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If Gary does commit to the Wolverines, I promise to write a post comparing Gary to Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Malik Barrow. It does seem like there's some fire to Rashan's Clemson interest, and Dabo is a terrific recruiter - but in these situations it helps to have a competitor like Jim Harbaugh who's been steadily stacking everything in Michigan's favor for as long as possible.
None of this is new. It's all been said before. And it will be great to turn the page to Warde Manuel, but in the meantime here's another great piece on Jim Hackett.
This could have gone a lot worse for Wisconsin. Wilcox has gotten off on a good foot, saying all the right things and being particularly gracious about his opportunities in Madison.
The same day as a four-star corner, Damar Hamlin, committed to Pitt, Aaron Mathews flipped from the Nittany Lions to join the #B2P movement. Insert a meme about James Franklin's numerous struggles here.
In some transfer news, Nebraska gets a potentially intriguing quarterback who will sit out for 2016 and compete for a starting position thereafter. His name is Tanner Lee, from Tulane.
What makes this less exciting is that Lee will only have one year to actually play in Lincoln unless the NCAA grants him a medical redshirt for 2015. We'll see how this shakes out. Tommy Armstrong is graduating after 2016, and Riley will need to develop a successful QB of his own, possibly by next year if Amstrong gets injured. Whatever Bo Pelini's faults - and there were a few, like recruiting, the linebackers and the offensive line - poor quarterback play wasn't ever a problem.
I keep wondering when Danny Langsdorf's presence will be felt on this passing game. The man was an NFL coach, just like Jedd Fisch for Michigan, as recently as a few years ago. But Danny has not had the same impression on Nebraska's passing game as Fisch has. Perhaps this is quarterback-related, or something else going wrong in the kitchen. I'm also starting to think that Jim Harbaugh fellow is better at managing his coaches than Mike Riley, but I don't want to go out on a limb.
This was an easy-to-digest look at where Indiana is at heading into Signing Day, including 100% more Kiante Enis. Also, I will have a hopefully handy breakdown on Thursday.
Meanwhile, another former Michigan commit is headed to Illinois. This is a nice move for everybody involved here; Harding is a thumper and Illinois can use some Big Ten muscle in that front seven as soon as possible. There have also been a number of other commitments in the last few days, and meanwhile Cubit lost a flip to Mark Richt and Miami. But at least now the Illini have enough numbers to fill out a whole class.
Rutgers has had a strange week, highlighted by losing two commitments to Temple - one of whom, tight end Korab Idrizi who looks menacing in a dark room with red light - just committed last week. Rutgers also grabbed two offensive linemen and suffered an OL decommitment on Sunday. Taylor-Douglas was definitely a great pick-up, though, and he talked to NJ.com about his decision to go to Piscataway.
I loved this article. Eddie George, who won the 1995 Heisman Trophy with the Ohio State Buckeyes, is profiled.
Lions G.M. Bob Quinn hires his old boss, former Maryland and UConn coach Randy Edsall https://t.co/yPF6YILuDB— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 31, 2016
Trieu talks to BTN about the Big Ten's recruiting this year. A lot of positive statements all around.