Wednesday is the national signing day for high school athletes. Even though my last post commented on the fact that schools like Iowa don't necessarily need your prototypical five star athletes to excel, the fact still remains that elite recruiting can sure help a program. And, no one is ever going to complain about getting too many five and four star athletes (unless your USC and you just don't have the roster space).
Only two Big Ten schools are still in the running for ESPN 150 (a list of the top 150 recruits of 2009) players who are set to declare on ESPNU's signing day show. The names that Big Ten fans should keep a look out for are Jelani Jenkins and Marlon Brown.
Jenkins is ESPN's ninth ranked overall player and second best outside linebacker. Linebacker U (Penn State) is still in the running for Jenkins' services and will have to lure him away from Florida, Notre Dame, Southern California, and Stanford who are also on his radar. Jenkins' received an ESPN grade of 87 out of 100.
Marlon Brown is a wide receiver from Memphis, Tennessee who also excels on the basketball court. He is projected as the 24th ranked wide out and 111th ranked small forward. According to ESPN, Brown hopes to play both sports at the next level. Ohio State is amongst the two sport athletes' final list along with USC, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and LSU.
The Big Ten could use a strong recruiting season as the conference tries to get back up on its feet, after several dismal years in a row. Another interesting angle to look for on Wednesday is the type of athletes Michigan is able to land, as they try to put together the puzzle of the spread offense.
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