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Video: Bo Pelini talks 2014 recruiting class

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2014 Signing Day - Nebraska

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.

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Video: Tim Beckman talks 2014 recruiting class

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2014 Signing Day - Illinois

Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday the signing of 12 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football for the Fighting Illini in 2014. The 12 newest Illini join six other newcomers who are already on campus taking classes – four early enrollees and two junior college transfers – in the 18-man 2014 recruiting class.

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Video: James Franklin talks 2014 recruiting class

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2014 Signing Day - Penn State

Despite having scant time to fill his initial Penn State class, new coach James Franklin did just fine. In fact, he did very good, reeling in a top-three class in the Big Ten. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t hired until Jan. 11. Among Franklin’s “gets” were five players who had committed to him while he was still Vanderbilt coach. DB Grant Haley; QB/DB Trace McSorley; Brendan Brosnan; Chance Sorrell; Lloyd Tubman. Franklin held on to a commitment from ballyhooed TE Mike Gesicki and QB Michael O’Connor, the prize of the class who already is enrolled.

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Video: Mark Dantonio talks 2014 recruiting class

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2014 Signing Day - Michigan State

Michigan State flipped DT Craig Evans from Wisconsin. Evans is a four-star player and nice get for the Spartans, who continue to build a defensive juggernaut. What did Mark Dantonio think of his 2014 signing class? Hear all about the reigning Rose Bowl champion’s latest class in this post.

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Dienhart: National Signing Day Notebook

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2014 Signing Day - Final Thoughts

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.

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Video: Bo Pelini gives cat credit for recruiting

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Bo Pelini on the Faux Pelini Cat

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.

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