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THE TOP INCOMING IMPACT PLAYERS IN THE BIG TEN

August 7, 2014
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THE TOP INCOMING IMPACT PLAYERS IN THE BIG TEN

There are several exciting players coming into the Big Ten this year but few will make an immediate impact like these players will.

Michigan State defensive end Malik McDowell. McDowell is an animal at 6’6” and 280 pounds and can run the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds. McDowell has the ability to play multiple positions on the defensive line and with his combination of size, athleticism, speed and explosiveness, he will make Michigan State’s defense much better. According to Mike Farrell, the national football recruiting analyst, McDowell does lack some toughness and isn’t as physical consistently as he needs to be.

Ohio State wide receiver Curtis Samuel. Samuel is one of the most talented freshman and was ranked as the number eight wide receiver prospect in the class of 2014 and number 49 overall. Samuel is tough and explosive and will be a nice fit into Urban Meyer’s offense. Many are comparing Samuel to former Florida receiver Percy Harvin.

Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan. McMillan is the nation’s top inside linebacker and will push for a starting job in the fall. McMillan is 6’3” and 235 pounds and has a college ready body. He will have a head start after joining Ohio State in January. McMillan is a sure tackler and can play very physical and it will be hard to keep him off the field.

Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers. During the Big Ten media day in Chicago, head coach Brady Hoke had more questions asked about Peppers than any other player on his team. Peppers is the number three -ranked prospect in the class of 2014 and will begin his Michigan career playing the nickel role. Peppers will be one of the fastest players on the team being clocked at 10.51 in the 100 meters. Michigan may use him on both sides of the football but will start out on defense first.

Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin. Godwin has excellent size at 6’2” and 202 pounds, he is big and strong and has a reliable pair of hands. He’s been ranked as the number 24 player in the class of 2014. Godwin will have the ability to go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic. He also has the ability to catch poorly thrown footballs and should be an instant weapon for Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg.


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