Big Ten Signing Day Defensive Dream Team
The Big Ten is known for its powerful defenses because of the immense amount of talent they have and the recruiting Class of 2009 was no different. Michigan and Ohio State got a couple of five-star athletes. Michigan landed what was arguably the second-best defensive line class while OSU landed one of the best secondaries in the country.
DT William Campbell-Michigan
Campbell was the top-ranked player in Michigan in 2009 and the 26th best in the nation. Campbell has enrolled early at Michigan and should make an impact right away. Standing at 6-foot-5, 317 pounds and with a 400-pound bench max, Campbell should be physically ready to play and could play either side of the ball.
DT John Simon-Ohio State
Simon is one of the strongest defensive linemen in this class. Standing at 6-foot-3, this kid is a beast. He has a max squat of 700 pounds and bench of 425. Simon put on a good show at the Army All-American Bowl practices.
DE Craig Roh-Michigan
Roh is not the biggest man on the field, but he has a fantastic first step. In the UnderArmour All-American Game, no one was quicker off the line than Roh. With Roh's 6-foot-5 frame, he could be a real threat to offenses once he puts some muscle on his long frame. Roh is the No. 7 weakside defensive end and the fourth best player coming out of Arizona.
DE Melvin Fellows-Ohio State
Fellows commited to Illinois early in the recruiting process, but later switched his commitment to the Buckeyes. Fellows is 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and extremely quick off the end. Fellows is ranked as the No. 10 weakside defensive end in the class and 11th best player in Ohio.
LB Dorian Bell-Ohio State
Bell is one of those athletes that just wows you when you see him for the first time. He has closing speed that rivals anyone in this class. He is ranked as the No. 2 player in Pennsylvania and desrevedly so. Look for him to carry on the tradition of great Ohio State linebackers.
LB Chris Norman-Michigan State
Norman had a monster junior season that resulted in scholarship offers from across the nation. Norman is a great athlete with good speed for his size. Norman is the No. 6 outside linebacker and the No. 3 player in Michigan.
LB Gerald Hodges-Penn State
Penn State pulled in one of the largest classes in the Big Ten this year, but was lacking in the elite talent area. Hodges was one of the few elite players the Nittany Lions signed. Hodges is one of the quickest linebackers in this class, running a 4.46 40-yard dash. Hodges finished as the No. 7 player in New Jersey and chose between Penn state and Rutgers.
DB Justin Turner-Michigan
Turner is one of the most exciting athletes Michigan signed this year. Turner is a versatile defensive back that could play either cornerback or safety. The No. 1 player in Ohio and has coverage skills that rival anyone in the nation. Turner moved up in the rankings in the past month after leading the East team in tackles in the Army All-American Game and added one interception.
DB Corey Brown-Ohio State
Brown is one of the most-electrifying athletes in this year's class. Brown has enough skill to play on either side of the ball. He was always a top-100 player in the class, but after his amazing all-star game performances, his stock rocketed. He is now ranked as the top player in Pennsylvania and the No. 31 player in the country. In those all-star games, Brown picked off three passes and had one touchdown catch. Whether he plays on offense or defense, Brown is sure to make an impact.
DB Jamie Wood-Ohio State
Wood started off the year as the top prospect in Ohio, but didn't have the senior season most thought he would and dropped down to No. 3. Despite not having a great senior season, Wood should turn into a great college player. Wood has good speed with a 4.48 forty and isn't afraid to hit like some safeties.
DB Michael Carter-Minnesota
This was one of the biggest surprises of Signing Day. Carter first committed to West Virginia, but silently reopened the process and decided he felt closer to the Minnesota staff. He is ranked as the No. 26 playerin Florida and the 12th best cornerback in the nation. He is one of the most physical defensive backs in the class.