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  1. credit to RobCarlson who was finishing this up before leaving for CMU
  2. Recruiting Review Purdue Class ranking: Big Ten - #1, National - #4, Previous National Rank - #5 (+1) Commitments – 21 (19 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: The 2022 recruiting season was a two team race with Purdue and neighboring Illinois battling it our for conference supremacy. In the end, Purdue would leapfrog Illinois behind the addition of two JuCo players and takes home the title of top class in the B1G. Kudos to both coach inspiral and coach FlutieFlakes as each of their classes is absurd in it’s own right. The B1G West has always been a difficult division and it appears that trend will continue for some time to come. Illinois Class ranking: Big Ten - #2, National - #5, Previous National Rank - #4 (-1) Commitments - 19 (18 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: The Fighting Illini struggled a bit on the field this season, but the future is certainly bright for Coach FlutieFlakes and he has to be thrilled with landing a top five recruiting class. There is a ton of talent coming in this class, though Purdue’s class may consist of a few more players that can contribute immediately, this crop of recruits will make some noise for many years. With QB Jordan Harrison gaining a year of experience, the Illini should regain their usual form for the 2023 season. Michigan Class ranking: Big Ten - #3, National - #29, Previous National Rank - #30 (+1) Commitments - 17 (14 freshman, 3 JuCo) Signing Class: Michigan hovered right around this spot for much of the season and checks in at #29 in the nation. A small class in terms of incoming freshman, the Wolverines were able to secure the commitments of three JuCo players. In reviewing this years class, head coach jmjacobs felt the team could have done a bit better was pleased overall. They were optimistic about JuCo and it appears that optimism paid off. Coach jmjacobs listed wide receiver Antonio Jackson as the player they were most excited for and has high hopes for the talented incoming freshman. When asked if there were any recruits that got away, jmjacobs mentioned that his staff was high on 5 star Athlete, Reshad Davenport. Davenport figures to play linebacker in college and chose to sign with Western Michigan University over an offer from the Wolverines. Penn State Class ranking: Big Ten - #4, National - #32, Previous National Rank - #38 (+6) Commitments - 14 (13 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: Much like Michigan, Penn State brings in a small class of 14 recruits. While the class may be small, coach grv413 did well for himself adding some high end talent led by 5 star receiver, Savion Saunders. Saunders may be given an opportunity to redshirt as the Nittany Lions were able to add the services of 5 star JuCo receiver, Dominic Dixon. Dixon has one year of eligibility remaining and will want to maximize his opportunities as he prepares for the NFL draft. Nebraska Class ranking: Big Ten - #5, National - #34, Previous National Rank - #32 (-2) Commitments - 16 (14 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: Nebraska and coach caesari snuck up on everyone on their way to winning the conference and the same could be said for their recruiting. Finishing right behind Michigan and Penn State, the Cornhuskers added two nice JuCo players to solidify what was already a solid recruiting class. JuCo Offensive Guard Cason Sheppard figures to slide into starting spot immediately. Ohio State Class ranking: Big Ten - #6, National - #35, Previous National Rank - #40 (+5) Commitments – 16 (15 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: After landing 5 star JuCo defensive end, Damien Atkins, the Buckeyes and coach feverful jumped five spots to finish the season with the 35th ranked class in the country. The Buckeyes coach was pleased overall with their recruiting class, though they felt they missed out on a few players that they were targeting. With some potential early departures, the staff was looking to fill those positions in the event a player should declare for the NFL. feverful was most excited about incoming 5 star receiver, Dajuan Page. Page along with fellow incoming receiver, 4.5 star Trevor Dutton, makes the coach optimistic about the teams offense in the years