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    [2021] B1G Recruiting Recap #2

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    Recruiting Review

     

    :PSU: Penn State :PSU:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #1 (+8), National - #6 (+58)

    Commitments – 11

     

    New commits (9):

    OT Eric Lanier 6-3 324 Fr Saltsburg (Saltsburg PA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]

    ILB Xavien Bowers 6-2 249 Fr Cardinal Spellman (Bronx NY) 1.5 of 5.0 [Mike]

    K Adrian Rodriguez 5-10 208 Fr Northwest (Germantown MD) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power]

    DE Jerraud Braxton 6-3 261 Fr North Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 1.0 of 5.0 [Contain]

    OG Brad Rock 6-6 257 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.5 of 4.5 [Pass Blocking]

    ILB Ryan Anthony Jr. 6-3 232 Fr Susquenita (Duncannon PA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will]

    OLB Jamal Pearson 6-2 217 Fr Northwest Whitfield ( GA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]

    DE Clinton Noel 6-4 269 Fr Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg PA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Blitz]

    OT Saul Bueno 6-5 269 Fr North Harford (Pylesville MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

     

    Previous commits (2):

     
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    WR Antoine Barrow 6-3 231 Fr Penn Cambria (Cresson PA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Target]

    SS Mekhi Phillips 5-10 182 Fr Annville Cleona (Annville PA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]

     

    Remember in the first Recruiting Review when I said that after a slow start in recruiting, Penn State would likely find themselves near the top of the conference when all was said and done? Welp, it didn’t take very long for that to come to fruition. Coach grv413 has reeled in a terrific group of commits over the last few weeks vaulting this class to #6 in the nation and #1 in the B1G. Honestly, all but one of these commits could be considered a “key commit,” but that’s no fun. But for real, look at those signings… There is help on both sides of the ball and Penn State should find themselves near the top of the B1G for many years to come. Yay for the rest of us…

     

    :illinois: Illinois :illinois:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #2 (+8), National - #25 (+46)

    Commitments – 15

     

    New commits (11):

    ILB Rakeem Phillips 6-2 231 Fr Cannon Valley Lutheran ( MN) 2.0 of 5.0 [Mike]

    DT JaQuan Bland 6-6 280 Fr V.J. Andrew (Tinley Park IL) 2.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap]

    TE Daleroy Lyles 6-1 213 Fr Notre Dame (Quincy IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Receiving]

    LS Emmanuel Amador 6-2 270 Fr Notre Dame (Lawrenceville NJ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Traditional]

    TE Adrian Simpkins 6-1 239 Fr Munroe Day (Quincy FL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blocking]

    TE Beckett Donohue 6-1 202 Fr Munroe Day (Quincy FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Receiving]

    C Mike Hassan 6-1 290 Fr Florida Christian (Miami FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]

    ILB Julius Lusk 5-11 211 Fr Brackett (Brackettville TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Will]

    FB Sam Schmitz 5-10 210 Fr Hazel Green (Hazel Green AL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]

    RB Booker London 5-11 187 Fr W.B. Travis (Austin TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed]

    OT Matthew Saylor 6-1 321 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

     

    Previous commits (4):

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    WR Dylan Rice 6-2 188 Fr John Marshall (Chicago IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed]

    OG Graham Martino 6-4 311 Fr Wheaton North (Wheaton IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]

    OG Vince Platt 6-2 279 Fr Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]

    WR Jake Snell 6-0 222 Fr Rich South (Richton Park IL) 1.5 of 3.5 [Target]

     

    Do you also remember in the previous Recruiting Review when I mentioned that it’s not often that Northwestern is ahead of Illinois in anything? That, too, did not take long to change as FlutieFlakes received commitments from 11 different players pushing his class to #2 in the B1G and #25 nationally. This batch of commits featured numerous depth signings, but also featured two big additions on the defensive side of the ball in five-star ILB Rakeem Phillips and five-star DT JaQuan Bland. Both players figure to be significant contributors for many years to come. Illinois only has a handful of scholarships remaining and will be looking to finalize their class as the season progresses.

