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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
As several Big Ten teams await late decisions from recruits, some others have finalized their 2009 recruiting classes.
Northwestern sent out a news release announcing its 18 signees for the 2009 class. Much like Iowa and some other Big Ten programs, Northwestern signed a small but solid class, featuring offensive lineman Patrick Ward and quarterback Evan Watkins, a contender to start in 2010.
Check out Northwestern's full list of signees. Here are some notes about the Wildcats' class:
Minnesota's class also is all but finalized, according to the live signing day blog on gophersports.com. Here's the official list of Gophers signees, highlighted by the late commitment of cornerback Michael Carter, wide receiver Hayo Carpenter and running back Hasan Lipscomb.
Wisconsin's class also is likely complete, with the official list of signees here.
Illinois' signing list could add another name or two, but the group as it stands right now can be found here.I'll keep posting updates from the schools when they send out their official lists of signees this afternoon.