Tag:Big East Signing Day
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Big East Recruiting Breakdown

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We continue our daily conference-by-conference breakdown of Signing Day with a look at the Big East.

1. Louisville

Overview: Head coach Charlie Strong knows what Florida talent can do in the college game and he certainly injected a lot of the Sunshine state into his class of 2011. In addition to some solid in-state guys, the wave of Florida talent, especially at the skill positions, should serve the Cardinals well going forward.
Hidden gem: Wide receiver DeVante Parker isn’t the highest ranked receiver in this class but with a redshirt year and a bit of polish, should turn out to be a contributor on offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety Gerod Holliman attracted a host of SEC offers but headed to Louisville instead. He should be able to play on special teams and in nickel packages right away but it shouldn’t be too long until he’s the starter.

2. Rutgers

Overview: A good year for talent in the Northeast and Greg Schiano was able to take advantage. Although he missed on a few kids in the state of New Jersey, Josue Matias comes to mind, the Scarlet Knight nevertheless have an impressive class for 2011.
Hidden gem: Defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey originally signed with the class of 2010 but headed to prep school for a year. He’s a player who has the size to jump into the rotation at tackle right away and make an impact.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Savon Huggins is the headliner in this class and he should jump in at running back right away. Several people have compared him to a bigger Ray Rice.

3. West Virginia

Overview: It’s no surprise to see several speedy offensive players in this class with the arrival of Dana Holgorsen to Morgantown. The final class of the Bill Stewart-era might not be the best brought in but it certainly is very good top to bottom.
Hidden gem: Running back Dustin Garrison is a small speedster out of Texas who impressed many on his high school’s run to a state championship this year. Very quick and very fast, he should fit in well for the Mountaineers.
Pencil in for the fall: The departure of Noel Devine leaves the running back spot open for the taking and Andrew Buie could be the guy that helps fill it. Like Garrison, he’s not the biggest back but he is very explosive and should do well in the passing game too.

4. South Florida

Overview: Although some didn’t think Skip Holtz took advantage of some of the in-state turmoil at programs such as Miami and Florida, he did sign a very solid class. There’s lots of needs filled and several solid contributors.
Hidden gem: A surprising get out of Alabama, offensive tackle David Simon has the size and strength you look for in a tackle. He probably is a bit of a project but he has the tools to develop in to a very solid offensive lineman.
Pencil in for the fall: With B.J. Daniels at quarterback, finding some young targets for him to throw to were key for this class. Receiver Andre Davis should be able to jump in right away and contribute a number of ways on offense.

5. Syracuse

Overview: Doug Marrone has slowly turned the program around this class should help fuel the push up the Big East ladder. There’s a lot to like on the offensive side of the ball coming and that’s good considering where the Orangemen were on offense last year (97th in the country).
Hidden gem: Receiver Brandon Reddish is a very good receiver who could develop into a very good slot receiver. Very fast with good hands, he could also make an impact on special teams early in his career.
Pencil in for the fall: Tight end Louie Addazio stayed with Syracuse instead of going with his dad, Steve, to Temple. Known more as a blocker than a receiver, Addazio should also help the ground game.

6. Cincinnati

Overview: Despite the disappointing season, Butch Jones did turn things around a bit on the recruiting trail. There are several very good prospects in this group as well as a few guys who should use a redshirt to develop.
Hidden gem: Quarterback Stephen Weatherford is a nice player out of Florida with a very good arm. He needs to work on his footwork but could fit in nicely in the Bearcats’ offense.
Pencil in for the fall: Running back Jameel Poteat is a great pickup late in the process after previously committing to Big East rival Pitt. Very impressive when you watch him, Poteat has great speed to go along with his very good frame.

7. Pitt

Overview: It was tough going through three coaches in less than two months and that shows up in this class. That said, new coach Todd Graham did a good job of keeping several recruits in the fold while getting several former Tulsa targets to head to Pittsburgh.
Hidden gem: Running back Malcolm Crockett might need to add a bit of weight to match his running style but he could be a very good fit in Graham’s offense down the road.
Pencil in for the fall: Safety LaQuentin Smith has great size and speed for his position and it wouldn’t shock anybody if he makes an impact right away. He’ll likely start out on special teams but he could be a factor early depending on how Pitt chooses to play him.

