If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s show, our experts kick around an NFL Draft question: Who should be the first Big Ten football player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft? Our choices: Ra’Shede Hageman #BTNHageman Darqueze Dennard #BTNDennard Allen Robinson #BTNRobinson Taylor Lewan #BTNLewan Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. Anytime you use one of those hashtags, you cast a vote. Spread the word. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout
Because everyone gobbles up those way-too-early top 25 polls the day after the college football season ends, there’s such a thing as post-Signing Day top 25s. There can never be enough college football coverage, right? ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach recently released his post-Signing Day Top 25, and it includes five Big Ten teams. [ MORE: ESPN.com’s post-Signing Day Top 25 ] Schlabach’s top two Big Ten teams are no surprise. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Game champ Michigan State leads the way at No. 4, while Ohio State comes in at No. 7. The other three teams: No. 14 Wisconsin,
If it’s Friday, that means it’s time for my weekly survey. This week, I asked seven Big Ten writers the following question: If you had the first overall pick in a Big Ten draft, who would you select? And, it looks like Michigan State’s Gary Harris is the runaway winner, taking five of seven votes. Surprised? Ben Jones, StateCollege.com: Gary Harris. Key player on a good team. Scoring and playing in an offense for a demanding coach. Being mentally capable is key for No. 1 pick. Mike Pegram, Peegs.com: Gary Harris. Impacts games at both ends. Easy choice. Jeff Svoboda,
It’s February, and the Super Bowl is over. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is finished. Up next is the Combine, which will take place in Indianapolis from February 22-25. The official invite list is out, which includes 85 underclassmen. As for schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin lead the way for the Big Ten with six invites each. Check it all out here. [ MORE: Big Ten to lose just four stars early to NFL Draft ] Here is NFL.com’s complete list of players invited to the combine. Illinois Jonathan Brown Indiana Cody Latimer Iowa: 5 Conor Boffeli C.J. Fiedorowicz
I was on a radio show in Omaha today and was asked to rank the top five Big Ten schools on their recruiting appeal. That got me thinking about how I would rank the schools 1-12 based on what they have to offer from a recruiting standpoint. Here is a fun, interesting exercise with Signing Day in our rear-view mirror. [ MORE: What’s the success rate of Big Ten recruits ] 1. Ohio State. Urban Meyer has the complete package to sell to prospects: incredible facilities, great fans, bottomless resources fueled by a vault of money, boffo tradition, massive recruiting
The dust has settled on National Signing Day. Have you recovered from the frenzy? Ohio State was the big winner. No surprise. Urban Meyer has loads of momentum and mojo. In fact, he’s three for three when it comes to winning Big Ten recruiting titles. Now, he just needs to win his first on-field championship. That may be coming this fall. The cool thing about Meyer: He admits recruiting rankings matter to him. Kinda nice to see a coach publicly say that. And know this: No one finishes like the “Urbanator.” He’s the ultimate deal-closer. [ MORE: Read all of
Michigan paid a price for stumbling across the finish line in 2013, watching a 5-0 start melt into a 7-6 finish. The biggest casualty of going 2-6 in the final eight games was losing DE Da’Shawn Hand, who was hailed as the No. 1 player in the nation by one recruiting service. The Wolverines looked like the favorite for the precocious Hand. Alas, he tabbed Alabama in a mid-November. Maybe the best part of Brady Hoke’s class is the fact seven players already are enrolled. Get more coverage at MGoBlue.com.
National Singing Day was Wednesday, and that means we now know where the nation’s top players will be playing college football. The Big Ten has secured plenty of big-name recruits over the years, but have they all lived up to the hype? Here is a breakdown of every top-ranked recruit from each Big Ten school over the past three seasons, as well as a recruit from each school who wasn’t ranked as a highly-touted recruit, but played like one on the field. [ MORE: Dienhart: All of the best from 2014 signing day ] Iowa Who was a top recruit:
The Fax machines in football offices from Lincoln, Neb., to Piscataway, N.J., worked overtime today, delivering letters-of-intent for the players of tomorrow. Yes, the future begins today. Here’s a look around the Big Ten on this big Signing Day 2014. [ MORE: Get all of our National Signing Day coverage ] NO. 1 MAN: The top-rated player signed by any Big Ten school? It’s CB Jabrill Peppers, a top-10 player in most recruiting ranks. 247Sports.com has him No. 3 overall in the nation in its composite rankings. He’s a big, physical corner from New Jersey who should impact from Day
Signing Day sure has changed in the last couple of years, hasn’t it. Yes, the National Letters of Intent are still sent via fax, but teams are going all out on social media to welcome their newest football additions. Some teams even have a draft board. See how Big Ten teams made their signings official on Twitter in this post. [ MORE: Read Tom Dienhart’s 2014 Big Ten Signing Day Notebook ] Every team but Ohio State tweeted each individual signing, and a majority of the teams did so with some really fancy graphics and art work. Check it below.