Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 2, 2012

I present to you a pretty beefy batch of Big Ten story links worth clicking on. Can you handle them? Deep breath. Ready ? begin.

First, Signing Day…

Here is how the eagled-eyed evaluators at rank the Big Ten recruiting classes.

Clip and save: Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald offers 25 Big Ten recruits to watch.

Mike Clark of the Chicago Sun-Times sizes up the Big Ten recruiting classes.

The Illini class lacks star power, but Tim Beckman still likes it, says Tina Akouris of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Even in victory, howling is hard on the ears of legendary Champaign News-Gazette scribe Loren Tate.

The season is 23 games deep, and here is the question that nags Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star.

Also, Kevin Wilson went heavy on the JCs, writes Hutchens. It?s all about getting instant help for a team that won one game in 2011.

The Hawkeyes answer questions with 2012 recruiting class, says Steve Batterson of the Quad City Times. And one of the biggest questions was at running back.

The ?help wanted? sign is still up in Kirk Ferentz?s offense, but he says he?s closer to filling assistant positions, says Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register.

Deep-thinker Marc Hansen of the Des Moines Register ponders the query: Why did a recruit drop Iowa State for Iowa?

Think fast: Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette is hitting you with quick slants from signing day.

Run for cover! The backyard recruiting brawl is back on between Michigan and Michigan State, says Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News.

Listen up, Tweets: Brady Hoke says social media has changed recruiting, in a bad way, writes Nick Baumgardner of Please, don?t LOL.

Tim Hardaway Jr. struggles but still finds a way, Baumgardner adds. He?s a pros pro-and the son of a pro.

Snapshot of Michigan?s five impact recruits from Sam Webb of Who gets a replica jersey in the book store first?

Nick Baumgardner of wonders out loud: Will Trey Burke get hit by the freshman wall?

Michigan State
There?s a new enemy, Sparty. And his name is Urban Meyer, says Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.
Exhale, Spartan Nation: Draymond Green just has a knee sprain, says Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal.
Mark Dantonio is happy with recruits, writes George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. Nice set of receivers.
Sam Webb of looks at Michigan State?s five impact recruits. That?s your cue to get excited.
Tennessee transfer DeAnthony Arnett waits to hear if he?ll play this year, writes Denny Schwarze of the Lansing State Journal. He may be the Spartans? top recruit.

Something I bet you didn?t know: Jerry Kill needed his wife to chaperone him on recruiting visits, says Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Huskers were rebuffed by Andrus Peat, but Nebraska still loaded up on defense, says Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald.

Bo crimes in about all things recruiting, writes Darnell Dickson of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Recruiting class elicits a smile from Pelini. And that?s difficult do. The great Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Legendary assistant Barney Cotton is the keeper of the flame, says Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald. He also is a proud father.

Fitzgerald downplays hoopla, says Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Bragging isn?t Fitz?s style. And Northwestern won?t say when USC transfer Kyle Prater can play.
For Alex Marcotullio, time off was good, says Tina Akouris of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ohio State
Meyer defends his aggressive recruiting, says Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. No doubt, it works!

Refreshed Meyer aims Buckeyes at title, writes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. This is gonna be fun!

Don?t blame coaches when recruits flip, says Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch. I agree.

Penn State
The first recruit to commit after the scandal signs, says J. Brady McCollough of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. That?s loyalty.

Stefanie Loh of the Harrisburg Patriot-News does an interview with Bill O?Brien?s mom and dad. No G.I. Joe stories.

Those items left at the Paterno statue? They will be stored and reviewed later, says the Centre Daily.

Under Bill O?Brien, it?s a whole a different attitude, says Audrey Snyder of the Reading Eagle.

Not long ago, top Boiler signee Ryan Watson was more worried about tuning his saxophone than ripping off quarterbacks? heads, says Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal-Courier.

Don?t have a cow over QB recruit Bart Houston just yet, writes Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal. Try telling that to Homer and Marge.

Reloading the offensive line was priority No. 1 in an ?insane? recruiting period, says Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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