It was a big recruiting weekend around the country, though not a particularly productive one for the Big Ten. Three top Midwest prospects decided to play ball outside the Big Ten region, colleague Bill Kurelic writes. Then again, all of this could change in the coming days and weeks as several top players, including all of those USC commits, finalize their college choices.
Here are a few recent Big Ten-related recruiting nuggets from ESPN's Scouts Inc.
Wide receiver James Green drops Gophers for Toledo
The Rockets have landed receiver James Green, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect from Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.) for the Class of 2010.
Green, who decommitted from Minnesota, also considered Rutgers.
He originally picked Tennessee as a prep in 2009, but was not able to enroll and has since re-qualified.
Top defensive end Javarie Johnson drops Miami for Maryland
Four-star senior Javarie Johnson (Washington, D.C./Dunbar) has decommitted from the Hurricanes and is now set to play to the Terps, ESPN affiliate Web site InsideMDSports.com reports.
"Basically, he just wanted to be closer to home and he chose Maryland over Miami," said Dunbar High assistant coach Ashaa Cherry.
Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Florida, UConn, Illinois, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Iowa and New Mexico also offered Johnson, who originally picked Miami in June.
Hoosiers gain three-star tight end Paul Phillips
6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end Paul Phillips of Georgetown Prep (Bethesda, Md.) has given a commitment to the Big Ten Hoosiers for the Class of 2010.
He was also offered by Syracuse.
Indiana now has 25 pledges.