Saturday, January 18, 2014

St. Joseph OT Hashemi commits to UConn

It didn't take long for the new coaching staff to reel in its first recruit.

St. Joseph offensive tackle Steve Hashemi committed to UConn tonight while up on campus for his official visit according to St. Joseph coach Joe Della Vecchia.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Hashemi was a three-year starter at right offensive tackle

"He was a great pass protector, he has great feet and long arms," Della Vecchia said. "He brought a lot of energy to the game. He was excited every week, every play to play football. He loves the game, he loves to compete and I think he brings that attitude to the table."

Hashemi, a Shelton native, helped the Cadets win the Class M title and a 13-2 record as a senior.The Cadets averaged 8.8 yards per carry and 475 yards of total offense.

Running backs coach Ernest Jones, who has taken a ton of heat for his comments about "Jesus Christ being at the center of our huddle" is the assistant coach assigned to recruit Fairfield County and Della Vecchia, who coached Temple standout linebacker Tyler Matakevich in high school, said he received more of a response from the current staff then he had from the previous regime.

"It was the coaching change," Della Vecchia said. "Quite honestly, UConn. every kid we’ve thought we’ve had with them they have kind of told us no. When the new coaches came in I called them, sent tape up there and immediately they got back to us and wanted to know about him. This all happened in about the last two weeks when they brought him up (for a visit)."

Della Vecchia also said that three-year starting offensive right guard Pete Mestre has committed to Bryant..

This is the first major weekend for official visits under the watch of Bob Diaco so don't be surprised if more commitments are to follow. He becomes the third known offensive line commitment in the class as Timber Creek (N.J.) OG Lamont Bradford and Kent School OT Trey Rutherford committed when Paul Pasqualoni was still at the helm. UConn lost an OT commitment when Milford Academy's Chasz Wright flipped to Temple before ultimately enrolling at Penn State.


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