Monday, February 03, 2014

Haul of offensive line commits continues at UConn

A day after word came out that Blair Academy offensive tackle James Atkins and St. Thomas Aquinas guard Ryan Crozier committed to UConn following official visits I can report that Fort Myers (Fla.) offensive guard Daniel Oak has also become a Connecticut commit.

Veteran Fort Myers coach Sammy Sirianni confirmed the commitment to me a few minutes ago.

Siranni, who has been at Ft. Myers for nearly three decades and had sent players to Florida State and Miami and had four Division I signees in 2013 said that Oak is on a short list of the best players he has ever coached and had he been 6-5 instead of 6-3 he would have been drawing more interest from the premier programs.

Oak was a three-year starter at Ft. Myers. He saw some work as a weak-side tackle as a sophomore before he was moved inside to guard. Sirianni said in the Fort Myers offense, guards are expected to pull on a regular basis and his athleticism made him a natural pulling guard. Sirianni also said that UConn is projecting him to play center and he was the emergency center at Fort Myers, although he was never asked to play the position in a game.

Oak also has a 4.9 GPA and drew interest from Ivy League schools. He also has ties to Connecticut as his father used to live in Fairfield and he still has relatives on his father's side of the family who live in Connecticut.

Sirianni reached out to UConn coach Bob Diaco to tell him about Oak who was drawing interest from Florida International and Florida Atlantic. Wake Forest was a school that showed some interest but a coaching change left his status in limbo. Before making his trip to UConn was leaning towards committing to Toledo. Diaco went down to Florida last Monday, invited Oak on a visit that weekend and offered him a scholarship.

"He's going to be a really good player for them," Sirianni said. "It was a perfect storm. I have known Coach Diaco for more than 20 years, going back to his days at Eastern Michigan and I know he is in good hands."

Oak played basketball for a couple of years at Fort Myers and is also a standout in the shot put and discus for the track team. He will sign his letter of intent around 7 a.m. on Wednesday at the school before faxing it over to UConn before taking part in a press conference with the local media after school.

He joined Crozier as members of the Florida 7A second team All-State team.

Since Diaco was hired UConn has eight known commitments and five of them are offensive or defensive linemen as Atkins, Crozier and Oak and joined  by St. Joseph OT Steve Hashemi and Lawrenceville School defensive tackle Sheriden Lawley.


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