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Mike Hall: My favorite 2016 Big Ten signing day commit backstories

National Football Signing Day is always a big day for the nation’s college-bound high school stars. But as you scroll through the lists and the rankings and the player ratings, keep in mind that every one of these players has their own personal story. [ MORE: All-signee team | All-name team | States that produced most B1G recruits ] Here are several interesting stories from this year’s Big Ten class that I discovered while doing my own research for this year’s #SigningDayOnBTN show. Let’s start with Wisconsin’s Dallas Jeanty, a three-star linebacker who battled homelessness and spent two months one

Which new commits make the 2016 All-Big Ten Signee Team?

So, what type of team could you build if you assembled the highest-ranked players at each position who signed with Big Ten teams? A pretty good one. Check back in four or five years to see how many of these guys are first-team All-Big Ten in 2019 and 2020. [ MORE: Meet Michigan’s Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 recruit ] Ohio State leads the way with nine guys. Michigan has seven. In all, eight different schools are represented: OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Maryland. 2016 ALL-RECRUIT TEAM, based on rankings by 247Sports.com OFFENSE WR

Check out BTN analyst Mike Hall's Class of 2016 All-Name Team

Every year, it’s one of the best parts of National Signing Day. [ MORE: 2016 All-Big Ten signee team | Most fruitful states for B1G teams? ] The all-name teams, that is. The Big Ten’s latest recruiting class features no shortage of all-name worthy names. There are plenty of lists out there, for sure, but we had BTN analyst Mike Hall provide his list at the end of our eight-hour marathon SigningDayOnBTN coverage. Find Hall’s 2016 name team in the tweet above. Some other good ones: Quayshon Alexander (Nebraska); Devin Asiasi (Michigan); Max Bortenschlager (Maryland); Ko Kieft (Minnesota); Qwuantrezz Knight

These states were most fruitful to Big Ten teams on signing day

It’s always interesting to look at what states schools dipped into the most to assemble their recruiting classes. [ MORE: Check out the 2016 All-Big Ten Signee Team ] Here is a look at the number of states each school signed a player from, and which state produced the most signees for each school, according to the school’s signing day releases. Purdue: 16 states (Florida 4) Wisconsin: 15 (Wisconsin 8) Illinois: 14 (Florida 7) Nebraska: 14 (California 4) Michigan: 13 (Florida, New Jersey 6) Minnesota: 12 (Minnesota 11) Ohio State: 11 (Ohio 10) Iowa: 10 (Illinois, Iowa 5) Indiana: 9

Twitter: Here's how Big Ten teams announced 2016 signing class

It’s National Signing Day, and the national letters of intent are still being sent to schools across the country. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch our eight-hour #SigningDayOnBTN special ] One of the most popular days of the year for college football fans, we thought we’d take our annual look at how every Big Ten team announced its signings to its loyal fan base on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Every team had a social presence, of course, and several of the teams also included video highlights of their 2016 signees. See how all 14 Big Ten teams announced their signings on Twitter

Top moments for Michigan from National Signing Day

What a day to be a Michigan football fan! National Signing Day has been a major success for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. According to Scout.com, Michigan currently has 29 commits and the No. 6-ranked class in the nation. The Wolverines’ class features two five-star prospects and 13 four-star standouts. That includes defensive tackle Rashan Gary, who is the No. 1-ranked player in the nation. “He gets off the ball extremely quickly,” said Scout.com Midwest Recruiting Manager Allen Trieu. “Rashan has defensive tackle size, but is athletic enough to play a little bit off it. Tremendous get for (Michigan) and

Meet Michigan commitment Rashan Gary, the nation's No. 1 prospect

Welcome to Ann Arbor, Rashan Gary! The nation’s No. 1-ranked recruit in the 2016 class gave his commitment to Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines today. With Gary on board, Michigan now has what is widely considered one of the top ranked classes in the nation. So, who exactly is Rashan Gary? Why is he the top ranked player in the nation, and what current or former prospects does he remind people of? Here is a look at Rashan Gary’s profile. Rashan Gary Measurables: 6-4, 287 pounds Hometown: Paramus, N.J. School: Paramus Catholic High School Position: Defensive Tackle Rashan Gary, the

Wrestling legend Ric Flair: 'I can't stand Ohio State'

Michigan fans will welcome Ric Flair to Ann Arbor any time. [ MORE: Watch NFL star Tom Brady at ‘Signing of the Stars’ ] The 16-time World Heavyweight Champ and two-time WWE Hall of Famer delighted the faithful at Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” on Wednesday. He did it with just four words, too. These perfect-for-the-occasion four words: “I can’t stand Ohio State.” Flair went on to add, “I got no time for Michigan State.” Again, the fans loved it. Watch Flair’s full time at the mic below:  

Watch NFL star Tom Brady at Michigan's 'Signing of the Stars'

There was a lot of star power at Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” extravaganza Wednesday. [ MORE: Watch Ric Flair delight the ‘Signing of the Stars’ faithful ] None, perhaps, was bigger and brighter than former Michigan quarterback and current NFL megastar/future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Brady received more than his share of applause at the signing day event that helped raise awareness for #ChadTough. “They love you here, Tom,” Jim Harbaugh said, as Brady met the crowd. “I love them,” Brady responded. “This is a special place.” Brady talked about his recruiting (Hint: It was a lot different

The sleepover worked! Michigan gets nation's No. 1 kicker

Turns out, the sleepover worked. [ MORE: Watch Ric Flair fire up the ‘Signing of the Stars’ crowd ] Quinn Nordin, the nation’s No. 1 kicker, committed to Michigan on National Signing Day on Wednesday. Nordin, a previous Penn State verbal commit, hosted a now-famous sleepover with Harbaugh last month. The sleepover was Harbaugh’s idea. He went over to Nordin’s house at 12:01 a.m., the minute after the recruiting window opened. Clearly, it worked. As a result, don’t be surprised if more coaches try the tactic in coming years. ***