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Devine fate

Five-star RB chooses W. Virginia; more Big East news

Posted: Tuesday February 6, 2007 6:45PM; Updated: Tuesday February 6, 2007 9:57PM
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North Fort Myers' Noel Devine picked West Virginia over Florida State and Alabama.
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By Mike Farrell, Special to SI.com, From Rivals.com

Just days ago, those familiar with Noel Devine indicated he would visit Florida State this weekend and make his college choice after Signing Day. Apparently, Devine changed his mind.

The five-star running back visited a Big East school last weekend, and --according to his high school coach -- Devine will turn down offers from Florida State and Alabama in order to play for West Virginia.

Pittsburgh is awaiting word from defensive end Jabaal Sheard. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder will announce a decision, and the Panthers appear to be in good position.

See which schools are still trying to land recruits and which are trying to keep current commitments from heading elsewhere in this week's Big East Blitz.

Cincinnati

New coach Brian Kelly added another commitment this week with the addition of Cincinnati Withrow quarterback Bryant Thomas. ... Cincinnati is one of a few schools still looking at Harrisburg, Pa., wide receiver Zach Runkle. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder doesn't have an offer, but is also receiving interest from Connecticut, Temple and Buffalo. ... Cincinnati lost out on defensive tackle Wayne Jones. The Johnstown (Pa.) Bishop McCort star said he was impressed by a visit to Cincinnati this weekend, but he ended up choosing Pittsburgh. ... New Jersey dual-threat quarterback Tahree McQueen committed to Cincinnati last week as well.

Connecticut

Harrisburg, Pa., quarterback Nate Brown is holding out hope for an offer from the Huskies. The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder holds a scholarship from Bowling Green, but maintains that Connecticut is continuing to show interest. Fellow Harrisburg teammate Runkle is getting interest from the Huskies. ... Although he has an offer from Connecticut, linebacker Xzavier Hunter is favoring Iowa. He will likely head to prep school if the Hawkeyes don't offer. ... UConn received a commitment from Greg Lloyd Jr., the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd.

Louisville

Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe is in the mix for four-star prospect Josh Bynes. ... The Cardinals continued their recruiting success by landing a commitment from tight end Michael Fennerty. The Olympia, Wash., prospect originally committed to Missouri before switching his pledge to Tulsa. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has now said he will follow Kragthorpe to Louisville. ... One time Louisville wide receiver commitment Chris Summers is favoring Miami - if the Hurricanes offer. If Miami doesn't offer, the Jacksonville (Fla.) Ribault prospect is considering recommitting to the Cardinals.

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