Big Ten Signing Day Dream Team (Offense)
Well, it is here again, National Signing Day. The first day that high school seniors from across the nation can fax in their letters of intent for where they will play their college ball.
The Big Ten once again did very well landing two top ten classes and four in the top twenty-five. Some of the players have already enrolled in their school of choice, but will be included anyways.
QB Tate Forcier-Michigan
In a year where premiere QBs was a bit short, the Wolverines landed a good one.
Forcier is the ideal fit for Rodriguez's spread with a 4.4 forty-yard dash and an ability to throw on the run that is unmatched, this kid has drawn comparisons to Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy. It's no wonder that only one other QB in the nation received more scholarship offers.
RB Jamaal Berry-Ohio State
Berry is the top back coming out of Florida this year and has a second gear that makes him a deadly home-run threat.
Once Berry gets into open space just watch him make some moves and take it to the house. With Chris Wells entering the draft Berry could split time with the other OSU backs to fill the void.
RB Edwin Baker-Michigan State
Baker's junior year was one of the best in the nation that resulted in scholarship offers from programs like Florida, Texas, and of course in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State.
In the end Baker chose the Spartans. Baker was on track for a big senior year before an injury kept him out his entire senior season and the Army All-American Game. With the departure of Javon Ringer the Spartans will be looking for someone to fill the space and many feel Baker is the one.
OT Marcus Hall- Ohio State
Hailing from Glenville Academic High School, Hall was long considered a Buckeye lock and when he announced Monday he ended up exactly where everyone thought.
The dominating 6-5 290 pound lineman is ranked as the fifty-second best player in the 2009 class. With Hall anchoring the line Terrelle Pryor should have plenty of time to throw over the next few years.
OT Taylor Lewan-Michigan
Lewan had played defense his whole life before transferring to Chaparral High School where the head coach immediately saw Lewan's immense potential on the other side of the ball.
Since switching to offense-line Lewan's stock has risen faster than any player in the nation. Lewan will red-shirt so he can put some weight on his massive 6-7 frame, but after that Big Ten defensive-lineman should watch out. It should come as no surprise that his favorite player is Jake Long and has since gotten the nickname Jake Long Jr.
OL David Barrent-Michigan State
Barrent, the top player from Iowa, originally committed to the Hawkeyes but later switched his pledge to the Spartans.
The 6-8 290 pound lineman looks like a player that could make an impact right away after an impressive all-star performance.
OG Quinton Washington-Michigan
Rich Rodriguez broke out the "snake oil" again in 2009. Washington was long considered a South Carolina lock as his mom wanted him to say close to home and high school coach had ties to the school, but the Wolverin
es were able to pull this 6-3 guard out of the South. Washington is the eighth ranked guard in the 2009 class and the tenth ranked player out of the Palemtto State.
OL Eric Shrive-Penn State
Shrive is a very versatile athlete that could play pretty much anywhere on the line but projects best at tackle.
Shrive picked up offer from all Big ten powers and Notre Dame but decided on in-state power Penn State. Shrive is physically ready to play at 6-7 300 pounds but could red-shirt if he doesn't have the right technique down.
TE Reid Fragel-Ohio State
Fragel was not highly recruited but with his great hands and outstanding blocking ability not to mention he's built much like an offensive lineman this kid could end up playing on Sundays.
Fragel didn't pick up many early offers but as he waited his offer list began to grow and shortly after the Buckeyes offered he committed.
WR Duron Carter-Ohio State
Son of former NFL legend Chris Carter, Duron stormed on to the recruiting scene this summer picking up offers from WVU, South Florida, Auburn, and his father's alma mater OSU.
He picked the Buckeyes of course and after a great showing on ESPN at the Under-Armour All-American game his stock shot through the roof. Carter isn't going to burn any one in open field but he has some of the best hands in his class.
WR Terry Hawthorne-Illinois
Hawthorne received offers from virtually every program across the nation. With Arrelious Benn leaving next year Illinois is in search for a replacement and Hawthorne could be the one. There was no better deep threat in the Midwest this past season. In his junior year Hawthorne racked up 1,152 yards and 18 TD's.