Sunday, January 24, 2016

Three added to UConn's recruiting class

It was a pretty important weekend for the UConn football program as the Huskies hosting the majority of its 2016 commits and added three more to the class bringing the number of recruits to 17.

Noel Brouse's recruitment has been rather interesting as he originally committed to Syracuse but with the coaching upheaval there, he decommitted. Earlier this month he committed to Villanova before flipping on his visit to UConn this weekend. Brouse was a two-way starting lineman for Parkland High out of Allentown, Pa. helping Parkland reach the PIAA Class AAAA championship game before losing 21-18 to Central Catholic. In the last four seasons Parkland had a 48-10 record with three other trips to the AAAA quarterfinals.

I'm Committed to UCONN! #HuskyNation

Brett Graham played linebacker, tight end (catching 34 passes as a senior and 75 over the last two seasons) and punter at State College High. UConn's starting punter Justin Wain will be a senior during the 2016 season so Graham will have a chance to learn for a year, work with UConn coach Bob Diaco and make a run at being the starting punter after Wain's graduation.

Beyond blessed to accept a scholarship offer from UCONN, and excited to be a part of the Husky family. #GoHuskies

Nick Zecchino out of Cedar Grove High School figures to be the long snapper at UConn following the graduation of Dom Manco although walk-on James Bedell could have something to say about that. Zecchino passed for 1,379 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions, ran for another four touchdowns while adding 52 tackles and two interceptions.

If my math is correct, UConn should be right at the maximum of 85 scholarships for the upcoming season.

While much of the attention understandably will be focused on the three new additions to the recruiting class, it shouldn't be overlooked how well the Huskies seem to be doing to holding onto the previously committed players. Coaches have been checking in on some of the UConn pledges but as of right now, there have been no lost commitments.

Staying on the subject of recruiting, commits Jasen Rose, Tyler Coyle and Keyion Dixon were all selected to the first team on the New Haven Register's 84th annual All-State team. Rose made it on the offense while Coyle and Dixon were selected on defense.

Finally, in the for what it is worth department, UConn previously announced that tight ends coach Don Patterson was retiring. I noticed on the UConn jobs board that the posting is for a receivers coach. I have been able to confirm that receivers coach David Corley will remain on the staff and once the hiring of Patterson's replacement is announced, UConn will announce any other changes and whether it will be a straight move from coaching receivers to tight ends for Corley. By the way, the posting for the job will close tomorrow.


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