Thursday, January 15, 2015

Increased video presence on signing day for UConn

UConn announced what it has planned for Feb. 4 when the newest members are added to the UConn football family.

UConn football season ticket holders and donors are invited to attend Coach Diaco’s National Signing Day press conference, which will be held in the Burton Family Football Complex/Mark R. Shenkman Training Center in Storrs at 4 p.m. Those wishing to attend, should RSVP to the UConn Athletic Marketing Office at 860-486-6949 or email to
As has been the case in recent years, UConn will post updates on Twitter as the letters start rolling. They have added an hourly video update including interviews from UConn coach Bob Diaco and his assistant coaches. Season-ticket holders can submit questions via email or Twitter than could be answered during these video segments.
The signing day press conference will air live beginning at 4 p.m. on and the football signing day will be shown on the big screen in Gampel Pavilion starting at 5:45 p.m. for those fans in attendance for the men's basketball game.

Today happens to be the first day that the UConn coaches can return to the road trying to add to the list of commitments as well as keeping the players already committed.

Here is the breakdown of the 22 players currently committed to UConn. It should be noted that quarterback Tyler Davis will start classes on Tuesday when the spring semester commences and his letter of intent has already been signed and delivered.

Frank Battle, WR, Belen Jesuit (Fla.): 22 catches for 327 and three touchdowns in run-dominated offense for team reaching the Florida 8A regional quarterfinals
Tyraiq Beals, WR, East Orange (N.J.): Had games with 16, 13 and 10 receptions, had four games with multiple touchdown catches including six in game against West Essex. Finished with 80 catches for 1,308 yards and 16 TDs
Trey Blackwell, DL, Cedar Creek (N.J.): Leader of defense which posted four straight shutouts in middle of season, Blackwell had 11 tackles for loss in first four games
Ian Campbell, TE, Pequannock (N.J.): 21 catches for 280 yards including touchdowns in back to back games for 9-2 team which reached the NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 semifinals
Brian Cespedes, OL, New London: Helped Whalers have five games with at least 338 yards of total offense en route to state playoff berth
Tyler Davis, QB, Mepham (N.Y.): Was 73 of 129 passing for 1,092 yards with 13 TDs and six interceptions, ran 213 times for 1,553 yards and 22 touchdowns. Will enroll at UConn for spring semester
Connor Freeborn, TE/LB, Salesianum (Del): Earned second-team All-Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association honors at linebacker
Aaron Garland, DB, Fenwick (Ill.): Had four interceptions, two he brought back for touchdowns, two fumble recoveries and 38 tackles for team which reached Illinois 7A quarterfinals
Chris Lee, TE, Severna Park (Md.): 27 catches for 353 yards and six touchdowns, three coming in a 28-27 loss to Annapolis. Earned first team Anne Arundel County honors
Kirk Livingstone, DE, Stranahan (Fla.): Had 14 sacks in just eight games as a senior and had a game as a junior with seven pancake blocks.
Hergy Mayala, WR, Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.): Had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns, also saw time as cornerback and punter
Aaron McLean, WR, St. Mark's (Mass.): Had TD catches of 14 and 65 yards in win over Thayer Academy. Team MVP and was also named to All-NEPSAC Class C team for second year in a row
Kevin Murphy, OL/DL, West Chester (Pa.) East: Two-way starting lineman earned second-team All Ches-Mont honors as an offensive lineman although he projects to be a defensive lineman with the Huskies. Had 23 tackles for loss and 4 sacks and 32 pancake blocks.
Philippe Okounam, Dl, St. Paul's (N.H.): Team captain and Montreal native saved his best for last with seven tackles in 33-7 win over Rivers in season finale
Dallas Parker, DE, Ponte Vedra (Fla.): Had four games with at least 10 tackles as a senior including 17 with a sack and four quarterback pressures against Merritt Island
Matthew Peart, OL, Governor's Academy (Mass.): Offensive tackle helped Governor's Academy to the Wayne Sanborn Bowl Game as offense scored at least 25 points in seven of first eight games
William Richardson, DE, Ballou: Had 72 solo tackles, 15 sacks and four fumble recoveries as a senior after recording 8 1/2 sacks as a junior
John Robinson IV, WR/DB, Dwight Morrow (N.J.): 24 catches for 372 yards and 5 TDs, also caused two fumbles and recovered another as a defensive back
Michael Tarbutt, K, Canisius (N.Y.): Was 11 of 17 on field goals with kicks of 52 and 60 yards for 12-0 team. Also, 57 of his 79 kickoffs went for touchbacks and had punts of 47 and 50 yards
Marshe Terry, WR, DB, Northern Burlington (N.J.): 4 of his 11 catches went for TDs. Had interception and fumble recovery in 12-6 loss to Pemberton in Commander's Cup game.
Nolan Ulizio, OL, Lakota West (Ohio): Offensive tackle helped Lakota West reach Ohio Division I quarterfinals. Offense threw for 200 yards six times and ran for at least 180 yards in five games
Nazir Williams, WR/DE, Bridgeton (N.J.): 35 catches for 566 yards and 3 TDs; 45 tackles, 9 sacks, 5 pass breakups with back to back games with two sacks


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