As you may have heard, there was an event in the football world called the Super Bowl this past Sunday. That is great and all, but here at Armchair Big Ten Recruiting, the real Super Bowl is this Wednesday. Feb. 7 marks National Signing Day 2018 in the college football world, and we hope you will join us for all of the action. Below is a preview of what you might be able to expect for each Big Ten team on National Signing Day.
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Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois already received 18 signatures during the early signing period for 2018. Heading into National Signing Day, five recruits are committed, but unsigned, to the Illini: Coran Taylor, Caleb Griffin, Ezekiel Holmes, Kenyon Sims and Matthew Robinson.
Predictions: Illini fans should not expect too many surprises on National Signing Day. Each of the five recruits currently committed should sign with Illinois on Wednesday. Look for the orange and blue to possibly land Mesquite, Texas safety Dayven Coleman over Arizona, however that is not too likely.
The Hoosiers signed 23 during the early signing period and only have one recruit currently committed that has yet to sign — three-star corner Jamar Johnson.
Predictions: Johnson should sign with the Hoosiers come Wednesday. Furthermore, be confident that defensive end Jonathan King and cornerback Kevin Brewer pick Indiana University.
With 17 already signed, Iowa has six more commits to look forward to on National Signing Day. The six currently committed are Julius Brents, Donald Johnson, Jayden McDonald, Nico Ragaini, Logan Klemp and Kaevon Merriweather.
Predictions: Do not expect any of the current Hawkeye commits to flip on National Signing Day. In terms of uncommitted recruits, I do not foresee any surprises come Wednesday.
Maryland signed 22 recruits during the early signing period and do not currently have any recruits that have announced a commitment to the Terrapins.
Predictions: Maryland has a chance to land four-star corner Ken Montgomery Jr. come Wednesday, and I think the Turtles can get it done. Montgomery would be a major boost to this Maryland recruiting class and their future secondary.
Michigan State Spartans
With 20 signed already, wide receiver Jalen Nailor is the sole recruit currently committed to Michigan State that has yet to sign an LOI.
Predictions: Nailor should fax in his National Letter of Intent to East Lansing, and I expect defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory to join him. The Spartans have made a big push on Texas wide receiver Tommy Bush, but I do not see him signing with the green and white.
Michigan has had 16 recruits make it official for the maize and blue. On top of that, four recruits are verbally committed to the Wolverines. Otis Reese, Vincent Gray, Michael Barrett and Ronnie Bell are those four.
Predictions: Despite being committed for the moment, I would be surprised to see Otis Reese stay with the Wolverines. Instead, I see Reese signing with the home-state Georgia Bulldogs. For one of Harbaugh’s top remaining targets, top offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere, all signs seem to point to the Florida Gators.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
With 25 already officially Gophers and one recruit committed, this has been an impressive recruiting class for Minnesota. Three-star defensive tackle Logan Richter will likely honor his commitment come Wednesday.
Predictions: The Golden Gophers will likely land a number of walk-ons on National Signing Day, as well as three-star tight end Max Janes.
What a strange, yet successful recruiting class this has been for Nebraska, who is in the midst of a staff change in Lincoln. 13 recruits have signed and six more are committed.
Predictions: There is a good chance that Cornhusker safety commit CJ Smith will opt to sign with the home-state Florida Gators. However, four-stars Maurice Washington, Javontae Jean-Baptiste and Tyrone Sampson Jr. could all sign with Nebraska. Look for wide receiver John Jackson, defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia and offensive tackle Willie Canty to round out this impressive Conrhusker recruiting class.
The ‘Cats have received 16 Letters of Intent, and corner AJ Hampton and offensive tackle Sam Stovall are currently committed.
Predictions: Hampton and Stovall will likely both sign with the purple and white on National Signing Day to finish this Northwestern recruiting class.
Ohio State Buckeyes
22 recruits have made their status as a Buckeye official, and commits Tyler Friday and Chris Olave should join the class on Feb. 7.
Predictions: Expect Ohio State to lose out on Petit-Frere and Rasheed Walker. However, despite numerous predictions, do not be surprised if Ohio State edges out Kentucky for Winton Woods linebacker Christopher Oats.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State has already put together an impressive recruiting class with 22 signees. Shaquon Anderson-Butts is also committed to Happy Valley.
Predictions: I would be shocked to see Rasheed Walker commit to Ohio State over Penn State, and four-star receiver Solomon Enis will also likely become a Lion.
What a job by Jeff Brohm and the Purdue coaching staff this cycle. The Boilermakers have signed 22, with four-star receiver Rondale Moore and three-star defensive tackle Willie Lane likely on the way.
Predictions: If I were a Purdue fan, I would get familiar with this recruiting class and get excited for next season. I don’t expect any big announcements for the Boilermakers on Wednesday.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
For their 2018 class, the Scarlet Knights signed 19 during the early signing period. Malik Dixon, Robin Jutwreten and Zamir Mickens are verbally committed to Rutgers.
Predictions: With Dixon, Jutwreten and Mickens all likely signing with the Knights, I would also expect defensive end Marcellus Earlington to choose Rutgers.
Wisconsin has signed 19 recruits for 2018 and do not currently have any committed to sign on National Signing Day.
Predictions: Three-star corner Keondre Miller will likely sign with the Badgers on Wednesday.