Thursday, February 7, 2013
Big East recruiting recap, Part 1
By Matt Fortuna
National signing day is in the books. Let's take a look at how some of next season's Big East schools fared. (Andrea Adelson will have Part 2 for you later in the day.)
Needs filled: Defensive linemen. The Knights brought in four defensive linemen, including a pair of top-50 defensive end prospects in four-star Seyvon Lowry (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) and three-star Blake Keller (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee).
Holes remaining: Wide receiver. UCF did not sign a single receiver prospect this year, although it had landed four in the Class of 2012.
Needs filled: Tight end. The Bearcats brought in three tight ends, including ESPN 300 four-star prospect Travis Johnson, their highest-rated pickup this year. Cincinnati had landed no tight ends in the Class of 2012.
Holes remaining: Offensive linemen. Cincinnati signed two offensive linemen, one year after landing just three.
Needs filled: Tight end. The Huskies signed four tight ends after losing their top two (Ryan Griffin, John Delahunt) to graduation.
Holes remaining: Defensive backs. UConn signed just two true DBs (one safety, one cornerback) a year after signing just three. The Huskies lose two starting corners (Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Dwayne Gratz) from this past season, too.
Needs filled: Defensive linemen. The Cougars signed four defensive linemen last year and added five more this year. You can never have too many bodies up front, especially when jumping to a new conference.
Holes remaining: Running back. It's hard to find holes over a two-year recruiting period that netted 52 total new players, but just two from the Class of 2013 were running backs, one fewer than last year.
Needs filled: Wide receiver. The Cardinals' top two commits of this class are receivers: ESPN 150 prospect James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) and ESPN 300 recruit Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech). They return their top four pass-catchers from this past season, too, with all having notched at least 40 receptions in 2012. (They also bring back quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the reigning Big East offensive player of the year.)
Holes remaining: Running back. Louisville did not land any running backs this year, and it signed just one in the Class of 2012.