB E.J. McGuire, Northwestern (30 of 40 for 381 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT vs Central Michigan) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK OLB Matt Marino, Michigan State (1 INT, 1 PD, 1 INT return for TD, 5 tackles vs Texas State) Honorable mentions: DE Malachi Pickett, Minnesota (2 sacks, 5 tackles, 2 TFL vs #22 Washington); DE Joshua Holmes, Nebraska (1.5 sacks, 3 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR vs Tennessee) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK P Devin McGinnis, Minnesota (48.3 punting average vs #22 Washington) Honorable mentions: K Chase Greenfield, Wisconsin (2/2 FG made from 45,48 yards vs USF); K Billy O'Neill, Nebraska (2/2 FG made from 49,46 yards vs Tennessee)
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