Every week, BTPowerhouse’s Big Ten Morning Power Bar will detail what’s going on across the league on the recruiting trail.
The early fall signing period has begun. Throughout the Big Ten, teams inked their previously verbally committed players in the 2018 class. Not all has been decided for some of the top remaining targets of some Big Ten teams. Let’s take a look at some of the top uncommitted players considering Big Ten schools and whether they will sign by November 15th.
-Darius Garland Sets His Decision Date
One of the most talented players in the 2018 class, Tennessee-native Darius Garland, will make his college decision on November 15th. This was first reported by Evan Daniels at 247Sports.
Garland is one of the most talented players in the country. The 6-foot-2 point guard has an overall rank of 10th in the 2018 class. He’s considered the third-best point guard.
According to all reports, Indiana remains right in the mix to land Garland. In early October, Garland named a final four of Indiana, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and UCLA. He has officially visited all those schools with various in-home visits as well.
Prediction reports from Rivals appear to have the hometown Vanderbilt Commodores with the edge, but it was widely reported that Garland and his parents loved their official visit to Indiana during Hoosier Hysteria.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of this exciting recruiting battle. Even if Garland should choose somewhere other than Indiana, their 2018 recruiting haul is nothing to dismiss. The Hoosiers are currently ranked 12th according to 247’s rankings.
It also should be mentioned that Indiana is also in the final running for New Albany, Indiana’s Romeo Langford. The composite sixth best player in the country could decide between Indiana, Kansas, Vanderbilt, UCLA and North Carolina during the early signing period as well.
It’s an exciting time for Indiana Hoosier recruiting.
-The Curious Case Of Tyger Campbell
Another Indiana school with an interesting recruiting battle still to be decided is the Purdue Boilermakers.
Matt Painter’s squad signed a talented class of three earlier this week, but is still looking to possibly add a point guard to the mix.
Enter Tyger Campbell.
The four-star La Lumiere point guard originally reclassified to 2018 and committed to DePaul in May after the Blue Devils hired his coach on their staff. Campbell opened things back up in September and that’s when Purdue became involved.
The Boilermakers offered Campbell in the beginning of his recruiting process, but never really gained a footing. This time around, however, Campbell seemed to be more interested in Purdue’s pitch.
It is a compelling one.
With the graduation of PJ Thompson at the end of the this season, Campbell would be walking into a potential starting role with the Boilermakers. Purdue’s recent success and solid recruiting would seem like an ideal situation for the talented facilitator.
However, the allure of playing for your old coach still seems to be attracting Campbell. He officially visited Purdue near the end of October, but scheduled another visit to DePaul this weekend. It’s not clear whether this is Campbell being pulled back into DePaul’s orbit, or giving the Blue Devils a visit out of respect for an old coach.
Check back with BTPowerhouse on updates in Campbell’s recruitment. There’s a change Campbell’s recruitment could drag on to the spring. At that point, more suitors could emerge.
-Impressive Big Ten Class Rankings For 2018
As mentioned, schools throughout the Big Ten signed various classes this week for 2018, and it is quite a haul up and down the conference.
It is not hyperbolic to say it - this might be the best collectively the Big Ten conference has ever done in recruiting. Three schools are in the top ten, five in the top 15 and 10 in the top 45. For comparison, the Big Ten had six in the top 45 in 2017, but only one team (Ohio State) cracked the top 25.
Take a look where each Big Ten team ranked. Rankings are as of November 10th and will change with top uncommitted players still deciding.
2018 Big Ten Team Recruiting Rankings (source: 247Sports)
The really encouraging thing for the conference is to see teams like Indiana and Ohio State return to the top of the recruiting ranks, while also having teams like Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, Iowa and Maryland also near the top.
Expect a tough fight in conference this season, but the competitive future looks even brighter moving forward.