Big Ten recruiting nuggets

As we inch closer to national signing day -- less than a week away -- here are some more Big Ten-related recruiting nuggets. I'll be focused on recruiting during the next week or so, but you should definitely be looking here for the most up-to-date news.

Florida drops five-star defensive back Demar Dorsey off pledge list

ESPNU 150 safety Demar Dorsey of Boyd Anderson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) is no longer being sought by the Gators and no longer considered a commitment.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Dorsey, considered the No. 2 safety prospect in the Class of 2010, has long been pledged to the Gators, but still looking at other programs.

He has recently expressed interest in Florida State, Southern California, Michigan and Tennessee.

Dorsey visited the Seminoles, Wolverines and Vols, and has scheduled an official visit with the Trojans. He was interested in USC under Pete Carroll and recruited by the current staff when it was at Tennessee.

Nittany Lions add athlete Shyquawn Pullium to commitment list

Recruited as a cornerback, Shyquawn Pullium of Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) has accepted a scholarship offer from Penn State for the Class of 2010.

Pittsburgh, Toledo, Maryland, Cincinnati and Miami-Ohio also extended scholarship offers.

"It's a great school academically," he texted to ESPN affiliate Web site NittanyNetwork.com. "And the people there are great. I think it's just the best place for me."

Touted defensive lineman Bruce Gaston commits to the Boilers

Purdue has landed a huge commitment for its recruiting Class of 2010 in three-star prospect defensive tackle Bruce Gaston of St. Rita (Chicago).

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound standout chose the Boilermakers over Michigan State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Wisconsin and Iowa.

"It was just a comfort level that I always seemed to have when I visited Purdue," Gaston told the Chicago Tribune. "I can see myself 40 years from now looking back and being glad I chose to go to Purdue."

Speedy running back Tony Drake now headed to Colorado State

Three-star talent Tony Drake (Dallas/Skyline) has committed to Colorado State after a weekend official visit, ESPN's Gerry Hamilton reports.

Drake and Michigan parted ways recently after being committed for over 10 months.

Highly-recruited Zack Bolton switches from Illinois to Utes

Three-star offensive lineman Zack Bolton of Klein Forest (Houston, Texas), has changed his Class of 2010 pledge from the Illini to Utah.

A 6-foot-2, 260-pound prospect, who originally committed to Kansas in August, is recovering from a season-ending torn ACL in December. He was also offered by Nebraska, Arizona, Missouri, Wake Forest, Minnesota, SMU, Rice, Baylor, Houston, Iowa State, North Texas and New Mexico State.

Gophers pluck another from Lackawanna College

Minnesota has picked up a Class of 2010 pledge from cornerback Dwight Tillman of Lackawanna CC, Pa.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect is originally from Western Tech (Baltimore, Md.).

He joins Lackawanna teammate tight end Tiree Eure in joining the Gophers.

Michael Thornton possibly down to three

Four-star defensive tackle Michael Thornton (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) has already visited Georgia, Kentucky and Penn State. According to ESPN affiliate Web site NittanyNetwork.com, he is finished traveling.

"He told me he's not doing any more visits," Stephenson assistant coach Corey Johnson said. "He's been to Penn State, Kentucky and Georgia. Those are the three he visited."

When asked if his star defensive lineman has narrowed his choices down to the three, Johnson said, "More than likely those are the three, unless something changes."