Though the weather in the Midwest may disagree, it is officially spring; which means spring games are finally here! If you are unfamiliar with the traditional format of a college football spring game, here are the basics — normally, the projected starters go for a few minutes to get some reps in a game-like environment. Then the depth of the roster takes over. Perhaps the most important reps will be for the early enrollees out of the latest recruiting class. These true freshmen will have the chance to experience a game-like scenario at the college level before their classmates who enroll in the summer or fall. Here are the early enrollees in the Big Ten to look for in this year’s slate of spring games.
Spring Game: Noon on Apr. 14.
Ronnie Walker: 3-star running back out of Hopewell, Va. Walker is listed at 5-10 and 190 pounds.
Michael Penix: A pro-style quarterback, Penix is 6-2 and 195 pounds.
James Head: Head is a defensive end from Miami, Fla. Head is 6-5, 213 pounds and was listed as a 3-star in 2018.
Jacolby Hewitt: Hewitt is a big target out at wide receiver for the Hoosiers that could be a serious red zone threat in his Bloomington career.
Spring Game: 7:00 p.m. on Apr. 14.
Myles Sims: Sims is a tall corner at 6-2.5. A 4-star from Atlanta, Sims will be a staple defensive back for the Wolverines.
Joe Milton: Milton is a 4-star pro-style quarterback from Orlando. Given the recent quarterback struggles for Michigan, Milton has a good chance to compete early.
Taylor Upshaw: Upshaw is a 3-star defensive end from Florida that stands at 6-5 and 240 pounds.
Spring Game: 1:00 p.m. on Apr. 14.
Curtis Dunlap: Dunlap is a 6-4, 368 pound offensive guard from Bradenton, Fla. Dunlap finished the 2018 class as a 4-star by 247Sports.
Daniel Faalele: Faalele stands at a whopping 6-8, 400 pounds as a 4-star offensive tackle for the Golden Gophers.
Victor Viramontes: Viramontes is a 6-2 dual threat quarterback from Riverside, Calif.
Alex Reigelsperger: Reigelsperger is from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. The defensive end comes in at 6-3 and 247 pounds.
Thomas Rush: Another Ohio native, Rush is a 6-3, 209 pound outside linebacker.
Nathan Boe: Boe is a 6-4 center from Lakeville, Minn.
Spring Game: Noon on Apr. 21.
Adrian Martinez: Ranked as the No. 7 dual threat quarterback in the country, Martinez is a 4-star that will see significant playing time with the Huskers in the future.
Greg Bell: Bell is a 6-0, 200 pound running back coming from Arizona Western College.
Will Honas: An inside linebacker, Honas makes his way to Lincoln by way of Butler CC.
Deontai Williams: Williams is ranked as the No. 2 JUCO safety in the class of 2018.
Will Farniok: Farniok is a 6-3, 255 pound center from Sioux Falls, N.D.
Justin McGriff: McGriff will surely be a top touchdown target in the future for Nebraska; the wide receiver comes in at 6-5.
Mike Williams: Williams is a 5-10, 182 pound receiver from Scooba, Miss.
Barrett Pickering: Pickering is a 3-star kicker from Hoover, Ala.
Spring Game: 1:45 p.m. on Apr. 14.
Tyreke Johnson: Johnson is a five-star out of Trinity Christian and is ranked as the No. 2 safety in the class of 2018.
Tommy Togiai: Togiai is a 4-star, 6-3 defensive tackle from Idaho. Togiai will add some much needed depth in the middle for Ohio State.
Matthew Jones: Jones is a 4-star center that was ranked top at his position nationally.
Max Wray: Wray is a 4-star offensive tackle from Tennessee; comes in at 6-6.5 and 289 pounds.
Dallas Gant: Another 4-star Buckeye, Gant is an outside linebacker from Toledo, Ohio.
Antwuan Jackson Jr.: Jackson Jr. was ranked as the top JUCO college from the previous class and will be playing defensive tackle at Ohio State.
Sevyn Banks: Sevyn Banks is a 4-star corner from Orlando, Fla.
Master Teague: Teague is a 4-star running back that comes in at 5-11 and 210 pounds.
Spring Game: 3:00 p.m. on Apr. 23.
Micah Parsons: Parsons was the fifth ranked player nationally in 2018 and could see playing time this coming season for the Nittany Lions.
Zack Kuntz: Kuntz is in-state talent ranked as the fourth best tight end in the country.
Jesse Luketa: Another 4-star for the Lions, Luketa is a 6-3 inside linebacker.
Nick Tarburton: The second inside linebacker listed in a row, Tarburton is 6-3.5 and 242 pounds.
Trent Gordon: Gordon is a 3-star cornerback from Manvel, Texas.
Isiah Humphries: Humphries is a 3-star safety that comes in at 5-11 and 191 pounds.
Spring Game: 3:30 p.m. on Apr. 14.
Artur Sitkowski: Sitkowski is an IMG Academy product and a 6-5 pro-style quarterback.
Jalen Jordan: Jordan has excellent height as a wide receiver at 6-5; also another IMG Academy product.
Isaih Pacheco: Pacheco is a 3-star, 5-11 and 190 pound running back.
Eddie Lewis: Lewis is a 3-star, 6-0 receiver from Middletown, N.J.
Raiqwon O’Neal: From South Carolina, O’Neal is a 6-5, 270 pound offensive tackle.
Malik Dixon: Dixon is a 6-3 safety from Thatcher, Ariz.
Jalen Chatman: The second early enrollee quarterback, Chatman is a 6-0 dual threat from Harbor City, Calif.
Kessawn Abraham: Abraham is listed as an athlete and is from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Adam Korsak: Korsak is a ProKick Australia product that comes in as a punter.