Big Ten recruiting scorecard: June edition

This is the time of year when recruiting starts to heat up, especially as prospects show off their stuff at various camps. With commitments pouring in, it's time to take another look at the recruiting scorecard for the 2015 class in the Big Ten.

Penn State continues to lead the way, as coach James Franklin has already piled up 16 commitments for 2015. The Nittany Lions' seven ESPN 300 recruits are tied for fourth most in the country. The numbers are starting to add up for other Big Ten squads as well. The usual caveat here applies -- signing day is not until February, and a whole lot of things can change between now and then -- but here's a closer look at how recruiting stands in the league in mid-June.


2015 verbal commitments: 16

ESPN 300 prospects: 8

Highest-rated recruit (according to ESPN.com): QB-DT Brandon Wimbush

Spotlight: When offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins committed to Franklin over the phone, Franklin was at a Penn State caravan in Hershey. Franklin held his cell phone out to the crowd and got a "We Are ..." chant started. It was only the start of the good news, as Wimbush committed the same day.


2015 verbal commitments: 13

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: Quarterback Austin Kafentzis

Spotlight: Gary Anderson's staff has been on a roll, picking up nine commitments in the past six weeks, including seven in the past 11 days. Sam Madden was the latest of three offensive tackles to give his pledge, and at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, he's bringing a whole lot of beef to Madison.


2015 verbal commitments: 12

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: Athlete David Dowell

Spotlight: The Wildcats' latest commitment came this month when New Jersey offensive lineman Andrew Otterman told Pat Fitzgerald yes. He was an under-the-radar recruit who was being pursued by Ivy League schools, and he plans on being a pre-med major.


2015 verbal commitments: 11

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: TE-H Nakia Griffin

Spotlight: Kyle Flood has added three commitments in the past week. The highest-rated one was 6-6, 280-pound Blake Camper of Virginia, who will likely play offensive tackle for the Scarlet Knights.


2015 verbal commitments: 10

ESPN 300 prospects: 1

Highest-rated recruit: Cornerback Eric Lee

Spotlight: The Huskers have held steady, with their last commitment coming on May 15. That was from Atlanta safety Aaron Williams. He wasn't really getting recruited by SEC schools, but new secondary coach Charlton Warren, who's from Atlanta, obviously saw something he liked.


2015 verbal commitments: 9

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: Athlete Drew Cook

Spotlight: The Hawkeyes grabbed their first eight commitments early, then added offensive lineman Brett Waechter last week. He sounds like the typical Kirk Ferentz project: a player from a small school in Iowa (Hartley) whom the recruiting services don't know much about. At around 6-5 and 265 pounds, he's got a nice baseline for that Hawkeyes development program to use.


2015 verbal commitments: 9

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: Cornerback Kareem Ali, Jr.

Spotlight: After being quiet on the trail for months, the Terrapins picked up eight commitments in the past 25 days. That includes Ali, who chose Maryland over offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Florida, Rutgers and others.


2015 verbal commitments: 7

ESPN 300 prospects: 4

Highest-rated recruit: Cornerback Garrett Taylor

Spotlight: Offensive tackle Grant Newsome gave the Wolverines a boost last week, picking Brady Hoke's team over Penn State. The 6-7, 290-pounder also reportedly had offers from Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame and loads of others. Given Michigan's recent struggles on the O-line, this came as particularly good news.


2015 verbal commitments: 7

ESPN 300 prospects: 2

Highest-rated recruit: Athlete Eric Glover-Williams

Spotlight: Buckeyes fans who were getting nervous about the slow start to recruiting were reassured when five players committed between May 27 and June 10. One of those is a long snapper -- Liam McCullough from Columbus. Long snappers don't often get scholarship offers, but McCullough had them from Michigan State and Wisconsin and is rated No. 2 nationally at his position. If he plays and you never hear his name again, the scholarship was well worth it.


2015 verbal commitments: 6

ESPN 300 prospects: 1

Highest-rated recruit: Offensive tackle Gabe Megginson

Spotlight: The Illini saw something in Washington D.C. running back Reggie Corbin, whose only other major offer was from Washington State. Since Tim Beckman missed out on USC transfer Ty Isaac, Corbin could get some early playing time in the backfield.


2015 verbal commitments: 5

ESPN 300 prospects: 2

Highest-rated recruit: Offensive tackle Kyonta Stallworth

Spotlight: Quarterback Jayru Campbell, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after being charged with assaulting a school security officer, decommitted from the Spartans, which was likely a two-way street. Michigan State had already found another quarterback in this class in Brian Lewerke from Phoenix. Running back Khari Willis committed over the weekend.


2015 verbal commitments: 5

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: Quarterback Elijah Sindelar

Spotlight: Darrell Hazell picked up four commitments in the past week, including three-star running back Robert Ennis from Millville, N.J. Purdue joined Ohio State in offering a scholarship to a long snapper, Ben Makowski, which inspired this post.


2015 verbal commitments: 4

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: Wide receiver Leon Thornton

Spotlight: The Hoosiers have added two recruits this month, including sought-after quarterback Tommy Stevens. With Tre Roberson transferring, Kevin Wilson needs to add a quarterback in this class.


2015 verbal commitments: 3

ESPN 300 prospects: 0

Highest-rated recruit: Safety Jacob Huff

Spotlight: All three of Minnesota's commits have come since May 30, and none have been rated yet by ESPN.com. Two of the three are twins, as defensive back Jacob Huff and linebacker Julian Huff each gave their pledge on June 5. Twin Cities, indeed.