     

    :purdue: Purdue :purdue:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #3 (+8), National - #26 (+71)

    Commitments – 6

     

    New commits (4):

    FS Tristan Landry 6-1 181 Fr Pewaukee (Pewaukee WI) 1.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage]

    WR Andew Bond 6-4 184 Fr Washington County (Springfield KY) 1.0 of 5.0 [Speed]

    CB Avery Hayes 5-10 189 Fr Joel Barlow (Redding CT) 1.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage]

    OLB Adam Lund III 6-1 225 Fr East Peoria Community ( IL) 1.5 of 4.0 [Coverage]

     

    Previous commits (2):

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    OT Joseph Rowell 6-7 307 Fr T.A. Edison (Lake Station IN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]

    WR Damien Dillard 6-2 199 Fr Holy Cross (River Grove IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed]

     

    The Boilermakers got off to a slow start on the recruiting trail only inking a couple of depth signings in the early going. However, Coach inspiral has gotten things moving as Purdue locked up commitments from three five-star players and one four-star player. Purdue manages to check in at #26 nationally despite only having six commits. It is very possible that they rise even higher in the rankings as the weeks progress.

     

    :maryland: Maryland :maryland:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #4 (-3), National - #28 (-14)

    Commitments – 8

     

    New commits (1):

    ILB Brett D'Angelo 6-2 244 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Will]

     

    Previous commits (7):

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    OT Joel Bragg 6-2 330 Fr John Carroll (Bel Air MD) 2.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]

    DT DeMarco Pitts 6-0 329 Fr Northwest (Germantown MD) 2.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap]

    WR Rafael Barajas 6-1 184 Fr Northwestern (Hyattsville MD) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed]

    DE Tyus Floyd 6-0 257 Fr Williamsport (Williamsport MD) 1.5 of 4.0 [Blitz]

    WR Ray Jay Townsend 6-2 228 Fr Suitland (District Heights MD) 2.0 of 3.5 [Target]

    OT Marc McAfee 6-6 293 Fr Southern (Oakland MD) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

    CB Delvin Bennett 5-10 163 Fr Menchville (Newport News VA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]

     

    It has been a quiet couple of weeks for the Terrapins and Coach TheSam. Maryland dipped their toe in California and secured a commitment from four-star ILB Brett D’Angelo, but that was it. D’Angelo should be a fine player for Maryland, but may serve well by redshirting his first year on campus. Despite only signing one player, Maryland still checks in at #28 after a strong start early on.

     

    :minnesota: Minnesota :minnesota:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #5 (-3), National - #29 (-12)

    Commitments - 8

     

    New commits (3):

    TE Adrian Briscoe 6-3 211 Fr Big Lake (Big Lake MN) 1.5 of 3.5 [Receiving]

    OT Dahntay Willis 6-1 334 Fr Thomas Jefferson (Bloomington MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

    DE Marcus Ransom 6-1 261 Fr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Contain]

     

    Previous commits (5):

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    DE Malachi Pickett 6-0 249 Fr Mayer Lutheran (Mayer MN) 2.0 of 5.0 [Blitz]

    QB Brandon Murphy 6-6 205 Fr Rushford-Peterson High School (Rushford MN) 1.5 of 4.5 [Hybrid]

    WR Marquise Donaldson 6-5 221 Fr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 1.0 of 4.5 [Target]

    WR Alex Masters 6-3 156 Fr Benson Christian (Benson MN) 2.0 of 4.0 [Speed]

    FB Angelo Layton 6-0 254 Fr Belle Plaine (Belle Plaine MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

     

     

    The Gophers got off to a hot start securing several commitments from highly rated recruits in the first week. Since then? Coach lucas95 has added a couple more signees that figure to add some depth to the team. They certainly are not as highly rated as their fellow commits, but could contribute at some point down the road.

     

    The Gophers still check in nationally at #29, but will need to add some additional pieces to this class if they want to maintain or improve their ranking. However, there is no denying that they already have several pieces that can be penciled into the long term plans.

     

    :msu: Michigan State :msu:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #6 (-3), National - #31 (-11)

    Commitments – 9

     

    New commits (3):

    K Will Stover 5-9 204 Fr Bullock Creek (Midland MI) 1.0 of 5.0 [Power]

    OG Quinton Small 6-5 316 Fr Little Miami (Morrow OH) 1.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]

    WR Luca Drake 6-4 187 Fr Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed]

     

    Previous commits (6):

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    C Manuel Ochoa 6-1 262 Fr Bentley (Burton MI) 1.0 of 5.0 [Run Blocking]

    LS Emmanuel Key 6-1 261 Fr Holland Christian (Holland MI) 1.0 of 5.0 [Specialized]

    WR Damian Metz 6-2 151 Fr Brandywine (Niles MI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed]

    OT Bob Hooper 6-2 269 Fr Blanchester (Blanchester OH) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

    FS Damon Henley 6-1 207 Fr Blissfield (Blissfield MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]

    CB Antowaine Pearson 5-11 173 Fr Hudson Area (Hudson MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]

     

     

    Like some of their B1G counterparts, the Spartans have also had a slow couple of weeks on the recruiting trail. Their biggest commit comes from Will Stover, a five-star kicker from the great state of Michigan. It’s hard to get too excited about the addition of a kicker, but there is no doubt that this position plays a crucial role in the game of football. Outside of that, MSU also signed two additional players who do not figure to be significant contributors during their time at MSU. With this season off to a rocky 0-3 start, the Spartan faithful may have a lot of time available to watch how the MSU recruiting battles shake out.

