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Your daily blog of news related to the Badgers throughout The Insiders' sports nation (Aug. 5 edition) <br><br> In this edition – a plethora of recruiting updates. McAvoy is a Wolverine. Derrell Hand comments on summer trips. Plus features on Lavar Lobdell, Mikell Simpson, Rafael Eubanks and more

Tim McAvoy is indeed going to be a Wolverine. GoBlueWolverine.com has a premium feature on his commitment.

Philadelphia defensive tackle Derrell Hand visited a slew of colleges this summer, including a recent trip to Wisconsin with teammate Marques Slocum. According to a premium feature from IrishEyes.com, however, the Badgers are not sitting pretty, though a few other Big Ten schools received high marks. Read about Hand's travels and favorites here.

IrishEyes.com also has premium update on offensive line prospect Rafael Eubanks, who continues to hold Wisconsin among his favorites.

Wide receiver Lavar Lobdell's recruitment has picked up of late. Wisconsin is very interested in this prized catch out of Syracuse, N.Y., and PackPride.com has latest feature on Lobdell. The premium story is catered to a North Carolina State crowd, but still includes good general information on Lobdell.

Mikell Simpson has an verbal offer from Ohio State, writes Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com. Simpson has plenty of written offers, including one from Wisconsin. It appears he may be searching for official nods from Ohio State and/or Michigan, however.

Around the Big Ten

Coverage from the Big Ten's media convention:

Bucknuts.com - Tressel Meets With Media In Chicago

GoBlueWolverine.com - Coach Carr at Big Ten kickoff

HawkeyeNation.com - Big Ten Luncheon: Kirk Ferentz talking football

Recruiting notes

Ohio High's Bill Greene published a free conversation with likely Buckeye Mike Hartline, a junior quarterback from Canton GlenOak.

Wide receiver Ryan Allison is choosing between Michigan State, UCLA and Florida, according to this premium feature.

Michigan is hot on the trail of linebacker Derek Nicholson, writes Don Hoekwater (premium).

Northwestern has a shot at Illinois quarterback Freddie Barnes, according to a premium feature from Chris Pool.

Michigan State has received verbal commitments from Otis Wiley and Ross Weaver, according to this premium feature.

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