8. UConn

Overview: It’s no surprise to see the Huskies at the bottom of the Big East recruiting classes, Randy Edsall or not, UConn never brought in a highly regarded class. There are a few players who should develop in solid players but we still have to see how the new staff chooses to integrate them.
Hidden gem: Corner David Stevenson is small but he has enough speed and leaping ability to cover many of the Big East receivers.
Pencil in for the fall: Don’t be surprised if Marquise Vann immediately makes an impact on defense.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:45 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Video: Big East Stumbles On Signing Day

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Why did the Big East perform so badly on signing day? CBS College Sports analyst Tom Lemming has the answers.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:17 pm
 

National Signing Day: Big East Winners/Losers

Posted by Chip Patterson

Overview: The Big East did not have a ton of involvement in the drama-aspect of National Signing Day in 2011. Coming into Wednesday, most coaches had a good idea of what their classes were going to look like, and it was just a matter of catching the faxes as they came through the machine. But there were still winners, and still losers.

Winners

Louisville - Charlie Strong knew he would have to put in work on the recruiting trail to replace all of the talent leaving Louisville, and his hard work paid off. The Cardinals finished the highest ranked recruiting class in the conference. Strong made the biggest splash by pulling Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, and Jermaine Reve from Miami Northwestern High School - normally a pipeline to the Hurricanes.

Rutgers - Greg Schiano pulled in a really nice class for the Scarlet Knights, headlined by running back Savon Huggins. Huggins committed in the days coming into National Signing Day, but he is arguably the best prospect in the conference. Rutgers did get on official commitment from former Pitt commit Marquise Wright on Wednesday. Wright, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman, is one of the best of a group of in-state prospects Schiano was able to keep in New Jersey.

South Florida - The Bulls pulled of the biggest stunner on National Signing Day in the conference with Elkino Watson's theatrical snub of the Hurricanes. The lineman grew up a Miami fan, but when it was time to make his announcement the entire Watson family threw up the Bull horns.

Losers

Syracuse - Syracuse entered signing day with one last target on their board, and it was arguably their most important. But when defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds signed with UCLA, head coach Doug Marrone's class was complete. Marrone did pull in 27 players, but that 28th would have made a big difference for Syracuse.

West Virginia - West Virginia has been known to pull some stunners on National Signing Day, and many Mountaineer fans believed it could happen again with Dominique Terrell. Terell, one of the top athletes in the Class of 2011, reportedly lost interest in the Mountaineers after running backs coach Chris Beatty was fired in late December. Bill Stewart, Dana Holgorsen and the rest of the Mountaineers staff tried, but were unable to keep the Terrell from signing with Virginia.

Louisville - They did have a good class, but it could have been a GREAT class with the addition of tight end Jon Davis, who signed with Illinois.

Check out Tom Lemming's breakdown of the Big East on Signing Day



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Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:54 am
 

Elkino Watson picks USF over Miami and Louisville

Posted by Chip Patterson

Elkino Watson grew up a Miami football fan, and many believed that the standout defensive tackle from Booker T. Washington High School would keep it in Miami-Dade County for his collegiate decision.  But on National Signing Day, Watson shocked the state by picking Skip Holtz and South Florida .

When the 275 pound lineman stared down his hat options, he saw Miami , Florida , and Louisville represented.  But after telling the Miami Herald that he was not focused on theatrics , Watson used the big stage to pull off one of the biggest shocks of the morning thus far.  According to Luke Stampini of 247sports.com, someone emerged from the crowd with a USF hat that Watson donned for his big announcement. 

Just to make sure that no one in attendance misunderstood the situation...



Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:31 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:36 am
 

Big East Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Chip Patterson

Before we get geared up with the madness known as National Signing Day, here is a rundown of some of the last minute names and stories in the Big East.

Players to Watch

Kevin McReynolds (pictured), DT, Washington, DC (St. John's College HS): McReynolds is a four-star defensive tackle who has been deciding between Syracuse, Kansas State, UCLA, and Mississippi State. He took his last official official visit to Manhattan, and supposedly has his mind made up. But Syracuse remains hopeful that they can pull in this big-time recruit from the Wildcats.  The Big East doesn't have many big time announcements to focus on, but this is certainly one of them.

Marquise Wright, DT, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, NJ): Wright was previously committed to Pittsburgh dating all the way back to June. After Dave Wannstedt's forced resignation, Wright re-opened his recruitment. When Rutgers picked up former Panther assistant Jeff Hafley, Wright immediately reconnected with the man who was going to bring him to Pittsburgh. Wright is expected to sign his letter on Wednesday, and it will sound like nails on a chalkboard to Pittsburgh fans.

