Big East lunchtime links: Mountaineers land another speedster

January, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

West Virginia has been finding pay dirt on the recruiting trail of late and secured another big commitment on Tuesday when Baltimore running back Tavon Austin gave the Mountaineers the good word, Mitch Vingle writes in the Charleston Gazette. Austin, who's 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, owns Maryland records for career rushing yards and touchdowns and seems to be in the same mode as diminutive speedsters Noel Devine and Jock Sanders.

• The Syracuse Post-Standard's Donnie Webb has some nuggets in his blog, including word of Doug Marrone's first high school commitment as Orange coach.

• South Florida receiver Taurus Johnson was added to the East-West Shrine Game roster after Tyrone McKenzie dropped out, Greg Auman notes in the St. Petersburg Times. Auman also says that defensive lineman Sampson Genus will switch to the O-line in 2009 and compete for the starting center role.

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