This is a huge weekend for The Ohio State University. If the Buckeyes defeat rival Michigan, not only will the Buckeyes get an invitation to play in the National Championship game but they’d get another leg up in the competition in the recruiting wars as several big time prospects will be on hand. Michigan on the other hand can ruin Ohio State’s perfect season, knock them out of the national championship game and gain on the Buckeye’s for a couple of the top in-state prospects. For now, Michigan hold onto the #1 ranking in the Big Ten.
Lamarr Woodley is still the Wolverines #1 target and the nations top defensive end prospect says Michigan is the team to beat for his services. Michigan is also at the top of the wish list of Huntsville, Alabama wide receiver Jayson Swain.
Anton Campbell (Fort Zumwalt West, O'Fallon MO) RB/DB
Sam Keller (San Ramon Valley, Danville CA) QB
Adam Kraus (Brother Martin, New Orleans LA) TE/OL
Jake Long (Lapeer East, Lapeer MI) OL
Will Paul (Parkway West, Ballwin MO) TE/DL
Jim Presley (Milford, Highland MI) LB
Garrett Rivas (Tampa Jesuit, Tampa FL) K
2. Ohio State
Top Ohio prospects David Patterson, Prescott Burgess, Dareus Hiley and Donte “Lights Out” Whitner all have the Bucks at the top of their wish list. If Tressel can land these talented athletes on signing day, Ohio State could take the top spot from the Wolverines.
Todd Boeckman (St. Henry, Ohio) QB
Tony Gonzales (St. Ignatius, Cleveland, Ohio) WR/DB
Devin Jordan (Washington, Massillon, Ohio) WR
Curt Lukens (Hoover, North Canton, Ohio) DB
3. Penn State
Allentown’s Austin Scott is the best of the verbally committed prospects for Joe Paterno. Two of the nations top offensive lineman, Joel Holler (Pennsylvania) and Martin O’Donnell (Illinois) are considering Penn State. Ohio State verbal commitment Louis Irizarry may visit Happy Valley as well.
Nittany Lion Commitments –
Paul Posluszny (Hopewell, Pennsylvania) LB
Austin Scott (Parkland, Allentown Pa) RB
John Shaw (Spring Grove, Pennsylvania) DT
Barry Alvarez has done a great job of recruiting the top in-state talent. Danny Kaye, Tyler Donovan and Justin Ostrowski have all pledged Wisconsin but the big prize is Brookfield (Central) offensive lineman Joe Thomas.
Badger Commitments –
Tyler Donovan (Arrowhead, Heartland WI) QB
Danny Kaye (Eisenhower, New Berlin WI) OL
Terry Love (Proviso East, Maywood IL) WR
Ernest Mason (Dunbar, Ft. Worth Tx) WR
Justin Ostrowski (Portage, WI) DL
Andrew Weininger (Harrison, NY) OL
Johnny White (Pearland, Tx) DB
Ron Turner has a verbal commitment from Illinois Player of the Year Brad Bower. The athletic quarterback has accounted for 50 touchdowns in 2002. The Fighting Illini have also jumped back in the race for one of the nations top defensive tackles, Moe Dampeer of Decatur (MacArthur).
Fighting Illini Commitments –
Alan Ball (St. Martin De Porres, Detroit MI) DB
Brad Bower (Central, Hinsdale IL) QB
Kevin Gage ( South, Downers Grove IL) OL
Kelvin Hayden (Junior College, Joliet IL) WR
Lonnie Hurst (Jesuit, Detroit MI) WR
J. Leman (Central, Champaign IL) LB
Steven Octavien (Lely, Naples FL) WR
Jay Ramshaw (Centennial, Champaign IL) DL
James Ryan (Batavia, IL) OL
Pierre Thomas (T.F. South, Lansing IL) RB
DeJuan Warren (Southfield, MI) QB
Kirk Ferentz is celebrating a Big Ten championship and now he’s starting to reap the rewards of a super season in the recruiting wars. Several top prospects will be in Iowa City this weekend on official visits including Minnesota’s Christopher Moore, Pennsylvania’s Travis Thomas and Ohio’s Reggie Smith.
