Big Ten recruiting notebook

James Franlkin

Nebraska and Penn State continue to stay hot on the recruiting trail. Here is a look at everything going on in the Big Ten.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Thursday was moving day for Nebraska, as the Huskers took a big jump in the Scout.com National Team Recruiting rankings with the commitment of wide receiver Spencer Tears and the rankings adjustment of Michael Decker.

Tears, a three-star wide receiver from Illinois, pushed the Huskers from No. 13 to No. 11 after committing early in the morning.

Then a few hours later, Scout.com's new rankings came out, with Omaha North's Michael Decker seeing the biggest jump. Decker moved from his offensive tackle ranking to the nation's No. 3 center. It pushed the Huskers up to No. 7 overall in the team rankings.

The Big Ten:


While the Huskers climb higher and higher in the national rankings, Penn State is also seeing a major rejuvenation.

The Nittany Lions are now the nation's No. 1 team in the national recruiting rankings with the commitment of defensive tackle Adam McClean over the weekend. The four-star product picked Penn State over an offer list that included: Nebraska, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

With Penn State and Nebraska both in the top ten, the Big Ten's next squad doesn't fall until No. 17 Michigan. The Wolverines have five commitments in a class that's expected to be smaller than usual.

Absent from the top 25 is Ohio State. The Buckeyes only have three commitments at the moment and are ranked the nation's No. 37 team in the national recruiting rankings.

Big Ten Rankings:

1.) Penn State – 12 commitments
7.) Nebraska – 10 commitments (D. Neal still pending ranking)
17.) Michigan – 5 commitments
19.) Northwestern – 8 commitments
23.) Iowa – 6 commitments
31.) Michigan State – 3 commitments
37.) Ohio State – 3 commitments
40.) Illinois – 2 commitments
42.) Maryland – 1 commitment
43.) Wisconsin – 3 commitments
45.) Purdue – 1 commitment
56.) Rutgers – 3 commitments
NR – Indiana or Minnesota – zero commitments

The Big Ten's top commitments:

1. Penn State: Kamonte Carter (4-star DE, nation's No. 65 overall player)
"Carter has the athleticism to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 or defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He gets up the field quickly and has a good change of direction. He uses his length well and has the athleticism to drop into coverage and the speed to run down plays on the backside. However, he doesn't play with his hand on the ground, which means he needs to refine his technique and learn how to disengage from blockers more quickly." - Brian Doh, Scout.com

2.) Michigan: Shaun Crawford (4-star CB, nation's No. 68 overall player)
"Crawford has elite track speed, but plays a physical brand of football. He is a sure tackler and is also good in coverage. Dynamic on offense with the ball in his hands, either in the passing game or as a return specialist." – Bill Green, Scout.com

3.) Ohio State: Eric Glover-Williams (4-star RB, No. 99 overall player)
"Lost in the spin moves, leaping catches, and highlight reel runs is the fact that Eric Glover-Williams is an amazing competitor. He is not afraid to make a play in the last minute of a game, and he will never face a moment that is too big for him. Then there is the speed......raw, pure speed." – Bill Green, Scout.com

4.) Penn State: Josh Barajas (4-star LB, No. 113 overall player)
"Athletic and long, Barajas can run and get to a lot of places on the football field. He is very comfortable in space and has good feet and quickness. He can play in a variety of roles: over the tight end and over a slot. He shows the athleticism to drop into coverage and can come forward as an edge rusher. Does a nice job getting around blocks. He's a long, lean kid right now and must continue to get stronger." – Allen Trieu, Scout.com

5.) Penn State: Andre Robinson (4-star RB, No. 114 overall player)
"Robinson has good burst, tremendous balance and plays with a low center of gravity and is physical. He is hard to bring down on first contact, and trying to arm tackle him is usually fruitless. He has good vision and feet, and understands how to be patient on a run and also has good vision to see holes even where a play is not blocked. The biggest thing Robinson needs to improve is lowering his pad level." -Brian Dohn, Scout.com

6.) Penn State: Brandon Polk (4-star WR, No. 123 overall player)
"Polk is the prototypical slot receiver. He can beat you as a receiver, runner and return man. Regardless, he is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. On top of his great speed, Polk is a very good route-runner and has soft hands. The Briar Woods standout is also very shifty and has the unique ability to make a cut without losing any speed. Overall, he is one the most explosive players in the 2015 class." - Michael Clark, Scout.com

7.) David Dowell (4-star WR, No. 128 overall player)
"First off, what sticks out about David Dowell is the size and length, at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. He is also a true two-way athlete, as he was recruited to play on both sides of the football by different schools. As a wide receiver, Dowell has the ability to go up and over defensive backs for the football. He knows how to position his body to shield defenders for the ball, and has no problems making tough catches over the middle. He does not drop the football, and has the ability to raise his game against top competition." – Bill Green, Scout.com

8.) Eric Lee (4-star CB, No. 129 overall player)
"His backpedal is smooth, the hips quickly turn and he does an excellent job of finding the ball and staying with his man. He had an interception, and just missed two more, while also having another pass breakup. His ball skills are tremendous and he'll also knock a receivers head off if given the chance. He'll be one of the top DBs in the region in the 2015 class." – Brandon Huffman, Scout.com

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