Tuesday, January 31, 2017

UConn lands another in-state prospect

This has been one hellacious recruiting cycle at UConn with the change of coaches and I mean every single coach from Bob Diaco's staff being replaced by Randy Edsall and his new staff.

Predictably there have been some recruits who have opted to go elsewhere, most doing so while still being on the Huskies recruiting radar but obviously that is not the case for all them.

There was a key addition of former South Carolina running back David Williams that at worst provides depth at tailback and at best gives the Huskies another running back to feature in what will be a different looking offense, I am sure. There was also depth concerns at quarterback and some of that has been rectified with word that junior college quarterback David Pindell (who was also being recruited by Temple) has committed to UConn (I believe Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant was the first to report this).

Now comes news that All-State linebacker TJ Gardner, a former Boston College commit, will sign with the Huskies tomorrow.

I would like to officially announce that tomorrow I will be signing my NLI to play for the UCONN Huskies 🐺🐾 #BleedBlue

Gardner had 65 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception as a senior at Windsor High School as the Warriors recorded six shutouts. He also ran for 1,142 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 31 catches for 438 yards and four more TDs for a team which advanced to the Class L title game.

There are five players who committed to UConn before the 2016 season who are expected to be part of the incoming recruiting class including early enrollee Omar Fortt. Four other players including three offensive linemen committed from the end of the season and the time that Diaco was fired and eight others (nine counting Williams) who committed after Edsall was hired.

Unfortunately, I won't be at tomorrow's press conference when the recruiting class becomes official. I am currently in Philadelphia as the UConn women's basketball team plays at Temple but my colleague David Borges is slated to be at the press conference and there will be plenty of signing day content coming from our top-notch high school staff as well.

There will be updates on the UConn football Twitter page as the letters start rolling in and the press conference can be seen live. Check out www.uconnhuskies.com for details.


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