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Posted on: June 28, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 6:59 pm
 

June Big East Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in June and as the temperature gauge continues to rise and we move into July, it's time to see how schools are building their recruiting class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big East, where conference newcomer TCU is hitting the recruiting trail hard.


   Cincinnati (13)

Offensive lineman Deyshawn Bond (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Kevin Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Kent.)
Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Athlete Alex Dale (Memphis, Tenn.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Wide receiver Jeremy Graves (Maple Heights, Ohio)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wide receiver Vincent Miller (Lexington, Ky.)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offensive lineman Kyle Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio)

   Connecticut (8)

Wide receiver Neally Cunningham (Palm Bay, Fla.)
Linebacker John Hicks (Paimyra, Pa.)
Athlete Michael Marder (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive back Obi Melifonwu (Grafton, Mass.)
Defensive tackle Mikal Myers (Newburgh, N.Y.)
Linebacker Elijah Norris (Washington, D.C.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.)
Linebacker Jason Sylva (Plymouth, Mass.)

   Louisville (8)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Kicker Joshua Appleby (Harvest, Ala.)
Athlete Demetrius Frazier (Brunswick, Ga.)
Defensive back Kevin Houchins (South Eucid, Ohio)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)
Offensive lineman T.C. Klusman (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

   Pittsburgh (6)

Wide receiver Trenton Coles (Clairton, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Brandyn Cook (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive back Marzett Geter (McKees Rocks, Pa.)
Defensive end Myles Hilliard (Bedford, Ohio)
Defensive back William Parks (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Linebacker Alkwan Williams (Johnnstown, Pa.)

   Rutgers (6)

Wide receiver Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)

   South Florida (8)

Defensive back Chris Bivins (Gainesville, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Reno Henderson (Ocala, Fla.)
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Defensive end Daniel Perry (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Tight end Sean Price (Citra, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive back D.J. White (McDonogh, Ga.)
Athlete LaMarlin Wiggins (Plant City, Fla.)

   Syracuse (9)

Defensive end Poncho Barnwell (Rochester, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Wide receiver Alvin Cornelius (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Linebacker Myles Davis (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Defensive end Jason Emerich (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.)
Athlete Devante McFarland (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)
Tight end Joshua Parris (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Linebacker James Washington (Winter Park, Fla.)

   TCU (13)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Running back Rashodrick Linwood (Linden, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 Member
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Kicker Jaden Oberkrom (Arlington, Texas)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

   West Virginia (10)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)
Defensive back Da'Quan Davis (Towson, Md.)
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Deontay McManus (Baltimore, Md.)
Athlete Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky (Lakewood, Ohio)
Athlete Albert Reid (Washington, D.C.)
Athlete J.T. Washington (Satellite Beach, Fla.)

Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:39 am
 

Big East May Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The calendar has turned from May to June and it's time to see how schools are building their class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the Big East, where several schools are starting to build momentum on the recruiting trail but TCU is the leader of the pack. 


Cincinnati (6)

Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Kent.)
Defensive end Jonathan Burt (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Connecticut (1)

Offensive lineman Tyler Samra (Ramsey, N.J.) 

Louisville (5)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots(Indianapolis, Ind.)
Athlete Demetrius Frazier (Brunswick, Ga.)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson(College Park, Ga.)
Defensive end Teko Powell (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Brandon Snell (Miami, Fla.)

Pittsburgh(0)

Rutgers (5)

Wide reciever Carlton Agudosi (Franklin, N.J.)
Linebacker Steve Longa (Saddle Brook, N.J.)
Running back Desmon Peoples (Warminister, Pa.)
Quarterback Blake Rankin (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Ruhann Peele(Linden, N.J.) 

South Florida (5)

Defensive back D.J. White (McDonogh, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Reno Henderson (Ocala, Fla.)
Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown(Marrero, La.) 
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins(St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Syracuse(3)

Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Linebacker Myles Davis (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)

TCU (11)

Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Running back B.J. Catalon (Houston, Texas)
Defensive end Devonte Fields (Arlington, Texas)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.)
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

West Virginia (4)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress(Houston, Texas)  
Running back Jarrod Harper(Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson(Jacksonville, Fla.)

