Recruiting season never actually "ends," instead giving way to the next year of prospects the moment every player has signed and enrolled.
But individual recruiting cycles—the building blocks that make up the one long recruiting season—do have a finite expiration date, and 2014's is approaching fast.
National signing day is this Wednesday, Feb. 5, and teams are thus running out of time to solidify their respective classes. Though much of the heavy lifting has already been done, the next 48 hours are of disproportionate importance.
As far as the Big Ten is concerned, this is the first cycle that includes 14 teams, thanks to the addition of Maryland and Rutgers. That means two extra keys to look at down the home stretch.
What is the most important thing every Big Ten team can do before and during national signing day this season? Let's take a look.
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