Big Ten recruits, games to watch

Big Ten recruits, games to watch

Night football games are a Catch-22 situation for college coaches.

The wait until kickoff is long overdue.

Restless. Weary. Eager to play.

Those are just a few of the words that fit the description of how a head coach feels when it pertains to night games.

Excited. Relieved. Eager to shake hands.

Those are another way to describe how a coach feels with a Saturday night kickoff.

That's because night games are a ripe time for recruiting purposes.

It's a chance for out-of-state prospects who play on a Friday night to make the trip.

And an opportunity for in-state recruits to sleep in a little on Saturday before heading to check out a school.

When Illinois hosted Wisconsin last October in the only night game all season for the Illini, Tim Beckman's program had its most visitors — by far — to any home game all year.

Illinois doesn't have a night home game on the schedule yet.

Although the two times that are known feature two Big Ten road games at night, weekends Nebraska and Ohio State will likely utilize to bring in recruits.

Here's a look at where each Big Ten team stands with its commits in the Class of 2015 so far and a game each school will likely hype up to prospective recruits this season:

Illinois
Its commits are ...
Champaign Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald and DeKalb running back Dre Brown.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Iowa on Nov. 15. With the way the schedule is set up, this could potentially serve as a make or break game when it comes to bowl hopes for Illinois. A win could help Illinois when it comes to prospects deciding between Hawkeyes and Illini as well.

Indiana
Its commit is ...
Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College running back Daryl Chestnut.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Michigan State on Oct. 18. Coaches will build it up as a chance for resurgent Hoosiers to leave their mark against Big Ten's best team last fall.

Iowa
Its commits are ...
Benet quarterback Jack Beneventi, West Des Moines (Iowa) Dowling Catholic quarterback Ryan Boyle, Iowa City (Iowa) Regina athlete Drew Cook, Maroa-Forsyth athlete Jack Hockaday, Inwood (Iowa) West Lyon offensive lineman Jacob Newborg, Moville (Iowa) Woodbury Central offensive lineman Landan Paulsen and Moville (Iowa) Woodbury Central offensive lineman Levi Paulsen.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Iowa State on Sept. 13. Always good for in-state recruits to watch Kirk Ferentz's program get a win against Cyclones. Or not so good if Paul Rhoads' team steals one in Iowa City.

Maryland
Its commits are ...
Butte (Calif.) College defensive back Denzel Conyers and Frederick (Md.) Linganore offensive lineman EJ Donahue.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Ohio State on Oct. 4. Buckeyes will make first-ever trip to College Park to play first-ever game against Terrapins. No doubt Randy Edsall's staff will play up that aspect.

Michigan
Its commits are ...
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward defensive back Shaun Crawford, Massillon (Ohio) Washington kicker Andrew David, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive back Tyree Kinnel, Philadelphia St. Joseph's offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. and Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's defensive back Garrett Taylor.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Penn State on Oct. 11. Always seems like when these two teams square off, it's going to be a good one. Should be no exception under the lights at Michigan Stadium this year.

Michigan State
Its commits are ...
Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell, Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's defensive back Tyson Smith and Detroit Martin Luther King offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Michigan on Oct. 25. Spartans also have Ohio State and Nebraska in East Lansing this season, but nothing compares to when the Wolverines visit. Nothing.

Minnesota
Its commits are ...
None at this point.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Ohio State on Nov. 15. Sure, it'll be cold. Might snow to. But Jerry Kill seems to have the Golden Gophers in the right direction. Nothing would enhance that more than with a win in Minneapolis against the Buckeyes for the first time since 1981.

Nebraska
Its commits are ...
Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek defensive back Avery Anderson, New Orleans Isidore Newman running back Kendall Bussey, Blue Springs (Mo.) defensive lineman Carlos Davis, Blue Springs (Mo.) defensive lineman Khalil Davis, Omaha (Neb.) North offensive lineman Michael Decker, Denton (Texas) Guyer quarterback Kevin Dillman, Baldwin City (Kan.) offensive lineman Christian Gaylord, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian defensive back Eric Lee, Omaha (Neb.) Central defensive lineman Daishon Neal and Oak Lawn Richards wide receiver Spencer Tears.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Miami on Sept. 20. No offense to Florida Atlantic, McNeese State, Illinois, Rutgers, Purdue or Minnesota (the rest of Nebraska's home schedule), but long-time Nebraska fans will be out in full force in first meeting between two schools since 2001 Rose Bowl. And it's at night. Lincoln will be rocking.

Northwestern
Its commits are ...
New Canaan (Conn.) defensive lineman Zach Allen, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward running back Andrew Dowell, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward athlete David Dowell, Houston Clear Lake linebacker Nathan Fox, Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers defensive lineman Joe Gaziano, Chino Hills (Calif.) defensive lineman Trent Goens, St. Louis John Burroughs running back John Moten and Wheaton Warrenville South linebacker Tommy Vitale.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Nebraska on Oct. 18. The Cornhuskers make the trek to Evanston for a 6:30 p.m. for the Wildcats' homecoming game. No word yet if NU will trot out alums like it did when Ohio State visited for primetime game last October.

Ohio State
Its commits are ...
Cocoa (Fla.) defensive back Jamel Dean and Canton (Ohio) McKinley athlete Eric Glover-Williams.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Michigan on Nov. 29. The home schedule has some interesting nonconference games (Virginia Tech and Cincinnati), but this is the jewel of the Big Ten season. As it should be.

Penn State
Its commits are ...
Merillville (Ind.) Andrean linebacker Josh Barajas, Whitehall (Pa.) running back Saquon Barkley, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood Catholic offensive lineman Ryan Bates, Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley defensive lineman Ryan Buchholz, Gaithersburg (Md.) athlete Kamonte Carter, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood Catholic linebacker Jake Cooper, Union City (N.J.) offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez, Glassboro (N.J.) wide receiver Juwan Johnson, Potomac (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive lineman Adam McLean, West Suffeld (Conn.) defensive back Jarvis Miller, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods wide receiver Brandon Polk and Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt running back Andre Robinson.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Ohio State on Oct. 25. Folks in State College will have had all day to get geared up for the 7 p.m. game at Beaver Stadium. Plus, it's the Buckeyes. Enough said.

Purdue
Its commit is ...
Princeton (Ky.) Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Notre Dame on Sept. 13. Except that game is at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Still, the Boilermakers should have several marquee names slated to attend against the Fighting Irish. Even if a rout against Brian Kelly's squad seems likely.

Rutgers
Its commits are ...
Columbia (Md.) Long Reach defensive lineman Ron'Dell Carter, Elmwood Park (N.J.) Memorial quarterback Michael Dare, Tenafly (N.J.) tight end Nakia Griffin, Newark (N.J.) Weequahic defensive back Al-Kadair Ports, Brooklyn (N.Y.) EBT defensive lineman Kamaal Seymour, Fairless Hills (Pa.) Pennsbury running back Charles Snorweah and Archbald (Pa.) Valley View offensive lineman Zach Venesky.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Michigan on Oct. 4. The game kicks off at 6 p.m., televised by BTN, and is the first-ever visit by the Wolverines to Piscataway.

Wisconsin
Its commits are ...
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Westminster Academy athlete Andrew James, Sandy (Utah) Jordan quarterback Austin Kafentzis and Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Kyle Penniston.

Its big recruiting weekend should come against ... Nebraska on Nov. 15. The rest of the home schedule, especially nonconference games, leaves a lot to be desired until Cornhuskers visit Camp Randall.

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