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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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