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5 Big Ten Legends Recruits You Need To Know

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Posted Feb 6, 2013


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

Recruiting 2013 

5 Legends Recruits To Care About


- 5 Big Ten Leaders Recruits You Need To Know
 
- Iowa | Signing Class 

Five Recruits You Should Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. OG Colin Goebel
26th ranked guard, three stars

2. TE Jon Wisnieski
24th ranked tight end, three stars

3. S Solomon Warfield
39th ranked safety, three stars

4. OG Sean Welsh
40th ranked guard, three stars

5. QB Nic Shimonek
60th ranked quarterback, three stars

- Michigan | Signing Class

Five Recruits You Should Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. RB Derrick Green
No. 1 ranked running back, five stars

A powerful running back who can blow through arm tackles and typically takes more than one defender to bring him down, Green has surprisingly quick feet for his size. He can clear traffic between the tackles, not getting tripped up because of his good balance. Not a conventional breakaway threat because of raw speed, but gets his share of long runs after breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage. Needs to catch more consistently.
 
2. OG Patrick Kugler
No. 1 ranked guard, five stars

Kugler plays both sides of the ball for North Allegheny. He has excellent quickness and feet. He has good flexibility and change of direction which is displayed when playing defensive tackle. Kugler has the athleticism and reach to play tackle with the mentality of an interior lineman. He gets good leverage and push on both sides of the ball. Finishes blocks and easily gets to the second level.

3. QB Shane Morris
No. 3 ranked quarterback, five stars

Has a nice frame and still has room to fill out. A better than advertised athlete who does a good job of escaping the rush and can make plays with his feet and throw on the run. Has great arm strength and can make all the throws. Downfield passes do not hang up and he has great placement on his deep balls. Great leader with a lot of intangibles. Sometimes trusts his arm and throws into traffic.

4. S Dymonte Thomas
No. 4 ranked safety, five stars

A running back and safety for his Marlington team, Thomas plays both sides of the ball with aggression. He attacks the defenders when he's running the ball, and he punishes ball carriers on defense. A strong safety type, Thomas has good acceleration and balance. He's good enough on offense to stay at running back similar to Matt Elam (UF) at the same stage. Coverage awareness and technique will come with experience on defense.

5. OT Kyle Bosch
No. 3 ranked offensive tackle, four stars

A left tackle for his St. Francis team, Bosch is usually the biggest and strongest player on the field, and he plays like he wants everyone to know it. He has big and athletic and takes pride in finishing his blocks and stacking up pancakes. He has good flexibility and leg drive as he excels in run blocking. He'll gain strength and leverage as he continues to fill out his frame and regain his technique.

- Michigan State | Signing Class

Five Recruits You Should Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. QB Damion Terry
9th ranked quarterback, four stars

2. LB Jon Reschke
7th ranked middle linebacker, four stars

Outstanding football player with great toughness, instincts and a nose for the ball. Has good straight line closing speed to the ball more so than lateral agility. Has played some on the edge and does a good job on the blitz and as a pass rusher. Very sure tackler. Strong kid who will take on blocks and shed.

3. LB Shane Jones
17th ranked outside linebacker, four stars

Uses solid technique along with agility and speed to shed blockers making plays sideline to sideline. Capable of playing all linebacker spots and shows good recoil in upper and lower body giving him above average power from a player who stands 6-foot tall. Above average hip turn and foot quickness allows him to get depth and width. Has the speed to blitz and post bigger sack totals. Needs to continue work on hands to finish plays on the ball. 

4. OT Dennis Finley
21st ranked offensive tackle, four stars

Finley has a next-level type of frame with his height and long arms. He should be able to carry more weight and keep his quickness. He has good feet. He can bend and is fluid and athletic. His technique has improved between his junior and senior year, but he still has to continue to work at it. Has developed more of a mean streak, but must add a little more strength as well.

5. RB R.J. Shelton
44th ranked running back, three stars

Elusive, versatile back who can catch the ball out of the backfield and makes a lot of things happen in the open field. Has good feet and ability to make defenders miss. Shows good breakaway speed. Has been a big play guy as a return man as well. He is more of a slasher and all purpose back than a power guy. Did not play a high level of competition in high school.

- Minnesota | Signing Class

Five Recruits You Should Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1.  OT Alex Mayes
54th ranked offensive tackle, three stars

Earned All-District, Second Team All-State, All-Area and All-Texomaland honors after helping lead Van Alstyne to the Regional Finals.

2. RB Berkley Edwards
71st ranked running back, three stars

3. LB De'Vondre Campbell
JUCO transfer, three stars

4. TE Nate Wozniak
61st ranked tight end, three stars

5. WR Drew Wolitarsky
97th ranked receiver, three stars

- Nebraska | Signing Class

Five Recruits You Should Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. RB Terrell Newby
17th ranked running back, four stars

Newby is a small back that runs big. He has track speed and can run away from most defenders in the open field, but he has better change of direction and shiftiness than most track stars. Despite his size, Newby isn't afraid to run between the tackles or initiate contact. A defense must defend the entire width of the field against him. He'll never be a power back, but he's tough and strong enough to keep a defense honest.

2. DE A.J. Natter
19th ranked defensive end, three stars

Great frame gives him a lot of room to grow and add weight. Plays fast and with maximum effort consistently. Does not give up on plays and shows good speed in pursuit and good athleticism in space. He plays some stand up end, but should grow into a true strongside guy. He's tall kid and has a tendency to play a little high at times. Getting his pad level down and adding bulk and strength are important, but he's a good one.

3. QB Johnny Stanton
27th ranked quarterback, four stars

Nicknamed Johnny "Tebow" by his classmates, Stanton displays a lot of the same characteristics of the former Heisman trophy winner. He is a fullback type of runner that can knock most linebackers backwards who is an adequate passer. Stanton will never be confused with an Air Raid spread drop back passer, but he can make the necessary throws, is accurate on short and intermediate throws and can move the chains by himself.

4. RB Adam Taylor
22nd ranked running back, four stars

5. LB Josh Banderas
19th ranked outside linebacker, four stars

- Northwestern | Signing Class

Five Recruits You Should Care About
Player writeups by Scout.com

1. QB Matthew Alviti
22nd ranked quarterback, four stars

Alviti comes from a high school system that will have him prepared for college. He is a great passer who can make all the throws. He has touch when he needs to, velocity when he needs to, and does very well on the run. He's an athletic kid who can make plays with his feet and escape the rush and he has great poise and intangibles. He's not the tallest of quarterbacks, but his ability to roll on and throw on the move will help that.

2. S Godwin Igwebuike
22nd ranked safety, four stars

3. LB Anthony Walker
48th ranked outside linebacker, three stars

4. C Tyler Lancaster
10th ranked center, three stars

5. RB Keith Watkins
56th ranked running back, three stars

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