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.
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.
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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