5 Big Ten Legends Recruits To Know

Posted Feb 1, 2012

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

Recruiting 2012 

5 Legends 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 Leaders 5 Recruits You need To Know

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

1. DT Faith Ekakitie
6-3, 275, Scout.com 13th ranked, four-star defensive tackle. Ekakitie is a fantastic athlete who is light on his feet for a bigger guy and has made the transition from linebacker to end and now is likely to grow into an interior guy. Has not always faced top competition and will have to adjust to going against bigger, stronger linemen, but did well in post-season all-star games when faced with other D1 athletes. High upside, but may need a year or two before contributing.

2. RB Greg Garmon
6-2, 200, Scout.com 15th ranked, four-star running back. Garmon may be the best home run threat amongst the running backs in the state. He is a big play back who thrives on making people miss and being elusive in the open field. He is very versatile and could play a numbers of positions at the next level. He has game changing speed and has a very high ceiling.

3. DT Jaleel Johnson
6-3, 290, Scout.com 20th ranked, foru-star defensive tackle. Johnson is a big interior plugger with good strength. He ties up blockers and plays with pretty good pad level. He's not a particularly quick guy and will have to improve overall agility and conditioning.

4. OG Alex Kozan
6-4, 295, Scout.com 16th ranked, three-star guard. Is a big, thick, wide-hipped prospect that plays with a good base, uses his hands well and is a finisher. His stance keeps him leaning very far forward and is best suited in the run game, will need to get back on his heals in college to protect the passer better. Plays left tackle now but will move inside and play guard at the next level.

5. PK Connor Kornbrath
6-7, 210, Scout.com 13th ranked, three-star kicker. As a junior, led all state kickers in scoring at 4.8 points per game. Made seven of 12 field goals, including a school record 51-yarder and a state playoff record 47-yarder. Also had 19 touchbacks, again tops in the state. Earned first team All-State All-Conference 1st Team Kicker, All-Region and All-County selections.

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

1. OT Kyle Kalis
6-5, 305, Scout.com 6th ranked, five-star offensive tackle. Kalis is a tough, strong lineman who dominates consistently. He plays the game hard and is an excellent run blocker and drive blocker. He plays with good leverage and finishes his blocks strong. He shows the ability to pull and lead, and is coordinated and athletic in the open field. He has good feet all around, which is also evident in pass pro. If there's a knock, it's that he may not be long enough for left tackle.

2. LB Royce Jenkins-Stone
6-2, 215, Scout.com 2nd ranked, four-star middle linebacker. Has solid size and good speed and athleticism. An aggressive player who is best when in attack mode and shooting gaps. Good ability in coverage, as he has good ball skills and length. Improved as a junior in reading plays, but can still have a tendency to over run some plays. Often times, he is beating blocks with speed and sheer aggressiveness, so he will have to learn to take on and shed blockers at the college level.

3. LB Joe Bolden
6-3, 230, Scout.com 4th ranked, four-star outside linebacker. Underrated athlete who can really run sideline to sideline and arrives at ball carriers with bad intentions. He's a great tackler and a big hitter that likes contact. He'll have to adjust to taking on bigger, stronger blockers at the college level, but he's a tough kid that won't shy away from it. In coverage, he does a nice job and made a number of plays dropping into zones and showing good ball skills in high school.

4. DT Ondre Pipkins
6-3, 320, Scout.com 7th ranked, four-star defensive tackle. Ondre's strong, quick off the ball, and when he can latch on to an opponent and stay low, he can take care of his gaps. He gets double, sometimes triple-teamed, which allows linebackers to flow freely. He plays with a good motor. His job is to draw the double and triple team, but he is very disruptive in the backfield. Throw in the fact that he is a good tackler and can move and you can see why he held offers from all over.

5. LB James Ross
6-1, 215, Scout.com 7th ranked, four-star outside linebacker. Smart, instinctive backer who does a great job of taking plays head on, getting rid of blockers and finding the ball. Measureables are not super, but football smarts, toughness and fundamentals are. Does a solid job in coverage, and is physical when asked to cover backs and tight ends. More of a finished product, than an upside guy, but a kid who has always been productive and should continue to be so in college.

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

1. WR Aaron Burbridge
6-1, 180, Scout.com 9th ranked, four-star receiver. Has great skills for the position. Route running, ability to separate and ball tracking skills are elite. Explosive more than straight line fast, he has a good understanding of how to get open. He's a solid sized kid, not super big, but plays bigger because he has such good ball skills and ability to go up and win in jump ball situations. Great awareness around the sidelines. Has to get stronger and more physical as a blocker.