 

Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Big East April Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer



It's the final week in April and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments in the Big East, where the conference is off to slow start in terms of the overall number of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Cincinnati (6)

Running back Deionte Buckley (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive back Marcus Foster (Troy, Ohio)
Defensive back Drake Burns (Fort Thomas, Kent.)
Defensive back Andre Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Ryan Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Defensive end Josh Posley (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Connecticut (0)

Louisville (2)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive end Larry Jefferson (College Park, Ga.)

Pittsburgh (0)

Rutgers (1)

Wide receiver Ruhann Peele (Linden, N.J.)  

South Florida (3)

Defensive back Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla.)
Defensive end Ryan Brown (Marrero, La.)  
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Syracuse (3)

Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Linebacker Myles Davis (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)  

TCU (9)
Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Athlete Kolby Listenbee (Arlington, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.)
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

West Virginia (4)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Ford Childress (Houston, Texas)  
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 5:24 pm
 

March Big East Early Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's the final week in March and several schools have already hit the ground running in the class of 2012. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments in the Big East, where the conference is off to slow start in terms of verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.

Cincinnati (0)

Connecticut (0)

Louisville (2)

Offensive lineman Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson (Louisville, Kent.)

Pittsburgh (0)

Rutgers (0)

South Florida (2)

Offensive lineman Reno Henderson (Ocala, Fla.)
Wide receiver Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Syracuse (3)

Offensive lineman Ben Barrett (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Linebacker Myles Davis (New Berlin, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Omari Palmer (Middle Island, N.Y.)  

TCU (8)
Running back LaDarius Anthony (Kilgore, Texas)
Quarterback Austin Aune (Argyle, Texas)
Tight end Griffin Gilbert (Austin, Texas)
Defensive tackle Joey Hunt (El Campo, Texas)
Athlete Daje Johnson (Plugerville, Texas)
Quarterback Tyler Matthews (McPherson, Kan.)
Defensive end James McFarland (West Monroe, La.)
Defensive back Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas)

West Virginia (3)

Defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla.)
Running back Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.)
Linebacker Joseph Jackson (Jacksonville, Fla.)

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



More Recruiting Coverage can be found here at CBSSports.com
Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Texas Tech picks up commit from Branden Jackson

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Branden Jackson, a defensive end from Pennsylvania, put a nice exclamation point on Texas Tech's first full recruiting class under Tommy Tuberville by signing with the Red Raiders today. Jackson is still long and lean at 6'4", 220, and there's still some question as to whether he'll end up at DE or in a rush OLB type of role.

Jackson was rumored to be a Pittsburgh lean as late as last night, and he also visited Iowa, Oregon, and Rutgers, so his commitment is a major recruiting victory for Tuberville. He's not pulling in any of the MaxPreps Top 100 recruits quite yet, but this is essentially Tuberville's first real recruiting class at Tech; the elite prospects will likely come later. 

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Delvon Simmons shocks schools with UNC commitment

Posted by Chip Patterson

Delvon Simmons , the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation according to MaxPreps.com , took official visits to Oregon , Rutgers , Texas Tech , and was in Los Angeles visiting USC over the weekend.  As one of the top recruits in the state of Pennsylvania, Pittsbugh also entered National Signing Day figuring they had a shot to land Simmons.

So it came as a pleasant surprise to North Carolina when Simmons signed his letter of intent to join the Tar Heels in 2011.  With Phillip Dukes committing to South Carolina, Simmons is able to give head coach Butch Davis a big-time signee on the defensive line.  Simmons will be one of the first recruits under the tenure of defensive line coach Brian Baker , formerly with the Carolina Panthers .  Baker fills the position formerly held by John Blake , who resigned from the program due to allegations associated with the ongoing NCAA investigation in Chapel Hill. 
  
More Recruiting Coverage can be found here at CBSSports.com




Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:42 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:47 am
 

Big Ten Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Adam Jacobi

With Nebraska joining the already tradition-rich Big Ten, the pressure's going to be on the conference's best teams to keep producing more than ever. Here are some key factors coming into National Signing Day.

