Saturday, January 31, 2015

UConn's incoming freshman class continues to go international

The first class Bob Diaco has been able to put together with a full recruiting cycle already included Canadian natives Hergy Mayala, Philippe Okounam and Michael Tarbutt. Now the Huskies secured a commitment from Croatian native Zordan Holman.

Holman, a standout defensive end/tight end out of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine who was named the Maine defensive player of the year as a junior by USA Today

More awards have been coming Holman's way as a senior as just a week ago he was named the winner of the Gaziano Award

Holman might have the best story of any of the 22 UConn committed (I hesitate to call them incoming freshmen as quarterback Tyler Davis is already enrolled at UConn for the spring semester so he is more of an arrived freshman than an incoming freshman). His family left Croatia due to the war in their native country. His father is a former general and prisoner of war while Zordan is a former age group world champion in jiu-jitsu

Also, according to my colleague Sean Patrick Bowley who runs the GameTime CT site, Wilton's Jack Dexter is committed to UConn (as a preferred walk-on).

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Dexter was a tight end/linebacker at Wilton who had 23 catches (seven in a loss to Warde) along with 60 tackles as a senior. He is the third known preferred walk-on from the state of Connecticut joining Naugatuck receiver Bryan Coney and Warde quarterback Brandon Bisack.


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