There was quite a bit of movement in the Big Ten this past week, with offers, commitments and decommitments all over the conference.
Here is a look at the recent happenings around the Big Ten:
The biggest commitment was actually a decommitment. Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls), who decommitted from Iowa. The No. 1-ranked guard flipped to Alabama, leaving Iowa now with one ESPN 300 prospects. It’s an understatement to say that it was a huge loss for the Hawkeyes.
Rutgers isn’t in the Big Ten until 2014, but the Scarlet Knights’ gain this weekend could help Ohio State as well. ESPN 300 wide receiver Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) committed to Rutgers on Saturday. ESPN 300 running back Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) might do the same this week. The reason that could help the Buckeyes is the fact athlete Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus) has narrowed it down to Ohio State and Rutgers. While the Buckeyes are believed to be the favorite anyway, Blacknall’s pledge to the Scarlet Knights might be another step in the right direction for Ohio State.
Linemen University made sure it put itself in position early for another offensive tackle when Wisconsin offered 2015 star Richie Petitbon (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College). The 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior now has a dozen offers, including ones from Alabama, LSU, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Vanderbilt. Petitbon, whose grandfather is inducted in the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame, led Gonzaga to an 8-3 mark last season and a spot in the WCAC semifinals.
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Just a few days after his Wisconsin visit, tight end Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) was on Penn State’s campus. The Nittany Lions already have five tight ends on their roster, but covet Gesicki as he’s the only senior at the position they’re going after. It could be a Big Ten battle for the 6-5, 202-pound Gesicki as Ohio State and the Badgers are running hard at the senior standout. Miami (Fla.), Rutgers and Florida State are also in Gesicki’s final six.
Will Ohio State’s class grow this week? Florida is still the favorite for ESPN 300 wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and defensive back Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School), who will announce their college choices today. Lane and Wilson both have the Gators and Buckeyes in their final mix along with USC in terms of like schools. It wouldn’t be a complete shocker if Samuel gave the nod to Ohio State this week either.
Michigan was looking for the final linebacker in its class, and the Wolverines found it with Jared Wangler (Warren, Mich./De La Salle). The Under Armour All-American decommitted from Penn State after receiving the Michigan offer.
Michigan’s first commit for the 2014 class was ESPN 300 linebacker Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), and Wangler adds to the list including four-star Noah Furbush (Kenton, Ohio/Kenton) and Chase Winovich (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson).