Right now, Division I football programs are currently in the midst of an Evaluation Period which will last until May 31, 2015 before most college camps open up. With a limited amount of time to visit prospects, coaching staffs have hit the road en masse to build inroads across the country and it has been an active recruiting week throughout the Big Ten Conference.
Nebraska Lands two 2016 Commits
Recruiting for the Cornhuskers has been a bit stagnant under new head coach Mike Riley thus far. This took a quick change last week as Nebraska landed verbal commitments from quarterback Terry Wilson and outside linebacker William Johnson. Before the pair of commitments, Nebraska’s last 2016 pledge came in September of 2014.
Johnson was the first of the two to commit, deciding on Nebraska on May 4. Before that, Johnson totaled 50 total tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries last year for Arizona Western, a junior college. At 6’3” and 220 pounds, Johnson is unranked according to 247sports.com, however he did hold four other offers.
Wilson, on the other hand, is a highly recruited dual-threat quarterback out of Oklahoma. With offers from schools such as Arizona State, Houston, Indiana, and Texas Tech, Wilson is a three-star prospect that threw for 2,850 yards, 24 passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns.
Michigan Active in 2017 Class
Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s sophomore wide receiver K.J. Hamler is one of the quickest rising prospects in the state. Hamler already held offers from Michigan State, Indiana and West Virginia, but on Tuesday the speedy wide-out added a scholarship offer from the Michigan Wolverines. Hamler has visited both Michigan and Michigan State several times within the past year, and it looks like the two in-state schools are early favorites.
In addition to offering Hamler, Michigan extended an offer to Trey Sermon, a four-star running back from Georgia. Last month, Sermon picked up six Division One offers in one week, and the Wolverines are the latest to join the mix. As a sophomore in 2014, Sermon rushed for over 500 yards and 11 touchdowns. Sermon is ranked as the No. 5 running back in the country according to 247sports.com.
Big Week for Golden Gophers
Minnesota added its 7th commitment of the 2016 class and 3rd member of the offensive line once Conner Olson committed on Tuesday. As a product of Monticello (Minn.) Senior, Olson has great size at 6’5” and 275 pounds and projects as an offensive guard at the next level.
Olson visited Minnesota on April 27, was offered on May 3, and accepted the scholarship offer just two days later. The primary coaches recruiting Olson to the Golden Gophers were offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and linebacker coach Mike Sherels.
Four-star junior athlete Chris Evans, from Ben Davis High School in Indiana, was also offered by Minnesota on Tuesday. Rated as the No. 5 all-purpose running back in the country on 247sports.com, Evans is one of the top athletes in the Midwest in the 2016 recruiting class. In 2014, Evans racked up 1,249 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns, 58 receptions, and 10 receiving touchdowns in what was a breakout year for the 5’10”, 186-pound prospect.
Michigan State Offers Top Juniors
Over the weekend, Detroit (Mich.) King junior defensive back Lavert Hill participated in The Opening Chicago Regional. Hill was outstanding on the day, winning defensive back MVP honors and earning an invitation to The Opening. After that performance, Michigan State extended an offer to the current Penn State commit.
Hill maintains that he is firmly committed to the Nittany Lions right now, but it would not be a surprise to see the four-star cornerback flip to Michigan, where his brother Delano is a safety, or Michigan State before the Signing Day. Hill has visited both programs multiple times in the past and is in heavy pursuit by both.
The Spartans offered another invitee to The Opening in No. 11 wide receiver Binjimen Victor. At 6’4” and 170-pounds, Victor has an athletic frame and above average ball skills and he should only continue to improve. Victor currently sports an offer list that is 41 teams deep. It will be importan
t for Michigan State to get the Florida wide receiver on campus before Fall.
Wisconsin Offers A Trio of Talented Prospects
Over the past three months, three-star Pennsylvania safety Khaleke Hudson has visited Penn State several times, but the Wisconsin Badgers want to make a push in his recruitment and have offered the 5’11”, 200-pound prospect. Hudson currently holds 21 offers and does not have a timetable set for his decision.
Keyshawn Young, who is listed as a wide receiver on 247sports.com, was also offered by Wisconsin on Tuesday. Although he is ranked as a wide out, Young accumulated 629 rushing yards to only 140 receiving yards in 2014. Hailing from Miami, Florida, Young holds offers from the traditional Southern powerhouses. Young is listed as a three-star prospect with a good chance of receiving a rating bump after his senior season.
The Badgers were quite active in Florida on Tuesday as Wisconsin also offered three-star cornerback Hussein Howe. At this point, Howe has 13 offers and is split 50/50 between Florida State and Georgia Tech according to the 247sports.com Crystal Ball.
Buckeyes Pick Up 2016 Punter
On March 31, Cincinnati (Oh.) LaSalle junior punter Drue Chrisman was offered by Ohio State on a visit to campus. Since that time, Chrisman was offered by Indiana and visited OSU once more before committing to the Buckeyes on Tuesday. Chrisman is unranked on 247sports.com, but the 6’4”, 200-pound punter turned down five other scholarship offers before pledging to Ohio State.
Junior LB Picks Up Two Big Ten Offers
On Thursday, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove inside linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse added scholarship offers from Minnesota first then Illinois a few hours later. At 6’3” and 232-pounds, Mbem-Bosse is rated as the No. 25 inside linebacker in the 2016 class. The University of Southern Florida also offered later in the day.