Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Pitt, Rutgers, USF and Cincinnati wrap up
By Brian Bennett
Signing day is just about over now, and here are a few more recaps:
Rutgers finalized a class of 24 signees, which included five mid-year enrollees. It was a really nice haul for Greg Schiano, headlined by top New Jersey talent Savon Huggins. He's the top-rated recruit in the Big East this year and should really help the running game. A late pickup of offensive lineman Kaleb Wright helps that cause as well.
The Scarlet Knights also pulled in highly regarded defensive lineman Marquise Wright and did an excellent job of keeping several of the top in-state players home. Schiano has built a solid foundation with the past couple of classes and needs to capitalize on it with a conference championship soon.
Here is the full Rutgers 2011 class.
New Pitt coach Todd Graham announced his first class, with 20 players joining the Panthers. That includes four players from Oklahoma and Texas, which might become a new recruiting area for the program given Graham's ties there.
Considering where Pitt's class was when Graham took over, it seems like he did a good job in assembling these 20 players. But time will tell if they were just scholarship-fillers or true contributors. Graham did lure Lafayette Pitts back into the fold late, but struck out on McKeesport (Pa.) standouts Branden Jackson and Delvin Simmons.
Here's a link to Pitt's full class.
South Florida inked 21 players on Wednesday, with the big surprise being defensive tackle Elkino Watson from Miami. Not surprisingly, 16 of the 21 players are from the state of Florida. Everything besides Watson went pretty much according to projections. The Bulls' class is a little light on star power, but Skip Holtz says he is bringing in players who are good fits for his system.
Here is USF's 2011 class.
Finally, Butch Jones added a bunch of talent to Cincinnati in his efforts to rebuild this program after a 4-8 debut season. The Bearcats signed 24 players and brought in six more as preferred walk-ons. That includes eight players from Ohio and seven from Florida. Their top-ranked recruit is running back Jameel Poteat, who was once committed to Pitt.
"The exciting aspect regarding this class is that many competed for championships throughout their high school careers and understand the expectations that surround the Cincinnati football program,” Jones said.
Here is Cincinnati's full class.