Rutgers leads Big East recruiting

Rutgers had a banner year last season on the recruiting trail, finishing in the Top 25 in the ESPN.com rankings.

While the Scarlet Knights are not quite having the same success for the class of 2013, they are still leading the way among Big East teams on the recruiting trail right now. The down side is they are no nowhere near the Top 25.

ESPN Recruiting Nation has expanded its class rankings to 40 teams with a much sleeker, informative page -- and Rutgers checks in at No. 37 -- the only Big East team in the Top 40.

The Scarlet Knights have 22 commitments overall, and four from four-star athletes. Two are ranked in the ESPN 300. Quarterback Chris Laviano leads the way, with fellow ESPN300 athlete Nadir Barnwell a huge get as well.

No other Big East team has more commitments than Rutgers at this time. Louisville, which also assembled a strong recruiting class last season, has nine commitments -- and one from a four-star player. The Cards only expect to sign between 14-16 players come February.

Pitt is the only other current Big East school with a four-star commitment.

You should note when looking at these rankings that the ESPN Recruiting Nation folks list the eight current Big East teams. That will not change until July 1, 2013 -- when Pitt and Syracuse go to the ACC, and Boise State, San Diego State, UCF, SMU, Houston and Memphis join.

Rutgers is also headed out the door, too. But at this point, it is simply too hard to begin judging who has the best class among the schools that will be in the Big East beyond the 2013 season.