Expect the Big Ten to have a bad recruiting year overall because there is a lack of talent in the Midwest. You can count on Ohio State and Michigan to do well, as usual, and Illinois, Minnesota and Penn State are doing well. But the others must pick up the pace.
Michigan landed another blue-chipper in 6-5, 235-pound defensive end Craig Roh of Phoenix, Ariz. That gives coach Rich Rodriguez two of the best defensive ends in the country. Earlier, he landed Anthony LaLota, the top prospect in New Jersey.
De-commiting is becoming an all too frequent practice among college recruits and the latest is Pat Patterson of Macon, Miss., a wide receiver who ranks as the No. 16 player in the nation.
Patterson originally committed to Mississippi State. Why did he decide to change his mind? Because he said he didn't like the way Mississippi State played in its recent 3-2 loss to Clemson. He said they didn't use their wide receivers properly. He said he wants to go to a school that will better utilize his talents. He is considering Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State and Ole Miss.
Devon Kennard of Chandler, Ariz., a defensive lineman who is the No. 4 player in the nation, likely will choose USC or Arizona State.
Craig Loston of Houston, Texas, a defensive back who is the No. 5 player in the nation, de-committed from Clemson and now is interested in LSU. Why? Because his good friend, Russell Shepard, a quarterback who is the No. 7 player in the country, already has committed there.
Defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick of Gadsden City, Ala., the nation's No. 6 player, has offers from LSU and Auburn but I would be shocked if he doesn't choose Alabama.
The nation's best linebacker, Jarvis Jones of Columbus, Ga., rated No. 9 in the country, will pick Georgia, Auburn or Florida State.
Defensive lineman Jamarkus McFarland of Luftin, Texas, rated No. 11, is considering Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Florida, LSU, and Florida State.
Manti Teo, the best player to come out of Hawaii in the last 10 years, has reduced his list to five schools. The 6-2, 230-pound linebacker will choose USC, BYU, Notre Dame, Stanford or UCLA. He is the No. 2 linebacker in the senior class.
Illinois is on the list of linebacker Jelani Jenkins of Wheaton, Md., a suburb of Washington D.C. Jenkins, rated No. 33 in the country, is a 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) student who also is considering Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Maryland, Florida and Stanford.