to come. Coach feverful also felt that incoming Punter, Drew Stanfield, will have the most immediate impact. He felt that lack of punting has hurt them in the past and is hopeful Stanfield will be to flip the field position for the defense. When asked about “the one that got away,” coach feverful pointed to 4.5 star defensive end Wardell Jean-Georges. Jean-Georges opted to sign with Toledo and has the skills to be a contributor immediately. Iowa Class ranking: Big Ten - #7, National - #40, Previous National Rank - #33 (-7) Commitments - 21 (20 freshman, 1 JuCo) Signing Class: The B1G had five teams ranked between 29 and 40 and Iowa checks in at the #40 spot. Previously ranking 33rd, the Hawkeyes dropped seven spots after JuCo signings. The Hawkeyes bring in a full class of 21 recruits and that is exactly what head coach wrigleyfan was hoping for. In speaking about this year's class, the head coach pointed out the need to build depth on the roster. While they acknowledge that there’s not an abundance of top end talent, there is definitely a good group 4 star or higher players. The Hawkeyes coach was most excited about 4.5 star offensive guard, Anthony Maxwell. Citing the below average play of the offensive line, wrigleyfan felt that Maxwell will be a welcome addition to the bubs. The coach also felt that Maxwell, or fellow guard prospect, Javier Elizondo, will have the most immediate impact for the Hawkeyes. Coach wrigleyfan couldn’t help but think about how the offensive line might look had the the team landed the services of guard Dillon Dooley. Dooley, a 5 star prospect, chose to sign with in-state rival Iowa State which was a tough pill to swallow for the coach. Maryland Class ranking: Big Ten - #8, National - #53, Previous National Rank - #62 (+9) Commitments – 21 (19 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: The Maryland Terrapins find themselves just outside the top 50 as a new coaching regime begins in College Park. This class is boosted by the addition of two 4.5 star JuCo commits, but the new staff will have 6 incoming freshman rated 4.0 or higher to work with. Those six players would be best served to redshirt for a year if possible, but have the skillset to contribute if need be. Minnesota Class ranking: Big Ten - #9, National - #58, Previous National Rank - #76 (+18) Commitments - 19 (16 freshman, 3 JuCo) Signing Class: The Golden Gophers had a truly unique recruiting season that is hard to describe. Coach lucas95 sat with a only a handful of highly rated commits for much of the season. Yet, the addition of three JuCo players and some additional depth signings, helped to push this class from the bottom of the conference to top 60 in the country. 5 star defensive tackle, Marcus Major, is the gem of this class and should be a key contributor as a freshman. The JuCo signings are a welcome addition to a class that could have been low on numbers and talent without them. Northwestern Class ranking: Big Ten - #10, National - #70, Previous National Rank - #58 (-12) Commitments – 19 (19 freshman) Signing Class: Northwestern checks in with the 70th ranked recruiting class. Former coach robcarlson77 had focused on building depth across the roster with this class and seemed to have accomplished that goal. The Wildcats went all in on JuCo QB Devon Wardwell. The Illinois native would have been a huge get for the Wildcats as they looked to replace the departing E.J. McGuire. Many feel that the timing of the coach’s departure was what made Wardwell choose FCS Illinois State over the Wildcats. Prior to his departure, coach robcarlson77 said he was pleased with his class overall. There’s only a few high end players, but the coach was most excited about defensive tackle Xavier Williams who he felt would also provide the most immediate impact at a position of need. When asked about a recruit that got away, robcarlson77 quickly cited defensive end Jonathan Stiles. The 5 star recruit would have been a huge get for a team that needed help on the defensive line. Northwestern was thought to be the favorite early on, but Stiles pledged to rival Illinois after taking a visit to the campus. Rutgers Class ranking: Big Ten - #11, National - #71, Previous National Rank - #61 (-10) Commitments - 20 (20 freshman) Signing Class: Unable to secure a JuCo commitment, Rutgers will welcome 20 incoming freshman next season. The class is headlined by two very talented defensive ends. 5 star Cameron Berry and 4.5 star Dahntay Parks will bookend the defensive line for the Scarlet Knights for the foreseeable future. Wisconsin Class ranking: Big Ten - #12, National - #80, Previous National Rank - #75 (-5) Commitments – 21 (21 freshman) Signing Class: Coach taffyowner will be welcoming a full class of 21 freshman to Madison in the fall. 5 star linebacker Grant Morrison is the highest rated of the class. 