Michigan is taking a small class in 2015, but that hasn’t stopped the Wolverines from getting off to a fast start.
Shaun Crawford helped move Michigan up to No. 4 in the 247Sports national recruiting rankings in the 2015 class.
Two more four-stars jumped into the boat over the weekend.
First in was Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward Top100 cornerback Shaun Crawford, who announced his intentions on Friday. Fellow four-star Buckeye State product Tyree Kinnel of Dayton (Ohio) Wayne committed to Brady Hoke and company while on campus on Saturday.
Crawford and Kinnel elevated Michigan’s recruiting class to No. 4 in the nation in the class-of-2015. Currently holding six commits, the class is headlined by five-star receiver George Campbell and Top50 running back Damien Harris.
Expected to sign roughly 14 in next year’s haul, a few other top targets Michigan continues to look to be in good shape for includes four-star tight end legacy Tyrone Wheatley Jr., Top100 offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins, five-star defensive end Jashon Cornell, Top100 defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt, Top50 linebacker Justin Hilliard and Top100 cornerback Brian Cole. Of that group, Wheatley Jr., Cornell, Hilliard and Cole are all expected in Ann Arbor next Saturday for the night game against Notre Dame.
Ohio State Begins Building It’s Wall In 2015
While Michigan is landing the players in Ohio that it values and holds high on its board in 2015, Ohio State will look to make sure the in-state prospects they covet won’t leave the state as well.
First mission accomplished on Sunday.
Explosive Top50 athlete Eric Glover-Williams of Canton (Ohio) McKinley didn’t wake up that morning knowing he was going to be a Buckeye by the end of the day. Ohio State led for the entire recruiting process and he got to thinking about it at work and decided to pull the trigger.
Eric Glover-Williams committed to Ohio State on Sunday, another coveted in-state talent the Buckeyes were targeting.
The first commit for Urban Meyer and his staff in 2015, Glover-Williams is just one of four in-state players currently holding an offer from the Buckeyes in his class. The other three are fellow blue-chippers in running back/linebacker Jerome Baker, linebacker Justin Hilliard and Froholdt, who played his sophomore year in the state as an exchange student before returning to Denmark. Ohio State is the clear leader for Baker and Hilliard tells 247Sports he’ll be on campus Saturday for the home opener against Buffalo.
In the 2014 class, Ohio State is currently six for nine on keeping offered guys at home, securing verbals from four of the top five ranked players in linebacker Dante Booker, linebacker Kyle Berger, offensive lineman Marcelys Jones and receiver Parris Campbell. The other prospect in the top five, five-star cornerback Marshon Lattimore, is considered a Buckeyes lean. Meyer and his staff have also hit on linebacker Sam Hubbard and offensive tackle Kyle Trout, and missed on receiver Derek Kief (Alabama), linebacker Michael Ferns (Michigan) and offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne (Notre Dame). One more undecided in-state prospect that holds an offer is Lattimore’s teammate at Cleveland Glenville, four-star safety Erick Smith, another considered an Ohio State lean.
Huskers Should Hear Good News From A Top Target
Hiawatha (Kan.) Senior four-star defensive tackle Peyton Newell will announce his college decision on Friday afternoon with Nebraska the consensus favorite to land the touted talent.
The 6-foot-2, 282-pound Newell’s 247Sports Crystal Ball currently has 25 predictions with all 25 pointing towards the Huskers.
Newell would be the 12th commit for Nebraska in the class-of-2014, and just the second four-star, joining offensive lineman Tanner Farmer.
Expected to sign somewhere in the low 20s in 2014, cornerback is the biggest need moving forward with Top247 target Raymond Wingo from St. Louis being the Huskers top target/best opportunity at this point.
Another spot where the Huskers would like to add depth is across the defensive front. Newell would join Gretna (Neb.) High defensive end Mick Stoltenberg in the fold. Another target will take an official visit this weekend in Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast Technical defensive end Rohan Blackwood. Nebraska offered the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Blackwood earlier this month and are quickly getting him to campus. The Cornhuskers join a lead group that also includes Wisconsin, South Florida, Minnesota and West Virginia. He heads to Madison for an official visit next weekend.
James Daniels is one of Iowa's top prospects in 2015 and he'll be back on the Hawkeyes campus this weekend.
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-With Michigan telling Top247 athlete Montae Nicholson they didn't have a spot for him in 2014, per Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247, Penn State could become the team to beat for the in-state talent from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway. Nicholson is also high on Pitt with Florida State and Oregon also being high on his list.
-Iowa picked up a commitment from Lake Dallas (Texas) High cornerback Josh Jackson last Thursday. Word out of Iowa City is the folks believe they got a Lone Star steal here, and that it wouldn’t be surprising to see Jackson add some offers as a senior.
This Saturday, the Hawkeyes open the season against Northern Illinos and they will also host one of their top 2015 targets in Warren (Ohio) Harding offensive lineman James Daniels. The younger brother of Iowa running back LeShun Daniels, Daniels holds early offers from Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State among others.
-Michigan State begins its season on Friday night and a few of the key targets expected to attend include Cole, per Sean Scherer of Spartan Tailgate, along with Top247 2015 offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth and Berrien Springs (Mich.) High teammates in offensive tackle Nick Padla and defensive end Johnathon Williams.
-Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central four-star linebacker Brandon Lee will see Northwestern open its season this weekend when he takes his official visit to Cal. Both schools are in his current top six along with Louisville, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Penn State. Lee tells 247Sports he’s targeting Sept. 21 as his return date to Evanston. The Wildcats host Maine that weekend. He says he’s rescheduled his official to Virginia Tech for the weekend of Oct. 26.
-Indiana opens its season at home on Thursday and Wisconsin does the same on Saturday. Both are expecting local recruits on campus that could eventually land preferred walk-on opportunities.
- Big Ten Recruiting Rankings led by Ohio State.