Monday, February 03, 2014

Bradford won't be signing with UConn on Wednesday

UConn already lost one commitment due to academic issues when St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi was denied admission into the university. Now comes word that Timber Creek (N.J.) offensive lineman Lamont Bradford will not be signing with the Huskies during Wednesday's national signing day.

Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson confirmed to me via email today that Bradford will not be signing on Wednesday, the first day that recruits can officially sign national letters of intent and like Marchi will be pursuing other options. Bradford signed with Delaware State on Wednesday.

If there is a silver lining it is that UConn coach Bob Diaco certainly has addressed the offensive line position since he was hired as five of the eight known commitments under his watch are linemen (including Lawrenceville School defensive lineman Sheriden Lawley). St. Joseph OT Steve Hashemi was the first player to commit to UConn with Diaco at the helm and over the weekend Blair (N.J.) Academy OT James Atkins, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) High OG Ryan Crozier and Fort Myers (Fla.) OG Daniel Oak committed to UConn. I was able to confirm through Kent School coach Todd Marble that offensive tackle Trey Rutherford is planning to sign with UConn on Wednesday meaning that the Huskies will sign a minimum of five offensive linemen although I have seen Atkins listed as a defensive end by some recruiting services so we'll have to see which side of the ball he ends up on.

It's been an interesting recruiting year for UConn. By my count there were 13 players committed to UConn when Paul Pasqualoni was fired including mid-year enrollees Chris Britton and Jamar Summers but five of them won't be a part of the class.

The Milford Academy duo of Jordan Fuchs and Chasz Wright had interesting roads to their current schools. Both signed with UConn a year ago but took a postgraduate year at Milford Academy (Fuchs for an addition year of development as a tight end after playing just two years of high school football and Wright due to academics). Fuchs originally decommitted, committed to Rutgers before signing with Indiana where he is currently enrolled. Wright decommitted, became a Temple pledge before signing with Penn State as a mid-year enrollee. Quarterback Justin Noye out of Rochester, N.Y. decommitted and signed with Old Dominion.

The good news is it seems like UConn is in good shape with the other players who committed to UConn which Pasqualoni was in charge of the recruiting. Ansonia High's record-breaking running back Arkeel Newsome will sign with the Huskies Wednesday morning, Ligonier (Pa.) Valley tight end Alec Bloom will sign with UConn around 7 a.m. and then take part in a press conference with the local media that afternoon and Rutherford will also be signing. In an email from Suffield Academy coach Drew Gamere, running back Brice McAllister will sign his letter at a ceremony at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning while tight end/defensive end Luke Carrezola  and linebacker Tom Rodrick will also sign with UConn tomorrow.


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