this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Here is LB Kent Turene's newest highlight video:
OL Matt Frazier was supposed to be there. I haven't double checked with him to see if he made it in, though.
DE Brennen Beyer was there.
LB Ben Kline was there.
....and DT Kevin Williams was there, also. He said he had a really fun time, and more importantly, got a good understanding of the defensive scheme.
It looks like this is Michigan vs. Nebraska, at this point. He wants to make a decision soon, so all these visits are great news.
Instate DE Brennen Beyer was at Michigan practice this week, and he plans on being back again on Saturday. He needs to confirm, but is almost positive that he'll be at the spring game, as well.
He told me that he is definitely getting closer to a decision, but that he's also still evaluating a few things.
Michigan and Notre Dame are the two schools that he's taking a serious look at, right now.
He's not positive of what his timeline will look like, but he wants to be done at least before the season starts.
DT Kevin Williams ended up not going to Notre Dame's junior day. Not earth shattering, but it's good news for us. Any time a recruit doesn't visit another school, it's a good thing.
Part of why he didn't go is because his family had other plans, but also because he's not really interested in Notre Dame anymore. He doesn't feel that they have a big enough need for interior linemen.
There have been a lot of requests for this to become a recurring feature (as it was on Varsity Blue), so I'll post the rankings weekly in the diaries, and frontpage it occasionally. The team rankings are very rough estimates until the services have released more full individual grades.
Action since last rankings:
3-12-10 Indiana gains commitment from Mike Replogle.
3-15-10 Ohio State gains commitment from Antonio Underwood.
3-16-10 Ohio State gains commitments from Brian Bobek, Chase Farris, and DerJuan Gambrell.
3-20-10 Notre Dame gains commitment from Brad Carrico
|Big Ten Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# of Commits||Rivals 250||Scout Average||ESPN 150|
I'll only make charts for the teams that currently have commits. Rivals 250 means that a given prospect is on the Rivals 250 to Watch, and ESPN 150 means that a prospect is on the Watch List for the ESPNU 150. Scout ratings are on the 5-star scale.
|#1 Ohio State - 7 Commits|
A huge week for the Buckeyes sees them get several commitments.
|#2 Minnesota - 3 Commits|
No change for the Gophers.
|#3 Michigan - 3 Commits|
Wolverine fans are itching for another commit, but it doesn't seem like Brennen Beyer and/or Anthony Zettel is close to picking the Wolverines anymore.
|#4 Michigan State - 2 Commits|
Two instaters for the Spartans.
|#5 Notre Dame - 1 Commit|
The Irish pick up longtime lean Brad Carrico at their Junior Day.
|#6 Illinois - 1 Commit|
Zook has got to be recruiting for his life this year.
|#6 Indiana - 1 Commit|
The Hoosiers get the younger brother of Adam and Tyler Replogle.
|#5 Northwestern - 1 Commit|
Northwestern holds steady with one prospect.
Kevin Sousa is a 6-foot-2, 213-pound dual threat quarterback from Orlando. He was recently in touch with Rod Smith, and found out that Coach Smith will be down to see him this spring.
One of the first things Kevin said to me was, "I really like Michigan." He's going to try to make it up for a camp, but needs to check with his coach first.
Here's his newest highlight film.
Here's a little more. He just sent me an email with more concrete info.
- He just attended USF's junior day, and is going to Miami and FIU with his qb coach, Coach Paradiso.
- He's visiting Florida on April 18th.
- Then flying out to Ohio State and Alabama for the Elite 11 QB camp, and Nike football camps at both schools.
- Kevin has only been playing football for 2 years, so coach Paradiso is a big influence on his development, and where he goes to college.
- His coach told him that he's a perfect fit for a Michigan, West Virginia, or an Oregon offense.
- Kevin has talked with his coach, and they both think that Michigan is at the top of the list.
- He said, "If Michigan offers, it would be hard not to accept it."