Big Ten recruiting nuggets

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

A few Big Ten recruiting nuggets and tidbits for you, starting with Ohio State recruit Roderick Smith and his quest to become the greatest running back in Indiana state high school history. Also, Michigan State is gearing up for a big recruiting weekend as Michigan comes to town (ESPN Insider).

Hawkeyes add third pledge this week in DB B.J. Lowery

Iowa has snared a Class of 2010 commitment from B.J. Lowery, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback from Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Lowery was also offered by Akron. He is the 16th pledge for the Hawkeyes

Nittany Lions offer junior Maika Polamalu

Class of 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List athlete Maika Polamalu (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) received a scholarship offer from Penn State prior to last weekend's loss to Iowa, ESPN affiliate Web site NittanyNetwork.com reports.

He named some other schools that figure to be in the mix, "I'm interested in all the schools that have been in contact. Penn State, Pitt, Virginia, Rutgers, UCLA, Illinois, LSU, Colorado and Clemson are schools I've heard from."

Polamalu's father, Alatoa, played for Penn State and graduated in 1988. His mother also graduated from Penn State. Cousin Troy Polamalu played for Southern Cal and is currently a star safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers.