Saturday, February 01, 2014

Major honor for one UConn commit, decisions to be made for another

As was previously mentioned on this blog, record-breaking UConn commit Arkeel Newsome was named to the Parade Magazine All-American team.

Newsome, who ran for 3,867 and scored 68 touchdowns as a senior to lead Ansonia High to its third straight state title, was joined on the first team by LSU commit Leonard Fournette and North Carolina commit Elijah Hood.

Also, I ran across an interesting give and take on Twitter between UConn commit Logan Marchi, a quarterback out of St. Paul High School, and John Holt of WFSB. Holt was merely inquiring about when and where Marchi would be signing his letter on intent on Wednesday

"I won't be signing on wednesday to Uconn" and "right now just exploring my options."

He told the Bristol Press that it was "more of an admissions thing" which would prevent him from being able to sign his national letter of intent with UConn.

Although national signing day is on Feb. 5, players have until Apr. 1 to sign so he does have time to iron out these admission issues if he wants to still sign with UConn. He obviously has the option of heading to prep school which would give him another year to develop as a quarterback while taking care of the eligibility issues.

With Casey Cochran and Tim Boyle back after each starting four games as freshmen and Kivon Taylor redshirting as a true freshman, bringing in a quarterback in the incoming freshman class is not as much of a priority as some other positions.

It is going to be interesting come Wednesday to see how many of the players who committed while Paul Pasqualoni was the head coach are welcomed by the new staff. Head coach Bob Diaco said he would honor all previous commitments but that doesn't mean that he is as high on them as the previous regime.

Stay tuned.


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