Big Ten Recruiting Roundup

Michigan moved up five spots to No. 6 in America in the 247Sports national recruiting rankings with Monday’s commitment from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty, including jumping Ohio State for tops in the Big Ten conference.

Top247 OT Juwann Bushell-Beatty's commitment pushed Michigan past Ohio State into the No. 1 spot of the Big Ten recruiting rankings.

The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Bushell-Beatty becomes commit No. 9 for the Wolverines in the class-of-2014 and the sixth four-star prospect to pull the trigger for Brady Hoke and company.

Michigan has been on a nice run in the last week, as four-star tight end Ian Bunting and receiver Maurice Ways also dropped for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines made a push for the nation’s No. 1 class in 2013 and they’re on track to do so again in this recruiting cycle.

Five-Star Focus

-Michigan is in the top two for the nation’s No. 2 prospect according to the 247Composite in Woodbridge (Va.) High’s Da’Shawn Hand. Battling Virginia Tech for the country’s No. 1 player according to 247Sports, the 6-foot-5, 247-pound Hand enjoyed his visit to Ann Arbor during the spring and Michigan is in line to receive an official visit down the road, possibly for the Notre Dame game in the fall. Alabama, Florida and South Carolina round out Hand's top five.

-The Wolverines are the leader in the clubhouse for Paramus (N.J.) Catholic five-star athlete Jabrill Peppers. Ranked No. 4 in the 247Composite, Peppers was blown away on his early-April visit to the Ann Arbor campus. He’ll visit Stanford in either June or July. If the Cardinal visit doesn’t stack up to what he saw at Michigan, he could commit to the Wolverines before the season. If Stanford blows Peppers away as well, it’s likely he takes official visits to both Michigan and Palo Alto. A teammate of Bushell-Beatty's, Peppers and JBB are not a package deal but having Bushell-Beatty in the fold isn’t hurting the chances with Peppers.

-Detroit (Mich.) Loyola defensive lineman Malik McDowell is taking his time with the recruiting process and plans to see Florida and Florida State this summer, but when it’s all said and done, those close to the situation believe the 6-foot-7, 290-pound McDowell stays close to home. He visited Michigan several times during the spring and the Wolverines are the perceived favorite.

For more coverage on Michigan's recruiting efforts, be sure to check out Wolverine247 here.

Top100 DE/TE Jalyn Holmes among the many talented prospects aiming to visit Ohio State this summer.

It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Last year was a typical Urban Meyer finish as the Buckeyes landed seven of their 24 signees from the start of January leading up to National Signing Day, with every one of them ranked four-stars or better.

Holding seven commits in 2014 and sitting at No. 9 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten, Ohio State is in just about the same spot they were in last year before closing with the country’s No. 2 class overall.

With the amount of blue-chippers considering Ohio State from coast-to-coast, expect the Buckeyes to make a similar run in this recruiting cycle, with another boost of adrenaline (commitments) possibly coming in June.

Meyer and his staff are not expecting to host many prospects on campus in May, but come June and July it will be an exciting time as camp season hits Columbus.

A small sample of expected summer visitors includes Top247 targets offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, all-purpose back Derrell Scott, defensive end/tight end Jalyn Holmes, offensive guard Donell Stanley, athlete Curtis Samuel, receiver Saeed Blacknall, outside linebacker Dante Booker, defensive back Nicholas Ruffin and defensive tackle Poona Ford.

The nation’s top two JUCO prospects in offensive linemen Jermaine Eluemunor and Chad Mavety are planning to take summer visits to Ohio State.

A pair of potential five-star visitors this summer includes inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan returning with his family and offensive tackle Damian Prince checking things out for the first time.

For more coverage on Ohio State's recruiting efforts, be sure to check out Bucknuts here.

Northwestern’s Turn

Perhaps closing in on a college decision, Galion (Ohio) High Top247 athlete Dareian Watkins heads to Northwestern this weekend with the Wildcats and Michigan State at the top of his list.

The Spartans got a chance to wow Watkins during his visit the weekend of April 19, and now Northwestern gets its opportunity.

Watkins visited Northwestern back in March, where Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald made a huge impression on his family. While all eight crystal ball predictions are in favor of Michigan State on Watkins 247Sports profile, this is a close battle and the Wildcats coaching staff will have a chance to change that this weekend.

Visiting Evanston with Watson is Galion High 2015 safety Cario Davison.

Also expected at Northwestern this weekend is Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Senior outside linebacker Jimmie Swain, Chanhassen (Minn.) High 2014 offensive tackle Frank Ragnow and St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall blue-chip 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell.

Holding five commitments, the Wildcats currently have the nation's No. 30 ranked recruiting class. For a look, click here.

Around The Big Ten

-Wisconsin may not be done recruiting in the class-of-2013. According to Badger247's Evan Flood, the Badgers will host Independence (Kan.) Community College cornerback Tekeim Reynard this weekend after he received an offer from the staff two weeks ago. Wisconsin’s 2013 class currently ranks No. 40 nationally and No. 6 in the conference.

-Michigan wasn’t the only Big Ten program to have an exciting week as Minnesota scored a pair of pledges from Dimonic McKinzy, the nation’s No. 12 dual-threat quarterback during Saturday’s spring game, and then on Monday from defensive tackle Steven Richardson, from Midwest power Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel. The Gophers climbed into the Top50 nationally to No. 46 in the recruiting rankings with McKinzy and Richardson joining the fold.

-Illinois could have its quarterback in the fold by the end of the week. Illini assistant coaches Alex Golesh and Bill Cubit will be out to watch Newark (Ohio) Catholic quarterback Chayce Crouch throw on Wednesday. If the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Crouch performs well, expect Illinois to offer. It’s an opportunity that Crouch could jump on right away. Fellow Ohio quarterbacks Adam Bertke and Joey Duckworth are two other prospects the Illini staff remains high on and Austin (Texas) Westwood signal-caller Bear Fenimore is scheduled to visit Champaign this weekend.

-Coatesville (Pa.) Area cornerback/running back Daquan Worley could commit to Penn State anytime in the next couple days according to Lions247’s Sean Fitz. Worley visited the Nittany Lions campus on April 12 and is also high on Georgia Tech and Rutgers.

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