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).
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.