This week’s news, notes and buzz from the Big Ten conference.
Detroit King CB Jalen Embry will take his official visit to Iowa this weekend.
Hoosiers offensive tackle commit Delroy Baker will take his official visit to Bloomington. Look for Indiana to also have several local underclassmen in attendance.
Detroit (Mich.) King cornerback/receiver Jalen Embry will take his first official visit to Iowa this weekend. The Hawkeyes are in his top two along with Wisconsin.
Also expected in Iowa City is class-of-2015 five-star defensive end Jashon Cornell. It will be the Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall standout’s second time watching Iowa in as many weeks as he visited Minnesota last weekend for the Hawkeyes victory. Iowa is considered a darkhorse for Cornell and they were the first program to extend a scholarship. He has been on campus a couple times in the past.
As of now, it looks like a low-key weekend at Michigan as the Wolverines are close to finished with what is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 8 recruiting class in 2014. A pair of in-state underclassmen are expected at the Big House for the game against Minnesota in 2015 quarterback Alex Malzone and 2016 athlete Stefan Claiborne. Malzone is arguably the top player at his position in the state in his recruiting class and Claiborne may very well be the top overall player in the state in his class.
Blue-chip DL Malik McDowell is one of the few targets remaining for Michigan in 2014.
Sitting on 16 commits, the Wolverines came into the fall with only two official visits scheduled with uncommitted prospects. Five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand already took his for the Notre Dame game and five-star athlete John Smith (JuJu) will be in Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game. Michigan is the current favorite to land Hand.
Southfield (Mich.) High blue-chipper Malik McDowell also visited Michigan on an unofficial for the Notre Dame game and will be back again later this fall. He might not take an official to Ann Arbor, but the Wolverines remain the huge favorite to score the touted in-state talent.
As of now, no official visitors are scheduled for the Huskers game against Illinois.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting weekend at Northwestern as ESPN College Game Day will be in town for the showdown with Ohio State.
The Wildcats will have several commits on campus including running back Auston Anderson, who will take his official visit.
Two juniors high on Northwestern’s board that will be in Evanston are Detroit (Mich.) King linebacker Tyriq Thompson and Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson receiver Cameron Green.
WR Coray Keel became commit No. 11 for Indiana on Monday.
For more on the Wildcat’s recruiting weekend, click here.
-Indiana picked up pledge No. 11 from Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett receiver Coray Keel on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Keel chose the Hoosiers over offers from the likes of Illinois, Kansas State, Minnesota and Purdue. A shifty player that will give Indiana size on the perimeter, Keel is the second receiver to join the class, complimenting slot J-Shun Harris. Keel took his official visit to Indiana for the Missouri game.
-Minnesota saw its seventh commit come from Mansfield (Texas) Legacy linebacker Everett Williams. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Williams took his official visit to the Gophers campus this past weekend. He is the third front-seven player to give his pledge to Minnesota in 2014, joining defensive end Andrew Stelter and defensive tackle Steven Richardson.
Reflecting on Ohio State’s Recruiting Weekend
The Buckeyes hosted their first big recruiting weekend of the fall for the Wisconsin game.
Two of the visitors Ohio State has a strong shot to land are Top247 tight end Mike Gesicki and Top247 receiver Johnnie Dixon. Penn State appears to be the main competition for Gesicki, and he’ll be back on the Nittany Lions campus for the Michigan game the weekend of Oct. 12. Miami and Alabama are the schools Ohio State is battling for Dixon.
Sounds like Urban Meyer and company improved their chances with five-star athlete John Smith (JuJu), however the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly blue-chipper still has four officials and several more visits to go before deciding late in the process.
The uncommitted Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville duo of four-star cornerback Marshon Lattimore and four-star safety Erick Smith were back in Columbus and Ohio State remains in great shape to add both to its secondary.
Ohio State's current 18-player recruiting class ranks No. 2 nationally in the 247Sports rankings.
For more coverage from Ohio State’s big recruiting weekend, click here.
Bye Weeks For Purdue & Wisconsin
-The Purdue coaching staff will spend its bye week recruiting in Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Detroit while also heading out to see the local commits.
-Wisconsin is still finalizing their bye week recruiting plans, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Badgers stop in to see top running back target Joe Mixon. Wisconsin has picked up steam with the five-star running back from Oakley (Calif.) Freedom and will get him on campus for an official visit the weekend of Oct. 12. The Badgers are battling the likes of Oklahoma, Cal, Washington, Oregon and potentially USC for Mixon.
-Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central four-star linebacker Brandon Lee is close to finalizing his official visit plans for Penn State the weekend of Oct. 12. Besides the Nittany Lions, Lee is also still considering Louisville, Cal, Virginia Tech, Northwestern and Oregon. He’ll make his college decision on Nov. 8 and enroll early to whichever school he chooses.