     

    :rutgers: Rutgers :rutgers:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #7 (-1), National - #47 (+11)

    Commitments – 6

     

    New commits (2):

    DT Shawn Marshall 6-1 327 Fr Hanover Park (East Hanover NJ) 1.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap]

    RB Kahoni Polu 6-0 214 Fr North Harford (Pylesville MD) 2.5 of 3.5 [Speed]

     

    Previous Commits (4):

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    QB Omari Ricks-Hargrove 6-0 222 Fr Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey NJ) 1.0 of 5.0 [Scrambling]

    TE Hakeem Bushrod 6-1 210 Fr Dwight Englewood (Englewood NJ) 1.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]

    TE Milo Denney 6-3 236 Fr Northwest (Germantown MD) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blocking]

    DT Jeremiah McAfee 6-6 330 Fr Montville Township (Montville NJ) 1.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap]

     

     

    Another team who has had a fairly quiet couple of weeks (do I sense a trend?) is Rutgers. There were only two commits to speak of for Coach vollmagnet, but one of those was a big one. Rutgers secured a commitment from their second five-star player as in-state DT Shawn Marshall announced his decision to play for the Scarlet Knights. Marshall joins five-star QB Omari Ricks-Hargrove as the two cornerstones of this class. Both players will head to Rutgers facing very high expectations.  

     

    :nebraska: Nebraska :nebraska: 

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #8 (-3), National - #58 (-11)

    Commitments – 6

     

    New commits (2):

    QB Lucas Elizondo 6-0 205 Fr Episcopal (Jacksonville FL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Scrambling]

    RB Ian Pierce 5-7 199 Fr Shawnee (Shawnee OK) 2.0 of 3.5 [Speed]

     

    Previous commits (4):

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    OLB Peter Amador Jr. 6-1 239 Fr Aurora (Aurora NE) 1.0 of 4.5 [Coverage]

    OT Christian Foss 6-5 287 Fr Benson (Omaha NE) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking]

    WR Tristan Vaughn 6-1 216 Fr Millard North (Omaha NE) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target]

    FS Troy Mack 5-10 198 Fr Holy Cross (Flushing NY) 1.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]

     

    The Cornhuskers decided to venture outside of the Great Plains and took a trip down to Jacksonville, Florida to secure a commitment for their potential future QB. Lucas Elizondo, a four-star recruit from The Sunshine State pledged his commitment to Nebraska and seems like the likely replacement for current Nebraska QB, Sean O’Connell. Coach Dean_Craig_Pelton will likely be hoping to redshirt Elizondo as the signal caller could use some time to grow and adapt to the college game.

     

     

    :wisconsin: Wisconsin :wisconsin:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #9 (-5), National - #60 (-20)

    Commitments – 3

     

    New commits (1):

    OLB Austin Snell 6-4 221 Fr Elgin-Millville (Elgin MN) 2.0 of 3.5 [Blitz]

     

    Previous commits (2):

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    DE Andrew Rowe 6-3 266 Fr Cedar Grove-Belgium (Cedar Grove WI) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz]

    OLB Tyler Dewey 6-1 229 Fr East Peoria Community ( IL) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz]

     

     

    Once again, another team with not much to report this week. The Badgers only secured one commitment over the past couple of weeks. Austin Snell, an OLB from Minnesota committed to Wisconsin and Head Coach taffyowner. Snell figures to be a solid addition to the defense, but likely will not be a major difference maker for the Badgers.

     

    :nw: Northwestern :nw:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #10 (-2), National - #61 (+1)

    Commitments – 8

     

    New commits (5):

    OT Anthony Meier 6-4 284 Fr J.B. Conant (Hoffman Estates IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking]

    OT Anthony Hubbard 6-6 322 Fr Fleming Island (Orange Park FL) 2.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

    TE Lallo Wolfe 6-3 238 Fr Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant MI) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking]

    OG Edward Clifton 6-3 271 Fr Warner Robins (Warner Robins GA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking]

    WR Tarell Bynum 6-0 183 Fr Georgetown Ridge Farm ( IL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Speed]

     

    Previous commits (3):

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    C Tyus Bridges 6-1 242 Fr East Peoria Community ( IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking]

    QB Nicola Rossi 6-2 234 Fr Driscoll Catholic (Addison IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid]

    FS Alex Harley 6-2 217 Fr East Peoria Community ( IL) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]

     

     

    There was a lot of movement in the rankings among the B1G teams, but the Wildcats held firm adding five commitments and moving up one spot to #61 in the nation. Northwestern was able to continue to address an area of need and secured three commitments on the offensive line. The biggest add for Coach robcarlson77 was in-state OT Anthony Meier. The Wildcats beat out rival Illinois for the services of the four-star recruit. Due to the impending attrition on the offensive line, it is possible that Meier starts as a freshman.

