Big Ten Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State Leads For Top Uncommitted Prospect, 5-Star PSU Commit May Flip & More

The Big Ten has emerged as one of the most dominant conferences in recruiting, and that won't be changing with the 2018 class as the conference currently holds seven of the top 22 classes in the country. As all 14 schools put the press on with summer approaching, here's the latest news and rumors you need to know:

Ohio State leads for top uncommitted prospect
Five-star defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, PA) is the top uncommitted prospect in the country, and four Big Ten schools are in his final group.

Parsons released his top nine schools on Twitter this weekend (even though he said it was a top seven), and Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State was one of the schools that made the cut.

Ohio State is currently though to be the leader for Parsons, though Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Penn State are all big challengers. He had committed to the Nittany Lions in February 2016, but decommitted last month.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder is ranked as the No. 1 weak-side defensive end and No. 3 overall prospect in the country by 247sports' Composite Rankings.

5-star PSU commit may flip to SEC school
The Penn State Nittany Lions received a commitment from five-star quarterback Justin Fields (Kennesaw, GA) in December, but several teams - particularly a pair of SEC powers - have him as one of their top targets and are doing everything they can to flip him.

According to Luke Stampini of 247sports, Florida, Auburn and Florida State have emerged as serious threats to Penn State:

There are plenty that do not see his current pledge to the Nittany Lions sticking. Perhaps a clue to Fields still being open was the number of programs that visited his school during the spring evaluation period.

Florida was considered the team in the best position to flip Fields not long ago, and several sources indicated the Gators were Fields’ No. 2 team. UF has made Fields its top priority while letting other quarterbacks they likely could have committed go elsewhere.

Childhood favorite, Auburn, has been making a serious push for Fields of late as new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has made the Peach State product a priority. The latest rumblings also point to Florida State as a school to not count out either. The Seminoles have apparently been working their way up Fields’ list as well.

The publicly known visit for Fields is to FSU when his 7on7 team played in Tallahassee. However, there is some buzz that Fields might have made secret visits to other campuses this offseason. One that leaked out was a trip to UF around the time Fields competed at the Orlando Elite 11 Regional in mid-February. There is a good chance there were other trips that flew under the radar as well.

Fields is expected to make several visits in over the course of the next month, but he has not said which schools he will go to.

The 6-foot-3, 221-pounder is ranked as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and No. 20 overall prospect in 247sports' Composite Rankings.

Huskers also near top for 3-star DE
Nebraska has three-star defensive end Daniel Carson (Independence, MO) as their top defensive end target and he announced on Twitter that they made his top 11 schools.

The Huskers are considered one of the three favorites for Carson, along with Ohio State and Oklahoma.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is ranked as the No. 19 strong-side defensive and No. 504 overall prospect in the country, according to 247sports' Composite Rankings.

More News:
Michigan grabs commitment from in-state lineman (Maize & Blue News)
How Louisville's Bobby Petrino helped Rutgers land QB Kyle Bolin (
Michigan State football gets 2018 commitment from brother of Dowell twins (Detroit Free Press)

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