Updated ESPN 300: Big Ten analysis
The ESPN 300 has been updated and the Big Ten saw plenty of movement for its commits, both up and down the list. Here is a look at the five biggest movers within the ESPN 300.
ESPN 300 Rankings
Mere weeks remain until signing day. RecruitingNation's team of scouts took one last look at the Class of 2014. Updated ESPN 300
Defensive back Erick Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) recently committed to Ohio State to join teammates Marcelys Jones and Marshon Lattimore as future Buckeyes. Previously ranked No. 228 overall, Smith moved up 45 spots to 183 in the new rankings. He is a big safety who will add a lot to the Ohio State defense in the future. Smith was an Army All-American and had an outstanding week of practice. His rise in the rankings was earned on the field and should make Buckeyes fans happy he will be in Columbus next season.
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2014 TOP ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECRUITS
|1. Clifton Garrett||85||ILB||LSU|
|2. Nyles Morgan||84||ILB||Notre Dame|
|3. Jamarco Jones||84||OT||Ohio State|
|4. Parrker Westphal||83||CB||Northwestern|
|5. Kyron Watson||83||OLB||Kansas|
|6. Clayton Thorson||83||QB-PP||Northwestern|
|7. Dewayne Hendrix||83||DE||Tennessee|
|8. Ian Bunting||82||TE-H||Michigan|
|9. Brian Allen||82||OC||Michigan St.|
|10. Nic Weishar||82||TE-Y||Notre Dame|
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