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2013 QB Christian Hackenberg, wearing a very un-Penn State uniform.
It's not much of an exaggeration to call the Big Ten's 2013 crop of quarterback recruits potentially one of the best the conference has ever seen.
Christian Hackenberg is rightly the top-rated pro-style QB recruit in the nation; he's going to Penn State. James Morris is hot on Hackenberg's heels, and he's athletic enough to qualify as a "dual-threat" QB if he wasn't already so great at throwing the ball.
Johnny Stanton is Nebraska's version of Johnny Football, and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett is stepping into a very Heisman-friendly situation.
We could go on, and we will.
Wisconsin's Tanner McEvoy is one of the most intriguing prospects in the entire Big Ten 2013 class. Aaron Bailey might be good enough to leapfrog Illinois' entire mess at QB, including senior and potential four-year starter Nathan Scheelhaase.
Michigan State's Damion Terry is, physically, the closest thing the Big Ten's had come to Vince Young on one of its squads since Terrelle Pryor was gliding across the field. Purdue's Danny Etling is quite possibly the purest passer outside State College, and Iowa's Nic Shimonek is a potential starter as a true freshman.
And if you're tired of Northwestern trotting out smallish QBs with rifle arms and lethal creativity, you might want to avert your eyes from the Matt Alviti era. He's going to be driving opposing defenses crazy when it's his turn to take over in Evanston.
Heck, even Penn State's second QB recruit, Tyler Ferguson, is good enough to engage most of the starting quarterbacks in the Big Ten today in a camp competition.
Yes, this is an outstanding class of quarterbacks. If the Big Ten returns to prominence in the near future you can count on several of these prospects being firmly in the conversation as to how and why it happened.