Adversary Recruiting (October & November)

Big Ten Recruiting, Football

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1 Ohio State University Banner Status Quo.
2 University of Nebraska Banner Green was a monster get. Their gaining on the Buckeyes.
3 University of Notre Dame Banner Falls behind Nebraska.
4 Michigan State University Banner Leap frogs Iowa and Michigan.
5 University of Michigan Banner Dee Hart finally jumps in the mix!
6 University of Iowa Banner Neck and neck with Michigan.
7 University of Wisconsin Banner Huge October propels UW up a few spots.
8 Indiana University Banner The Hoosiers may be full.
9 Northwestern 3x5 Flag No verbals since August.
10 University of Minnesota Banner Jumps past the Illini, despite the firing of their coach.
11 University of Illinois Banner Pretty bad star average. Isn’t the Zooker
12 Penn State University Banner No action since July.
13 Purdue University Banner See above.

Notre Dame received four very solid verbal commitments in September. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get and is one of the top defensive ends in the country. With offers from Aubur n, 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 pure abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. He could possibly end up a defensive tackle as well. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is a well rounded pass catcher. He has good hands, nice speed and runs pretty good routes. The 6’3” Daniels also has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Miami, Michigan and Michigan State among others. Joining Daniels in the Irish receiving corps will be George Atkinson III. Having offers from all over the country Atkinson also plays safety and running back, but his highest upside is at wide receiver. The best way that I can describe George is a more explosive version of DaVaris Daniels. These two will make for a very scary duo for years to come. Atkinson may also return punts and kicks as well. George’s twin brother Josh is a good looking cornerback prospect. He is a cover corner, who has been overshadowed by his brothers talents, but is a good get for the Domers. Josh has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington.

Unfortunately for the Irish, they also had three decommits from Floridians Clay Burton (verballed to Florida), Aaron Lynch (now considering UF,FSU and Miami) and Jordan Prestwood (considering UF, ND and his childhood fav. FSU).

Name Position Hometown H.S. ScoutProfile RivalsProfile ESPNProfile
DaVaris Daniels Wide Receiver Vernon Hills, IL Vernon Hills ratingratingratingrating ratingratingratingrating ratingratingratingrating
Stephon Tuitt Defensive End Monroe, GA Monroe Area ratingratingratingrating ratingratingratingrating ratingratingratingrating
Josh Atkinson Cornerback Livermore, CA Granada ratingratingrating ratingratingrating ratingratingrating
George Atkinson III Athlete (WR/S) Livermore, CA Granada ratingratingratingrating ratingratingratingrating ratingratingrating

WisconsinThe Wisconsin Badgers had a great month of October gaining seven verbal commits, five of which were on offense. Ohio wide out A.J. Jordan has a nice blend of size and speed to go along with really good hands. Jordan has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina among others. In the end, Jordan chose Bucky over the Wolverines. Fellow receiver Kenzel Doe did not receive the same amount of attention as Jordan, but he has a chance to make a big splash in Madison. Doe is more of a quick twitch slot type receiver, who may come in and compete for both returner positions from day one. Huge offensive tackle Ray Ball is a perfect fit for what the Badgers do on offense. Ball needs to work on his foot quickness quite a bit, but he is the perfect “road grater” type of lineman. Tyler Marz is a bit of a sleeper OL, but again, he looks to fit the mold of the typical Badger offensive tackle as he stands 6’8” tall. Fullback/running back Trayion Durham could be the next John Clay for the Badgers. At 6’1” 230 Durham is a load to bring down, but also has good speed (4.56 40) to break the big run. During his junior season Trayion had 1,113 yards rushing to go along with 14 TD’s. Defensively Wisconsin added to nice looking defensive end prospects in James Adeyanju and Jesse Hayes. Both Adeyanju and Hayes are explosive pass rushers, who should make a great combo for years to come.

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