The 2013 Big Ten recruiting season might be remembered as the class of quarterbacks. Nearly every team signed a headliner this year, and seven QBs make this alphabetical list of 25 recruits who could make an impact in a couple of years. There are plenty of offensive and defensive linemen in the mix, too. The three best classes in the Big Ten — Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska — have the most players featured.
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6-1 * 180 * quarterback
Gifted escape artist will remind many Wildcat fans of Dan Persa. He'll sit while Kain Colter starts next year as a senior.
6-1 * 185 * cornerback
Formerly known as Eli Woodard, he's a feisty, violent hitter who's the best of a pretty terrific pool of Buckeye defensive back recruits.
6-3 * 225 * quarterback
The best pure running quarterback of all the Big Ten signees, Bailey's a raw, streaky passer. He could be a star — or eventually switch to WR.
6-2 * 220 * linebacker
Sure tackler, quick-twitch athlete, confident leader, Banderas is one of those Husker legacy guys who can anchor a defense for multiple years.
6-2 * 205 * quarterback
Runs a lot like Braxton Miller and throws the ball pretty well despite a delayed delivery. Barrett will probably have to wait two years to start.
6-5 * 270 * defensive tackle
A highly developed player for a high schooler who uses his hands well, reads blocks and doesn't easily get fooled. OSU could use him next year.
6-4 * 305 * guard
Hits like a car crash. Bosch isn't the best technician, but his film is impressive from a raw strength perspective.
6-4 * 230 * tight end
Ran a sophisticated route tree in a small Pennsylvania school. Played slot receiver and in-line, too. Bill O'Brien knows how to use his tight ends.
5-10 * 175 * receiver
The Golden Gophers badly need dynamic athletes on offense. Carter, a receiver/running back with moves and speed, fits the bill.
6-6 * 255 * defensive end
Fits the Wolverine profile of a 3-4 end. Put another 15-20 pounds on him, and he'll be a good hybrid pass rusher/edge setter against the run.
5-11 * 205 * running back
Downhill, bowling ball-style runner who can find an extra gear in the open field.
6-3 * 210 * quarterback
The Boilermakers keep racking up signal-callers. Etling's a four-star from Terre Haute, Ind., who throws the ball on a line.
5-9 * 180 * kicker
The nation's No. 1 high school kicker is a potential four-year starter for the Spartans.
6-5 * 237 * defensive end
Hopes to grow into an every-down player. Initially, he's the big, lanky pass rusher NU sorely needs on third down.
6-4 * 210 * quarterback
The nation's No. 1 QB prospect. Big-league arm that can make all of the throws. He can be a three-year starter before jumping to the NFL.
6-7 * 285 * offensive tackle
Another big, talented lineman who will transform into something special in the Badger system.
6-2 * 240 * def. tackle/end
Hoosiers flipped Kenney from Iowa, and in the process got a player NU would love to have. Quick, compact, hits hard, dominant in high school.
6-4 * 270 * center
Part of the Wolverines terrific crop of O linemen, Kugler bolts off of the ball. He'll fight for playing time as UM switches to a power running game.
6-4 * 260 * center
Athletic, strong and presumably smart, Lancaster could be a long-term starter in Evanston.
6-0 * 180 * running back
A wingbone QB, Marshall will play the Percy Harvin role in Urban Meyer's offense. He's fast, and he won the Ohio state high jump title as a junior.
6-3 * 185 * quarterback
He might get the most hype of any Big Ten QB signee even if his high school play hasn't earned it. But he has a big arm and the tools to be top notch.
5-10 * 180 * running back
Compact, tough, fast and driven, Newby comes to Nebraska with the same down-to-business mindset Ameer Abdullah had.
6-2 * 225 * linebacker
A classic middle linebacker who sheds blocks, tackles well and leads a defense. Not the athlete Banderas is.
6-2 * 215 * quarterback
His senior season cut short because of an injury, he proved himself in becoming one of the Elite 11 QBs. He's a tough runner, leader and winner.
6-4 * 190 * receiver
Only a three-star prospect, but he has the size and stride to be a NFL wide receiver. He could play early in this talent-starved offense.
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