Big East Signing Day Blitz (cont.)
Posted: Thursday February 8, 2007 2:40PM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 4:59PM
Headliner: Star prep linebacker Jermaine Pierce should be the focus of the Orange defense in the near future. Every program on the East Coast came after Pierce, and his loyalty to Syracuse will pay off for the Orange early.
Sleeper: Offensive tackle Josh White has the size and speed to be a quality lineman. He was a standout at summer camps last year and can get to the second level.
Overview: Syracuse pulled in a huge recruiting class with 26 commitments, most of them filling key skill positions. On offense, coach Greg Robinson got two quality quarterbacks in Cody Catalina and David Legree. Whoever wins the job will get the chance to throw to wide receivers Andrey Baskin and Van Chew, as well as solid tight end Nick Provo. The running back position was shored up some by Jamere Knox and Doug Hogue. Meanwhile, the defense acquired some big help up front with space-filler Bud Tribbey. The linebacking corps and secondary will be more athletic down the line after the additions of Chad Battles, Jovan Miller and Max Suter.
6. South Florida
Headliner: Five-star running back Mike Ford is the highest-ranked recruit ever for the Bulls. He should be able to run through Big East defenses in the near future. Ford has an upright running style and is a glider.
Sleeper: Defensive tackle Kyle Dampier has a chance to be a force in the middle of the defense. Dampier has a quick first step, a non-stop motor and is very physical.
Overview: Though Ford highlights the Bulls recruiting class, most of the top commitments will improve the South Florida defense. The Bulls added two three-star linebackers in Donte Spires and Calvin Sutton. The defensive line will be bolstered by the addition of defensive tackle Terrell McClain and defensive end Claude Davis. Safety Charlton Sinclair rounds out the group of defensive improvements. Aside from Ford, the offense landed talented quarterback Alton Voss and huge three-star center Kevin McCaskill.
Sleeper: Linebacker Greg Lloyd Jr. comes from famous bloodlines and could be a star for UConn down the line. If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, watch out for this prospect.
Overview: The Huskies picked up a class with almost 30 commitments. Edsall pulled a lot of talent from across the country to revive the Connecticut offense. It starts at quarterback, and the Huskies landed two in Cody Endres and Tyler Lorenzen. Whoever lands the starting job in the future should be helped by the addition of three-star offensive guard Gary Bardzak, speedy wide receiver Kashif Moore and versatile running back Robbie Frey. Aside from Lloyd and Miller, the defense added a lot of help in the secondary. Defensive backs Harris Agbor, Aaron Bagsby, Jasper Howard, Jonathan Jean-Louis and Kendall Reyes should provide quality depth.
Headliner: Six-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver O.J. Woodard will be a big target for the Bearcats. While he wasn't as productive as his high school team would have liked, his ceiling is very high.
Sleeper: Offensive tackle Blake McCroskey should be a solid lineman for Cincinnati in the next few years. His size and speed will allow him to add depth immediately.
Overview: New coach Brian Kelly has put together more than 20 commitments, most of which are on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to Woodard, the Bearcats landed three athletic quarterbacks in Chazz Anderson, Zach Collaros and Tahree McQueen. They added further help on offense with tight ends Adrien Robinson, John Hughes and T.J. Franklin. Three-star wide receiver Tomaz Hilton should have an impact for the Bearcats. The line was shored up with the addition of McCroskey, Craig Parmenter and Alex Hoffman. Overall, it's a solid start for Kelly at Cincinnati.