Sunday, December 13, 2015

A pair of running backs commit to UConn

One of the better ideas Bob Diaco has put into place is the annual mid-December awards show as it not only allows the Huskies to look back on the season (or in this year's case wrap up the regular season before turning their attention to the upcoming bowl game). It also is a tremendous recruiting tool.

Dallas Parker, who saw time as a true freshman, committed shortly after visiting campus and taking in the awards show. Now the Huskies have added a pair of running back commitments.

Nate Hopkins, who ran for 1,406 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading Marcus High in Flower Mound, Texas to a 10-2 record, announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to UConn.

Blessed to say I'll be spending the next 4 years at the University of Connecticut. #HuskyUp

The 6-foot-1, 210 pound Hopkins ran for more than 100 yards nine times in 11 games highlighted by a 204-yard, 3-touchdown game in Marcus' playoff win over Fossil Ridge.

Also, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Ja'kevious Vickers from Glades Central High School has also committed to UConn.

Vickers averaged more than eight yards per carry as a senior as he rushed for 1,423 yards and 18 touchdowns. It should be noted that in a Palm Beach Post blog, he said could still take other official visits.

After this amazing visit i have decided to commit to the University of Connecticut #GoHuskies

Running back certainly was a need position as the only scholarship running backs slated to be on next year's UConn team are Ron Johnson, Josh Marriner and Arkeel Newsome.

Two other players also committed to UConn.

Tight end/lineback AJ Garson from Oxbridge Academy had two touchdown receptions among his four catches and also had 57 tackles with three fumble recoveries.

Offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf out of Immaculata High in Somerville, N.J. is also a part of the incoming recruiting class.

Thankful to say that I have committed to play football at the University of Connecticut #GoHuskies


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