Adversary Recruiting (February); 2011 Recap

Final 2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1Ohio State University BannerContinues its recruiting dominance.8University of Illinois BannerDecent class for the Zooker.
2University of Notre Dame BannerMade an amazing surge late.9University of Wisconsin BannerNot a great closing effort after a disappointing Rose Bowl.
3University of Nebraska BannerSolid season for Pelini.10Northwestern 3x5 FlagSmall in number, but good star average.
4University of Michigan BannerGreat final couple weeks by Hoke & company.11Indiana University BannerStarted off hot, coaching change hurt.
5Michigan State University BannerClosed with a strong January.12University of Minnesota BannerCoach Kill has his work cut out for him.
6University of Iowa BannerDarian Cooper was a nice get.13Purdue University BannerA small class in size and OK in quality.
7Penn State University BannerSolid finish after a very slow few months.   

I’m going to start the final adversary recruiting of the 2011 class with a few words on Michigan’s final group. On January 11th the University of Michigan had a total of 7 solid verbal commitments for its 2011 recruiting class. Brady Hoke was hired on this day and had the tough task of putting together a full class in three short weeks. During this short amount of time Hoke and the new staff held on to commits from Kellen Jones, Tony Posada and Blake Countess. They also added four star athletes Chris Bryant, Raymon Taylor, Chris Barnett and Antonio Poole; as well as three star kids Tamani Carter, Matt Wile, Keith Heitzman, Russell Bellomy, Thomas Rawls, and Frank Clark. I think they did a darn good job given the circumstances. I am very, very excited to see what this staff can do in 2012 with a full year to build relationships with these kids. I fully expect close to a top ten class in 2012.

LogoThe rich get richer, as the Ohio State Buckeyes closed out their 2011 campaign very strong. In the final month they wrapped up a top five cornerback in Doran Grant and one of the top linebackers in the nation, Curtis Grant. Doran is a great looking corner prospect. He is super fluid, has great hips and super ball skills. Doran chose OSU over Michigan State and had offers from many of college football’s powerhouses. He should make an impact rather quickly. Curtis Grant is an absolute stud linebacker. He has great size, speed and quickness. Curtis gets from sideline to sideline very well. He chose the Bucks over Florida, North Carolina and Virginia on signing day.

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Cardale JonesQBGlenville (OH)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Bryce HanesLSPinecrest Academy (GA)ratingratingratingratingratingrating
Curtis GrantILBHermitage (VA)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Ejuan PriceILBWoodland Hills (PA)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Doran GrantCBSt. Vincent St. Mary (OH)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

Brian Kelly closed out his first Notre Dame class with a bang, inking three of the best defensive ends in the country. Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt both re-committed to ND after thinking things over for a while. Aaron has a great motor and a fantastic frame for a defensive end. In 2009 Lynch had 52 tackles and 16 sacks and earned offers from powers like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State among many others. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get. With offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and LSU (among others) Tuitt is a great combination of size and speed. At this point he relies a bunch on his natural abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. Rounding out ND’s crazy good defensive end class is New Yorker, Ishaq Williams. Standing 6’6”, Williams has the abilities to be an absolute freak of nature. He’s still a touch raw, but his ceiling is very high.

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Adversary Recruiting (January)

Adversary Recruiting for January, 2011. Big Ten Football Recruiting

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (As of 1-1-11)

1Ohio State University BannerStatus quo, still, again. LB Shazier was a nice Christmas gift.8University of Illinois BannerA busy December catapults the Illini.
2University of Notre Dame BannerHops over Nebraska with a solid December.9Northwestern 3x5 FlagDecent month.
3University of Nebraska BannerTwo decommits in December.10Indiana University BannerHas been sinking like a stone recently.
4University of Iowa BannerUp one spot for the second straight month.11Penn State University BannerOut of the cellar. Zettel was a big get.
5University of Michigan BannerA good month amid much turmoil.12Purdue University BannerHolding at #12.
6University of Wisconsin BannerAn 11-1 season is doing well for them.13University of Minnesota BannerHad a decent December, but not much quality.
7Michigan State University BannerSlow month for Sparty.   

December was a rather busy month recruiting wise in the Big Ten, with Illinois leading the way. The Illini had their best monthKenny Knight - Rivals.com recruiting so far, as The Fighting Zookers gained verbal commits from eight prospects. Athlete Dondi Kirby is the highest rated of the six and will end up somewhere in the Illini defensive backfield. Standing 6’3”, Kirby actually has decent skills at the corner position although most project him as a safety. He is a very aggressive tackler who does a great job in run support. Dondi did not play during the 2010 season because of a torn ACL. He also had offers from Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and USC among others. Patrick Flavin was another big get for Illinois. Having offers from schools such as Cal, Boston College, Iowa and Oregon, Falvin is a perfect offensive lineman for the Illini offense. He is pretty quick, has good feet and can get to the second level very well. Patrick will need a redshirt to fill out, but he should be a constant on the o-line for years to come. Athlete Matt LaCosse is a very versatile athlete who could play either quarterback or tight end. He will more than likely play tight end in Champaign. At 6’6” 220lbs and running a 4.6, LaCosse will be a nightmare matchup for any linebacker or safety. The former Minnesota verbal also has offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis and Purdue among others. Illinois also received verbals from linebacker Ralph Cooper, safety Nick North, wide outs Kenny Knight and Jeremy Whitlow and defensive ends Kenny Nelson and Emmanuel Bawa.

NamePositionLocationHigh School
Kenny KnightWide ReceiverBeverly Hills, MICountry Dayratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Jeremy WhitlowWide ReceiverCleveland, OHCentral Catholicratingratingratingratingrating
Patrick FlavinOffensive TackleLisle, ILBenet Academyratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Emmanuel BawaDefensive EndHyattsville, MDNorthwesternratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Kenny NelsonDefensive EndDetroit, MICass Techratingrating
Ralph CooperLinebackerWinnsboro, SCFairfield Centralratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Dondi KirbyAthleteMonroeville, PAGatewayratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Nick NorthSafetyHollywood, FLMcArthurratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

Minnesota After nearly three months, Minnesota received a slew of verbals in December. Eight prospects gave new coach Jerry Kill verbal pledges during the past month. Coach Kill is going the JC and prep school route, making it clear that the Gophers want to get players in that can see the field quickly. The two most likely to step in right away are big wide out Ge’Shun Harris and super speedy and aggressive safety Drayquan Crawford.

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