Ranking the best new Big Ten football names

One of my favorite parts of National Signing Day is checking each school’s class for the best names. Per usual, the Big Ten’s 2014 signing class is littered with fantastic names. From Illinois’ Tito Odenigbo to Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone, check out my top 14 (that’s how many schools we have now) new Big Ten names. Did I miss one? Submit it in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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TOP 14 Names
1. Bearooz Yacoobi, OT, Purdue
2. Freedom Akinmoladun, TE, Nebraska
3. Cameron Queiro, LB, Northwestern
4. Rafael Gaglianone, K, Wisconsin
5. Montez Sweat, DE, Michigan State
6. Logan McElfresh, P, Minnesota
7. Tito Odenigbo, DE, Illinois
8. Solomon Vault, WR, Northwestern
9. Marcus Applefield, OL, Rutgers
10. Amani Oruwariye, DB, Penn State
11. Chase Gianacakos, OL, Michigan State
12. Zack Heeman, OL, Rutgers
13. Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
14. D’Cota Dixon, CB, Wisconsin

Here are some of my other favorites:

ILLINOIS
Geronimo Allison, WR
Chayce Crouch, QB
Siosifa “Joe” Fotu, DL

INDIANA
Nick Carovillano, DL
Simmie Cobbs, WR
Devine Redding, RB

IOWA
Lucas LeGrand, OL
Marcel Joly, DB

MARYLAND
Daniel Ezeagwu, DB
Juwann Winfree, WR

MICHIGAN
Freddy Canteen, WR
Jabrill Peppers, DB
Brady Pallante, DT

MICHIGAN STATE
Deon Drake, LB
Madre London, RB
Malik McDowell, DE

MINNESOTA
Conner Krizancic, WR
Cody Pook, LB

NEBRASKA
Byerson Cockrell, S

NORTHWESTERN
Clayton Thorson, QB

OHIO STATE
Demetrius Knox, OL
Raekwon McMillian, LB

PENN STATE
Saeed Blacknall, WR

PURDUE
Dexter Knox, RB
Bearooz Yacoobi, OT

RUTGERS
Marcus Applefield, OL
Darian Daily, DB
Zack Heeman, OL

WISCONSIN
Natrell Jamerson, WR
Ula Tolutau, RB
Serge Trezy, S

No relation, but these names should sound familiar: There was a Craig James (Minnesota DB), a Marcus Allen (Penn State DB) and a David Shaw (Maryland DL) inked today. Also, in more of a reach, there was a Mikale Wilbon (Nebraska RB).

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huskerfanbb on 2/5/2014 @ 10:44am EST Said:

Nebraska’s entire list is available on huskermax.com.

Geoff on 2/5/2014 @ 11:12am EST Said:

Purdue – Bearooz Yacoobi

Chuck Corbin (@LordTboneman) on 2/5/2014 @ 12:50pm EST Said:

No love for Greg Gooch?

Josh on 2/5/2014 @ 1:02pm EST Said:

How is Greg Gooch not one for IU?

Johnny on 2/5/2014 @ 6:55pm EST Said:

I know it’s not the B1G but I think the winner in naming contests today signed with Eastern Michigan:

Lion King, DL, 6-4, 205, Southfield, MI