Tuesday, December 18, 2012

UConn recruiting target a JUCO All-American

Dean College's Rodney Whitehead, who visited UConn earlier this month and is reported to have been offered a scholarship by the Huskies' coaching staff, was named a first team NJCAA All-American as a tight end after catching 30 passes for 602 yards and three touchdowns while adding 294 rushing yards. He also averaged 26.8 yards on 16 kickoff returns and averaged 16.8 yards on 16 punt returns while returning a pair of punts for touchdowns.

Whitehead's Dean team, Hamden's Byron Pinkston, was an honorable mention selection as an offensive lineman. When I spoke to Pinkston following an Oct. 27 win over Globe Institute, he said Florida Atlantic had offered him. According to yahoo, Coastal Carolina and Northern Colorado have also offered him scholarships.

Whitehead, who is from Manassas, Va., and Pinkston were also first team All-Northeast Football Conference selections while former Hillhouse star DaShon Riley was named to the second team as an offensive lineman.

UConn commit Lance Burlingame dealt with injuries during his sophomore season which likely kept him from earning postseason honors but the defensive tackle finished with 26 tackles including 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and four sacks.

Also, UConn commit Jamar Summers, a receiver/safety from Orange (N.J.) High was named a first-team All-Essex County pick on offense while future Husky Noel Thomas out of St. Luke's in New Canaan was named the Connecticut player of the year by MSG Varsity


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