Hawkeye Commitments –
Tom Busch (Park Senior, Cottage Grove MN) LB
Scott Chandler (Carroll, Southlake Texas) WR
Herb Grigsby (Mayflower, Ark) WR
Mike Humpal (North Hampton, Iowa) LB
Clint Huntrods (Collins, Iowa) OL
Alex Wilcox (Valley, West Des Moines Iowa) DL
Jonathon Zanders (Cedar Falls, Iowa) DB
Mike Klinkenborg (Central Lyon, Rock Rapids, Iowa) LB
Its been an up and down year in West Lafayette but Joe Tiller still has been able to recruit some solid prospects. Texas speedster Robert Smith and Florida linebacker Josh Ferguson are the latest to pledge the Boilermakers. Purdue still has a shot at landing All-Midwest quarterback and hometown hero Clayton Richard (Lafayette, McCutcheon)
Boilermaker Commitment –
Scott Carroll (Liberty, Missouri) QB
Jake Cunningham (Pontiac, Illinois) WR
Josh Ferguson (Lake Brantley, Altamonte Springs FL) LB
Nick Fincher (Chippewa Valley, Clinton Township MI) OL
Bernard Pollard (Southside, Ft. Wayne IN) DB
Cole Seifrig (Heritage Hills, Lincoln City, IN) WR
Robert Smith (Bowie, Arlington, TX) WR
Randy Walker’s Wildcats have had a tough year. The ‘Cats are young across the board but that youth gained valuable experience in 2002. Walker and his staff are doing a superb job of recruiting this year. Florida linebacker Nate Wagner was the first to verbally commit and last weekend Walker gained the verbal commitments of hard hitting linebacker Adem Kadela (Ohio) and California defensive end (Warren Anderson).
Wildcat Commitments –
Kyle Wagner (The Bolles School, Jacksonville FL) LB
LB Adam Kadela (Coffman, Dublin OH)
DE Warren Anderson (St. Bonaventure, Ventura CA)
Gerry DiNardo did a fantastic job with the Hoosiers in his first year as head coach and he’s doing a fine job recruiting as well. Indiana’s Joel Stubblefield was the first to commit and he’s a solid defensive tackle. Bloomington (South) offensive lineman Chris Mangiero gave the Hoosiers his oral commitment last week.
Hoosier Commitments -
Tyler Altman (Greater Latrobe, Latrobe PA) LB
Joe Kremer (Urbana, Ohio) DL
Chris Mangiero (South, Bloomington, IN) OL
Blake Powers(Meade County, Brandenburg KY) QB
Jonathan Sandberg (North White, Monon IN) OL
Nick Sexton (North, Bloomington IN) TE
Joel Stubblefield (Pendleton Heigts, Pendleton IN) DL
Chris Mangiero (South, Bloomington IN)
Glen Mason is a great coach and a class act. Now he needs to convince some of the top in-state talent that Minnesota is the place to be. Tony Brinkhaus (Bloomington) and Steve Shidell (Coon Rapids) are on board and John Shevlin (Eagan) could be next to pledge the Gophers.
Golden Gopher Commitments-
Maurice Alexander (Southfield, MI) RB
Tony Brinkhaus (Jefferson, Bloomington MN) DL
Steve Shidell (Coon Rapids, MN) DL
Jeff Sundsmo (Highland Park, St. Paul MN) OL
11. Michigan State
State fired Bobby Williams and then lost their top verbally committed recruit, Ionia, Michigan’s Garrett Bushong. Lansing’s Kaleb Thornhill and Clymer, New York running back Jehuu Caulcrick remain committed to the Spartans.
Spartan Commitments –
Jehuu Caulcrick (Clymer, NY) RB
Derrick Outlaw (Ross Beatty, Cassopolis MI) DL
Kaleb Thornhill (Eastern, Lansing MI) LB