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Illinois bound- Brian Grzelkowski
Posted Jan 3, 2003
There have been several big commitments during the dead period. Purdue has made the most noise. Ohio State landed the top cornerback tandem in the nation. Is Michigan still #1?
The Wolverines have the best class in the Big Ten from top to bottom. This class starts with 5- star tight end
and ends with 3-star offensive lineman
. Michigan is still in the hunt for All-American
The Nittany Lions lost
but they did manage to receive commitments from offensive lineman
and Virginia wide receiver
. Penn State may not have a big 2003 class but they’re going to make every scholarship they have, count.
have given the Bucks their verbal commitments and those commitments would have been enough to push for the top spot in Big Ten. However, 3-star linebacker
and 2-star offensive lineman,
also verbally committed to Ohio State, bringing down Ohio State’s overall score. Prescott Burgess would give this class a big lift.
14 solid commitments for the Badgers and more good news as
says he’ll be back in Madtown next fall. The latest commitments of
(New Jersey) and
(Ohio) have made Barry Alvarez a very happy man. Can the Badgers land top in-state prospect,
The Boilers have been on a tear in late December and early January. Joe Tiller and his staff raided the state of Michigan for three solid prospects, Doug Van Dyke (Marshall),
(Ithaca) and recently added one of Ohio’s top prospects, defensive end,
The addition of 4-star Junior College running back
, wasn’t enough to catch Purdue. The Fighting Illini have 26 commitments and they’d love to give #27 to All-American defensive tackle Moe Dampeer. Offensive lineman Martin O’Donnell and quarterback
are the cream of the crop in this recruiting class.
Kirk Ferentz hasn’t finished in the top five in (Big Ten) recruiting since he took over as head coach of the Hawkeyes. That being said, Ferentz is getting the last laugh as he wins the conference in 2002 and takes his team to the Orange Bowl. If we were giving out rankings for talent evaluation, Iowa would be in the Top 2 along with Joe Tiller and Purdue.
Glen Mason and his Golden Gophers had a successful 2002 season and they aren’t doing too bad in the recruiting wars either. Florida quarterback
says he’s solid with Minnesota and a couple of speedy wide receivers,
(Texas) have jumped on board as well.
and his staff have done a very good job recruiting in 2002 considering the down year they had on the gridiron. Michigan offensive lineman
is the latest to pledge Northwestern. January will be a big month for the Wildcats as they’ll bring in the majority of their top talent in on official visits.
Gerry DiNardo had a very good first season as head coach but he’s finding out quickly that Indiana is a basketball school. DiNardo and his staff continue to leave no stone unturned on the road and recently received commitments from Indianapolis (Ben Davis) tight end
and Illinois defensive back,
The Spartans have a new coach and now John L. Smith and his staff hit the road looking for talent to bring to East Lansing. All-American linebacker
(Saginaw) says he’s now considering Michigan State. Don’t look for Michigan State to finish last come February.
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