Early in the recruiting process for most 2013 recruits, the Big 10 Conference has landed some key talent. Some recruiting classes are further along than others. Some are just getting started. Here is the conference’s 2013 class ranked from top to bottom in strength right now.
10. Indiana, Northwester, Purdue: The Hoosiers, Wildcats, nor Boilermakers have added a member of the 2013 class.
Indiana: Indiana has recently received a visit from Cincinnati, Ohio offensive linemen, Alex Gall. The 6-foot-5, 300 pounder enjoyed his visit to Indiana, but holds offers from several other schools.
The Hoosiers landed 25 commits in the 2012 class.
Northwestern: Northwestern is currently in the race for dual-threat quarterback Matt Alviti from Park Ridge, Illinois. Alviti was eyeing Notre Dame, Michigan State, and the Wildcats. After FanSided 150 member Malik Zaire committed to Notre Dame, Alviti removed the Irish and added the Huskers to his short list. The talented signal caller is down to Michigan State, Nebraska, and Northwestern. Many feel the Wildcats are the team to beat.
Northwestern landed 21 commits from the 2012 class.
Purdue: The Boilermakers are in the running for Kirk Garner, one of the top cornerback prospects in the country. He is from Olney, Maryland. He is teammate of 2012 Purdue commit, defensive end Ryan Watson.
Purdue landed 26 commits in the 2012 class.
9. Illinois: The Fighting Illini have landed 2 prospects in the 2013 class. Cornerback, Dillan Cazley, and offensive tackle Jesse Chadwell.
The Illini have recently offered 6-foot-7, 275 lb. offensive linemen Jack Keeler. Keeler holds offers from all over the Midwest.
Illinois landed 19 commits in the 2012 class.
8. Minnesota: The Golden Gophers have only landed one prospect, but he is a very talented cornerback from Oakdale, Minnesota, named Keelon Brookins.
The Gophers recently hosted do it all back, Berkley Edwards out of Chelsea, Michigan. Minnesota is the biggest offer Edwards has received so far.
Minnesota landed 27 commitments in 2012.
7. Iowa: The Hawkeyes have landed 2 verbal commitments. One from Indianapolis, defensive end, David Kenny, and as of Tuesday, wide receiver prospect Derrick Willes.
The Hawkeyes recently hosted 6-foot-4, 250 lb. offensive linemen Nick Severs out of Macomb, Illinois.
Iowa landed 24 commitments for the 2012 class.
6. Nebraska: This ranking could take a turn for worse fairly soon. Nebraska currently has two commitments for the 2013 class. They have landed 4 star, FanSided 150 safety, Marcus McWilson, out of Youngstown, Ohio. The biggest question mark is from Baldwin, Louisiana quarterback Tre’vell Dixon. He committed to Nebraska in January. He has been quoted as saying he it would be hard to turn down an offer if the home state school, LSU. That will be a big story line to keep an eye on for the 2013 class.
Nebraska is in the running for, Kansas City, Missouri offensive guard Zach Hannon, who recently visited Lincoln. Hannon is the teammate of 2012 linebacker commit, Michael Rose.
Nebraska landed 17 commits in the 2012 class.
5. Wisconsin: The Badgers have landed three verbal commitments for the 2013 class. They have received commitments from linebackers Garret Dooley, from Rochester, Illinois, and Austin Ramesh, from Eagle River, Wisconsin. Badger fans will be excited to see that the third commitment comes from former Badger great J.J. Watt’s younger brother, T.J. Watt.
Wisconsin is in the running for pro-style quarterback Corwin Cutler, from Virginia Beach. They have not offered Cutler, but it should be only a mater of time.
Wisconsin landed just 12 players in the 2012 class.
4. Michigan State: The Spartans have sealed up five verbal commitments for the 2013 class. None more impressive than, 6-foot-2, 225 lb outside linebacker Jon Reschke out of Bloomfield, Michigan. Michigan state has commitments from players in, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Since last summer Michigan State has had it’s eye north of the boarder, at 6-foot-5, 275 lb. King City, Ontario, offensive linemen, Trey Rutherford.
The Spartans landed 18 commitments for the 2012 class.
3. Penn State: The Nittany Lions currently have seven verbal commitments for the 2013 class. This list includes four FanSided 150 members. The most highly touted player is the number one tight end in the country, Adam Breneman, out of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
The Lions are in the running for the number 30 member of the FanSided 150, Robert Foster. He is a wide receiver out of Monaca, Pennsylvania.
Penn State landed 19 commits in 2012.
2. Ohio State: New Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer continues to bring in some of the top talent in the country. Ohio State has eight verbal commitments as of 5:30 P.M. central time. The Buckeyes landed FanSided 150 athlete Marcus Baugh on Tuesday night. This gives Ohio State seven members of the FanSided 150 for the 2013 class. The top prospect on that list is the number 3 player in the country in, cornerback Cameron Burrows out of Trotwood, Ohio.
The Buckeyes landed 25 prospects in the 2012 class.
1. Michigan: The Wolverines have been the most active team for the 2013 recruiting season. They have landed 16 prospects so far in this recruiting class. This list includes eight members of the FanSided 150. The most of any school in the country this far. The Wolverines are arguably the best recruiting class in the country at this point, and undoubtedly have the top offensive line class. The top prospect for the Wolverines class is the No. 16 prospect in the country, Shane Morris. Morris is a 6-foot-3, 190 lb pro-style quarterback out of, Warren, Michigan.
The Wolverines landed 25 commitments in 2012.
By Jimmie Allen
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