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Top moments for Minnesota on National Signing Day

National Signing Day was a success for the Minnesota Gophers. According to Scout.com, the Gophers signed 22 players on Wednesday and have the No. 42-ranked class in the nation. Minnesota’s class has two four-star prospects, highlighted by Seth Green. “He’s a very talented kid,” Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys said of Green. “I think he really fits into what we’re going to continue to do.” We had eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage today. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). Here is a look at

Top moments for Iowa from Signing Day

Fresh off an undefeated regular season, a spot in the Big Ten Championship, and a Rose Bowl appearance, the Iowa Hawkeyes had a successful Signing Day. According to Scout.com rankings, the Hawkeyes have 26 commitments and the No. 31-ranked class in 2016. Two of Iowa’s 26 commitments are four-star prospects, while 20 have a three-star ranking. “We’re very enthused about this class,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “First of all, I think the staff did a good job of dictating or determining what our needs are. “I think for the most part we’ve addressed those pretty well. Really pleased with

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

Top moments for Ohio State from Signing Day

What a day to be a Buckeye! Ohio State had an outstanding showing on National Signing Day, signing 25 prospects in the 2016 class. According to Scout.com rankings, the Buckeyes have the No. 2-ranked class in the nation, trailing only Alabama. Of the Buckeyes’ 25 commits, 19 of them are ranked as four-or-five-star prospects. “We had very little drama, which is good,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “We lost nine underclassmen, which threw us for a loop after the bowl game, but we rallied.” We had eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage as Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the festivities

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 Rutgers from National Signing Day

National Signing Day was a success for Rutgers. According to Scout.com, the Scarlet Knights currently have 17 commits and the No. 71-ranked class in the nation. Rutgers’ class currently features 10 three-star prospects. “When you look at the class and the time that we had to go out and sign this class and build this class over the past three-to-four weeks, I’m really excited about the group of guys we’ve been able to assemble in certain areas,” Rutgers coach Chris Ash said on the Scarlet Knights’ 2016 class. “There’s just a lot of individuals I’m really excited about.” We’re airing

Top moments for Illinois from National Signing Day

Illinois wrapped up National Signing Day with 26 commitments in the 2016 recruiting class. According to Scout.com, the Illini’s class currently ranks No. 60 in the nation. Illinois’ 2016 class is very balanced, featuring 13 defensive players, 12 offensive players, and one on special teams. BTN had you covered as we aired eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage today. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). Here is a look at some of the top highlights from Illinois on National Signing Day. A quick look

Top moments for Penn State from Signing Day

It’s National Signing Day, and James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions are wrapping up their big day. According to Scout.com, Penn State currently has 20 commits and the No. 21-ranked class in the nation. The Nittany Lions’ 2016 class includes two five-star prospects in running back Miles Sanders and offensive tackle Michael Menet. Scout.com ranks Sanders as the No. 1 running back prospect in the nation, and Menet as the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle. We’re airing eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage, until 5 p.m. ET, and you can watch it all live on BTN TV and via