4 star safety Eldrick Carter is another key signing for the Badgers. Wisconsin will be looking to improve the recruiting ranking next season. Indiana Class ranking: Big Ten - #13, National - #83, Previous National Rank - #84 (+1) Commitments – 14 (12 freshman, 2 JuCo) Signing Class: Coach Jamzz and the Hoosiers found themselves mired near the bottom of the conference for much of the recruiting season. However, things improved towards the end of the season and the Hoosiers were able to get out of the triple digits. The addition of 4 star JuCo defensive tackle, Anquan Everett, is a big get for Coach Jamzz and is a player that will be an immediate help on the defensive line. Michigan State Class ranking: Big Ten - #14, National - #109, Previous National Rank - #104 (-5) Commitments – 18 (18 freshman) Signing Class: Unfortunately, someone has to come in last in the rankings and this season it’s Coach SlinkyJr and the Spartans. This recruiting season is likely one that the coach would like to forget. MSU is the only team in the B1G to finish outside of the top 100 and was surpassed by many MAC schools. The coach will need to take advantage of the success they had on the field this season and avoid a repeat performance in recruiting. Recruiting is the lifeblood of the program and multiple poor classes can catch up to a team in the future.
  3. Season Awards: Player of the Year: Isaac Tyson, Offensive Player of the Year: Isaac Tyson, Defensive Player of the Year: Cece Condon, Offensive Lineman of the Year: Gabe Morrison, Defensive Lineman of the Year: Cece Condon, Freshman of the Year: Tredaveon Jennings, Coach of the Year: Caesari, Quarterback of the Year: Isaac Tyson, Running Back of the Year: Jamal Trufant, Defensive Back of the Year: Tavarreus Watson, Linebacker of the Year: Tyler Matthews, Receiver of the Year: Cory Carradine, Tight End of the Year: Jonas Schumacher, Kicker of the Year: Billy O'Neill, Punter of the Year: P.K. Crowe, Return Specialist of the Year: Damian Metz, Media of the Year: B1G Recruiting Review Media Writer of the Year: Robcarlson77, All-Conference Team: QB: Isaac Tyson, RB: Jamal Trufant, FB: Abdoulaye Spillman WR: Cory Carradine, WR: Tyler Sterling TE: Jonas Schumacher, OT: Gabe Morrison, OT: Rafael Vitale OG: Omari Streeter OG: Jonah McCullough C: Miguel Prieto DE: Cece Condon DE: Oghale Adelangwe DT: Jacob Colbert ILB: Gavin Grant ILB: Isaiah King OLB: Tyler Matthews, OLB: Drew Edge CB: Tavarreus Watson, CB: Zion Evans FS: Mark Oliver SS: Kameron Myrick K: Billy O'Neill P: P.K. Crowe Return Specialist: Damian Metz
  4. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK RB Julius Wesley Jr., Ohio State (23 carries for 160 yards, 2 TD vs #5 Michigan) Honorable mentions: QB Robert Lynch, Minnesota (22 of 31 for 308 yards, 3 TD vs Wisconsin); WR Ajani Jennings, Michigan State (8 receptions for 112 yards, 2 TD vs #22 Penn State) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DE Cece Condon, Ohio State (1 sack, 5 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR vs #5 Michigan) Honorable mentions: OLB Connor Bradshaw Jr., Michigan State (2 sacks, 5 tackles, 2 TFL vs #22 Penn State); ILB Shane Slade, Minnesota (1 INT, 6 tackles vs Wisconsin) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK WR Damian Metz, Michigan State (178 return yards, kickoff return TD vs #22 Penn State) Honorable mentions: K Billy O'Neill, Nebraska (3/3 FG made from 46,23,40 yards vs Iowa); K Mike Rice, Ohio State (4/4 FG made from 45,30,39,41 yards vs #5 Michigan)
