The 2016 Big Ten recruiting all-name team

Another national signing day is in the books, and Big Ten teams have filled their cupboards with fresh talent. That means we have a whole bunch of new names to learn.

But not all names are created equally. Some just leap off the page and become instant favorites of ours, regardless of the player's skill level. This year is no exception.

Need a savior for your offense? There's an actual Messiah at quarterback for Michigan State. Nebraska landed a guy who could share a name with a future Oscar winner in Dicaprio Bootle. Speaking of Leo movies, if Northwestern linebacker Jango Glackin has a big game, get ready for the "Jango Unchained" headlines. (He also shares a first name with Boba Fett's dad, so there's that).

Maryland's Qwuantrezz Knight has a first name that would smash scoring records in Scrabble, while Ohio State offensive lineman Michael Jordan has a big name to live up to.

And we can't forget this year's team captain, Michigan receiver Eddie McDoom. He's either a Batman villain or someone who will help the Wolverines start their own Legion of McDoom.

Presenting our 2016 Big Ten recruit all-name team:


QB: Messiah DeWeaver, Michigan State

RB: Toks Akinribade, Iowa

RB: Jake Funk, Maryland

WR: Eddie McDoom, Michigan

WR: Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, Northwestern

WR: Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin

TE: Ko Kieft, Minnesota

OL: Coy Cronk, Indiana

OL: Michael Jordan, Ohio State

OL: Thiyo Lukusa, Michigan State

OL: Alaric Jackson, Iowa

OL: Darta Lee, Illinois


DL: Romeo McKnight, Iowa

DL: Mufi Hunt, Michigan State

DL: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

LB: Jango Glackin, Northwestern

LB: Ayo Shogbonyo, Illinois

LB: Elysee Mbem-Bosse, Michigan

LB: Semisi Fakasiieki, Purdue

DB: Dicaprio Bootle, Nebraska

DB: Qwuantrezz Knight, Maryland

DB: Emmanuel Rugamba, Iowa

DB: Rodjay Burns, Ohio State

So many good names, so few spots. Some others we liked included Illinois defensive lineman Izon Pulley, which sounds like an article of clothing one might buy, perhaps at a store run by his fellow Illini recruit, Christion Abercrombie. Rutgers linebacker Elorm Lumor must confuse fans of anagrams. We also like Ohio State linebacker Tuf Borland, because how can you not like a guy named Tuf? Buckeyes fans may be challenged to spell some of their new players' names, like Binjimen Victor and Jahsen Wint. Nebraska is loaded with great names in the back seven, as Quayshon Alexander and Marquel Dismuke join Bootle. It's just too bad that former all-name team favorite Courtney Love transferred away from the Cornhuskers, forever leaving a Hole in our heart.

But there are plenty of great new names to know, and we look forward to following them throughout their Big Ten careers.