Every week, BTPowerhouse’s Big Ten Morning Power Bar details what’s going on across the league on the recruiting trail.
The spring recruiting season continued in earnest this week as coaches around the Big Ten sent out new offers, conducted in-home visits, and will scatter throughout the country as big AAU tournaments commence in cities like Dallas and Kansas City. Let’s take a look at what Big Ten coaches have been up to this week, and the targets they’ve prioritized.
Big Ten Offers This Week
Archie Miller and his staff sent out multiple 2019 guard offers this week. On Monday, Indiana was the latest to offer top-50 point guard D.J. Carton. According to 247Sports, Wisconsin currently leads for the Iowa-native. With the Indiana offers, Carton now boasts eight Big Ten offers (Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Minnesota). Other schools such as Creighton, Butler, and Iowa State are also courting Carton. Stay tuned for his recruitment. With the many Big Ten schools on him, you might be watching him in the near-future. Take a look at some of Carton’s highlights below.
The Hoosiers also offered guard 2019 top-50 guard Jahmius Ramsey. The Florida-native also has Big Ten offers from Maryland and Illinois. In-state power Florida also has an offer out to Ramsey. Take a look at some AAU highlights from Ramsey below.
The Wolverines also offered Carton this week on Tuesday. It is the third offer at the point guard position for the Wolverines in the 2019 class.
Mark Turgeon’s staff has been killing it on the recruiting trail lately, and looks to add to their talented 2018 class. Their latest offer is to 2018 small forward Trace Ramsey. The Terrapin offer looks to be the best for Ramsey, so keep an eye on this one moving forward.
The Terrapins also offered 2020 point guard R.J. Davis. The four-star New York-native also has offers from Illinois and St. John’s. Take a look at some highlights of Davis below.
Chris Holtmann and his staff were the latest to offer top-10 five-star forward Isaiah Stewart. As you can imagine, Stewart has been offered by just about everyone nationally and based on an article from Corey Evans from Rivals, Stewart is looking to cut down trim his list in the near future. We’ll see if Holtmann’s visit and an offer will be enough to get the Buckeyes in a top eight or ten list. Check out some highlights of Stewart.
Matt Painter and his staff were the first to offer 2021 forward Caleb Furst on Thursday. The Fort Wayne, Indiana-native is no. 11 on Future150’s 2021 player rankings. Purdue often tries to get out ahead of other major programs in their offers, so that clearly was the strategy here. We’ll see how much stock Furst puts into this fact as he gains more offers starting this summer.
The Golden Gophers offered 2019 two point guards this week. The first offer came on Tuesday when they extended a scholarship to Tyrell Terry. The Minnesota-native also has offers from Iowa, Nebraska, and Butler. We’ll see if the four-star point guard wants to stay in-state and play for Richard Pitino. If not, he’ll likely remain in the Big Ten at this point. Take a look at Terry in action below.
The other offer went out to Johnathan McGriff. The three-star West Virginia point guard also has a Power 5 offer from Kansas State. Take a look at the crafty lefty below.
Pat Chambers and his staff offered 2019 power forward Moulaye Sissoko. The three-star native of Mali also has offers from Missouri State and Xavier. The Nittany Lions have three spots open for the 2019 class and are recruiting power forward heavily. This is the sixth power forward they’ve extended an offer to in the 2019 class.
The Cornhuskers had a rough week on the recruiting trail. Long-time 2018 signee Xavier Johnson decommitted from Nebraska, but still is considering them. This forced Tim Miles and his staff to scramble and they sent out an offer to 6-foot-5 point guard Amir Harris. The lengthy Maryland-native holds offers from California, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island amongst others. Take a look at some highlights of Harris below.
The Scarlet Knights received a commitment this week from three-star guard Caleb McConnell. The Ohio-native chose Rutgers over offers from schools such as West Virginia, Rhode Island, Buffalo, and Wichita State amongst others.
It is the fourth commitment of the 2018 class for coach Steve Pikiell. They are ranked no. 40 in Rivals’ 2018 team rankings. Continue to look for Rutgers to be a team on the rise in the Big Ten in the coming seasons.
Rivals Updates Its 2018 Player Rankings
Rivals released its final version of their Top 150 2018 player rankings this week. A couple of notes in this release:
- The highest Big Ten commit is Maryland commit five-star power forward Jaylen Smith. This could change with Romeo Langford’s possible commitment to Indiana on April 30th.
- The Big Ten team with the most Top 150 commits is Michigan State. Tim Izzo nabbed five players in the top 150. Those players are Marcus Bingham (no. 58), Foster Loyer (no. 62), Gabe Brown (no. 97), Thomas Kithier (no. 108), and Aaron Henry (no. 111).
- The biggest riser in the Big Ten was Michigan commit Colin Castleton. The athletic 6-foot-10 center rose 42 spots in the new edition of the rankings. The biggest Big Ten fall in the rankings belonged to Rutgers’s Montez Mathis, who fell 12 spots to no. 104. Mathis is still considered a four-star prospect.