Big East recruiting tidbits

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

A couple of quick recruiting nuggets before the weekend ...

• Top tight end prospect Alex Smith, who committed to Cincinnati earlier this year, now says he's going to look at other schools, according to Scouts Inc.

"I developed a good relationship with Coach (Mike) Elston," Smith [said]. "With him coaching the defensive line (in 2009) they are not sure they are going to have a tight ends coach. They might just have the tight ends go back and forth with the wide receivers and the offensive linemen."

Smith said he hasn't decommitted, but he is interested in checking out Michigan and others.

• While losing Smith would hurt, Cincinnati got commitments from two defensive linemen on Thursday. The Bearcats have 11 known commitments for 2010. West Virginia has eight. No other Big East school has more than three.

• Penn State continues to come into Pittsburgh's backyard and snare prospects, Ron Musselman writes in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Musselman notes that of the seven players who verbally committed to the Nittany Lions for 2010, five are from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, long a fertile ground for the Panthers. Included in that group is Tom Ricketts, whose father played at Pitt, and Miles Dieffenbach, whose dad is a tennis coach at the school.