Kurelic breaks down Big Ten recruiting

My colleague Bill Kurelic surveys the Big Ten recruiting landscape in his blog today, checking in on commitments for the 2011 class.

A couple of things stand out:

  • Michigan's in-state recruiting seems to be on the uptick with early commitments from defensive end Brennen Beyer (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) and defensive back Delonte Hollowell (Detroit/Cass Tech).

  • Michigan State also is doing well within state lines, securing commitments from standout linebacker Lawrence Thomas and others.

  • Penn State's lack of any verbal commitments is the league's biggest early surprise in recruiting, though it's not a huge shock. Kurelic writes: "Joe Pa was one of the pioneers of the early offer and commitment, but this year the Nittany Lions have just 14 scholarships to give so Paterno and his staff are being very conservative with their early offers."

  • Not surprisingly, Kurelic points out that Ohio State is leading the way in Big Ten recruiting "both in terms of quantity and quality." Six of the Buckeyes' 10 commitments are ESPNU 150 Watch List selections.

  • Iowa is "off to a good start" for 2011 after securing a commitment from one of the state's top prospects, offensive lineman Austin Blythe (Williamsburg, Iowa/Williamsburg).