Big Red Weekend at Nebraska this weekend will be a good one but the fireworks got started in Lincoln a little early as the Cornhuskers picked up a commitment from Highland (Ill.) High offensive lineman Tanner Farmer.
Offensive lineman Tanner Farmer's commitment to Nebraska could be the start of a big recruiting week in Lincoln.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Farmer arrived in town for camp on Monday and gave Bo Pelini and his staff his word on Tuesday.
The fourth commit for Nebraska in the class-of-2014, Farmer chose the Huskers over offers from Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri.
Farmer has had a huge camp season, dominating 1-on-1s at the Chicago Nike Football Training Camp, earning an invite to compete among the nation’s best at The Opening, held in early July at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
With Farmer in the fold, Nebraska is now looking to have a huge Big Red Weekend.
Three prospects that will be in Lincoln that we’re placing on commitment watch are Grandview (Mo.) High tight end Freedom Akinmoladun, Alexandria (Va.) West Potomac running back Demornay Pierson-El and Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor safety Joshua Kalu.
Two more huge Nebraska targets attending that we believe will eventually be part of the class are Top247 defensive lineman Peyton Newell and local offensive guard D.J. Foster.
Other top Huskers targets coming that Pelini and company are in the mix for includes four-star athlete Kalen Ballage, all-purpose back Tony James, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman’s Nick Gates, Jackson (Ala.) High quarterback/receiver Matthew Jordan and McKinney (Texas) High receiver T.V. Williams. Top100 receiver Cameron Sims of Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish headlines the visitor list.
Top50 OL Jamarco Jones will take one last look at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State before he announces between the three programs on June 27.
Blue-Chippers In To See Michigan, Michigan State & Ohio State
Big Ten powers Michigan and Ohio State have been and will continue to host many of the nation’s best this week.
The big one to keep an eye on is Top50 offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, who will check out Michigan on Saturday, Michigan State on Sunday and Ohio State next Monday, his last three visits before he announces his college decision on June 27.
Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe receiver Jalen Brown made stops at all three schools. As will Top100 2015 running back Jacques Patrick of Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek.
Ballage is scheduled to hit Michigan and Michigan State before he heads out to Nebraska.
One of Ohio State’s biggest targets will be in town in the nation’s No. 3 JUCO prospect overall in Chad Mavety. The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently reads unanimous for the Buckeyes to secure the blue-chipper. Two other touted class of 2014 prospects coming through are Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School teammates, linebacker Richard Yeargin III and safety Quincy Wilson. A pair of Top247 2015s in offensive tackle Drew Richmond and Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph’s Prep cornerback John Reid will also check out Columbus.
Besides Patrick, three other Top247 2015 prospects headed to Ann Arbor include Culver City (Calif.) High receiver Stanley Norman, Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage receiver/safety Brian Cole and possibly Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris. Two major 2016 targets that already hold offers from Brady Hoke and will attend camp are Buford (Ga.) High athlete Isaac Nauta and Downers Grove (Ill.) South’s Erik Swenson.
Four-star QB Michael O'Connor became the third touted signal-caller to commit to Penn State in the last two recruiting classes.
Other camp notables this week for Michigan State includes defensive end Terry Ramsey, cornerback Vayante Copeland, cornerback Lamar Dawson and athlete Tommy Mister. Kenton (Ohio) High’s touted linebacker/defensive end Noah Furbush also told 247Sports he plans to visit East Lansing this weekend.
-Penn State scored another prized quarterback commitment on Saturday, this one coming from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG academy four-star passer Michael O’Connor. Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions signed the nation’s top signal-caller in Christian Hackenberg in 2013 along with the country’s No. 2 JUCO quarterback Tyler Ferguson. With O’Connor joining the fold, Penn State saw its 11-player recruiting class move up to No. 18 in the national rankings, good for No. 3 in the Big Ten.
-Iowa Western JUCO offensive lineman DeAndre Herron became commit No. 2 for Indiana in the class-of-2014, giving his verbal to Kevin Wilson on Saturday. Herron will have two years of college eligibility when he arrives in Bloomington. Herron is originally from Avon (Ind.) High and he committed to Louisville in the 2012 class.
-Oldham County (Ky.) Oldham County kicker/punter Sean Nuernberger came up to Ohio State’s camp and earned an offer at camp this week. He committed on the spot on Tuesday. The Buckeyes have 10 commits, currently ranking No. 15 nationally. However, with the major talent Urban Meyer and his staff are in on moving forward, Ohio State will certainly climb.
Around The Conference
-Iowa hosted two of their top targets this week in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier jumbo-athlete Matt Nelson on Monday and Bolivar (Mo.) High four-star quarterback and Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey on Wednesday. Nelson has the Hawkeyes in his top three with Notre Dame and Stanford. Peavey is a soft pledge to the Razorbacks and is giving a good look to Iowa and Missouri. Ohio State may also still be a factor.
-Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe receiver Jalen Brown will also visit Wisconsin while in the area.
-A busy week on the campus of Illinois. The Illini will host New Smyrna (Fla.) Beach safety/running back D’Cota Dixon on Wednesday. Coming in on Thursday are Rice Lake (Wis.) High linebacker Austin Roberts and Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert tight end Trenton Ball. Buford (Ga.) High cornerback/safety Zavior Hoxie will be by on Saturday. Every prospect mentioned has been offered by head coach Tim Beckman.
-Put in a Crystal Ball prediction for Purdue for Saint John (Ind.) Lake Central outside linebacker/defensive end Gelen Robinson, following his visit to campus earlier this week. Robinson would like to decide soon but says he could visit Illinois and Michigan State in the near future.
-Northwestern is firmly in the race for Kenton (Ohio) High linebacker/defensive end Noah Furbush following a visit to Evanston last weekend. Michigan is also a major player for Furbush who visited Purdue last week and as written above, heads to Michigan State this weekend.