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.
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
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
National Signing Day is here. All day long, keep up with all of the Big Ten’s latest football signings in this post. Simply click on a school’s link to visit its live Signing Day coverage. And, at 4 p.m. ET, don’t forget about our 90-minute “Signing Day Special” on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: View all of our 2014 Signing Day coverage ] Signing Day Coverage Illinois: FightingIllini.com Indiana: IUHoosiers.com Iowa: HawkeyeSports.com Maryland: UMTerps.com Michigan State: MSUSpartans.com Michigan: MGoBlue.com Minnesota: GopherSports.com Nebraska: Huskers.com Northwestern: NUSports.com Ohio State: OhioStateBuckeyes.com Penn State: GoPSUSports.com Purdue: PurdueSports.com Rutgers: ScarletKnights.com Wisconsin: UWBadgers.com [ MORE: We rank the
Signing Day is tomorrow. It’s a day when every program is a winner. It’s an exciting day when every signee teems with All-American potential. It’s a glorious day with much back-slapping and giddy Internet chat room blather by full-grown men who should know better. The following is a cautionary tale meant to temper your child-like glee. I humbly present the biggest recruiting bust for each Big Ten school over the past decade. A moment of silence, please … thank you. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch our Signing Day Special at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday ] Illinois: Melvin Alaeze, DE, Randallstown, Md.,
When you’re inevitably checking out your Big Ten football team’s signing class tomorrow, don’t gloss over the one- and two-star players. The rating system is an inexact science, and these lower-profile players could just turn out to be, say, Russell Wilson. Out of high school, the freshly minted Super Bowl-winning quarterback was a two-star recruit. He played nothing like a two-star recruit at North Carolina State or Wisconsin, and he plays nothing like a third-round NFL draft pick. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch our Signing Day Special at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday ] So, again, don’t forget about the under-the-radar signees
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 #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: What program has made the most of football’s National Signing Day in the last 4 years? Five choices: #BTNBuckeyes, #BTNBadgers, #BTNSpartans, #BTNHuskers or #BTNPSU. On tonight’s show, Mike Hall, Gerry Dinardo and Stanley Jackson we take a look at what the National Signing Day process is like from the point of view of both player and coach, then they discuss how the Big Ten classes
Editor’s note: In the first edition of this story, Michigan State’s Earl Morrall was not accounted for as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Morrall came off the bench and replaced Johnny Unitas in the Baltimore Colts’ Super Bowl V win. Russell Wilson became the sixth Big Ten quarterback to win a Super Bowl on Sunday night. Wilson, the one-year Wisconsin standout who led the Badgers to the 2012 Rose Bowl, joined Len Dawson (Purdue), Earl Morrall (Michigan State), Bob Griese (Purdue), Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue) in the distinguished group. [ MORE: See how ex-Big Ten products fared in
Five members of the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team from the University of Minnesota donated 60 sets of hockey equipment to youth hockey associations. A new center at Penn State received a major grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study – and solve – water pollution. The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team shaved their heads in solidarity with a new teammate – who’s nine years old. Last week, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo celebrated a birthday. Happy Birthday to Coach Tom Izzo. No chance he sees this, he has no twitter account? Cake & ice cream time!