Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Britton, Summers enrolled at UConn

UConn has a pair of mid-year enrollees who will be able to take part in spring practice as Chris Britton, a linebacker out of Harrisburg, Pa. and Jamar Summers, a cornerback from Orange, N.J. who spent a postgraduate season at Milford Academy are already enrolled.

Both players were recruited by the previous staff but had their enrollments delayed. Britton, who had 125 tackles as a senior at Harrisburg High, chose not to take an postgraduate year while Summers had an outstanding season at Milford Academy and was considered to be one of the Falcons' most consistently effective players by Milford Acdemy coach Bill Chaplick.

"The UConn football team is proud to welcome these two fine young men to our family,” said UConn head football coach Bob Diaco in a statement. “Our veteran players and our coaching staff will immediately begin to help them with the transition to becoming members of the UConn student body and our athletic department’s culture."

I caught up with Summers when Milford Academy played the Yale JV team in West Haven in October. He was the only one of the three UConn players who headed to Milford Academy who honored his commitment following the firing of Paul Pasqualoni and George DeLeone. Offensive tackle Chasz Wright is headed to Penn State while tight end Jordan Fuchs is going to Indiana.

"It has been fun, it has been a new experience in my life, a new chapter in my life being that I didn’t qualify for the scholarship (out of high school)," Summers said back in October. "I got my head right, I got a bunch of guys who are hungry for scholarships who want to go to I-A and I-AA schools.

"I am looking forward to the competition level, the big lights, the different competition level."

I also went to see Summers play as a senior at Orange (N.J.) High the night before UConn played at Rutgers back in 2012. It was there I was able to chat with his brother Alvin Bowen, a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL draft who ad an interception and fumble recovery with Calgary of the CFL during the 2013 season.

What was interesting was that Bowen got to know DeLeone when he was being recruited as a high school star but Summers, Bowen and their family remained firm with UConn throughout the process.

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