CINCINNATI: Mark D’antonio’s second class at Cincinnati is chock full of 2-star players. Probably a little disappointing coming off what was a pretty good season by Cincinnati standards. The major news here is the attainment of the very elusive DJ Woods, who is flakier than a teenage cheerleader. This 3-star WR was committed to about 8 different schools before settling on Cincinnati, and may have ended up there because he burned every other bridge. This addition of Woods is making people say that this is the best recruit Cincinnati ever recieved. We’ll see about that. 24 total commits, all their 3-stars (6 of them) are at speed positions.
CONNECTICUT: Randy Edsall’s tenure as Huskies football coach has, in my opinion, really plateaued. When the Big East lost BC and Miami and Virginia Tech, they were hoping that UCONN’s recent leap from 1-AA to 1-A would be a lot more successful. UCONN is doing decent, but not really. This year’s class is pretty uneventful. 22 commits and only 3 of which are even 3-star players. But there is good news here for UCONN fans, because this stat is more important than you think: Randy Edsall has the ability to recruit nationally. This class is from all over the East coast, even one kid from Texas. That’s very good that he can pull that texas kid away from someplace like UTEP. Now, all you have to do is win some games.
LOUISVILLE: Steve Kragthorpe’s jump from Tulsa to Louisville has been a rough one, and this, his second class at UL, is not real strong. 22 total commits, and only 1 4-star player, a DB from Mississippi.
PITTSBURGH: This is one of the very few bright spots for the whole conference. Somehow, Dave Wannstedt was able to bring in a very solid class to Pitt, despite continuing on-field problems. The exit of defensive coordinator Paul Rhodes will help immensely, and have the opposite affect on Auburn, where he is now doing the same job. 19 commits, and they pretty much put the state of Pennsylvania on lockdown. 5-star WR Jonathan Baldwin selected Pitt over Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, and Miami. 5 4-star players add to this great class as well, and Pitt is really in a position right now where they can take over this whole conference. UL is maybe on a downswing, and WVU’s future success is up in the air with their coach going to Michigan.
RUTGERS: The Garden State was looking like a Rutgers staple for all the in-state talent, but they are starting to lose kids already. This class is decent. 20 commits and 3 4-star players, and they continue to pull kids from the whole East coast. Like Pitt, Rutgers is in a position right now to really make a leap upwards. But replacing offensive linemen and all-world RB Ray Rice, who left early, is going to be a problem. Still, Rice came in as an under-the-radar talent, and was developed on-site very well.
SOUTH FLORIDA: Everyone’s favorite disappointment, USF, brings in 24 commits, mostly from their home state. Only 2 4-star players in this whole class makes USF’s strong season (mostly) pretty disappointing. It would be nice if this program would decide whether or not they are worth a shit.
SYRACUSE: A surprisingly decent class for Coach Robinson, who is on the hot seat. 26 commits, 4 4-star players, which is great considering it is Syracuse and how poorly they have performed at times. They really have got to fix that turf and fix those uniforms. They’ve become the East coast Wyoming.
WEST VIRGINIA: WVU lost their head coach to Michigan in a very well-documented battle over money and other supposed scandalous behavior. The new coach has done a surprisingly decent job at putting together a coaching staff that was decimated upon Rodriguez’s exit for Ann Arbor. The big news is that WVU lost RB Steve Slaton to an early NFL entry, but last year’s 5-star RB Noel Devine should jump straight in there nicely. 24 total commits, 3 of which are 4-star players. OL Josh Jenkins, among them, had a lot of bigtime schools chasing him to the very end. WVU’s ability to keep him in-state is a good sign… they can’t afford to lose those few precious WV recruits to other programs.