Sunday, January 26, 2014

Size a priority for new UConn staff

Two weekends of visits are in the books and if nothing else it's pretty evident that Bob Diaco and his staff has targeted the offensive line as a position of need.

The first commitment of Diaco's tenure came from St. Joseph offensive tackle Steve Hashemi and 265-pound defensive lineman Sheriden Lawley was also among the four commitments the Huskies received last week.

This weekend a pair of offensive linemen - Trey Ratliff of Wake Forest, N.C. and Derek Allen from Edison, N.J. visited UConn. According to what I've seen on Twitter, Ratliff and linebacker Vontae Diggs from Downers Grove, Ill. have been offered scholarships during their visits. UConn commit Tom Rodrick also was among those taking an official visit to UConn this weekend.

I also noticed that he list had Windsor defensive tackle Keith Benjamin as a UConn commit. That was news to Windsor coach Rob Fleeting. He said he spoke with UConn offensive coordinator Mike Cummings on Wednesday and there was no offer on table from UConn and he expects Benjamin to either head the junior college route or perhaps to an FCS school. Fellow defensive lineman Charles Baldwin was a player drawing attention from UConn's but Fleeting said Baldwin is most likely going the junior college path.


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