Big East Football Recruiting Roundup: Louisville Gains in Spite of Decommits

Erin SorensenContributor IAugust 8, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 21:  Stadium view of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 21, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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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.



Millbrook's 3-star WR Corey Cooper has selected Louisville. The 5'11", 191-lb senior caught 24 passes for 280 yards in 2011, according to the Cooper also had several other offers to choose from, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and South Carolina.

Connecticut picks up a commit from TE Cameron Stapleton. The 6'4", 220-lb prospect was running a 5.04 40 by his junior year, according to He also has a 29.5-inch vertical. Stapleton makes for the 13th commit to this 2013 class.

Rutgers has been in full swing with recruiting and added 3-star OL Moise Larose, who is the 15th commitment overall. That is not too bad for the program heading into August. At 6'5" and 285 lbs, Larose is listed as the No. 23 prospect in his home state of Maryland at his position.

What was originally supposed to be a guaranteed commit for Louisville, 2-star WR Jeff Badet has instead committed to South Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinal, Badet was not even considered by the Bulls until after the June Super Bull, the team's one day prospect camp. The receiver also has commitments from Boston College and Louisville.



Ryan White, a 4-star CB, decommitted from Louisville. Instead, he has committed to Vanderbilt. His commitment to Louisville has been questioned, so while upsetting, the news is still not shocking to Cardinals fans.



Louisville head coach Charlie Strong believes recruiting is taking a hit due to the Big East and the current dilemma the conference is facing in regards to playing for a championship in the future, according to

Well what has to be critical for us right now is you’re getting hit with the conference, you’re getting hit with the championship. So what I’ve been trying to tell kids is just, let’s wait and see what’s going to happen. You don’t have to do anything until February. So wait and see where we’re going to fall, and then you make that decision. But as far as picking a school, I tell them all the time, I say we will be placed in the best situation for the University of Louisville. I say I feel confident enough in our president, I feel confident enough in our AD that we’ll be placed in the right place, where we’re going to have a chance to go compete for a championship.