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Weekend wrap: Big Ten

8/19/2013

Ohio State landed yet another big recruit, a few prospects snuck in visits before the season starts and there are still some big questions left to be answered after this week in Big Ten recruiting. Here is a look at what happened over the past week.

Biggest commitment: Ohio State started the weekend right with its 17th commitment in the Class of 2014 when the Buckeyes grabbed athlete Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus). Samuel clocked a 4.36 40-yard dash at The Opening and joins an impressive group of speedsters for Urban Meyer. In the last two years, the two-time national champion has nabbed Dontre Wilson (4.33 40-yard dash), Ezekiel Elliott (4.33), James Clark (4.38), Parris Campbell Jr. (4.41), Terry McLaurin (4.41), Jalin Marshall (4.42), Corey Smith (4.50) and Samuel for his offense. If speed doesn’t kill, it certainly will contribute.

Biggest offer: Indiana proved it wasn’t going to ignore Illinois talent in 2015 when it offered Jacksonville offensive tackle Gabe Megginson and Maroa-Forsyth quarterback Jack Hockaday on Sunday. In 2014, the Hoosiers offered 22 athletes out of Illinois. In 2013, Indiana offered 21 out of the state.

Most important visit: Purdue survived a pledge’s unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend when three-star outside linebacker Drue Tranquill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) visited the Fighting Irish and still came back committed. That doesn’t mean the 6-3, 207-pound Tranquill is done with Notre Dame by any means. He might catch the Irish against Temple on Aug. 31 and he’ll no doubt be keeping close tabs on the Boilermakers’ game with Notre Dame on Sept. 14.

Michigan State also hosted some big visitors, mainly in the 2015 class. Shahid Bellamy (Oak Park, Mich./Oak Park) was one of those visitors along with defensive back Tyson Smith (Orchard Lake, Mich./St. Mary’s) and Jacob Miller (Detroit/Northwestern) among others. The Spartans have been turning up the heat on 2015 prospects over the past few weeks and are working hard to secure major inroads for the local prospects.

Biggest answer: Iowa’s need to rebuild its linebacker unit was met on Saturday with the addition of inside backer Aaron Mends (Kansas City, Mo./Winnetonka). Mends is the third linebacker the Hawkeyes have taken in the 2014 class. His commitment shows a trend towards youth at Iowa as the Hawkeyes currently have four freshman linebackers on their roster as well.