Thursday, September 17, 2015

Southington's Rose commits to UConn

UConn received a commitment from highly-touted in-state prospect Jasen Rose.

Rose is the quarterback for Southington, the state's top-ranked team. He kicked off his senior season completing 15 of 20 passes for 303 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-9 win over Manchester. Last year, his first as the starting quarterback, Rose completed 218 of 309 yards for 3,190 yards with 47 touchdowns and nine touchdowns.

Derek Turner covers the CCC for the Register and its high school site GameTimeCT so it was only fair that he got to cover today's big news. Here is a link to his story. I especially enjoyed what he said about the reactions of the UConn and Syracuse head coaches at the news.

I've spoke to some of Connecticut high school football heavy hitters this week, people who are no stranger to the recruiting process and know a top prospect when they see it and they rave about Rose's ability as a quarterback. Time will tell how things shake out but if what they are telling me is accurate, I don't see how Rose would be anything but a quarterback for the Huskies.

I'm hoping to make it to a Southington game to see him in action for myself but would likely have to do it before the women's basketball season kicks into high gear. There are three UConn football road trips in the month of October so unless I get the Southington/Cheshire assignment on Thanksgiving, it might have to wait until the playoffs (assuming Southington makes it and it would be stunning news if they don't).

Here's a story the Register's David Borges wrote on Rose during the preseason and here's a link to a video of Rose making his announcement

Speaking of UConn commits who quarterback their teams, there's a chance Eddie Hahn could make his season debut tomorrow night for Red Bank Catholic

Here are some updates on some other UConn commits who play quarterback for their high school teams

Quayvon Skanes continues his impressive play as he has led Chicago's Phillips to a 3-0 start

Donovan Williams has run for more than 100 yards in each of his first two games of the season for Hylton High and accounted for five TDs in his first game

As for Keyion Dixon of Glastonbury, with a couple of breaks he could easily have run for 300 yards in a season-opening win at Hall

While many of those listed above will likely play other positions in college, UConn has come a long way in replenishing the quarterback position. Just last season the retirement of Casey Cochran left the Huskies with two scholarship quarterbacks. Eventually receiver Deshon Foxx began lining up at QB.

With all four scholarship quarterbacks (Bryant Shirreffs, Tim Boyle, Garrett Anderson and Tyler Davis) being underclassmen, there are suddenly some depth at the quarterback position.


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