  5. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK QB Kyle Jefferson, Purdue (21 of 31 for 309 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs Maryland) Honorable mentions: QB Isaac Tyson, Michigan State (15 of 23 for 166 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 12 carries for 116 yards, 2 TD vs Northwestern); QB Rangi Grey, Indiana (16 of 22 for 280 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs New Mexico State) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK CB Jonathan Frazier, Michigan State (1 INT, 1 PD, 3 tackles, INT return for a TD vs Northwestern) Honorable mentions: DE Landon Crowder, Purdue (2 sacks, 2 tackles vs Maryland); DE Rangi Petana, Michigan State (2 sacks, 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF vs Northwestern) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK PR D.J. Barnes, Ohio State (165 all-purpose yards, punt return TD vs Wisconsin) Honorable mentions: K Josh Christensen, Rutgers (3/3 FG made from 44,27,36 yards vs Minnesota); K Mark Schofield, Purdue (3/3 FG from 50,37,34 yards vs Maryland)
  6.  OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK RB Jamal Trufant, Wisconsin (26 carries for 172 yards, 2 TD vs Northwestern) Honorable mentions: QB Sean Connell, Nebraska (20 of 28 for 231 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs Maryland); TE Samuel Hare, Michigan State (7 receptions for 120 yards, 1 TD vs Rutgers) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DE Malachi Pickett, Minnesota (1 sack, 4 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FF vs #11 Penn State) Honorable mentions: FS Kai Alston, Michigan (1 INT, 3 tackles, 1 PD vs Illinois); OLB Tyler Matthews, Maryland (1 sack, 7 tackles vs #17 Nebraska) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Greg Reilly, Minnesota (5/5 FG made from 49,45,27,36,35 yards vs #11 Penn State) Honorable mentions: K Logan Callaway, Maryland (2/2 FG made from 41,23 yards vs #17 Nebraska); P Billy Grogan, Michigan (42.6 yard punting average vs Illinois)
  7. Recruiting Review Illinois Class ranking: Big Ten - #1, National - #4, Previous National Rank - #11 (+7) Commitments - 18 New Commits: TE Byron Hubbard 6-1 192 Fr J.D. Leftwich (Magazine AR) 2.0 of 5.0 [Receiving] DE Jonathan Stiles 6-6 253 Fr Holy Cross (River Grove IL) 1.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] RB Bryce Sanders 5-10 211 Fr Sterling (Sterling IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Power] OLB John Hilton Jr. 6-3 235 Fr P.L. Julian (Chicago IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Coverage] P Sean Walsh 6-3 174 Fr Central Community (Breese IL) 2.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy] Moving into the #1 spot in the B1G, and #4 nationally, is Coach FlutleFlakes and the Fighting Illini. While the results on the field haven’t been what the coach desires, he surely has to be ecstatic about the work done on the recruiting trail. FlutieFlakes secured five additional commitments over the past few weeks, all of whom figure to be impact players for the Illini. Leading the way is 5 star tight end, Byron Hubbard and 5 star defensive end, Jonathan Stiles. The work that Illinois and Purdue have put in on the recruiting trail should put every team in the B1G on notice. We’re all going to have our hands full for many years to come. Purdue Class ranking: Big Ten - #2, National - #5, Previous National Rank - #4 (-1) Commitments – 18 New Commits: OG Otto Adams III 6-3 332 Fr East (Cleveland OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking] C Travis Ross 6-4 303 Fr Belpre (Belpre OH) 2.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] DT Keenan Crenshaw 6-5 275 Fr Largo (Largo FL) 2.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] OLB Jacob Cahill 6-3 236 Fr Pasadena (Pasadena TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Coverage] ILB Jabari Scruggs 5-11 205 Fr Stephenson (Stone Mountain GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Will] ILB Christian Conway 6-2 257 Fr Mineral Wells (Mineral Wells TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Mike] The past few weeks have consisted of primarily depth signings for Coach inspiral and Purdue, but the Boilermakers were able to add another terrific piece on the offensive line. In case you have forgotten, Purdue already had secured the services of three lineman, all rated 4.5 or above. They can now add a fourth lineman to that list. With the addition of 3.5 star center, Travis Ross, Purdue’s recruiting class boasts an offensive line that is likely better than what many teams are currently fielding. So far, recruiting in the B1G has boiled down to Illinois, Purdue and then everyone else much further down the rankings. Michigan