One of the top recruiting showcases in the country is happening now: the ESPN Rise Champion Gridiron Kings event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Here are some ESPN Recruiting updates on recruits with ties to the Big East.
Once again USF commitment Chris Bivins has stood out. So has another USF commitment, tight end Sean Price. Though he keeps getting calls from other schools, Price reiterated his commitment to USF.Tom Luginbill says of Bivins:
Bivins is a guy who has really jumped on our radar. He is not given enough due in the state of Florida. Bivins is smooth, fluid and has long arms. He's well layered with musculature. He will get bigger and more physical. Bivins just quietly goes about his business and makes the most of his opportunities.
Corey Long reports that on Day 3, a little known receiver out of Pittsburgh made a big impression:
Wide receiver Corey Jones (Pittsburgh/Penn Hills) did not come into the event with a lot of publicity but will leave Orlando as a name to remember.
The 5-9, 155-pounder seemed to blow past everyone that covered him and almost made a game-changing play in the finals but a deep pass from quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) fell slightly out of his reach.
"That was probably on me because if it hits your fingers you have to catch it," Jones said. "But I was just playing my game and trying to get down the field as fast as possible. Shane could definitely get it there, because he has a cannon."
Jones says Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Cincinnati are the programs that have shown him the most interest so far. Kansas, Kent State, Temple and Toledo also have offered.
Meanwhile, one Syracuse recruit has picked up an interesting nickname during the event. Read on.
ESPN Recruitinghas done a great job covering the event, so you can check out all the wonderful coverage there. And if you are interested in seeing the stars of tomorrow, the championship game will air tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
There is one other bit of Big East recruiting news, aside from the Gridiron Kings event. Pitt has picked up commitmentsfrom twins Demitrious and Chris Davis out of Youngstown, Ohio. ESPN rates Demitrious with four stars and both are being recruited to play receiver/defensive back. Pitt is up to nine commitments.