5 Big Ten Leaders Recruits You Need To Know

Posted Feb 1, 2012

Every Big Ten Leaders team's five new recruits you need to know.

Recruiting 2012 

5 Leaders Recruits To Care About

Recruiting 2012

CFN Top Prospects for 2012
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties  

- 2012 Recruiting - Big Ten Legends 5 Recruits You Need To Know

Top 5 Illinois Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. LB T.J. Neal
6-1, 225, Scout.com 24th ranked, three-star middle linebacker.

2. LB Mason Monheim
6-1, 219, Scout.com 33rd ranked, three-star middle linebacker. Monheim finished his junior season with 190 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions. He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 425 and has a 32-inch vertical jump.

3. RB Lakeith Walls
6-4, 200, Scout.com 49th ranked, three-star running back. As a junior, Walls carried the ball 100 times for 1270 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He was named first-team All-City.

4. WR J.J. Robertson
6-0, 185, Scout.com 54th ranked, three-star receiver. Robertson finished his junior season with 23 catches for 615 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had one kick return for a touchdown. He says he can bench 285-pounds, squat 370 and claims a 38-inch vertical jump.

5. DT Vontrell Williams
6-3, 275, Scout.com 60th ranked, three-star tackle. Williams finished his junior season with 40 tackles and 15 sacks. He says he can bench 375-pounds, squat 560 and claims a 32-inch vertical jump.

Top 5 Indiana Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. LB Jaccari Alexander
6-2, 250, Scout.com three-star JUCO transfer.

2. LB Jordan Wallace
6-1, 215, Scout.com 26th ranked, three-star middle linebacker.

3. RB Tevin Coleman
6-1, 190, Scout.com 47th ranked, three-star running back.

4. QB Nathan Sudfeld
6-5, 215, Scout.com 63rd ranked, three-star quarterback.

5. LB Nick Mangieri
6-5, 230, Scout.com 75th ranked, three-star outside linebacker.

Top 5 Ohio State Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. DE Noah Spence
6-3, 240, Scout.com 2nd ranked, five-star defensive end. Spence is the best pure pass rusher to play in the state in a long time. He has a long wing span and uses his hands well. He is well versed in a number of pass rush moves. He gets a good up-field push and always seems to be a disruptive force in the backfield. Spence is not just a pass rusher, he is an athlete and is outstanding in pursuit from sideline to sideline.

2. DE Aldolphis Washington
6-6, 250, Scout.com 3rd ranked, five-star defensive end. Solid basketball player who will have to make the choice to be a hoops player or top football prospect.

3. DT Tommy Schutt
6-3, 290, Scout.com 5th ranked, five-star defensive tackle. Very good athlete who gets off the ball and shows good ability and effort in pursuit. Compact and strong, he gets under the pads of offensive linemen and does a good job with his hands disengaging. Right now, he's a disruptor and a playmaker and plays outside a lot. In college, if he's going to be a true defensive tackle, he'll have to be a little more disciplined and tie up blockers more, rather than being the one making the play.

4. RB Brionte Dunn
6-1, 220, Scout.com 7th ranked, five-star running back. Dunn is a big, powerful back that runs with surprising speed, but it's his vision, patience, and ability to break a tackle that make him a part of an elite group. He uses subtle feints to get a defender off balance and break a tackle. He's an instinctive runner that has a great feel for following and setting up his blocks. He's not a speed burner, but he has enough speed to take a run the distance

5. CB Armani Reeves
5-10, 185, Scout.com 6th ranked, four-star cornerback. As a junior, Reeves had 1701 total yards and 16 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, he registered 37 tackles and intercepted four passes. He had two punt return touchdowns as well. Runs a 4.12 short shuttle. Reeves first cousin is Charles Barkley and is originally from Leeds, Alabama.

Top 5 Penn State Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. WR Eugene Lewis
6-2, 180, Scout.com 13th ranked, four-star receiver. Lewis has the potential to be a star at the next level. As a sophomore, he showed the skill set that college coaches dream of. He has an outstanding frame and is such a smooth and fluid athlete. He won't shatter any speed records running a forty-yard dash, but he has a different speed with the ball in his hands. He has exceptional field vision and runs like a scat-back. He is very instinctive and always makes things happen.

2. OG Austin Johnson
6-4, 275, Scout.com 24th ranked, three-star guard.

3. TE Brent Wilkerson
6-4, 245, Scout.com 16th ranked, three-star tight end.

4. C Wendy Laurent
6-4, 285, Scout.com 20th ranked, three-star center.

5. RB Akeel Lynch
6-1, 205, Scout.com 41st ranked, three-star running back. As a junior, Lynch carried the ball 121 times for 828 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 198 yards and a score.

Top 5 Purdue Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. OG Ryan Watson
6-3, 265, Scout.com 8th ranked, four-star guard. An offensive tackle for this Good Counsel team, Watson projects inside on the next level because of his size. He is a punishing, technically sound, tenacious drive blocker. He is a good athlete who can make a turn upfield on a pull block to pick drive a linebacker. Very good change of direction for an offensive lineman, adept at getting to the second level and quick off the line of scrimmage.

2. PK Paul Griggs
6-1, 190, Scout.com 3rd ranked, three-star kicker. Paul is a special talent. He is strong, athletic, and shows huge upside. A great competitor that will only continue to get better. One of the very best kickers in the nation.

3. OT Devin Smith
6-7, 310, Scout.com three-star JUCO transfer.

4. QB Bilal Marshall
6-2, 170, Scout.com 60th ranked, three-star quarterback. Talented QB prospect who threw for 1,358 yards and ran for 971 last season. He threw for 15 scores and ran for seven.

5. QB Austin Appleby
6-5, 225, Scout.com 62nd ranked, three-star quarterback. Three-sport star athlete at Hoover. 2010: All-Northeast Inland District Second-team ... Repository All-Stark County Honorable Mention ... All-Federal Second-team ... Was 93-of-187 passing for 1,427 yards and 14 TDs, 57 rushes for 18 yards and one TD.

Top 5 Wisconsin Recruits To Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. QB Bart Houston
6-4, 201, Scout.com 7th ranked, four-star quarterback. Houston has that "it-factor" that college coaches want in their quarterback, all the intangibles, the pocket poise and leadership as well as the mental toughness. He has a rifle on him and gets rid of the ball as quick as anyone. That said, he tends to drop his arm a little too much at the point of release. Houston has great mobility and has won two state championships already.

2. OG Dan Voltz
6-4, 290, Scout.com 7th ranked, four-star guard. Voltz is a tough blue collar lineman who will make the switch from high school tackle to guard at the next level. He's a strong drive blocker who plays with good pad level and finishes his blocks. Even though he played tackle, we still see room for improvement in pass protection, but he's a high intensity, high motor guy that should be a multi-year college starter.

3. LB Vince Biegel
6-3, 205, Scout.com 23rd ranked, four-star outside linebacker. He can run for a kid of his size and he attacks with little hesitation and good closing burst. He's a good tackler that hits hard and wraps up. His athleticism allows him to play in space and in coverage. Based on the competition he's seen in high school, he will have to adjust to shedding blocks from bigger, stronger linemen at the next level.

4. RB Vonte Jackson
6-0, 185, Scout.com 28th ranked, four-star running back. Jackson is a speedy back with great ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He is quick and has good elusiveness in the open field. He suffered a serious injury as a senior and that is a concern along with his overall lack of bulk.

5. S D.J. Singleton
6-3, 195, Scout.com 14th ranked, four-star safety.

- 2012 Recruiting - Big Ten Legends 5 Recruits You Need To Know