Class ranking: Big Ten - #3, National - #30, Previous National Rank - #33 (+3) Commitments - 10 New Commits: LS Travis Hurt 6-3 261 Fr St. Xavier (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 5.0 [Specialized] OT Philip Rosenberg 6-1 276 Fr Slippery Rock Area ( PA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking] CB Luke Lindsay 6-1 186 Fr Century (Rochester MN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] QB Vince Burnett 6-1 206 Fr South (Cleveland OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] CB Natrone Glenn 5-10 187 Fr Posen (Posen MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] DE Hakeem McCrary 6-2 273 Fr Padua Franciscan (Parma OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] The last time we checked in with Ann Arbor, the Wolverines had only secured four commitments yet were sitting at #33 in the nation. Fast forward to now and Coach jmjacobs has brought this class to ten commitments after securing pledges from another six commits. The Wolverines added a couple of nice players in offensive tackle Phillip Rosenberg and cornerback Luke Lindsay. Both players figure to be contributors in Ann Arbor, but will need some time to develop their skills further. With only half the class filled at this point, it will be interesting to see how jmjacobs rounds out this year's class and if anyone in the B1G can jump him in the rankings. Nebraska Class ranking: Big Ten - #4, National - #32, Previous National Rank - #79 (+47) Commitments - 12 New Commits: OG Larry Frey 6-6 287 Fr Bayard (Bayard NE) 2.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking] DE Lawrence Everett 6-5 260 Fr Birmingham ( England) 1.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] OLB Damiano Fiorelli 6-1 219 Fr Milan ( Italy) 1.0 of 4.5 [Coverage] DE Randall McRae 6-6 245 Fr Apalachicola (Apalachicola FL) 2.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] FS Henry Gilles 6-2 209 Fr Vancouver ( Canada) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Logan Travis 6-2 163 Fr Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] RB DeSean Stanley 5-7 196 Fr Joplin (Joplin MO) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] Making one of the biggest jumps we have seen this season, are the Nebraska Cornhuskers. All was quiet last we checked, but since then, Coach caesari has been hard at work and finds himself with the #32 class in the country. Coach caesari has spent some time abroad over the last few weeks and landed himself a couple of nice defensive prospects. Defensive end, Lawrence Everett, hailing from Birmingham, England, and linebacker, Damiano Fiorelli from Milan, Italy, will be making the trip stateside and spending the next 4-5 years in Lincoln, Nebraska. Both players could be starters from day one, and one has to wonder if that was promised to them during the recruitment process? While those two are certainly welcome additions, the marquee get for Coach caesari is no doubt 5 star offensive guard, Larry Frey. Frey chose to stick with the in-state Cornhuskers after fielding offers from several schools. Iowa Class ranking: Big Ten - #5, National - #33, Previous National Rank - #26 (-7) Commitments - 19 New Commits: OG Javier Elizondo 6-6 318 Fr Baker (Baker LA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking] ILB Da'Quan McClain 5-11 243 Fr Godby (Tallahassee FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] ILB Victor Lord 6-1 216 Fr Martin County (Stuart FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will] CB Sebastian Moody 5-9 181 Fr Coronado (Lubbock TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] OT Steve Cantu 6-5 326 Fr Big Lake (Big Lake MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] FB Darius McDonald 6-1 224 Fr Olympic Heights (Boca Raton FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] RB Levi Reeves 5-11 191 Fr Ankeny (Ankeny IA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power] K Larry Franks 6-3 163 Fr Hawley (Hawley MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] P Theodore Stoner 6-0 173 Fr Elmira (Elmira OR) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] Despite securing the services of nine recruits, Coach wrigleyfan sees his Hawkeyes fall seven spots to #33 in the nation. Iowa focused primarily on depth signings as they rounded out their class, but did secure a commitment