Sunday, December 14, 2014

Latest UConn commit "an awesome football player" and "special" kid

Before taking over the program at Stranahan High School in Ft. Lauderdale Tally Adams spent three seasons on the staff at Bethune-Cookman so he has a better sense than most coaches at the high school level when it comes to major college prospects.

Adams did not hesitate when I asked him about the potential of Stranahan defensive end Kirk Livingstone, who committed to UConn earlier today, at the next level.

"An All-American," Adams said. "See how fast I answered that question. He could be an All-American, there is no doubt in my mind. As a freshman I have no question, I know he will go first-team all-conference. He is an awesome football player, the kid is special. UConn is getting a real steal, he can play at any level in college."

Livingstone, who had 14 sacks in eight games as a senior, was set to continue his football career at UAB. However, when UAB closed down its football program the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Livingstone was left to go through the college selection process all over again.

"It was tough when he heard the news because he had his heart set on going to UAB," Adams said. "A lot of recruiters stayed away from him because he was solid (in his commitment to UAB). The program decided to go in a different direction and he had to go in a different direction as well.

"I think it (UConn) is the perfect spot for him. Kirk is very smart, he is not just an intelligent football player, he is an intelligent kid. He is A student in the classroom and outside of the classroom, he is just an all-around great person."

Adams said the Livingstone, who also was the starting left offensive tackle as a senior at Stranahan, could have had a sack numbers in the 20s had he only played defense.

"He is unstoppable," Adams said. "If we just said 'get after the quarterback' it is going to be a long night for anybody. Being the athlete Kirk is, we didn't just have him getting after the quarterback, we had him teeing on the running back, put him in coverage sometimes. He even took an interception back to the house."

Livingstone was among the uncommitted high school seniors at the Husky Football Awards Show on Friday and three of them committed today. The additions of offensive tackle Nolan Ulizio and defensive end Dallas Parker brings the list of committed players to 23 for the Huskies.


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