     

    In addition to Meier, the Wildcats plucked players from Michigan, Florida and Georgia in an effort to build up depth on the roster.  

     

    :iowa: Iowa :iowa:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #11 (N/A), National - #70 (N/A)

    Commitments – 4

     

    New commits (4):

    RB Kedaveon Vaughn 5-8 182 Fr Elgin-Millville (Elgin MN) 1.0 of 4.5 [Speed]

    QB Ryan Corbin III 6-0 186 Fr Wonewoc-Center (Wonewoc WI) 1.0 of 4.0 [Hybrid]

    TE Jaiden Rodriquez 6-0 228 Fr Eagan (Eagan MN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Blocking]

    OG Quinn Riley 6-3 286 Fr Columbus Community ( IA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]

     

    After signing zero players after the first week, the Hawkeyes join this week’s review as they have secured pledges from four players. Leading the way are two nice commits on the offensive side of the ball in RB Kadaveon Vaughn and QB Ryan Corbin III. However, you can kindly refer to him as RCIII (not to be confused with RGIII). With the impending departure of their starting RB, Nathaniel Donaldson, Vaughn could get snaps as a true freshman as the Hawkeyes don’t currently have a player of his caliber on the roster. RCIII will likely take a redshirt to provide some time for him to develop, but this duo could be a good one for many years to come.

     

    Previous commits (0):

     

    :michigan: Michigan :michigan:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #12 (-5), National - #72 (-13)

    Commitments – 1

     

    New Commits (0):

     

    Previous Commits (1):

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    DT Mason Ragland 6-6 312 Fr Hudson Area (Hudson MI) 2.5 of 5.0 [1-Gap]

     

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

     

    The Wolverines added nothing, yet still rank higher than more than 40 teams in the country. As was stated previously, Ragland will be a good one, but Michigan will certainly be looking to add more to this class.

     

    :osu: Ohio State :osu:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #13 (N/A), National - #88 (N/A)

    Commitments – 2

     

    New commits (2):

    WR Emmanuel Lanier 5-11 189 Fr Edgewood (Ashtabula OH) 2.0 of 4.0 [Speed]

    OG Jesse Griffith 6-7 289 Fr Briggs (Colombus OH) 1.0 of 4.0 [Run Blocking]

     

    Previous commits (0):

     

    Also joining the list this week are the Ohio State Buckeyes. After being one of three B1G teams not to secure a commitment after week one, the Bucks added two four-star recruits on the offensive side of the ball. In-state WR, Emmanuel Lanier, figures to be a contributor from day one and has the speed to cause opposing defenses issues once he gets acclimated. There are a lot of schools who come chasing Ohio recruits, but there is no doubt Ohio State will need to improve this ranking as the season progresses.

     

    :indiana: Indiana :indiana:

    Class ranking: Big Ten - #14 (N/A), National - #115 (N/A)

    Commitments – 4

     

    New commits (4):

    QB Aaron Trotter Jr. 6-5 215 Fr Jay County (Portland IN) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling]

    WR Wesley Cody 6-1 225 Fr Hernando (Brooksville FL) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target]

    RB Michael Felton 5-6 227 Fr Ben Davis (Indianapolis IN) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power]

    P Marshal Colvin 6-1 193 Fr Carroll (Monroe LA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Power]

     

    Previous commits (0):

     

    In the words of the late, great, American Dream Dusty Rhodes, it’s hard times for the Hoosiers down in Bloomington. Hard times is when you sign four players and still rank #115 in the nation. Hard times is when none of those players figure to be major contributors. Hard times is when you have two very good programs to fight for limited in-state talent. It’s hard times indeed for Coach Jamzz, but there are many weeks left to right the ship.

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    Nice article!

     

    I feel like Indiana was too passive instate. I was wrapped up with my star players and didn't really bid on Indiana croots the first few weeks. So Notre Dame just swept all the >3.5 croots basically. I feel like Indiana should've been able to get a couple at least.

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