Every Wednesday we'll take a trip around the Big East to see how recruiting is panning out. Whose class is shaping up nicely and who has a lot of work left to do? Your weekly recruiting roundup will help answer just that.
The last couple of weeks on the recruiting trail were very good for Rutgers. The program received commitments from DE Kemoko Turay, 3-star LB Nick Internicola, 2-star DT Josh Klecko, 3-star TE Taylor Marini and 3-star ATH Myles Nash. In addition to a group of commits with many stars between them, the Orlando Sentinel ranked Rutgers the No. 36 football team in the nation. As far as recruiting, Rutgers now has eight commits.
Cincinnati ended June at the top of the Big East with 11 commits. Since then, they've only added one to the recruiting class, which is 3-star WR Eric Carter. The wideout from Lakeland, Florida turned down offers from Missouri, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa State and others for a chance to be a Bearcat. He stands 5'10" and 174lbs.
Connecticut snagged a few commitments with DT Lance Burlingame, 2-star DT Folorunso Fatukasi and 2-star DB Thomas Lucas. Burlingame hails from Dean (Ma.) Junior College, so he will be eligible to play right away.
South Florida and Syracuse each pick up a 3-star commit this week. South Florida received a verbal pledge from OL Cameron Ruff and Syracuse with 3-star RB Augustus Edwards. Villanova was right behind with 2-star WR Lincoln Collins being added to the program's 2013 recruiting class.
The biggest recruiting story of the last couple of weeks definitely goes to Pittsburgh. While the program did pick up OL Carson Baker, 4-star QB Tra'von Chapman and DT Tyrique Jarrett, it was K Chris Blewitt that stole the show. Blewitt arguably has the worst name for a kicker in college football, as fellow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Adam Kramer points out. Hopefully the kid just never misses. As far as Blewitt is concerned, his kicking will quiet the critics, per LarryBrownSports.com.
Nothing to report on in this area. There is still plenty of time between now and February, but hopefully Big East coaches can continue to keep their recruits pledged to their respective programs.
Pitt looks to be facing some tough times finding elite players in Western Pennsylvania, per TribLIVE Sports. A couple top recruits have already committed elsewhere, with Pitt still in the running for others. Could be interesting to see how the program handles keeping local talent.
Vernon Hargreaves III, who has been offered by Clemson, sprained his ankle at The Opening, per ESPN.com. It shouldn't hold the 5-star DB back much as he plans to continue visiting schools. It should still be awhile before Hargreaves makes a decision.