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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Top prospect Carmel DT Cole Brevard picks Penn State

MIDWEST RECRUITING: Top prospect Carmel DT Cole Brevard picks Penn State
BY: SCOTT BURNSTEIN Apr 15, 12:00am

Carmel defensive lineman Cole Brevard was tempted to go the ACC or PAC12 route, but in the end he went Big Ten.

Brevard (6-foot-4, 300 pounds), the No. 1 college football prospect in the state of Indiana for the Class of 2020, committed to Penn State over the weekend, putting a screeching halt to a frenzied recruitment for the gargantuan and quick-footed run plugger which saw national powers from all around the country flock to Indianapolis to try to woo him to their respective schools. He chose Penn State by resisting the urge to go to defending national champion Clemson or travel to the Pacific Northwest and attend Oregon. The focus in the stretch run of Brevard’s recruitment was finding the right Big Ten fit.

Scouting experts reported that even though Oregon and then Clemson were early frontrunners for the high-motor Brevard’s services, it came down to a battle between Big Ten programs Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin in the past two or three weeks. Clemson and Oregon were bumped out of the picture in late March, per the Hoosier State of Mind recruiting blog.

This offseason hasn't just been busy for Brevard in the recruiting department, it's been a time where he's hit the weight room hard, too. He's added 25 to 30 pounds of pure muscle since November.

Back in the fall, Brevard and his Carmel club finished 11-3 and advanced to the Class 6A state championship game. From that tireless 2018 Greyhounds defense, three players will be playing power-conference ball on Saturdays at next level. Senior defensive end Beau Robbins will be enrolling at Indiana University this summer and junior outside linebacker Ty Wise committed to the Hoosiers last month.