2. S Demetrius Cox
6-1, 185, Scout.com 8th ranked, four-star safety. Cox is not a player who is going to light up stopwatches, but he is very instinctive and he closes quickly. You will always see him around the ball and he gets there in a hurry. He is a very sure tackler in the open field and his ability as an offensive player adds to his talents on defense. He sees the whole field and makes plays sideline-to-sideline. He is also very good in coverage.

3. WR Monty Madaris
6-2, 190, Scout.com 26th ranked, four-star wide receiver. Madaris has good size and great quickness at the receiver position. He gets good separation because of his quickness. Once he has the ball in his hands, he is a threat to make a man miss or pull through the tackle of a smaller defensive back. He doesn't have blazing speed, but his short bursts of quickness serve him well getting open, and could make him a weapon as a punt returner. Not afraid to take a hit or throw a block.

4. QB Tyler O'Connor
6-3, 208, Scout.com 23rd ranked, three-star quarterback. O'Connor finished his junior season with 2,516 yards passing with 27 touchdowns. He also rushed for 470 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. He says he can bench 245-pounds, squat 440 and has a 28-inch vertical jump.

5. LB Riley Bullough
6-2, 195, Scout.com 43rd ranked, three-star outside linebacker. Smart, heady player who is moving to linebacker, but does a good job of reading plays and finding the football. Aggressive in pursuit, he runs sideline to sideline and takes good angles to the ball. A former safety, he has shown the speed and ball skills to be effective as a coverage linebacker. He has gotten bigger, but will still have to add more size and strength, as well as learn to take on bigger, stronger blockers in college.

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

1. QB Philip Nelson
6-2, 212, Scout.com 46th ranked, three-star quarterback.

2. OT Jonah Pirsig
6-9, 290, Scout.com 35th ranked, three-star offensive tackle.

3. QB Mitch Leidner
6-4, 225, Scout.com 56th ranked, three-star quarterback.

4. LB Brian Nicholson
6-1, 210, Scout.com 47th ranked, three-star middle linebacker.

5. LB Nick Rallis
5-11, 200, Scout.com 65th ranked, three-star outside linebacker.

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

1. QB Tommy Armstrong
6-1, 205, Scout.com 5th ranked, four-star quarterback. Armstrong is clearly the star when he is on the field. He has poise in the pocket and the arm to throw the ball deep down the field. As a run threat he is the type of player who will put his head down and grind out yards when needed, but if you give him the space he has the speed to take it to the house quickly.

2. OT Paul Thurston
6-5, 260, Scout.com 19th ranked, four-star offensive tackle. Physical and long prospect with a frame to be a 300 pounder. Still needs to bulk up a bit but that will come. Very technically sound player that has played a lot of football. Has some nasty in the run game, gets to the second level and has good feet in pass pro. Knee bender that plays with good pad level.

3. WR Jordan Westerkamp
6-1, 190, Scout.com 36th ranked, four-star receiver. Westerkamp is a technician who runs great routes and catches almost everything thrown his way. Can go up and get the ball at it's highest point although he's not necessarily a big guy, he has above average size and strength. He's not a burner, but can create separation and get downfield.

4. LB Michael Rose
6-0, 230, Scout.com 14th ranked, three-star middle linebacker. As a sophomore, Rose had 95 total tackles with two sacks, an interception, and two fumble recoveries. He missed six games in 2010, but still had a productive year on the field racking 68 tackles and 17 tackles for a loss.

5. CB Mohammed Siesay
6-2, 200, Scout.com three-star JUCO transfer.

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

1. LB Ifeadi Odenigbo
6-3, 217, Scout.com 5th ranked, foru-star outside linebacker. He has as much upside as anyone in the state. He has so much that you can't teach. His explosiveness, his first step and closing speed are all special, and the fact that he's barely played the game is scary. I believe he'll grow into a true defensive end, but think he'd be best as a stand up OLB in a 3-4. That said, there's a spot for a kid this long, athletic and straight up fast in any defense. Needs to get bigger and stronger.

2. OG Adam DePietro
6-4, 275, Scout.com 10th ranked, four-star guard. DePietro plays tackle, but we like him as an interior lineman at the next level. He has very good footwork and is very good in space, pulling or pass blocking. He may be the most fundamentally sound lineman in the state. He has a good frame just needs to fill out physically.

3. RB Malin Jones
6-0, 207, Scout.com 42nd ranked, three-star running back. Started as a sophomore on varsity and rushed for 1143 yards on 142 carries and 19 touchdowns. Also caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

4. RB Traveon Henry
6-1, 200, Scout.com 43rd ranked, three-star running back.

5. DT Greg Kuhar
6-3, 260, Scout.com 51st ranked, three-star defensive tackle.

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