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Big East recruiting update

Many of you folks have clamored for more recruiting on the blog. Ask and you shall receive. This past month has been a big one for several Big East teams. If you have been following the links, then you know how many commitments Connecticut and Syracuse have been able to pick up here in the summer.

Last week there was also a big high school gathering called The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. Several Big East prospects were there. USF commit Chris Bivins was one of them. Bivins told Corey Long of ESPN Recruiting that he had a great time, calling the camp a "dream week."

"The people at Nike were so nice and treated us well," Bivins told Long. "This is the best I've ever been treated. All the players were great, too. They were all real chill and no one was stuck up."

Next up, Bivins will head to Gridiron Kingsin two weeks to be a part of the Southeast team. Bivins also said he and teammate Tashon Whitehurst will take an unofficial visit to USF this week.

One more bit of news to come out of The Opening -- The ESPNU150 changed, based on how scouts viewed players who were there. Several new players are now on the list, including West Orange (Fla.) High safety Lucas Thompson, at No. 141. Thompson has Louisville on the list of schools he is considering, though he could be a Miami lean based on comments from other players who were at the camp.

Tom Luginbill also has a great breakdown of who did what at The Opening camp. Among the players he mentioned:

  • ATH Joel Caleb, who has West Virginia on his list. Luginbill says: His best football is ahead of him once he becomes more polished. He is big and can run.

  • TE Sean Price, a USF commit. Luginbill says: It was a pleasant surprise to see Price had packed on some serious weight, and he made a ton of plays in the red zone. He is a great leaper and catches the ball nicely away from his frame. Now possesses the bulk to be a factor as a run-blocker and can create mismatches down the seams.

Here is a listing of how many commitments each Big East school has as of Wednesday morning:

Cincinnati: 13

Connecticut: 11

Louisville: 10

Pittsburgh: 7

Rutgers: 10

USF: 8

Syracuse: 16

West Virginia: 12