Michigan had the biggest surprise on signing day

Updated: February 4, 2010, 10:43 AM ET
By Bill Kurelic
There was plenty to cheer about in Big Ten country leading up to national signing day, but when it came to the big announcements on Wednesday, the Big Ten looked to be shut out -- that is until Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez landed safety Demar Dorsey (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson), who pulled a shocker when he signed with Michigan over Florida State and USC.

Up until Dorsey's decision, the Big Ten missed on three big-time prospects.

Rodrriguez missed out on defensive back Sean Parker (Harbor City, Calif./Narborne), who signed with Washington over Michigan, USC and Cal. Penn State Coach Joe Paterno missed out on defensive lineman Michael Thornton (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) who surprised no one when he decided to stay close to home and sign with Georgia over Penn State and Kentucky. Ohio State missed out on offensive linemen Matt James (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) who signed with Notre Dame over Ohio State and Seantrel Henderson (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham), who announced that he had selected USC. Henderson made official visits to those two schools as well as Florida, Notre Dame and Miami. Minnesota was the other school in the running for Henderson.