Players to Watch

Curtis Grant - With the news on Tuesday night that Ohio State was out of the running for Aundrey Walker, Curtis Grant is one of just two uncommitted prospects left on MaxPreps' Top 100 that's still considering the Buckeyes. If the Buckeyes do land Grant, however, he'll be the trophy of the class; Grant is a beast of a linebacker, with the size and speed to play inside or outside. Ohio State loses star linebackers Brian Rolle and Ross Homan this season, and the depth in the LB corps isn't great; between that and the value a fast, hard-hitting safety brings to special teams, it'd be a shock if Grant didn't get on the field immediately for OSU. The Buckeyes' main competition for Grant's services is Florida, though UNC or Virginia could potentially come into play here.

Andre Sturdivant - One of the top remaining prospects in Big Ten country is Andre "Tank" Sturdivant, who played linebacker this year but looks like a classic convert from MLB to DE; he's big and strong, and plays better north-and-south than in space. He could be a multiple-year starter at DE for most Big Ten teams, and he's still weighing his options for next year. Michigan State and Penn State appear to be neck-and-neck for the defender, while Toledo is the default "close to home" option for the Cleveland, Ohio native. Thing of it is, though, if Ohio State starts missing on its several last-minute prospects once the LOIs start rolling in and still has a scholarship open, we could easily see the Buckeyes make an offer to Sturdivant and let him stay close to home with a better program than MSU or PSU. There's really no telling where this commitment goes.

Darian Cooper - DT Darian Cooper is yet another legitimate D-I prospect from the football factory that is DeMatha HS in Baltimore, and it's easy to see why; Cooper is a cannonball of a defensive lineman, standing at 6'1" and weighing close to three bills. He's still fast enough to have lined up at end at times for DeMatha, and that first step quickness combined with his low point of leverage should be enough to give larger, slower offensive linemen nightmares. Cooper will choose between Michigan, Iowa, and Georgia Tech tomorrow, and considering the lack of depth on both Michigan and Iowa's defensive fronts, it seems like Cooper would find immediate playing time if he went to the Midwest.

Teams to Watch

Penn State - The Nittany Lions have the capacity to to fill up just about all of their 25 allotted signing spots this class. What they don't have are the commits themselves; only 15 players have announced verbal commitments to PSU thus far. Joe Paterno's age is obviously limiting the amount of recruiting he can do, and it can't have helped that defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was thisclose to heading to Pitt in the middle of recruiting season. If opposing teams are citing imminent instability in their negative recruiting against PSU, they're wise, and it's working; this class has no business being so small. Let's see if JoePa can work some magic and bring in some late names to help coax the 2011 freshman class into respectability. 

Indiana - Yes, Indiana. Incoming head coach Kevin Wilson has an uphill battle ahead of him, but if his job keeping commitments on board is any indication of how much recruits like the guy, we could see a turnaround in Bloomington. Wilson kept four-star LB Zack Shaw (an April '10 verbal) in the fold, and just this past weekend TE Jake Reed canceled a visit to Iowa and rebuffed offers from Stanford and Louisville -- where Charlie Strong is recruiting like crazy -- to reaffirm his commitment to the Hoosiers. Those two have set a good example; Wilson now needs the rest of his class to follow suit when it comes time to put pen to paper.

Michigan - Coming into Tuesday, the Wolverines had six known offers out and room to accommodate them all; so far, one has committed and the other five are still available. They're no slouches, either; one is the aforementioned Darian Cooper, and the other five all have several major college offers. Brady Hoke could use a strong finish to an otherwise lackluster first recruiting class (hardly his fault, of course), and what better day for such a finish than Signing Day?

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

It's obviously foolish to grant much immediate importance to recruiting rankings; only rarely do true freshmen substantially contribute to a team's success, and by the time most guys in a recruiting class find their way to the field, it's two or three years later and the work they've put in with the program generally outweighs their recruiting bona fides by then. And yet, it has to be pointed out that despite their recent BCS bowl berths, neither Wisconsin nor Iowa is recruiting at a level that's substantially higher than that of incoming Nebraska. Yes, Iowa and Wisconsin are both on the MaxPreps Top 25, but their inclusion over Nebraska may be due to little more than the fact that the Huskers only have 18 players committed, a relatively small class compared to the Hawkeyes and Badgers. Any illusions Big Ten foes may have harbored about a mediocre Nebraska program should be out the window by now.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

 
 
 
 
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