- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Earlier today you saw my post on recruiting needs for every team in the Big East. Dave Hooker over at ESPN Recruiting Nation sizes up the way each class looks today complete with an overview and potential surprises, with National Signing Day approaching on Feb. 1.
Hooker has a lot of great information in his post. Here are a few highlights:
Cincinnati: The Bearcats haven't been afraid to take as many prospects as possible. With 32 commitments, their headliner is four-star safety Marcus Foster from Troy (Ohio) High School. Cincinnati also has 23 three-star commitments, so there's a solid base of talent.
UConn: Don't be surprised if Connecticut gets off to a fast start in 2013. The Huskies have already recruited and offered several top prospects. As for this year, there's potential for another positive surprise or two.
Louisville: With six four-star prospects and 11 three-star prospects committed, Louisville is well on its way to upgrading its roster. However, the Cardinals have only three commitments from Kentucky, meaning head coach Charlie Strong's goal of controlling the local area is far from complete.
Pitt: Pitt has a commendable class, considering the Panthers have had three coaches in a little more than two years. The move to the ACC has been roundly lauded by prospects, but credit newly hired head coach Paul Chryst for holding the 2012 class together.
Rutgers: Don't be surprised if (Yuri) Wright ends up a Scarlet Knight, because it would be easier for a close-to-home team to stand by a local athlete. Moreover, Rutgers is the only school not thought to be criticized by Wright on Twitter.
USF: The Bulls have more than made themselves relevant in the talent-rich state of Florida. The "other" school, as it could be referred to in the Sunshine State, has three four-star commitments.
Syracuse: The Orange could use more star power with only 11 three-star commitments and no four or five-star prospects in the fold. As one might expect with former offensive line coach Doug Marrone at the helm, offensive linemen have been key.
West Virginia: Four-star outside linebacker Sam Lebbie could prove to be the steal of the class if he qualifies. Some schools dropped him last summer when his grades dipped, but he's worked hard to raise them and maintains he'll qualify. He may be the best athlete committed to the Mountaineers.