January 31, 2012
Who has the best at each position?
On the eve of signing day SpartanMag.com looks at which teams got the best recruits at various positions. Did the Spartans address their most pressing need well? What about the rivals Wolverines and Badgers. Find out the details.
QUARTERBACK: Purdue Boilermakers
This is simply a numbers game. Most schools signed 1quarterback, but Coach Danny Hope is bringing in three. Two of the three are dual threat recruits that could move to other positions if things do not work out. With that said, one of them should emerge as a quality quarterback. Austin Appleyby is the big pro-style player while Indiana native Aloysis Grey and Florida product Bilal Marshall are dual-threat. Marshall could be the big steal here as he was a Kansa commit and Purdue got him to flip. Coach Hope has quietly assembled a solid class for Purdue.
RUNNNG BACK: Ohio State
Rivals.com has Ohio State with the top ranked class with Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball, however this one is close than many might expect. While Dunn and Ball are top 250 players neither is the level of a Beanie Wells or Maurice Clarett. Iowa got a huge get when they landed Greg Garmon of Pennsylvania and we like Indian recruit Tevin Coleman as well. Every team in the Big Ten signed at least 1 quality running back for 2012.
WIDE RECEIVER: Michigan State
The Spartans needed to sign a great class with the graduation of B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin, Keith Nichol, Chris D. Rucker and Brad Sontag they did just that nabbing #1 player in Michigan Aaron Burbridge, All-Ohio recruit Monty Madaris, All-Florida standout MacGarrett Kings and big wideout Kyle Kerrick who is not only close to 6-foot-4, but is in for spring as well.
TIGHT END: Penn State
This one could have gone a lot of ways, but we decided to give the Lions the edge. Penn State has two quality TE prospect. We really like Jesse James who checks in at 6-foot-7, 250-pounds. If he stays at tight end he could be a very good player. Brett Wilkerson committed so early many forget just how sought after he was. Penn States’ class has some holes, but they did nail this position pretty well.
Offensive Line: Michigan
Michigan gets the nod here, but it is not as wide a gap as many Wolverine fans probably hoped it would be. Caleb Stacey de-committed earlier this month and though he was only a 3-star recruit he was a player the staff liked. Where All-American Kyle Dodson goes could change the dynamic here, but you cannot deny that Ben Braden, Kyle Kalis, Blake Bars and Erik Magnuson are a high-quality group. Jordan Diamond could pop to UM after signing day and he will improve the rankings though in our opinion he is not as good as the four players the Wolverines already have.
Coming Next: Defense
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