Conference breakdown: LSU, Notre Dame reassert recruiting strength
Heading into the month with questions at quarterback, Virginia picked up a commitment from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel signal-caller
Across the state, Virginia Tech nabbed Roanoke (Va.) Patrick Henry athlete
Louisville is holding firm with three commitments -- Lexington (Ky.) Catholic quarterback
In other news, Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst finally reeled in his first commitment in Pittsburgh (Pa.) Seton La Salle tight end
Four Big Ten teams remain without a commitment in the 2013 class, while four other conference programs boast at least five, led by Michigan, which already boasts 16. Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue have yet to get on the board, though with more than 10 months remaining before Signing Day, it's still too early for fan bases to panic.
Northwestern and Purdue are notorious late starters in the recruiting game, but Iowa's appearance is a noteworthy surprise. The Chicagoland area is particularly talented in 2013, and the Hawkeyes have historically made an impact in the region under assistant coach Lester Erb. Expect Iowa to pursue Lemont (Ill.) offensive tackle
Oklahoma State's lone 2013 pledge is a good one -- four-star Tyler (Texas) John Tyler wide receiver
Texas, conversely, has landed seemingly every prospect it's wanted, with 10 four- or five-star prospects already in its 2013 class. But the Longhorns could have a battle on their hands for DeSoto (Texas) all-purpose back
Depending on how Hutchings' visit unfolds, it could spell the beginning of a potential USC movement among several prominent West Coast prospects.
Hutchings has spoken with five-star Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta safety
Of course, these tantalizing plans -- a term that should be used loosely, as nothing has yet to be discussed in detail -- happen almost every recruiting cycle and rarely come to fruition. But the idea is on the table. And it's certainly one to monitor as the 2013 recruiting cycle continues.
LSU's 2012 recruiting class wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't on par with a typical Les Miles' haul. From 2008 to 2011, the Tigers boasted an average class rank of 6.25 -- a far cry from last year's No. 18 crop, one that didn't include any five-star prospects.
It's early, but Miles is doing all he can to avoid a repeat disappointment. LSU currently has six commitments, three of whom are members of the 2013 Rivals250: Monroe (La.) Neville athlete
Diarse is arguably the best of the bunch, an extremely versatile player who likely will play receiver in college. And his commitment could take on added significance. Diarse's pledge could also give LSU the inside track for 2014 defensive back
In other conference happenings, Alabama lost a recruit when defensive back Artie Burns of Miami (Fla.) Northwestern decommitted last Monday. It's troubling, but The Tide still look strong. Nick Saban has eight prospects in his 2013 haul, each of whom is a four-star player or better. His priority now is landing a top quarterback, and advances are being made: Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood's
Finally, Texas A&M picked up two big-time verbal commitments in Cedar Hill (Texas) athlete
Notre Dame watched as fellow Midwest recruiting powers Michigan and Ohio State got off to quick starts in the 2013 class. Then, stemming from a March 24 junior day event in South Bend, the Irish generated a run of their own commitments: Brian Kelly and Co. landed four top prospects, each of whom is projected to be an offensive contributor.
Headlining the Irish's recent additions is Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter quarterback