With a record-setting crop of talent already on the field this fall, the prospects on the rise in the Big Ten may not be the most familiar faces on the roster.
But the conference boasts the league’s top talent in 2019.
Here are five players who could be heading to the Big Blue this fall.
WR Mike Williams, Ohio State Buckeyes, 5-11, 210 The Ohio State quarterback, who is set to turn pro in the fall, was the first wideout in Ohio State history to throw for 1,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
With a big arm and a knack for putting the ball on the ground, Williams can make a big play.
TE Jared Cook, Michigan Wolverines, 6-4, 235 The Michigan tight end is a former five-star recruit.
He has the frame and athleticism to make plays and could be the team’s best pass catcher this fall with the additions of tight ends Jake Butt and Anthony Dixon.
DE D’Andre Swift, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 6, 230 The 6-foot-4 defensive end has been an All-Big Ten performer and was a member of the 2014 squad that finished 10-2.
His production will continue to rise with the addition of two-time All-America defensive end T.J. Watt.
DT Jarrad Davis, Ohio Cardinals, 6 and 6-3, 290 The Ohio Cardinals defensive tackle is set for a big sophomore season and could see a big uptick in production from his senior year.
He was a four-star prospect who was rated the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country.
LB Zach Banner, Washington Huskies, 6 feet 3 and 275 pounds, 247 The Huskies linebacker had an outstanding senior season and was considered one of the nation’s best linebackers in 2019 after leading the team with seven sacks.
He will be a great complement to junior Myles Garrett.
The Huskers also added two more linebackers in defensive end Mike Davis and safety Zach Banner.