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October 19, 2005
Big East Blitz: Cuse waiting to close
As is the case almost every year, the fall months are very important to a team's recruiting success. Syracuse appears to be a program that is close to capitalizing on several big targets.
The highest-ranked player on the board is four-star wide receiver Andrey Baskin. The Rivals250 member holds several big offers, but has consistently had the Orange very high on his list. In recent updates, Baskin has maintained his top three with Syracuse hanging tough along with Tennessee and North Carolina State.
This should be the longest wait as Baskin plans to pull the trigger on Signing Day. However, it looks as if Baskin is a definite future visitor.
Denver defensive end Pierre Allen grabbed his first offer from Syracuse but has since added more. He has listed Syracuse as his co-leader, along with Nebraska, but there might be an edge for the Orange. Allen would prefer to play defense, where Syracuse is recruiting him. The Cornhuskers are looking at him as a wide receiver.
The saga continues for defensive tackle Reggie Gibson since his Sept. 10 unofficial visit to Syracuse. Since then, he has said that Virginia Tech, a one-time leader, is now all but out of the running for his signature. It could be only a few weeks before Gibson pulls the trigger.
Syracuse continues to ride high also with offensive guard Bill Nagy, who has a 'Cuse official visit set for December. Running back target Brent Carter has established a good relationship with the coaches. This played a big part for Syracuse to make the cut.
Wide receivers Shamar Graves, Kenny Britt, and offensive guard Andrew Phillips also are targets still open and on the board.
Syracuse could move up from the No. 34 ranked recruiting class to a higher spot as the book closes on several of these targets.
Room to worry for Louisville?
While most of the teams around the country are starting to load up on commitments, many are starting to wonder when things will pick up for Louisville.
The Cardinals are sitting at three commitments and many wonder after last year's big recruiting class, if the Big East team can duplicate that this year. Currently ranked as the No. 57 class in the country, the Louisville coaching staff still has time to pick up some ground in the coming months.
A big recruiting weekend is still on tap for Nov. 25 with visitors like Jeramy Devane and four-star, Rivals100 prospect Deantwan Whitehead set to be in town. In-state prospects Corey Peters and Micah Johnson also have kept the Cardinals in the hunt.
Is it too early to panic for Louisville? Stay tuned.
Pitt still adding visitors
Two big prospects are heading to Pittsburgh this weekend for official visits including three-star New York prep school tackle Jason Diehl and Pennsylvania junior college tackle Jeff Otah.
While the offensive line being a big need for the Panthers, prep prospects like Diehl could potentially make a big impact. However, there is stiff competition for the prospect. He holds offers from Michigan State, Ole Miss, and one from Miami (Fla.).
The competition is also big for JUCO prospect Otah. He holds offer from many including West Virginia, Michigan State, and Maryland along with Pittsburgh.
Another wide receiver appears to now in the crosshairs for the Panthers. Florida three-star receiver Darrell Davis recently set up a December trip to Pittsburgh.
It is clear that despite the great start, Pitt is not done building a big class just yet.
West Virginia hanging tough with Lyons
After three-star receiver Wesley Lyons returned from his third official visit to Ohio State, where his brother plays, many believed it would be hard for the Mountaineers to hang on to their early lead.
Comparing his Ohio State visit to his trip to Boston College, Lyons gave the Buckeyes the nod on the trip atmosphere. However, his time in Morgantown was hard to dismiss.
"I would still say Boston College and West Virginia are my favorites, but Ohio State is up there," Lyons said. "I had more fun hanging out with my brother at Ohio State than I did on my visit to Boston College. As for West Virginia, I don't know how to compare them because I had fun at both."
Minnesota looks like another possibility for his fourth trip. The Mountaineers are still in great shape for Lyons.
Rutgers already looking to juniors
Rutgers is one of the first five teams to send an offer to junior tackle Anthony Davis. Davis, one of top juniors in the country, is also holding offers from Illinois, Rutgers, Virginia, West Virginia, and Hofstra.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Davis lives just minutes away from Rutgers and has visited there this season. While there, he met linebacker Devraun Thompson who was a former player at his high school.
Being so close to Rutgers puts the Scarlet Knights in great position. There is definite interest there from Davis as well.
"They have a real good atmosphere and it is close to home so my parents and family can come see me play," Davis said.
The Knights are one of his top schools along with Michigan, Miami, Rutgers, Virginia, USC, and Illinois.
Pittsburgh's 17 commitments are holding strong as the Panthers hold the top ranked class in the Big East The release of the prep rankings included Syracuse's Jonathan Meldrum were he came in at No. 19 in the top 50 Anthony Perkins and Adam Rosner were also awarded three stars in the prep rankings boosting the position for the Orange Four-star juco running back J.T. Diederichs has set up an official visit to Louisville for the weekend of Dec. 16 UConn continues to sit in good position with some big targets like athlete Jamie Nixon and safety Robert Vaughn Vaughn will make an unofficial visit to UConn on Nov. 26.
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