Recruiting Focus: Big East

There wasn't a conference under more fire than the Big East in 2005. With the departure of football powers Miami and Virginia Tech before the 2004 season, the loss of Boston College before this season, and the additions of Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida, many fans were screaming that the conference no longer deserved the automatic BCS bid it held.

The Big East turned out to have a fine year, sending four teams to bowl games. More importantly, West Virginia put together an 11-1 record, went down to Atlanta and beat heavily favored SEC giant Georgia in its own backyard.

While many will still call for the conference to be stripped of its BCS bid, teams like West Virginia, Louisville and Pittsburgh hope to silence all these critics with top recruiting and big-time wins. Here is a look at Big East teams and how their 2006 recruiting is going.