AUSTIN, Texas — T
he Big Ten conference is known for it's brawn and beef.
It just got a little beefier after three big lineman from the U.S. Under-19 team signed a letter of intent at The Renaissance Hotel Austin as part of the country's largest NSD ceremony sponsored by USA Football and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).Click here to view our National Signing Day 2013 page
There are 44 players in all who will sign here today.
defensive lineman Paul James
(Illinois), Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.)
offensive lineman Colin Goebel
(Iowa) and Shaker Heights (Ohio)
defensive lineman Donovan Munger
(Ohio State) all signed together along with another Iowa commit, wide receiver Derrick Willies
, of Rock Island (Ill.)
, and perhaps the USA team's biggest catch, Terrell Newby
(Nebraska) of Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
The line play was absolutely key in USA's 42-10 win
over the World Tuesday night and the coaching staff praised their play all week. See College Team Recruiting Rankings
"This group of guys (was) really a unit," said offensive line coach Joe Dale Cary. "They picked up everything really quick, and they've got each other's backs."
Goebel's play was especially strong.
"I like his aggressive way of playing offensive line — going all out on every play," Goebel said. "I can't wait to play at Iowa. This was a great final step for high school, but I look forward to the next best leap.
"Iowa has such a great tradition of offensive lineman. I hope I can continue that tradition."
As key as line play was all week here, there's no substitute for speed and skill and Newby, the USA's Player of the Game on Tuesday night.
All week, coaches here have gushed about Newby's ability to shift in and out of traffic and then accelerate and it was never better demonstrated during a 66-yard kickoff return that set up a score.
He also rushed for 88 yards and caught a touchdown pass.
"What a player," USA head coach Aaron Brady said of Newby. "He's going to have a remarkable career at Nebraska."
Newby said he talked with the Nebraska coaching staff about kickoff returns and they seemed receptive.
"I didn't do much of it in high school because I carried the ball a lot," he said on Tuesday night. "But I like to do it. This was perfect way to end my high school career and I can't wait for the next chapter at Nebraska."