Sunday, December 08, 2013

Mixed results for UConn commits

Three UConn commits were in action in the state playoffs last night and Arkeel Newsome's Ansonia High team was the only one to emerge victorious.

Luke Carrezola's had five tackles including a tackle for loss and a two-year reception but it wasn't enough as Neshaminy High out of Langhorne, Pa. lost to St. Joseph's Prep 37-21 in the Pennsylvania AAAA semifinals. Carrezola finished with 58 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a senior.

In New Jersey, Lamont Bradford's Timber Creek fell to Shawnee in the South Group 4 title game.

Bradford was a key member of an offensive line which helped Timber Creek finish with 433 yards of total offense in the loss and an average of 452 yards per game.

Newsome ran for 269 yards and five touchdowns as Ansonia defeated Rocky Hill 49-27 in the Class S semifinals. Ansonia advances to play Woodland in Friday's Class S title game. The game is set for 7 p.m. at CCSU's Arute Field.

Newsome has run for 3,619 and 60 touchdowns as a senior with 222 of the yards coming against Woodland in the NVL title game.

Only time will tell if the trio and all the players currently committed to UConn will be signing with the Huskies.

When UConn director of athletics Warde Manuel met with the media before yesterday's game he addressed the importance of getting a new coach in quickly for recruiting purposes.

"It's important, it always is," Manuel said. "That's why with these searches you try to get them done as quickly as you can. We're about to go into a dead period from December 16 through January 15 where coaches can only call a kid once a week, so it's not going to be a lot of in-person. So we're at a time when it would be nice to have someone selected and then you work through the details that way but we're shortly going to hit a dead period for all coaches across the country to only be able to talk to kids on the phone. While it concerns me, it always concerns me, the coaches and the current staff are doing a good job of communicating from their perspective with the recruits that we have and really keeping them engaged. Obviously, I know the personnel on this team, I know who we have commitments from and I hope that they stay committed to UConn, UConn is going to stay committed to them. Then we'll see where it goes after a coach is selected."


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