Big Ten A-Sleeper-A-Team

Mick Stoltenberg

Our annual look at the Big Ten signees who may not have all the stars, accolades and headlines, but we believe have the tools to join past members of the list who have gone on to college and professional success.

For the last five years we have looked to feature Big Ten signees who may not be among the headliners in each class, but who we believe can surprise and make an impact.

Past members of the list who have gone on to do that include Allen Robinson, Jake Ryan, Mason Monheim, Dan Vitale, Desmond Morgan, Akeem Hunt, Ben Lauer, Bennie Fowler and others.

Here are this year's sleepers.

MALIK TURNER (Profile)
Wide Receiver
Springfield (Ill.) | Sacred Heart Griffin


An injury as a junior kept schools from finding out more about Turner, but the nearby Illini saw all they needed to and got themselves a 6'2, 205-pound kid who is strong and really good after the catch.

WES MARTIN (Profile)
Guard
West Milton (Ohio) | Milton-Union


Martin committed last Summer without much fanfare, but he is a strong, powerful kid who could play guard or center at the next level. He was a pancake machine in high school and we think he'll be a mauler in college.

JOSHUA JACKSON (Profile)
Cornerback
Lake Dallas (Tex.) | Lake Dallas HS


Jackson is a long 6'1, 170-pound kid who could play corner or free safety. He is smooth and athletic on his offensive tape and we think he has the skills to be another good under the radar find for the Hawks.


BRETT KULKA (Profile)
Defensive End
Edinboro (Pa.) | General McLane


Kulka has a 6'5 frame you can put a lot more weight on and he shows good motor and closing speed on film. We think he could play end, tackle or possibly even offensive tackle in college.


JARED WANGLER (Profile)
Linebacker
Warren (Mich.) | De La Salle


Wangler does not always get a lot of pub when the Wolverine class is brought up but he is a former safety who is versatile, can run, cover and blitz. Plus he's a legacy who will work hard and play hard.


JALEN WATTS-JACKSON (Profile)
Cornerback
Orchard Lake (Mich.) | St. Mary's


Watts-Jackson came to MSU camp few offers, none from BCS schools and put on a show. Neither Trae Waynes nor Darqueze Dennard had other BCS offers and Watts-Jackson could be the next DB gem in East Lansing.


ISAIAH GENTRY (Profile)
Wide Receiver
Cincinnati (Ohio) | Moeller


A Kent State commit, Gentry turned in a big senior year and earned BCS offers, eventually switching to the Gophers where we think his size and ball skills will make him a big part of their offense in the future.


MICK STOLTENBERG (Profile)
Offensive Tackle
Gretna (Neb.) | Gretna


Stoltenberg has a great motor and runs really well on film. A lot of that film is on defense, but he shows that he has the athletic tools and also the effort and toughess to make the move over to the offensive line.


FRED WYATT (Profile)
Defensive Tackle
Lawrence (Kan.) | Free State HS


Wyatt is already 6'4, 255 and is only going to get bigger. He is light on his feet for a bigger kid and offers the versatility of being able to play inside or outside. We think he'll be a good one for the 'Cats.


BRADY TAYLOR (Profile)
Offensive Tackle
Columbus (Ohio) | Bishop Ready


The Buckeyes stole Taylor from Virginia Tech later in the process. He's a local kid who is going to battle, give it all he's got, and we think, work his way into the lineup ala Patrick Elflein, another three-star local.


CHANCE SORRELL (Profile)
Offensive Tackle
Middletown (Ohio) | Middletown HS


The first of James Franklin's Vanderbilt commits who flipped over to the Nittany Lions, Sorrell could be the next in a long line of high school tight ends who make succesful moves to tackle in the Big Ten.


BEAROOZ YACOOBI (Profile)
Guard
Dearborn (Mich.) | Dearborn HS


Once committed to Northern Illinois, the Boilers offered and received his verbal after seeing his senior tape where he showed excellent quickness and a nasty streak, two attributes he had impressed us with at camp last summer.


GIOVANNI RESCIGNO (Profile)
Quarterback
Warren (Mich.) | De La Salle HS


Stuck behind Shane Morris, Rescigno showed flashes in relief duty as a junior and then took his game to another level as a senior. It took until January for him to receive an FBS offer but he is big and mobile.


MICHAEL DEITER (Profile)
Guard
Genoa (Wisc.) | Genoa Area HS


In a great offensive line class, Deiter sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, but he's a battler, a rugged throwback who fits what the Badgers do and we think he'll be a starter at guard or center eventually.

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