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Monday, April 6, 2009
Half of Big Ten chasing DL Black


It is not a banner year in Ohio for defensive tackle prospects. Actually, it is a down year throughout the entire Midwest for defensive tackle prospects. However, one defensive tackle prospect has scholarship offers from over half of the schools in the Big Ten.

Jibreel Black (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wyoming), a 6-foot-2 and 260-pounder, does not have prototypical height for a college defensive end, which he switched to last season and made 73 tackles including seven sacks. So look for Black to move back to defensive tackle at the next level.

Black estimated his scholarship offer total stands at 18. It includes Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Kentucky, South Carolina and a host of MAC schools such as Miami (Ohio), Ball State and Ohio University.

"I haven't started to narrow my list down yet," Black said. "I've just been focusing on our season."

Black has had time to attend junior days at Cincinnati, Indiana and Kentucky. He plans to attend Indiana's spring game and would like to go to spring games at Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Black isn't looking to make a quick decision on his college. He says he will likely take most or all five of his official visits.

Royer busy with visits
Defensive end/linebacker Dakota Royer (Manheim, Pa./Central) plans to visit Virginia on Friday. The week of April 13 he will visit Notre Dame, Michigan State and Illinois.

The 6-3, 220-pound Royer is one of the top 10 prospects in the Keystone State. He has been a starter since the beginning of his sophomore season when he had 11 sacks. Royer made 86 tackles including 11 sacks during his junior season and also caught 56 passes for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.

Royer has 19 scholarship offers including Penn State, Pitt, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Illinois, Stanford, Virginia, Rutgers, Temple, UCLA and Syracuse. He has a general timetable for narrowing his list down and making his college choice.

"At the end of this month I will probably narrow it down to seven," Royer said. "Then I'll get a top four or five by June. I wanted to make a commitment on my birthday, June 16, but that's not going to work. I don't see that happening now. I hope to decide by the third week of the football season."

Wisconsin lineman lands two more offers
Offensive lineman Matt Eggen (LaCrosse, Wis./Logan) has picked up scholarship offers from Western Michigan and Illinois State. His first offer came from North Dakota State.

The 6-5, 290-pound Eggen, who plays left tackle for Logan, attended a junior day at Northern Illinois. He will likely attend a spring practice session at Nebraska, or possibly the Cornhuskers spring game. Eggen also plans to attend Wisconsin's spring game and may visit Iowa State and Northern Iowa in the next month or so.