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Recruiting Around the B1G

Who are Michigan's conference foes recruiting? Are there any mutual recruits out there seeing conference foes? Read on to find out.

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There are plenty of reasons to follow the general recruiting efforts of other teams around the conference, the most obvious of which is knowing who Michigan will be facing in the future. Wednesdays are now the days to get your Big Ten recruiting fix.

Although every team in the conference will be covered in these roundups, expect more emphasis to be put on Michigan's two most hated rivals: Michigan State and Ohio State.


Illinois has offered '14 DT Tarow Barney, '15 WR Auden Tate and '14 DE Joey Connors. They sit on 14 commitments in their 2014 class and are optimistic about the chances of more commitments in the near future.

Class of 2015 OL Gabe Megginson took a recent visit($) to Illinois.


The Hoosiers picked up three-star RB Devin Redding and now have 14 commitments in the class of 2014.

Class of 2015 OT Matt McCann received an offer from Indiana, and 2014 OLB Richard Dorvilus will be making a trip to Indiana in November($).


Offensive lineman Matt McCann, who is listed in the Indiana section, liked his visit to Iowa($). Defensive tackle Nick Dillon also like his time on the Iowa campus($).

The Hawkeyes might offer WR Avonte Maddox in the near future.


The Terps picked up 2015 OL EJ Donahue this weekend.

S Shawne Boone, ATH Darnell Savage, DE Melvin Keihn and CB John Robinson all visited Maryland recently.

Michigan State

Three-star class of 2014 running back Madre London is down to MSU, Nebraska, Illinois and Nebraska. London had some interesting things to say($) about Mark Dantonio:

Michigan State: "I really liked it when I went up there for my official visit. They have a lot of good people there and the coaching staff is real honest. All the coaches at Michigan State are really down-to-Earth. They keep it real and honest with you. Coach [Mark] Dantonio is real laid back, is honest, just down-to-Earth. Michigan State is a program that really wants to win. They have a great track record at winning and getting to bowl games and winning those. The coaching staff there is just unbelievable. The people there just made me feel it's right for me."

Laid back? That's a side of Dantonio us Wolverines rarely see. The 247 Crystal Ball has London going to Michigan State, although Nebraska is also in contention. Dantonio and his staff also really want Minnesota commit Jeff Jones.

The Spartans are actively trying to snake oil four-star safety Kyle Gibson, who remains committed to Vanderbilt.

Former Michigan cornerback recruit Parrker Westphal is seriously considering the Spartans but seems to have Northwestern further out front. Let's hope it stays that way; Westphal has the tools to be an elite corner, and I think Narduzzi and his staff coach the secondary as well as anyone in the country. Northwestern? Not so much.


Two-star class of 2014 WR Cortez Lewis received an offer from Minnesota. He's currently committed to NIU.

Class of 2015 MLB Jack Darnell has been impressed bye the Gophers' recent play:

He has been to Minnesota on successive weeks and seen the Gophers defeat Nebraska and Northwestern.

"I really like their style of play and the coaching staff because they've been together so long. They're putting together a really good season right now beating those two good teams the last two weeks. I was at both of those games actually and I was real impressed with what I saw."

Three-star 2014 WR Rashad Canty has also been impressed and is committed to The Horror at the moment.

The Gophers are in the top group of 2014 Canadian DE Julien Kafo.


Linebacker Devante Bond will visit Nebraska this weekend and the Huskers are looking to impress($).

The Huskers will be one of two favorite heading into the Monday decision date for RB Madre London. Check out his highlights (extremely obnoxious fan play-by-play included!).


Wildcat commit Justin Jackson helped beat the pulp($) out of his future teammate, QB Clayton Thorson, rushing for 339 yards, 4 TDs and picking off two passes.

The Wildcats are considered to be the favorite for four-star CB Parrker Westphal and are also involved with Michigan recruits Tyriq Thompson and Tanner Muse.

Ohio State

Ohio State's tight end picture has fallen apart in recent days. The Buckeyes took some heat off of Tyler Luatua because they assumed Mike Gesicki would commit to them during his recent visit, but Gesicki turned around and made a commitment to Penn State.

You can add OSU to 2016 TE Issac Nauta's short list of top schools($). The Buckeyes impressed Nauta on his recent visit and could battle with Michigan down the road for his services. Yes, he's a class of 2016 prospect, but he's a lock to be one of the top national prospects at the tight end position, if not the very best.

Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports goes over a long and very impressive list($) of recruits who were on hand to see OSU trounce PSU this past weekend. Mutual prospects there include '14 DE Malik McDowell, '15 CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, '16 TE Isaac Nauta and '15 RB Jacques Patrick.

Penn State

Three-star LB Jason Cabinda switched his commitment from Syracuse to Penn State. Cabinda was the Nittany Lions' third commitment within one week.

Four-star RB Josh Adams has PSU in his top group($).


Class of 2015 three-star OL Ben Swanton enjoyed his recent visit to Purdue. Two-star WR Jordan Hogue saw the Boilermakers as well.


Rutgers' Rivals staff breaks down the play of the Scarlet Knights' commitments on the field($).


The Badgers are looking to steal USC four-star OL commitment($) Toa Lobendahn, who is looking around after the firing of Lane Kiffin and wants to visit Wisconsin.

Wisconsin has offered Vanguard duo Natrell Jamerson and Kano Dillon.


The biggest takeaway from the first ever Around the B1G piece comes from the Ohio State section. The Buckeyes are already recruiting very well in 2014 and will probably top Michigan in most of the major scouting services' rankings, and now they're taking advantage of their stellar play by bringing in long lists of high-level players for visits. Malik McDowell won't be playing for Ohio State, and I still think Michigan sits in a better early position with potential 2016 five-star Isaac Nauta, but those are small knocks on otherwise awesome recruiting efforts from Ohio State.

The good news? The OSU staff managed to muff the recruitment of two of its top tight end prospects, scaring Luatua off before letting Gesicki slip away to Penn State. Let's all point and laugh while we still can.

Finally, keep an eye on RB Madre London and CB Parrker Westphal. London has a great all-around skill set and could be a great back for either MSU or Nebraska. We already talked about why Westphal needs to end up at Northwestern instead of MSU.