from 4 star offensive guard, Javier Elizondo. Elizondo is a bit more polished than other recruits and could find himself sliding into one of the starting guard spots opposite Coop Logan. Penn State Class ranking: Big Ten - #6, National - #38, Previous National Rank - #39 (+1) Commitments - 8 New Commits: OLB Derek Mann 6-3 242 Fr St. Xavier (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] TE Preston Sample 6-2 213 Fr Slippery Rock Area ( PA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving] DT Sawyer Cornelius 6-5 298 Fr Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 2.5 of 3.0 [1-Gap] WR Giovanni Capps 6-1 225 Fr North Springs (Atlanta GA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] Moving up one spot and doubling their class from four to eight, are the Penn State Nittany Lions. With the exception of linebacker, Derek Mann, there’s not a ton for Nittany Lions fans to get excited about with this crop of signings. Mann, a 4.5 star recruit, is a nice get for Coach grv413. With a couple of linebackers currently redshirting for Penn State, we likely won’t see what Mann is capable of until 2024, at the earliest. With only 8 spots filled, Penn State will be looking to add more over the next few weeks. Ohio State Class ranking: Big Ten - #7, National - #40, Previous National Rank - #40 (No Change) Commitments – 13 New Commits: WR Trevor Dutton 6-1 173 Fr Colerain (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed] OT Walt Ellis 6-6 283 Fr Briggs (Colombus OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] CB Jahmir Vereen 5-9 195 Fr Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant MI) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Christopher Carroll 6-1 208 Fr Lake Gibson (Lakeland FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Antowaine Aiken 6-2 196 Fr Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton FL) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] DE Elias Young 6-3 249 Fr Valley Forge (Parma Heights OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] FB Frederick Riley 6-0 207 Fr Walnut Hills (Cincinnati OH) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Holding steady at #40 this week are the Ohio State Buckeyes. Coach fever_ful added seven new Buckeyes, headlined by in-state receiver, Trevor Dutton. Dutton a 4.5 star recruit will provide a nice one-two combo with fellow commit, Dajuan Page. Moving forward, QB Matt Ballard should have plenty of offensive weapons at his disposal and the Buckeye offense could cause fits for B1G defenses. Northwestern Class ranking: Big Ten - #8, National - #58, Previous National Rank - #61 (+3) Commitments – 17 New Commits: OLB Juan Solano 6-0 242 Fr East Peoria Community ( IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] DE Miguel Carlos 6-4 236 Fr Morgan Park (Chicago IL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Contain] DE Amara Oliver 6-2 246 Fr Roberto Clemente Academy ( IL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Contain] K Luke Stephenson 5-9 186 Fr Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches TX) 1.5 of 3.5 [Power] QB Parker Coyne 6-4 197 Fr Inlet Grove (Riviera Beach FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling] OT Nikolas Bacon 6-2 263 Fr Roberto Clemente Academy ( IL) 1.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Coach robcarlson77 and the Northwestern Wildcats continue to focus on securing depth to this squad. However, the Wildcats were able to secure a commitment from one of their top targets in linebacker, Juan Solano. The Wildcats seem to be set at linebacker for the 2023 season, which will provide Solano a chance to redshirt, get acclimated to the speed of the game and hit the ground running as a starter in 2024. Northwestern’s recruiting has improved each year under Coach robcarlson77, but it has to be concerning to Wildcat fans to see in-state rival, Illinois, doing so well on the recruiting trail. Rutgers Class ranking: Big Ten - #9, National - #61, Previous National Rank - #67 (+6) Commitments - 18 New Commits: DE Dahntay Parks 6-1 258 Fr Ocean City (Ocean City NJ) 1.5 of 4.5 [Contain] KR George Rivers 5-9 186 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid] TE Nawat Willis 6-3 223 Fr Wayne Hills (Wayne NJ) 2.5 of 3.0 [Blocking] CB Lamont Gore 6-2 166 Fr Bethel (Bethel CT) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Ryder Woodward 6-2 202 Fr Denison (Denison TX) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] CB DaeSean Wilson 6-1 174 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] WR Charles Rivers 5-9 187 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Speed] CB Andre Benjamin 6-2 204 Fr Hotchkiss School (Lakeville CT) 1.