RU's Hafley Named Big East's Top Recruiter

The recruiting classes are done, and the accolades are starting to trickle in. named Rutgers assistant coach Jeff Hafley as the top recruiter in the Big East.

Signing day is over and Rutgers finished with the top recruiting class in the Big East, and the recruiting analysts at named Rutgers assistant coach Jeff Hafley as the top recruiter in the Big East.

The recognition comes less than two months after Hafley joined the Scarlet Knights staff from Pittsburgh, and speaks to his power in building relationships.

After Hafley's hire, the Scarlet Knights quickly gained a commitment from four-star athlete Miles Shuler of Long Branch (N.J.) High. After making the commitment, Shuler said Hafley's hiring "had a great impact" on his decision.

Hafley teamed with Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck to recruit Shuler, and Hafley was also involved in recruiting Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) running back Paul Canevari and quarterback Gary Nova, who originally committed to Pittsburgh. Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, another former Pittsburgh assistant, was also instrumental in Nova's recruitment.

Hafley also helped recruit four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic and three-star Woodbridge (N.J.) High defensive end Max Issaka, both of whom originally committed to Pittsburgh.

USC's Ed Orgeron was named the national recruiter of the year.

Here are the 2011 Conference Recruiters of the Year:

ACC: Sam Pittman, North Carolina

Big East: Jeff Hafley, Rutgers

Big Ten: Luke Fickell, Ohio State

Big Twelve: Robert Prunty, Texas Tech

Conference USA: Adrian Klemm, SMU

MAC: Jason Candle, Toledo

Mountain West: Justin Fuente, TCU

Pac-12: Tosh Lupoi, California

SEC: Tommy Thigpen, Auburn

Sun Belt: Eric Mathies, Western Kentucky

WAC: Keith Williams, Fresno State

Independents: Bob Diaco, Notre Dame

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