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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
B1G brothers, underclassmen on the rise

By Tom VanHaaren

It’s not unusual for football to run in the family, which is why it’s no surprise to hear a recruit mention his younger brother as a prospect to watch in the future. There are plenty of past and current prospects who now have brothers rising up in the ranks and creating a name for themselves.

The Big Ten alone has a handful of younger brothers who will be household names once their time comes. Here is a look at a few prospects with ties to the Big Ten.

2015 LB Justin Hilliard
Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier
6-2, 230 pounds
No. 145 in ESPN Jr. 300

Brother: 2014 running back C.J. Hilliard, who signed with Iowa.

Offers: Arkansas, Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State among others.

Bio: The younger Hilliard might be more highly regarded than his brother in terms of his ranking and offer sheet. Hilliard has the entire country, let alone Big Ten, after him and he hasn’t even started his junior season yet. He earned a Michigan offer after camping and has been racking up offers along the way. It’s too early at this point to tell where he ends up, but it’s going to be difficult for Iowa to gain a commitment from him despite having his brother on board.

2015 DB Justin Tranquill
Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll
5-foot-101 175 pounds
Not yet ranked

Brother: 2014 LB Drue Tranquill, committed to Purdue.

Offers: Toledo

Bio: Younger brother of Drue, Justin has already been offered by Toledo. He and his older brother are two different players, but both are good prospects in their own right. There is still intrigue with Drue’s recruitment as he is currently considering Notre Dame despite being committed to Purdue. It’s too early to tell where the younger Tranquill will end up, but he is headed in the right direction. If his season can get off to a fast start, he could see his offer list grow quickly.

2015 LB Cassius Peat
Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol
6-foot-4, 235 pounds
Not yet ranked

Brother: Todd Peat, transferred from Nebraska, 2012 Andrus Peat, signed with Stanford.

Offers: Arizona State, Michigan State.

Bio: Since brother, Todd, transferred from Nebraska,the ties to the Big Ten have dwindled. With his other brother at Stanford and Arizona State already extending an offer, Peat might end up closer to home in the Pac 12. He is receiving interest from quite a few Big Ten teams, though, including Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State.

2016 DE Nick Bosa
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
6-2, 215 pounds
No ranking available for 2016

Brother: 2013 defensive end Joey Bosa, signed with Ohio State.

Offers: Boston College, Ohio State

Bio: Bosa’s brother, Joey, ended up with Ohio State, and there is a good chance that history repeats itself with the younger Bosa. The Buckeyes have already offered and while he hasn’t made any decisions yet, it does seem likely he could follow in his brother’s footsteps. Bosa is hearing from other programs, so that could always change depending on who offers the standout sophomore.

2016 Brendan Ferns
6-foot-3, 215 pounds
Saint Clairsville, Ohio/Saint Clairsville
No ranking available for 2016

Brother: 2014 LB Michael Ferns, committed to Michigan.

Offers: N/A

Bio This could be a house divided when all is said and done. Big brother, Michael, is committed to Michigan, but Brendan is an Ohio State fan. It looks like the interest is starting to heat up for Brendan, so it could be a battle to land him in the end. He has seen Michigan so many times with his brother that he does have a level of comfort with the Wolverines. His family isn’t originally from Ohio, so there are no straight Buckeyes ties, but if Ohio State offers, it could be a good old-fashioned Michigan-Ohio State recruiting battle.

2016 ATH Trevon Diggs
Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton
6-foot, 165 pounds
No rankings available for 2016

Brother: 2012 WR Stefon Diggs, signed with Maryland

Offers: Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia.

Bio: Maryland won’t enter the Big Ten conference until 2014, but it’s still safe to put Diggs on this list. His brother, Stefon, was recruited by every big program, including most of the Big Ten schools. He ultimately chose to stay close to home and is playing at Maryland. The younger Diggs already holds an offer from Maryland and Nebraska, and that list is sure to rise as he does in the ranks. Diggs tagged along during his brother’s recruitment so there could be a lot of teams in play already.

2017 LB Drew Singleton
Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
6-foot, 180 pounds
No rankings available for 2017

Brother: 2012 LB D.J. Singleton, signed with Nebraska

Offers: N/A

Bio: D.J. took an unorthodox path to end up at Nebraska, originally signing with Wisconsin. Younger brother Drew now has a clear picture of the process and will eventually be a touted recruit. He has a few connections to the Big Ten conference, not only with his brother, but with teammates Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty, who are committed to Michigan.

2017 LB Joshua Ross
6-foot, 195 pounds
Orchard Lake, Mich./St. Mary’s Prep
No ranking available for 2017

Brother: 2012 LB James Ross, signed with Michigan.

Offers: N/A

Bio: Ross has been making a name for himself ever since video of him making big tackles in his youth league surfaced on the internet. There has been hype around his name for awhile, and now he’s starting to move up the ladder in age. He is still young, just a freshman, but this is one prospect to watch. With his older brother, James, at Michigan it might be tough for other Big Ten teams to beat the Wolverines, but there is plenty of time in his recruitment.