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Big East recruiting scorecard

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

We're almost halfway through July, which is a key recruiting period in the summer. It's time to check in on each Big East team and how they're faring out on the hunt for prospects (all info taken from ESPN's recruiting page):

Cincinnati

2010 verbal commitments: 15

ESPNU 150 Watch List: None

My take: As in the past, the Bearcats have gotten a lot of work done early by sweeping up a lot of Ohio prospects (12 of their 15 commitments are from the Buckeye State). They need to hold on to highly-rated tight end Alex Smith, who seems to be wavering in his pledge. Luke Massa could be the quarterback of the future.

Connecticut

2010 verbal commitments: 2

ESPNU 150 Watch List: None

My take: Randy Edsall is going about things patiently. The Huskies just got their first two commitments in the past couple of weeks, landing a pair of defensive players.

Louisville

2010 verbal commitments: 6

ESPNU 150 Watch List: Offensive lineman Harris Bivin

My take: Bivin, who's from Owensboro, Ky., was a nice get for the Cardinals, who had seemed to lose some recruiting ground in-state to rival Kentucky in the past year or so. Only one of the six commitments so far is a junior-college player, which has been a staple of recent Louisville classes.

Pittsburgh

2010 verbal commitments: 14

ESPNU 150 Watch List: Offensive lineman Matt Rotheram, defensive lineman Aaron Donald

My take: After a slow start to the summer in which a few prized local prospects headed to Penn State, Pitt really picked up steam. The Panthers are the only Big East school that currently have more than one ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect on board. Rotheram and Donald can be anchors on both sides of the line.

Rutgers

2010 verbal commitments: 6

ESPNU 150 Watch List: Offensive lineman Betim Bujari

My take: The Scarlet Knights haven't racked up a ton of early commitments like they did in 2008, but they are building for the future of their offensive line. Four of their first six commitments are offensive linemen, including Bujari, who got the class started.

South Florida

2010 verbal commitments: 2

ESPNU 150 Watch List: None

My take: After signing a huge, highly-touted class this past February, the Bulls have been slow out of the gates for 2009. They have landed a potential star quarterback in Brion Carnes and a sleeper running back named Tiger Powell.

Syracuse

2010 verbal commitments: 11

ESPNU 150 Watch List: None

My take: The Orange haven't landed any "wow" recruits yet, but the good news is that Doug Marrone and his staff continue to win battles for New York and New Jersey area players that Rutgers and UConn are also offering. They also went and got a quarterback, Jonny Miller, way out of their comfort zone in Colorado.

West Virginia

2010 verbal commitments: 13

ESPNU 150 Watch List: Quarterback Barry Brunetti

My take: Brunetti has West Virginia fans excited that he can be the next dual-threat quarterback. Of course, he's only a year behind last year's big quarterback recruit, Geno Smith, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Last year's class was big on skill players; this one so far includes three linebackers and four linemen.