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FB Maxwell Riggs 5-10 213 Fr Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 2.5 of 2.5 [Pass Blocking] P Cyrus Monahan 6-3 182 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 2.0 of 2.5 [Power] Coach vollmagnet and the Scarlet Knights have added ten signings over the past few weeks bringing their class total to 18. 4.5 star defensive end, Dahntay Parks “and Recreation” is the prized piece to this crop of recruits and instantly becomes the second highest rated recruit for Rutgers. Don’t be surprised to see Parks “treatin’ himself” to a starting spot in game number one for the Scarlet Knights. Maryland Class ranking: Big Ten - #10, National - #62, Previous National Rank - #82 (+20) Commitments – 16 New Commits: ATH DeVante Ricks 6-2 166 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] ILB Pablo Hernandez 6-4 250 Fr Suitland (District Heights MD) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] FS Darnell Brown 5-11 200 Fr Hico (Hico TX) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] WR Greg Dowd 6-3 216 Fr Elkton (Elkton MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target] C Devin Leal 6-4 276 Fr North Harford (Pylesville MD) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Alan Blanco 6-3 325 Fr Gilman School (Baltimore MD) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] RB Jay Giles 5-10 172 Fr Ocean City (Ocean City NJ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] DE Osceola Rockwell 6-2 256 Fr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Contain] QB Mordechai Rupp 6-5 226 Fr Elkton (Elkton MD) 1.0 of 3.0 [Scrambling] After adding nine commits, the Terrapins find themselves 20 spots higher and checking in at #62 in the nation. This group of signings is anchored by 4.5 star athlete, DeVante Ricks, who figures to man a to be determined spot in the secondary. In addition to Ricks, Coach TheSam, added two nice pieces in 4 star linebacker, Pablo Hernandez and 4 star safety, Darnell Brown. It will likely be a few years before either of these players take over a starting role. Wisconsin Class ranking: Big Ten - #11, National - #75, Previous National Rank - #106 (+31) Commitments – 13 New Commits: ILB Grant Morrison 6-1 248 Fr DeLaSalle (Minneapolis MN) 1.0 of 5.0 [Mike] SS Eldrick Carter 6-1 216 Fr Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort IL) 1.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] LS Simon Puckett 6-1 253 Fr Bullock Creek (Midland MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Traditional] OG Ahmed Fowler 6-1 338 Fr Stewartville (Stewartville MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Bryce Meeks 6-4 338 Fr Lakeville (Lakeville MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] WR Shamar Ford 6-1 203 Fr Irving (Irving TX) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] DE Andre Seay 6-3 241 Fr Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] TE Rowan Schumacher 6-6 199 Fr Pewaukee (Pewaukee WI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving] K Owen Whitt 6-0 162 Fr Frankfort (Frankfort IN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy] OLB Frank Shackelford 6-0 241 Fr Benilde-St. Margaret's ( MN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Coverage] After occupying a spot at the bottom of the rankings for much of the season, the Badgers and Coach taffyowner have finally woken and climbed up the rankings a bit. Of the ten commits the Badgers secured, devoted fans should be most excited about 5 star linebacker Grant Morrison. The Badgers do have some established player at the linebacker position, but it may be tough to keep Morrison off the field. 