February 13, 2007

Rivals.com top 10 Big East recruiters

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.

Big East 2007 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.

The rest of the top 10, in alphabetical order
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. Frey is now at West Virginia.
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 Newell 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.
Charley Molnar, Cincinnati

Molnar did an outstanding job in New Jersey for the Bearcats, pulling in five quality prospects. Wide receiver O.J. Woodard could be the prize of the class. Randy Martinez, Craig Parmenter and Tahree McQueen are all good athletes who could fit at different positions.
Greg Nord, Louisville

Nord took running back Victor Anderson back from West Virginia following his early commitment. He also kept three-star wideout Doug Beaumont in state. Nord also went into New Jersey to sign Greg Tomczyk away from many other programs.
Paul Rhoads, Pitt

The Pitt staff did such a good job across the board that finding standouts beyond Junko is hard. However, Rhoads lured Kyle Hubbard out of Ohio and landed two very important in-state players, Maurice Williams and Dan Matha. Rhodes beat out West Virginia and others for Williams and Matha.
Jim Salgado, Syracuse

Salgado landed in-state standouts Doug Hogue and David Legree. He also went into Virginia to pull out linebacker Chad Battles, and went down to Florida to get tight end Nick Provo and sleeper Kevyn Scott. Salgado was also key in the recruitment of Chaz Cervino and Ryan Gillum.
Bill Stewart, West Virginia

Stewart led the way for what is arguably the most athletic class in the Rich Rodriguez era. Running back Terence Kerns and quarterback Bradley Starks are both four-star talents. Some feel that athlete Brandon Hogan could be the best kept secret in the country.

-- Recruiters profiles by Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell.

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