What's in a name? Best Big Ten names from signing day

Every year on National Signing Day, the college football world is introduced to some spectacular names. The Big Ten is no exception. This year’s group includes a “Taco,” a “Warfield,” a “Spearman” and a “Sprinkle,” among other gems. Check out my top 12 new Big Ten names in this post.

1. Michigan’s Taco Charlton, DE, 6-6, 249, Pickerington, Ohio (Central)
2. Nebraska’s Courtney Love, LB, 6-1, 225, Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)
3. Nebraska’s Chongo Kondolo, OL, 6-4, 290, Weston Fla. (Cypress Bay)
4. Illinois’ Marchie Murdock, WR, 6-1, 180, Arlington, Texas (Legacy)
5. Iowa’s Solomon Warfield, DB, 6-0, 185, Cleveland, Ohio, (St. Edward)
6. Wisconsin’s Jazz Peavy, WR, 6-0, 170, Kenosha, Wis. (Tremper)
7. Nebraska’s Ernest Suttles, DE, 6-5, 240, Tampa, Fla. (Gaither)
8. Iowa’s Reggie Spearman, LB, 6-2, 225, Chicago Ill. (Simeon)
9. Minnesota’s De’Niro Laster, LB, 6-4, 230, Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
10. Northwestern’s Godwin Igwebuike, RB, 6-0, Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North)
11. Ohio State’s Tracy Sprinkle, DE, 6-2, 241, Elyria, Ohio (Elyria)
12. Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, QB, 6-3, 215, Palmyra, Va. (Fork Union Military Academy)

Honorable mention: Iowa’s Derrick Willies; Minnesota’s Daletavious McGhee; Northwestern’s Hunter Niswander, Ohio State’s Eli Apple; Wisconsin’s Sojourn Shelton.

Who did I miss? Leave your nominee(s) in the comment section below.

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Misplaced Gopher on 2/6/2013 @ 4:22pm EST Said:

Minnesota’s Daletavius McGhee and Demaris Peppers head up an All-America name squad.

Scott Benedict on 2/6/2013 @ 4:22pm EST Said:

Oieee. Brent, it’s Suttles, not Shuttles, but we do have two guys with a last name of Newby! :)

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 2/6/2013 @ 4:24pm EST Said:

    Stupid typo, thanks!

BO-urne Supremacy on 2/6/2013 @ 5:15pm EST Said:

Boaz Joseph, Go Big Red!

Misd on 2/6/2013 @ 6:24pm EST Said:

Missed Jake Butt, Michigan.

NebraskaGuy on 2/6/2013 @ 8:45pm EST Said:

Nebraska — Dwayne Johnson OL, 6’6″, 275 lbs, Houston, TX
—“If ya smell what the Rock is cookin’ “

Lance S on 2/7/2013 @ 1:18pm EST Said:

How could you leave off Chikwe Obasih? :-)

Damon on 2/7/2013 @ 1:36pm EST Said:

Indiana’s new DB Antonio Allen played in the Army All-American Game

Ted on 2/7/2013 @ 11:29pm EST Said:

Jake Butt! And he’s a tight end…too easy.