An Early look at Recruiting in the Big East

Let's break down and review the 2005 classes thus far in the Big East Conference. I have included Boston College due to the fact that they are still in the Conference this season. We will also take a look at the newest schools joining the conference and see how they're doing.

West Virginia

Commitments: 6 Grade: B

The Mountaineers are doing a tremendous job keeping kids in state. Getting an early verbal from 4-star RB Jason Gwaltney was huge. Getting a verbal from his brother LB/FB Scooter Berry was the icing on the cake. WR Ryan Dawson could be a potential Chris Henry type of receiver. QB Nathan Sowers may be the most prolific West Virginia Prep QB since JR House. QB Jarrett Brown has the athletic potential to be a true gem. WR/RB Darren Brownlee is hidden on a good high school team.

1. RB Jason Gwaltney……….(5-11, 235, 4.5)……………North Babylon HS, NY
2. FB/LB Scooter Berry……..(6-3, 245, 4.7)……………...North Babylon HS, NY
3. QB Jarrett Brown…………(6-3, 192, 4.61)……………Palm Beach Lakes HS, FL
4. QB Nathan Sowers……….(6-0, 195, 4.60)…………….Martinsburg HS, WV
5. WR Ryan Dawson………..(6-4, 195, 4.50)…………….Parkersburg South HS, WV
6. RB/WR Darren Brownlee..(6-2, 180, 4.60)…………….Northwest HS, MD



Pittsburgh

Commitments: 6 Grade: B

The Panthers have gotten verbals from two shutdown corners with 4.3-speed, Bryan Williams and Dominic Jones. Not only are they fast, but they are tenacious on run support. 3-star RB LaRod Stephens isn't the biggest kid in the world, but he's a threat from anywhere on the field. RB Irvan Brown is a tremendous pass catcher out of the backfield. Marlon Terry is a raw prospect with freakish athletic ability. John Brown is a gym rat who runs a sub 4.9 forty. He's a converted TE, who gives the Panthers a desperately needed bookend tackle and who bleeds Blue and Vegas. Pittsburgh desperately needs offensive line help.

1. RB LaRod Stephens………(5-8, 165, 4.40)……………..Greater Johnstown HS, PA
2. CB Dominic Jones………..(5-9, 185, 4.33)……………..Brookhaven HS, OH
3. CB Bryan Williams……….(6-0, 185, 4.35)……………..Buchtel HS, OH
4. RB Irvan Brown…………..(6-0, 180, 4.56)……………..Paul V. Moore HS, NY
5. OT John Brown…………...(6-5, 280, 4.90)……………..Burrell HS, PA
6. DT Marlon Terry………….(6-1, 278, 4.70)……………..Buchtel HS, OH



Rutgers

Commitments: 6 Grade: B-

The Scarlet Knights scored a big coup with the verbal of 4-star offensive lineman Brian Roche. LB Dakota Walker will likely be an impact player. Getting Dakota likely means Rutgers gets his brother Desmond. Underwood will be a project. He plays QB and will likely be converted to WR at Rutgers. CB Demaso Munoz will most likely end up at LB and did well at the Rutgers camp in Florida. LB Kevin Malast is a tremendous two-way player for Manchester Regional and he could be a stand out in college playing one-way. DL Chris Dirksz plays LB in high school and he will likely be converted to the defensive line. He's a very strong and athletic prospect.

1. OL Brian Roche………….(6-5, 280, 5.0)…………………...Don Bosco Prep, NJ
2. LB Dakota Walker……….(6-3, 220, 4.60)………………….Oakrest HS, NJ
3. LB Kevin Malast…………(6-2, 205, 4.50)…………………Manchester Regional HS, NJ
4. DL Chris Dirksz………….(6-0, 260, 5.16)………………….DR. Michael Krop HS, FL
5. CB Demaso Munoz………(5-11, 200, 4.60)………………...Miami Southridge HS, FL
6. WR Tiquan Underwood….(6-2, 170, 4.50)………………….Notre Dame HS, NJ



Syracuse

Commitments: 5 Grade: C

The Orangemen have not done well keeping the New York talent in state. While they re getting some talented kids from the Big Apple, they need to get the marquee prospects. RB Lamar McPherson could be a gem if he returns to his sophomore form. He missed most of his junior season due to an injury. RB Raymell Rice is a nice get for Syracuse and he could play CB if need be. He's a very productive player. LB Mike Stenclik chose the Orange over some decent schools. He's not very tall, but effective. Mike Owen has nice size, but he may not have the speed to play LB. He could potentially be a DE. Perkins gives the Orange a nice athletic mauler at guard. Thompson is a talented run stuffer who had 16 tackles for loss last season.

1. RB Raymell Rice…………(5-9, 190, 4.40)…………………….New Rochelle HS, NY
2. LB Mike Stenclik…………(5-11, 219, 4.75)…………………..Webster HS, NY
3. RB Lamar McPherson……(5-10, 190, 4.50)…………………...Bishop McDevitt HS, PA
4. OL Anthony Perkins……...(6-4, 275, 5.10)…………………….DeMatha HS, MD
5. DT Cordarrow Thompson...(6-3, 320, 5.20)…………………...North Stafford HS, VA
6. LB Mike Owen…………..(6-3, 245, 4.8)…………….………..Riverhead HS, NY



Boston College

Commitments: 5 Grade: C

The Eagles have five nice verbals. The reason for the grade is due to the fact that four of the five will be moved to other positions. 3-star WR Marcellus Bowman is a nice sized WR, who will likely play safety. DE Joshua Williams is a relatively unknown commodity, who plays DT in high school. LB Paul Anderson is a very skilled player who will move to safety at BC. Mike McLaughlin is a very capable two-way player. TE Jim Ramella was a big get for the Eagles. Rumor is that he may end up on defense at LB or DE.

1. TE/LB Jim Ramella……………(6-3, 235, 4.7)………………………...St. Ignatius HS, OH
2. WR Marcellus Bowman……….(6-3, 170, 4.50)……………………….Liberty HS, OH
3. LB Paul Anderson……………..(6-2, 217, 4.5)………………………...Polytechnic HS, NY
4. Mike McLaughlin……………...(6-2, 245, 4.8)………………………...Woburn HS, MA
5. DE Josh Williams……………...(6-3, 270, 4.8)………………………...New Hampton School, NH



Connecticut

Commitments: 4 Grade: C

The Huskies got a fireplug with Joe Akers. Despite the lack of ideal size, he's very productive. Andrew Presnell could end up on either side of the line. Glenn Mourning plays QB at Danbury at 6-1, 195 and he was recruited for his athletic ability. Mike Hicks is a very big offensive tackle with decent feet and speed.

1. DT/OL Joe Akers……………..(6-1, 290, 5.0)……………………………Hereford HS, MD
2. OT Mike Hicks………………..(6-7, 304, 5.3)……………………………Seymour HS, CT
3. DT Andrew Presnell…………(6-4, 272, 5.2)…………………………....Middletown, MD
4. QB Glenn Mourning…………..(6-1, 195, 4.5)……………………………Danbury HS, CT



Louisville

Commitments: 2 Grade: C

Maurice Grinter is a productive player who may project as a LB at the next level. The Cardinals also got a verbal pledge from hard-hitting safety Darius Mann from perennial national power Don Bosco Prep in NJ.

1. LB Maurice Grinter……………(6-3, 220, 4.56)………………………Fairdale HS, KY
2. S Darius Mann…………………(6-0, 180, 4.5)………………………Don Bosco Prep, NJ

At the time this was published Cincinnati and South Florida have no known verbal commitments.

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