4 star safety, Eldrick Carter is another nice get for the Badgers. With the impending departure of current starter Myles Hamilton, Carter could potentially start as a freshman, though he may be best served to redshirt, if at all possible. Minnesota Class ranking: Big Ten - #12, National - #76, Previous National Rank - #57 (-19) Commitments - 3 New Commits: None A search party may need to be sent to Minneapolis to see if the Gopher coaching staff can be found. After a solid start that saw the Golden Gophers ranked as high as #51 in the nation, Coach lucas95 and the Gopher staff have been unable to secure the services of any additional recruits. The good news for Gopher fans is that Minnesota has two solid players already committed. That said, there is still a lot of work to be done for lucas95 to add some more pieces to this class. Indiana Class ranking: Big Ten - #13, National - #84, Previous National Rank - #90 (+6) Commitments – 11 New Commits: OLB Quenton Amos 5-11 240 Fr Bloomington North (Bloomington IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] CB Khiry Sharpe 5-9 183 Fr Floyd Central (Floyds Knobs IN) 1.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] DT Kenyan Turner 6-2 322 Fr River Ridge (Elizabeth IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] CB Lamarr Carter 6-2 180 Fr Elsik (Houston TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] WR Jayson Corcoran 6-0 197 Fr Salem (Salem IN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Target] Coach Jamzz and the Hoosiers continue their climb out of the triple digits and will check in at #84 in the nation this week. The Hoosiers were able to add a couple of quality players on the defensive side of the ball in 4 star linebacker, Quenton Amos and 4 star cornerback, Khiry Sharpe. Both players would likely benefit from a redshirt year, but Coach Jamzz will have to determine what these two may bring to his squad immediately. Michigan State Class ranking: Big Ten - #14, National - #104, Previous National Rank - #91 (-13) Commitments – 10 New Commits CB Thierno Alston 6-2 167 Fr McCormick (McCormick SC) 2.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] OLB Vaughn Yeager 6-2 244 Fr St. Philip Catholic Central ( MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] RB Makai Wiley 5-6 176 Fr Napoleon (Napoleon MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Speed] CB Aiden Lemons 6-2 160 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] Let’s just say things have not been going well on the recruiting trail for Coach SlinkyJr and the Spartans. Thankfully for the Spartan faithful, things have been going very well on the field and MSU finds themselves currently ranked in the Top 25. Perhaps all of the gameplanning is distracting SlinkyJr from recruiting because their recruiting ranking is the polar opposite of their Coaches Poll ranking. Sitting at #104 nationally, the Spartans failed to sign any impact players with their most recent group of commits. As the lowest rated team in the B1G, the Spartans are currently occupying a spot no one wants to hold. Lets see what Coach SlinkyJr can do to improve this class over the remaining weeks. **Bold indicates a key commitment**
  8. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK RB Kamar Blackmon, Indiana (23 carries for 177 yards, 2 TD vs #6 Nebraska) Honorable mentions: QB Robert Lynch, Minnesota (24 of 33 for 340 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT vs Iowa); WR Allen Lara-Cruz, Minnesota (8 receptions for 132 yards, 1 TD vs Iowa) DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK DE Justin Edmonds, Michigan (2 sacks, 3 tackles, 2 TFL vs #8 Penn State) Honorable mentions: ILB Isaiah King, Rutgers (1 INT, 1 PD, 8 tackles vs #15 Ohio State); DE Oghale Adelangwe, Penn State (2 sacks, 4 tackles vs #7 Michigan) SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK K Billy O'Neill, Nebraska (4/4 FG made from 40,27,24,40 yards vs Indiana) Honorable mentions: K Greg Reilly, Minnesota (2/2 FG made from 50,39 yards vs Iowa); P P.K. Crowe, Indiana (48.3 yard punting average vs #6 Nebraska)
  9. Mid-Season All-B1G Team: Offense QB: Evan Perkins RB: Franklin Riggins WR: Tyler Sterling WR: Cory Carradine TE: Samuel Hare OT: Gabe Morrison OT: Rafael Vitale OG: Rapheal Read OG: Jonah McCullough C: Jeremiah Glass Defense DE: Cece Condon DE: Landon Crowder DT: Erik McElmore DT: Kayden Blakely OLB: Connor Bradshaw Jr. OLB: Drew Edge ILB: Isaiah King CB: Zion Evans CB: Tavarreus Watson FS: Jermaine Mingo SS: Kameron Myrick Special Teams K: Billy O'Neill P: P.K. Crowe By Team - 4 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 0 - 0
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