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Big East's top recruiters

Louisville's Cassity heads conference's top salesmen

Posted: Monday February 19, 2007 1:23PM; Updated: Tuesday February 20, 2007 9:25AM
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Defensive coordinator Mike Cassity helped Louisville salvage a solid recruiting class, even after the departure of Bobby Petrino.
Defensive coordinator Mike Cassity helped Louisville salvage a solid recruiting class, even after the departure of Bobby Petrino.

By Mike Farrell, SI.com, Rivals.com

Pitt pulled in the highest-rated Big East class in the 2007 Rivals.com team recruiting rankings.

The Panthers placed two coaches on the list of the top 10 Big East recruiters, but Louisville's Mike Cassity was the Big East's most valuable recruiter.

Cassity helped keep the Cardinals' class together through a coaching change. He also was instrumental in landing a few prospects that can add some immediate help.

Here are Rivals.com's top 10 Big East recruiters (in alphabetical order).

Big East Recruiter of the Year, Mike Cassity, Louisville: Cassity helped Louisville hang on to several commitments after coach Bobby Petrino left for the NFL. Cassity landed the nation's top junior college player in Woodny Turenne, played a role in landing Willie Williams and pulled C.J. Peake away from Wisconsin. Cassity is a dynamic recruiter.

Greg Frey, South Florida: Frey went head-to-head against programs like Nebraska, N.C. State, West Virginia, Kentucky and others to highlight this class. Frey pulled in the quarterback of the future for the Bulls in Alton Voss. Linebacker Calvin Sutton is undersized, but was coveted by many. Frey was excellent in Florida as well, and many of the most athletic players in this class were his recruits.

Hank Hughes, Connecticut: Hughes pulled in UConn's highest-ranked commitment ever in linebacker Jarrell Miller. Hughes also recruited three-star offensive lineman Gary Bardzak and stat stuffer Robbie Frey. Hughes got primary credit for five of UConn's commitments for the 2007 class.

Robert Jackson, Rutgers: Jackson was instrumental in Rutgers' in-state efforts. He landed defensive linemen Wayne Thomas and Keith Newall and outrecruited many schools for athlete Mason Robinson. Jackson also added Al-Ghaffaar Lane and went out of state to reel in Joe Lefeged.

Bob Junko, Pitt: Junko was as steady as ever despite some health issues. He pulled in offensive lineman Chris Jacobson, linebacker Brandon Lindsey and safety Dom DeCicco -- all big keys to Pitt's class.


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