Bill Greene / Scout

Big Ten NSD: Extra Motivation

These Big Ten signees will have a reason to circle some dates on the Big Ten calendar for various reasons - once being committed to a conference foe, having their scholarship pulled, or simply being a kid those other schools looked over.

Dele Harding
LB | Wilmington (Md.) | Eastern Christian Academy

Harding was once committed to Michigan, but that was the previous staff. After Michigan went after other linebackers, he now lands at Illinois where he will have an opportunity to show the Wolverines what they missed.

Jonah Morris
ATH | Akron (Ohio) | Archbishop Hoban

Morris was once a Michigan State commit. He wanted to take visits and the Spartans went in a different direction. Ohio State nearly came in late, but that didn't come to fruition and the Hoosiers benefitted.

Toren Young
RB | Monona (Wisc.) | Monona Grove

Young is six miles from Madison but never got a Badger offer. He should be plenty motivated to play his best when the Hawkeyes play the Badgers.

Max Bortenschlager
QB | Indianapolis (Ind.) | Cathedral HS

Bortenschlager is from the state of Indiana, but did not get an offer from IU, Purdue, or any other Big Ten school for that matter. D.J Durkin took him late and he will have an opportunity to prove himself.

Kareem Walker
RB | Wayne (N.J.) | Depaul Catholic

Walker chose to visit Michigan and commit after his Ohio State commitment, but he took plenty of flack from Buckeye fans from it. He will see them in November when the Wolverines head to Columbus.

Messiah DeWeaver
QB | Huber Heights (Ohio) | Wayne HS

A one-time Michigan commit and an Ohio kid who was not offered by Ohio State ala Connor Cook, DeWeaver will have a chance, possibly early in his career, to face those schools in two of the conference's biggest rivalries.

Tamarion Johnson
DE | Southfield (Mich.) | Bradford Academy

A Southfield kid who was not offered or really recruited much by Michigan or Michigan State, Johnson, a late take for the Gophers, had 14 sacks as a senior and will look forward to sacking Wolverine and Spartan quarterbacks.

Tony Butler
CB | Lakewood (Ohio) | St. Edward

Butler once had a Michigan offer, but their recruitment of him slowed. He's another Ohio kid who did not receive a Buckeye offer as well, so he has something to prove to a couple of Big Ten foes.

Gunnar Vogel
G | Westerville (Ohio) | Westerville South HS

Vogel did not have a single other Big Ten offer when he committed to Northwestern and he will have a chance to show the entire conference what they missed out on once he gets to Evanston.

Gavin Cupp
G | Leipsic (Ohio) | Leipsic HS

Cupp was once committed to Michigan State, then had his offer revoked after he camped at Ohio State. The Buckeyes offered several days later, and he will now see the Spartans every Fall.

Anthony Johnson
OT | Euclid (Ohio) | Euclid HS

From the heavily recruited Cleveland area, Johnson only had one other Big Ten offer: Illinois. Even that semeed to fall off late and he was considering Buffalo before Penn State jumped in with a last second offer, but his size and ball skills could make others wonder later why he didn't have more offers.

Navon Mosley
S | West Bloomfield (Mich.) | West Bloomfeld HS

Mosley comes from the same high school as Michigan State commit Trishton Jackson, but the Boilers were his only Big Ten offer. He will now have a chance to show the rest of the conference the same playmaking abilities that allowed him to have six interceptions as a junior.

Damon Hayes
CB | Upper Marlboro (Md.) | Henry Wise

Hayes is a Maryland kid who did not have a Maryland offer. Even later in the process when the Terps needed corners, they went South, but the benefactor was new Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash.

Griffin Grady
LB | Dublin (Ohio) | Dublin-Coffman

Despite being just 20 minutes outside Columbus, Grady never received a Buckeye offer, but his speed and tenacity are a good fit with the Badgers and their 3-4 scheme. Other Big Ten offers were Illinois and Northwestern.

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