UConn's 2005 Class 5th Best in Big East

Paterson Catholic's Kitt Pommells

Now that football signing day is over, here are Scout.com's team rankings for the class of 2005. Connecticut, coming off an 8-4 season in their third Division I-A campaign including a 39-10 win over Toledo in the Huskies' first ever postseason bowl, is fifth among the 2004 Big East programs.

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West Virginia, at number 33, has the top Big East Conference recruiting class. UConn's class is rated at number 59 among the 117 Division I-A schools.

Leading UConn's newcomers is Kitt Pommells, a 6-foot-0, 205 pound defensive back from Paterson Catholic High School in New Jersey. The first team All-North Jersey selection is the only four-star prospect in this class.

Playing on both sides of the line, Pommells ran for 1,070 yards, caught 31 passes for 365 yards while scoring 20 touchdowns. He also led the team woith 85 tackles, five interceptions, one sack, three caused fumbles and two recoveries. In addition, he had a 39.8 yard punting average.

Recruited for the defense, Pommells earlier told Scout.com, "I'm versatile. I like to hit people and I'm real aggressive. I can make tackles."

Pommells selected the Huskies over Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.

The Huskies two three-star athletes will line up for the offense. Fullback Anthony Barksdale is a 6-foot-0, 235 running back from Farmingdale, N.Y. He rushed for 869 yards on 136 carries and caught 17 passes for 272 yards. All but one of his 12 toucvhdowns were achieved on the ground. Barksdale, who played in South Jersey prior to moving to Long Island, was named All-Nassau County this season as he led the Farmingdale to the Nassau Conference I Championship.

Barksdale also considered Delaware, Maryland, Michigan State and Rutgers.

Wide receiver Todd Dorcelus is an Associated Press first team All-New Jersey from Irvington High School. Limited to seven games wityh a shoulder injury, he caught 40 passes for 639 yards and 10 touchdowns. Dorcelus also returned 19 kickoffs/punts for 365 yards.

Boston College, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers and Virginia also sought his services.

Below is an abbreviated form of Scout.com's rankings. Temple completed it's final season of Big East Conference football competition in 2004. Next fall, Cincinnati, Louisville and South Florida will be joining the conference on the gridiron from Conference USA. Non-football programs DePaul and Marquette are also coming on board for the 2005-06 season.

Big East Rankings

Rank School. Commits Points Top 100 5-star 4-star 3-star
33. West Virginia 32 934 1 1 2 9
42. Pittsburgh 24 808 0 0 1 8
49. Syracuse 20 594 0 0 1 5
58. Boston College 15 452 1 0 16
59. Connecticut 26 443 0 0 1 2
67. Rutgers 20 354 0 0 0 4
94. Temple 25 160 0 0 0 0

New Big East Teams

Rank School. Commits Conference Points Top 100 5-star 4-star 3-star
43. Louisville 27 Conf USA 804 1 0 5 8
54. South Florida 18 Conf USA 481 0 0 1 3
69. Cincinnati 26 Conf USA 340 0 0 0 3

Conference Rankings

Rk. Conf. Avg. Commits Leader Avg. Points Top 100 5-star 4-star 3-star
1. SEC 23.6 1. Tennessee 1291 25 13 57 101
2. ACC 22.4 4. Florida State 1236 19 11 47 94
3. Pac-10 20.6 3. USC 1125 16 14 51 78
4. Big Ten 20.8 2. Michigan 1078 21 14 38 78
5. Big 12 22.8 6. Oklahoma 1007 13 6 51 98
6. I-A Ind 11.0 27. Notre Dame 590 1 0 5 9
7. Big East 23.1 33. West Virginia 535 2 1 6 34
8. Conf USA 22.7 43. Louisville 342 1 0 7 29
9. MWC 16.9 53. BYU 240 1 0 4 14
10. Sun Belt 15.4 61. Middle Tenn. State 182 0 0 2 9
11. WAC 10.2 73. Boise State 152 0 0 2 17
12. MAC 10.3 72. Marshall 118 0 0 1 9

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