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Tuesday Morning Brews: Recruiting Buzz

The rest of the Big Ten East continues to get tougher.

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Michigan Football's Positional Grades

A little harsh on the running backs, who received the lowest grade overall, but a fun exercise.

Penn State's New OC: Joe Moorhead

As the head coach for Fordham, an FCS team in New York, Joe Moorhead resuscitated a program that had gone 1-10 in 2011, immediately went 6-5, then bulldozed his way to 32-8 the next three years.

More importantly for Penn State, Moorhead is a guy with Northeast ties who's a perfect fit (and a brilliant hire) for James Franklin. Moorhead likes spreading out a defense and then hitting them with physical blockers. He's clever with tight ends, gives easy decisions to his quarterback, and would make Christian Hackenberg's life much, much easier. Penn State's roster is tailored to what Moorhead does; this is a great hire.

Ohio State's New DC: Greg Schiano

Michigan isn't the only program trying to recruit New Jersey. But Schiano also spent much of his 11-year career at Rutgers recruiting Florida, which is where Ohio State picked up Joey Bosa, Ryan Shazier, Jeff Heuerman, and Torrance Gibson. A great, great move for Ohio State, and a much better move than Rutgers hiring Ash.

Rutgers' New OC: Drew Mehringer

A 28-year old offensive coordinator with no ties to the head coach or the state he'll be recruiting in. Mehringer was a graduate assistant as recently as 2013. This is not going to go well.

Look Back: Jourdan Lewis

Rivals put out a video a little while ago charting Jourdan Lewis's rise from Cass Tech to Michigan stardom.

WITN: Which Buckeyes Are Considering The Draft?

Bell would be wise to stay in school, I think. Cardale will do fine.

There are three four-star running backs committed in the Big Ten: Ohio State's Antonio Williams and DeMario McCall, and Penn State's Miles Sanders. Kareem Walker and George Hill are considered likely pledges for Michigan and Little Brother, which would give the East's Big 4 all of the conference's blue-chip running talent in this cycle.

Minnesota Plucks Corner Prospect From Louisiana

Coney Durr is a composite-three-star, but he's the real deal - a great pick-up from LSU territory. Minnesota also got pledges this weekend from a Georgia defensive end (two-star, and looks like one), a high-three-star Texas quarterback (and an upgrade over last week's QB decommit, Tony Poljan, who's a Lansing, MI guy), a two-star defensive back out of Texas (looks solid), and a totally under-the-radar JuCo offensive lineman from Kansas (who will start for them next year, I guarantee it). Minnesota also got a pledge last week from a potential difference-maker at DT, JuCo Merrick Jackson. This class is shaping up nicely, despite all the two-star grades.

2017 Looks Promising Early For Iowa

Iowa has four 2017 commits; all of them are Iowans. The star of the bunch is blue-chip defensive tackle Juan Harris, who you might be surprised to know is 395 pounds. You would be much more surprised, though, to know that high school teams actually tried running at him occasionally. It did not work.

Tristen Wallace Spurns Ohio State For Oregon

Oregon will get a 6'3", 220-pound wide receiver with good running ability. Ohio State is left scrambling late in the cycle for a quarterback.

Good news, though: Illinois' doing a better job recruiting athletic-enough linemen.

Desmond King: Thorpe WinnerHighlights

Other recent winners are Patrick Peterson, Darqueze Dennard, Gerod Holliman, and Eric Berry (nickname: the Fifth Dimension, resume: fifth overall pick, cancer survivor). Congrats to Desmond on joining an elite group.

Nebraska Might Be Losing Both Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine

Nebraska was 8th in the country in rush defense. They were 121st in the country in pass defense.

How Will Ohio State Replace Adolphus Washington?

Washington is suspended for the bowl game for a minor infraction, so Ohio State will need to contain Notre Dame without him. The Irish were supremely talented this year; they would probably be in the playoff if Malik Zaire hadn't gotten hurt.

Six Early Heisman Candidates For 2016

For a transition year, this year's running backs held up pretty well. But the future is brighter than the present, with the following guys - all of them 2014 and 2015 signees - likely in line for 250 carries or more in their upperclassman years.

ATT YDS AVG TD's Longest run Yr.
Saquon Barkley, Penn State 165 1,007 6.1 7 56 Fr.
L.J. Scott, Michigan State 140 691 4.9 11 38 Fr.
Robert Martin, Rutgers 141 763 5.4 6 54 So.
Josh Hicks, Rutgers 130 674 5.2 4 49 So.
Devine Redding, Indiana 191 785 4.1 8
66 So.
Shannon Brooks, Minnesota 104 644 6.2 7 75 Fr.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Illinois 157 723 4.6 6 78 Fr.
Markell Jones, Purdue
168 875 5.2 10 68 Fr.

Breaking Down Braxton Miller's 2015 Performance

A great piece by E.W. An underrated part of Braxton Miller's game this year: circus catches. He deserves credit for the work he put in at a new position.

Grading Northwestern's Quarterbacks

Northwestern had a good recruiting week: they picked up a nice-looking 2017 linebacker, and flipped a Cincinnati pledge who looks like a stud at either running back (which is where he'll end up) or slot receiver.

Austin Appleby Likely To Transfer

Best of luck to the young man. Purdue is looking perilously thin at quarterback, a position that has been holding the Boilermakers back. (In fact, here's a fun fact for you. The number of times a Purdue quarterback has thrown for 300 yards under Darrell Hazell: three, in three years. Two were against Indiana, and one was against Bowling Green.)