Five things I learned this weekend:
Kiel can't get to Bloomington soon enough
The No. 2 quarterback in the country and 20th-ranked prospect overall, Gunner Kiel is committed to play for in-state Indiana next fall. After the Hoosiers' ugly offensive display on Saturday, you can bet the Indiana staff can't wait for Kiel to get on campus. The Hoosiers scored just 10 points against a Penn State defense that was missing two key players, this coming after scoring just 41 total points against lowly North Texas and Ball State. It looks like Kiel will receive little resistance from the current quarterbacks on the roster when he arrives on campus and has a great shot at opening the season as the starter.
Warren Central defense will lose a lot, but not its leader
At least seven seniors on the Warren Central (Indianapolis) defense will be signing FBS scholarships in February, but possibly the most integral part of its defense will be back for one more season. ESPNU 150 Watch List linebacker Tim Kimbrough doesn't have ideal height, but he brings the wood and is always around the football. He missed a couple of tackles this weekend, but he's an impressive athlete with top-end speed for the position.
Freshman could be special at Carmel
Carmel coach Kevin Wright has a couple of state championships to his name and rarely has to lean on freshmen. At the end of the game against Warren Central, though, he did just that. As Carmel tried to put the game on ice and faced a critical third down, Wright ran a toss to freshman running back Chris Perkins, who made a few defenders miss -- most notably Kimbrough -- to pick up the first down. On Carmel's go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, it was a fake sweep to Perkins that drew nearly the entire defense up to allow for the easy play-action touchdown.
Ohio State not helping its 2012 recruiting cause
After former coach Jim Tressel resigned in May, it was clear the Buckeyes wouldn't be hauling in a top 2012 class. However, the current staff has done little to inspire recruits that the Buckeyes will be just fine during this turbulent time for the program. The Buckeyes lost to Michigan State on Saturday with a number of prospects on hand. With each loss, it becomes more unlikely Luke Fickell will be back next year, which means some of the Buckeyes' top remaining targets -- and current commits -- will start exploring other options. It doesn't help the loss came at the hands of Michigan State, too, which is trying to prove it will be a fixture at the top of the Big Ten under coach Mark Dantonio.
Notre Dame's recruiting efforts have been rolling since 0-2 start
There were a lot of concerns about how the Fighting Irish's 0-2 start would hurt their recruiting efforts, which were going pretty well up until September. The Irish didn't receive any good news on the recruiting front those first two weeks, but since then the Irish have been the hottest BCS school when it comes to recruiting. Two weeks ago, the Irish received a verbal from coveted Class of 2013 offensive tackle Steve Elmer from Michigan. A little more than 24 hours after Elmer's verbal, three-star receiver Chris Brown pledged to the Irish. And on Friday, four-star running back William Mahone announced his intentions to play for the Irish next fall. More good news is likely to come later this month when the Irish host USC on Oct. 22.