Now that bowl season is over, Big Ten football coaches are putting the finishing touches on the 2013 recruiting classes. Although some groundwork for 2014 and beyond is also taking place, the next three weeks are all about guaranteeing those signed letters of intent from recruits on February 6.
College football junkies love to follow recruiting class rankings all year long, but the rankings do not settle completely until January and early February. Following each team's appearance in a bowl, the likelihood of recruits switching commitments tends to go down significantly.
In other words, players verbally committed at this point are probably headed where they say they are.
This list has been compiled using the recruiting rankings of places that make their living from such prognostications, including the Rivals 250 and the ESPN 150. But this is also an inexact science, so the following 10 players were also chosen based on where the players can make an immediate impact and on highlight videos available on YouTube.
It can be debated which team has the best total recruiting class, but sometimes seasons are defined by the stars of a team, not the depth of good players. Is there a Cam Newton or Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings of one of these 2013 recruiting classes? Let's take a look at 10 recruits verbally committed to Big Ten schools who will be the next stars in two or three years.