Damarcus Smith, QB, Seneca (Louisville, KY): Unfortunately for the Big East, this storyline also concerns backing out of a verbal commitment. But instead of a conference rival, the three-star former Louisville commit has been rumored to switch his commitment to UCF. The Cardinals are hoping that Smith will ignore the crowd at his position, and stick with the school close to home. But many sources believe the Knights have convinced him otherwise.

Teams to Watch

Louisville: Before he left Florida, everyone knew that Charlie Strong had a future as a head coach. But count me out of the crowd that figured he would be able to make such an impact so quickly. In his first season as head coach, Strong delivered the first bowl appearance (and win) since the 2006 season. Now Louisville enters National Signing Day with a class that is arguably the best in the Big East. Louisville may have just squeaked over .500 at 7-6, but the future looks brighter than ever under Strong's guidance.

Syrcause: Big East schools will not be well represented in highly publicized hat-ceremonies on National Signing Day, but one of the most notable will be with defensive tackle Kevin McReynolds. The four-star defensive tackle has narrowed will announce his decision between Syracuse, Kansas State, UCLA, and Mississippi State on Wednesday. It would be a huge snag for Doug Marrone, who has gathered a solid class - but lacks one big-time recruit.

West Virginia: West Virginia has been known to slide in and deliver some National Signing Day surprises in years past, so you can never completely ignore the Mountaineers. Arguably the most notable target will be Dominique Terrell, athlete from the DC area who is considering West Virginia along with Miami and Virginia. Terrell will announce at 11:30 ET, do the Mountaineers still have the last-minute magic?.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

Pittsburgh, traditionally leading the way amongst the conference around this time of year will be crippled in the aftermath of Dave Wannstedt's "resignation." What could have been a really special class fell to pieces with de-commitments after the announcement. Todd Graham has been scrambling, picking up some recruits from Tulsa and trying to lock down whatever he can for the Class of 2011. But with former Panthers recruiting guru Jeff Hafley now at Rutgers, things are getting awfully tough to piece back together in the Northeast.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 6:24 am
 

Uncommitted recruits' signing times

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Let the hat show begin! Below is a list of some of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and what time they are scheduled to sign. This list will be constantly updated with the latest information as it becomes available.


Time (ET) Player Position Schools
       
8AM Jake Fisher Offensive tackle Signed with Oregon
9AM Jeoffrey Pagan #4 Defensive end Signed with Alabama
  Lamar Dawson #6 Inside Linebacker Signed with USC
  Elkino Watson Defensive tackle Signed with South Florida
  Ja'Juan Story Wide receiver Signed with Florida
9:30AM Darius Jennings #5 Athlete Signed with Virginia
  Erique Florence #5 Safety Signed with Auburn
10AM Tony Steward #2 Inside Linebacker Signed with Clemson
  Nickolas Brassell #11 Wide receiver Signed with Ole Miss
  Antonio Richardson #6 Offensive tackle Signed with Tennessee
  Aundrey Walker #9 Offensive tackle Signed with USC

Troy Niklas #2 Offensive tackle Signed with Notre Dame
  Jalen Grimble Defensive end Signed with Miami (Fla.)
  Kent Turene #12 Inside linebacker Signed with Georgia
10:30AM Spencer Region #20 Offensive lineman Signed with Clemson
11AM Timmy Jernigan #3 Defensive tackle Signed with Florida State
  Javorius Allen Running back Signed with USC

Brent Calloway #3 Outside linebacker Signed with Alabama
11:20AM Delvon Simmons #8 Defensive tackle Signed with North Carolina
11:30AM Stephone Anthony #1 Outside linebacker Signed with Clemson
12PM Cyrus Kouandjio #1 Offensive tackle Signed with Auburn
1:30PM Isaiah Crowell #6 Tailback Signed with Georgia

Gabe Wright Defensive tackle Signed with Auburn
1:50PM Curtis Grant #1 Inside linebacker Signed with Ohio State
3PM Jermauria Rasco #6 Defensive end Signed with LSU
3:30PM Marqise Lee #14 Athlete Signed with USC
8PM De'Anthony Thomas #2 Athlete Signed with Oregon


Don't forget to also check the MaxPreps' Team Recruiting Rankings page to see how the teams stack up as the players put pen to paper on Signing Day. You can also sort the committed recruits by conference and check out Tom Lemming's Top 100 Recruits for the class of 2011. More Recruiting Coverage

 
 
 
 
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