National signing day has come to a close, and if you've been listening to national media, you might be scared that the SEC is going to win every single football game until the end of time given some of the classes hauled in by teams like Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee.
But we're here to talk Big Ten football, which, you may find it hard to believe, is still going to compete for national championships despite being an afterthought in the recruiting world. Please note the heavy sarcasm in the previous sentence.
The reality is that talent scattered all across the country was picked up by teams from the Big Ten, and a number of players are going to step in and contribute from day one. You have Ohio State and Michigan, which unsurprisingly landed classes full of high school studs.
You also see teams like Penn State, Minnesota and Michigan State that appear to be on the rise, a trajectory that will be aided by several key recruits in the 2014 class. The Spartans, you'll recall, are the current Rose Bowl champions.
At the end of the day, national signing day is more symbolic than anything else. It's the day hundreds of high school players take the next step in their careers, though 5-star or unranked, it's up to them how great they want to be in college.
Here are five Big Ten signees who will have an immediate impact in 2014.
All recruiting information via 247sports.com.