- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
There was not any shortage of news in the Midwest this weekend from ESPN 300 commitments. There were big-time visitor lists, coaching changes and even a few ESPN 150 prospects heading south for official visits.
Darius Latham (Indianapolis/North Central), an ESPN 300 defensive tackle, ended the speculation Sunday night and committed to in-state Indiana. Latham decommitted from Wisconsin last month in favor of the Hoosiers. In Bloomington, Latham will be able to play defensive line instead of offense, which is where most programs feel he will flourish best.
It is a big commitment for Indiana as Kevin Wilson has turned a class that was shaping up to the Big Ten's worst into a class that has the potential to turn the Hoosiers around.
Ohio State had several major visitors in the 2013, 2014 and even 2015 class in Columbus for the Michigan game this weekend, which was essentially bowl week for Ohio State. The early returns have been nothing but positive for the Buckeyes, which capped an undefeated season. A few key targets such as Raekwon McMillan and Shelton Gibson said the visit extended the Buckeyes' lead, while it gave ESPN 150 prospect and Florida commit Daniel McMillian something to think about and the same with 150 linebacker and Auburn commit Trey Johnson.
The news is not all positive in the Big Ten, however, as Danny Hope was fired as Purdue's coach Sunday. There was some belief he did enough to save his job but the axe came down Sunday afternoon after four seasons.
Hope was putting together a decently strong class at Purdue, headlined by ESPN 300 commits Danny Etling and Keyante Green, the future backfield for the Boilermakers. Both will take their time with a decision after each officially visited Purdue this past weekend. Etling can make it back to West Lafayette easily, but the same cannot be said for Green, who lives in Georgia.
Two ESPN 150 defensive linemen took official visits to Ole Miss this past weekend, and the Rebels are in the running to steal two of the Midwest's top prospects. Peoria (Ill.) defensive tackle Josh Augusta said he "loved" his visit to Ole Miss and put them No. 3 on his list. Elijah Daniel, who recently parted ways with Clemson, said he was impressed with the atmosphere and The Grove at Ole Miss.
Don't be surprised if Ole Miss lands one of those two.
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