Ranking the best new Big Ten football names

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:

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

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

Lucas LeGrand, OL
Marcel Joly, DB

Daniel Ezeagwu, DB
Juwann Winfree, WR

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

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

Conner Krizancic, WR
Cody Pook, LB

Byerson Cockrell, S

Clayton Thorson, QB

Demetrius Knox, OL
Raekwon McMillian, LB

Saeed Blacknall, WR

Dexter Knox, RB
Bearooz Yacoobi, OT

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

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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