The Big Ten will play in a new era this year, and the league has announced a slew of big-name alumni to fill seats at games.
The conference announced Tuesday that it has signed two players: wide receiver Jordon James and linebacker Brian Orakpo.
James, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound junior, is a four-star prospect and is the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Orakpos is a three-star recruit and is a five-star linebacker, according to 247Sports.
Both players were a part of Ohio State’s 2015 national championship team.
“This will be a first for the Big 12 and the Big 10 Network, and we’re really excited about the addition of Jordon,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.
“He is a big, physical, physical player with a great feel for the game.
He has an uncanny knack for finding holes in coverage.
I know that Jordon and I will be working together at Ohio State as we continue to prepare for our first Big Ten championship in the Big 20 Conference.
We are honored to welcome these two future Buckeyes to our Big Ten family and are looking forward to seeing them play in Columbus.”
I’ve been looking forward with excitement to playing in front of my hometown fans and fans of the Big 11 and Big 10 Conference.
The Big 10 is one of the best conferences in college football, and these two players will help build the foundation for a great program in Columbus.
“This is the second time Ohio State has been part of a Big Ten title parade.
The Buckeyes and Ohio State were the only teams in the conference to qualify for the title game, and Ohio and the Buckeyes had a close series in the 2016 BCS National Championship Game.
The game was won by Ohio State 31-27.
Ohio State’s first trip to Columbus since 2009, which ended with a 27-13 victory over Wisconsin, was on a chilly night in Columbus, with temperatures dipping to around 10 degrees.
The Buckeyes will play the Wolverines on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.
ET in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Wolverines’ lone opponent in the 2017 BCS Championship Game, Texas A&M, will be playing on Saturday.