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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

September, 30, 2013

The Big Ten doesn’t need an entire schedule of games to make news, and it proved it in the recruiting world.

Here’s a look at what happened off the field in yet another busy weekend of looking toward the future.

Recruiting pitches: Big Ten

May, 10, 2013
Inspired by Florida's "#ComePlayWRFortheJoker" campaign">Florida's "#ComePlayWRFortheJoker" campaign, our recruiting writers looked at other ways schools can sell themselves on the trail. Here's a look at recruiting pitches for the Big Ten:

Illinois Illini
What they’re selling: A chance to rebuild a program from the ground up, beginning with four-star quarterback Aaron Bailey, who signed in 2013.
What they’re missing: Just about all of the top prospects from their own state.

Indiana Hoosiers
What they’re selling: Indiana coach Kevin Wilson embraces the idea of a college spring break and is ready to head to Cancun with some of his players.
What they’re missing: Wilson looks like he might hold the group up in Mexico, however, as he still needs the assistance of a flotation device. Points that it is in the shape of a turtle, though.

Iowa Hawkeyes
What they’re selling: Iowa boasts one of the few staffs that can say they will be there all four years of a recruit’s career and has the history to back it up. Kirk Ferentz is the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten and it’s not even close.
What they’re missing: Out-of-state prospects tend to think Iowa is all cornfields, leaving the staff to battle that misconception countless times throughout the recruiting cycle.

Michigan Wolverines
What they’re selling: Michigan coach Brady Hoke looks like an outlaw patrolling the sideline on Saturdays without a headset.
What they’re missing: The player who graces the NCAA Football 2014 cover Denard Robinson. "Shoelace" was one of the Wolverines’ best recruiting tools.

Michigan State Spartans
What they’re selling: Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is the man behind Little Giants, one of the greatest trick plays of the last few decades.
What they’re missing: A trip to a Rose Bowl under Dantonio would put Michigan State over the top when it comes to recruiting. There is already a significant difference in the caliber of player the Spartans are now getting compared to just a few seasons ago.

Minnesota Gophers
What they’re selling: The Gophers boast the biggest locker room in college football.
What they’re missing: They have not had a winning season since 2008.

Nebraska Cornhuskers
What they’re selling: Bo Pelini whipped out “The Bernie” in the Huskers’ Harlem Shake video. Harlem Shake equals instant credibility with recruits.
What they’re missing: A lack of a strong base of in-state talent makes it tough to recruit at Nebraska, and a Harlem Shake video can overcome only so much.

Northwestern Wildcats
What they’re selling: The new facilities are right near Lake Michigan, which, as assistant Bob Heffner is telling recruits, is a great spot for fishing.
What they’re missing: Not too many high schoolers in New Jersey have taken up fishing as a hobby. At least not yet.

Ohio State Buckeyes
What they’re selling: Urban Meyer is bringing SEC speed to the Big Ten.
What they’re missing: Has anyone actually clocked Meyer in the 40-yard dash? How fast is he really?

Penn State Nittany Lions
What they’re selling: Beaver Stadium fits more than 106,000 on Saturdays, making it the second largest stadium in the country. Inside is also one of the country’s most passionate fan bases, and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit once listed Penn State’s student section as “simply the loudest, most supportive student section in college football.”
What they’re missing: A full slate of scholarships and a chance to play for a Big Ten title the next few years.

Purdue Boilermakers
What they’re selling: Few programs have the history Purdue does at quarterback, and former Boilermakers Drew Brees, Kyle Orton and Curtis Painter are all on NFL rosters. The Boilermakers just signed ESPN 300 QB Danny Etling, too.
What they’re missing: Brees, Orton and Painter.

Wisconsin Badgers
What they’re selling: The Badgers have been to three straight Rose Bowls.
What they’re missing: The coach who took them there.

Danny Etling waiting to hear from Hazell 

December, 5, 2012
Elite 11 finalist Danny Etling (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo) heard the news of Darrell Hazell's hiring as Purdue's next coach, but the Boilermakers' 2013 quarterback commit is not jumping on board yet.

Etling, No. 172 in the ESPN 300, will wait to hear from the new Purdue coach before deciding if he will remain committed.

"I think I'm just going to wait for him to contact me and kind of see what his plans are and if he still wants me," Etling said. "I don't really know much about him."

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Weekend Rewind: Midwest 

November, 26, 2012
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.

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ESPN 300 WR headlines Purdue's visitors 

October, 4, 2012
Purdue has not been 3-1 since 2007. That also might have been the last time the Boilermakers had a recruiting weekend as big as the one they will have this weekend when they host the Michigan Wolverines.

Eight official visitors will arrive for the weekend in West Lafayette, including some big names that frankly would surprise most people in that Purdue was able to land an official visit with them.

The headliner of the official visitors is four-star receiver and ESPN 300 prospect DeAndre Woods (Pinsin, Ala./Clay-Chalkville). The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Woods has offers from the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, USC and Vanderbilt among others, yet his first official visit is going to Purdue.

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