NCF On The Trail: Juwan Johnson

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has put together a top 15 recruiting class that should only get better as we head toward signing day, and Rutgers has a real chance to slow down Penn State’s recruiting momentum in New Jersey this weekend.

With 10 Big Ten commits in attendance at The Opening, the conference was well represented. Prospects for Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State competed with 153 of their peers.

The Nittany Lions had the most commitments on hand with four, including quarterback Brandon Wimbush, receiver Juwan Johnson, running back Saquon Barkley and defensive lineman Adam McLean.

Wimbush had an outstanding week and turned some heads with his performance. He found himself in the top 11 rankings for the quarterbacks all week and shined in the 7on tournament as well.

McLean hurt his hamstring early on in the event, so he wasn’t able to participate in most of the activities. He did represent the Nittany Lions well, though, with an outstanding haircut. He had Penn State and the logo cut into his hair.

Michigan had linebacker commit Darrin Kirkland Jr. and quarterback Alex Malzone. Both prospects performed well and both had their recruiting hats on too.

Kirkland showed up to the event saying he had his targets on running back Mike Weber, and he had all week to try to convince Weber to join him in Ann Arbor.

The Spartans also had a quarterback on hand with Brian Lewerke participating in the Elite 11. Lewerke had a quiet week, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing with this type of event. Lewerke didn’t make many mistakes and was part of the championship team for the 7on tourney.

Linebacker Justin Hilliard wasn’t so quiet as he made his presence known early, earning a top 15 SPARQ rating and being named to the all-tourney team in the 7on play.

That feat is impressive given the fact that 7-on-7 play isn’t geared towards linebackers and certainly not to 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebackers at that.

Hilliard was joined by fellow Ohio State commits Tyler Green and Jashon Cornell at the event.

It was a good test for the prospects to size up their future competition and gain some experience when they transition to college.

Early Offer: Spring evaluation leaders

April, 2, 2014
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National recruiting reporter Jeremy Crabtree discusses the hottest storylines in football recruiting, including programs off to hot starts in spring recruiting and how the Final Four schools have fared building for their football futures.

Weekly commitment roundup

March, 21, 2014
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Boston College
Lukas Denis, ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 175
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Chris Lindstrom, OG
HT: 6-4 WT: 250
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Miami
Bowman Archibald, TE-Y
HT: 6-5 WT: 240
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

North Carolina
Corey Bell Jr., CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 168
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Chris Clark, TE-Y
HT: 6-6 WT: 247
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Big 12

Texas
DeShon Elliott, S
HT: 6-2 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Big Ten

Penn State
Juwan Johnson, ATH
HT: 6-5 WT: 195
Positional Rank: No. 19 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 214

Pac-12

Oregon State
Treshon Broughton, CB
HT: 6-0 WT: 180
Positional Rank: N/A (juco)
Stars: Evaluation pending

UCLA
Josh Rosen, QB-PP
HT: 6-4 WT: 200
Positional Rank: No. 1 QB-PP
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 16

SEC

Arkansas
Justin Cantrell, TE
HT: 6-3 WT: 245
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Auburn
Montavious Atkinson, OLB
HT: 6-2 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

South Carolina
Michael Bowman, WR
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Positional Rank: No. 19 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 147

Tennessee
Stephen Griffin, S
HT: 6-2 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

American

South Florida
Deundre Pickett-White, ATH
HT: 6-0 WT: 192
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Trevon Sands, RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 181
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Independents

BYU
Kimane Domena, QB-DT
HT: 6-1 WT: 188
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

C-USA

Louisiana Tech
LaDante Davenport, DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 260

Brandon Durman, ILB
HT: 6-1 WT: 215

Aaron Roberson, CB
HT: 5-10 WT: 181

Trey Spencer, ATH
HT: 5-11 WT: 160

Dwaine Thomas, OLB
HT: 6-2 WT: 210

Rice
Ross Donelly, DT
HT: 6-2 WT: 300
Positional Rank: No. 21 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300: No. 229

Hunter Herndon, ATH
HT: 6-4 WT: 236

Tulane
Devin Glenn, RB
HT: 5-8 WT: 142

UAB
Ryan Barbour, TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 240

Jamarius Henderson, RB
HT: 5-11 WT: 205
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Mid-American

Central Michigan
Romello Ross, RB
HT: 5-10 WT: 175
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3

Western Michigan
Parker Underwood, TE-Y
HT: 6-4 WT: 235

ESPN Junior 300 analysis: Big Ten 

November, 19, 2013
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The newest version of the ESPN Junior 300 is out and there was plenty of movement within the list to interest Big Ten fans. Here is a look at what changes were made from a Big Ten perspective.


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