Sunday, February 02, 2014

UConn adds two offensive linemen to recruiting class

As I previously mentioned in this blog, the new UConn staff has obviously identified the offensive line as a recruiting position of need.

The Huskies added two more linemen to the growing list as St. Thomas Aquinas' Ryan Crozier and James Atkins of Blair Academy both committed today.

It is the second straight year an offensive lineman from the powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas program has committed to UConn.

While Kyle Schafenacker, who redshirted during the 2013 season, was an early commit who considered other options late before signing with the Huskies, Ryan Crozier committed after a late push by the UConn coaching staff.

The 6-foot-4, 297-pound Crozier announced his decision on his Twitter account.

So blessed to announce that I am officially committed to play football at UConn! #GoHuskies

Atkins also went the Twitter route for announcing his commitment

I'm officially a uconn husky !!!!!!🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶

Atkins, who is originally from Revere, Mass., is listed as a 6-foot-5, 253-pound offensive tackle and defensive end as he led Blair to a 6-2 victory.

They become the third and fourth linemen to commit to UConn since Bob Diaco took over as the head coach. St. Joseph offensive tackle Steve Hashemi, a Shelton native, was the first commitment of the Diaco regime and Lawrenceville (N.J.) School defensive tackle Sheriden Lawley also committed after the first weekend that Diaco and his staff hosted recruits.

UConn will host its annual "pro timing day" with the seniors on the 2013 team working out for the assembled NFL scouts on March 11.

Linebacker Yawin Smallwood, who announced that he will turn pro despite having another season of eligibility, and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen are expected to be drafted while defensive end Jesse Joseph and offensive linemen Jimmy Bennett and Steve Greene are top pro hopefuls.


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