Monday, June 18, 2012
Big recruiting gets for Pitt, Rutgers, USF
By Andrea Adelson
The past several days turned into a major recruiting bonanza for the Big East.
Rutgers, USF and Pitt each landed commitments from four-star players -- their first for the class of 2013. Before Friday, Louisville was the only Big East team with a four-star commitment. Now half the league has at least one four star.
Start with the Bulls, who got a commitment from quarterback Asiantii Woulard on Friday. If you have been following this saga, Woulard had previously committed to USF in February, then de-committed in April to open up his recruiting. But he promised Friday he had made a final decision.
"This is it for me with recruiting," Woulard told Corey Long of ESPN Recruiting Nation. "It's been a lot of fun but now I have a lot to focus on. I want to be a better quarterback and I want to spend more time learning about the program I will be spending the next four years at."
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Woulard is ranked the No. 258 player on the ESPN 300 and No. 12 at his position.
Rutgers got a commitment from the No. 1 player on its recruiting board, quarterback Chris Laviano from Hicksville, N.Y. ESPN calls Laviano one of the most under-recruited players in the nation, as he only had one other scholarship offer -- from Boston College. The 6-2, 200-pound player has started every game for his high school since his freshman season and is rated the No. 176 player on the ESPN 300.
His addition gives the Scarlet Knights plenty of depth at the position going into the future. Junior Chas Dodd and sophomore Gary Nova are competing for the starting quarterback job; Mike Bimonte is a redshirt freshman, and Blake Rankin starts this fall.
"You're going to face competition anywhere you go," he told the Star-Ledger. "You've just got to choose the place that's best for you. You can't be afraid of competition."
Finally, Pitt got a commitment Saturday from running back Corey Clement , the No. 188-ranked player on the ESPN 300 and No. 16 at his position. Last season, Clement set the South Jersey rushing record with 2,510 yards. He will join some talented backs on the Pitt roster as well, including incoming freshman Rushel Shell and Isaac Bennett in what should be a run-heavy offensive scheme.
Clement told the Philadelphia Inquirer: "It just felt like it was the right place for me."