Monday, October 27, 2008

UConn loves Canada

Another commitment this weekend. Jesse Joseph, a defensive end from Vanier College in Quebec, accepted a scholarship offer from UConn, the school announced today. Joseph played at Northeast High in Philly before joining Vanier in 2006. Since joining the club, he's gained 20 pounds of muscle. He leads the team with four sacks so far, and chalked up a 14-tackle game earlier in the year. Vanier also produced Huskies' starting offensive lineman Moe Petrus. Joseph is 6-4, 230 pounds, and becomes the 13th recruit for next fall.

Joseph received the offer from UConn assistant Mike Foley late last week, and accepted over the weekend. North Carolina State was also interested. Joseph is originally from Montreal, and has dual citizenship. Vanier coach Pete Chryssomalis compared Joseph to former UConn end Shawn Mayne, who also attended Vanier. "He's a big strong kid and an excellent pass rusher," Chryssomalis said. "He's in the same mold as Shawn Mayne, but he's a better athlete than Shawn."


Anonymous Marcel DuPont said...


According to the link, the school announced that he was offered a scholarship, but nothing on him accepting the offer. Did he take it?

October 27, 2008 4:04 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Indeed, he has, Marcel.

October 27, 2008 5:12 PM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Will he have 4 years of eligibility?

October 27, 2008 6:21 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Since he went to high school in the U.S., I believe he does.

October 27, 2008 6:37 PM 
Anonymous Wil said...

Thanks for looking into this Chip.

October 27, 2008 9:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chip, what is your take on the recruiting class coming in? It doesn't seem like they got a lot of mileage out of their successful season last year. Would've been really nice if we could've kept the kid from New London in state. Seems like we are having some trouble keeping CT's top players home? Is that a fair assessment?

October 28, 2008 10:17 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

That's a good question. I will answer it soon. I've just got some deadline issues today.

October 28, 2008 1:17 PM 

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