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36 Big Ten prospects competing at NFL Combine

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’s complete list of players invited to the combine. Illinois Jonathan Brown Indiana Cody Latimer Iowa: 5 Conor Boffeli C.J. Fiedorowicz

Ranking Big Ten schools on recruiting appeal

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

Urban Meyer

Big Ten links: Signing Day reviews rolling in

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

Shilique Calhoun

What's the success rate of Big Ten recruits?

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:

Bo Pelini

Video: Bo Pelini talks 2014 recruiting class

Bo Pelini announced the Huskers’ 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday. The Huskers welcome 24 scholarship players to the program for the 2014 season, including three players who enrolled in January. The scholarship class includes players from 13 states, including four players from Texas and three each from Nebraska, Florida and Louisiana. Among the signees, 13 players are expected to begin their career on offense, with 10 defensive players and a place-kicker. Get more coverage at

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Dienhart: National Signing Day Notebook

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. 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

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Video: Bo Pelini gives cat credit for recruiting

Bo Pelini and Nebraska have a new closer that is tough to top when it comes to recruiting. That would be the “cat” in @FauxPelini‘s Twitter photo. Pelini joked with BTN’s Mike Hall that the cat was influential in landing this year’s recruiting class during Wednesday’s “Signing Day Special.” The cat did make a few “recruiting visits,” after all, according to this tweet. Watch Pelini talk about the cat in this post. Here’s what Pelini said: “I tell you, my cat was with me every step of the way. I don’t go anywhere without him. Without him, I wouldn’t be

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Here's how B1G teams announced signings on Twitter

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.

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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. [ MORE: Track all of today’s Big Ten football signings ] TOP 14 Names 1. Bearooz Yacoobi, OT, Purdue 2. Freedom Akinmoladun, TE, Nebraska 3. Cameron Queiro, LB, Northwestern

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Read these 10 Big Ten stories today

Oh, yes: It’s National Signing Day! It’s a de facto national holiday for many in America. You know who you are. But, hey, who am I to judge? I still eat Fruity Peebles. This day is all about that guy in your office who hits the “refresh” button every nanosecond on his computer to get the latest round of official commitments. Please, don’t rat him out to the boss. Here is a handy-dandy place to keep up with the Big Ten signings. And here’s another good place to keep checking today: Enjoy the day! And remember: Everyone is a winner