Wednesday, February 01, 2017

20 players part of UConn's recruiting class

Today might be the first day when there were few surprising twists and turns on the recruiting front for UConn although the Huskies did get a commitment from quarterback Marvin Washington, a former UCF commit.

Beginning with the dismissal of Bob Diaco as head coach on Dec. 26 (eight days after a pair of recruits committed to play for him at UConn), things have been a little chaotic on the recruiting front.

Players have come and they have gone and only now are things settling down.

The UConn recruiting class will officially be announced this afternoon in an on-campus press conference. I am currently in Philadelphia to cover the UConn/Temple women's basketball game tonight but my colleague David Borges will be covering the press conference for the Register.

Here's a look at the players who have sent in their National Letters of Intent (FYI, Omar Fortt is an early enrollee so he didn't need to sign today). We'll see if any additional names get added to this list. With Ron Johnson's decision to transfer, I counted 24 available scholarships so there will be some spots left for either next year's class or if the opportunity to add some transfers.

"It was an interesting process take a look where the needs would be," Edsall said at the press conference announcing the class.

He said that bringing in three quarterbacks, "provides tremendous competition." He mentioned the winning pedigree of all three incoming QBs.

Also, that getting quality offensive linemen was a priority as was adding size, speed and athleticism at the wide receiver position.

It was interesting to me that he didn't rule out having one or more of the offensive linemen be in the mix to play this season since that is usually one of the hardest positions to make the jump from high school to Division I college football.

"Robert Holmes could have a chance (to play as a true freshman), Van Demark wll be a 300 pounder, James Tunstall another guy that has the size."

Obviously he was asked about the backlash on pulling scholarships. Edsall said he was limited with that he could say because players hadn't signed.

"You try to make the best decision for the program and sometimes when that happens people don't agree with you."

Here is the class
Darrian Beavers LB 6-4 215 Colerain High School
Brayden Brown S 6-1 193 Fort Hill High School
Garrison Burnett WR 6-0 190 Maret School
Ryan Fitton TE 6-5 240 Staples High School
Omar Fortt S 6-1 190 St. Luke's (already enrolled in school)
TJ Gardner LB 6-2 227 Windsor High School
Cameron Hairston WR 6-3 180 Lee's Summit North High School
Robert Holmes OL 6-5 330 Oxbridge Academy
Stanley Hubbard OL 6-3 300 St. John's College High School
Robert King III CB 5-11 180 Father Judge High School
Jordan McAfee QB 6-4 220 Everett High School
Abiola Olaniyan CB 5-11 180 Woodberry Forest School
David Pindell QB 6-1 185 Lackawanna CC
Jordan Swann CB 5-9 165 Saint Frances Academy
Ian Swenson S 6-1 180 Loyola Academy
Caleb Thomas NG 6-1 275 Mansfield High School
James Tunstall OL 6-5 315 Lackey High School
Ryan Van Demark OL 6-7 265 The Hun School
Marvin Washington QB 6-2 185 Dr. Phillips High School
David Williams RB 6-1 220 Imhotep Charter (University of South Carolina)

Williams and Pindell lead the list of players who could step onto the field this season as they had fortified a couple of positions where the Huskies were lacking depth. UConn has certainly added quality and quantity at the quarterback position with three of the pledges slated to be QBs with the Huskies. With so many young receivers, I wonder if Burnett and Hairston can play immediately and there could be opportunities to play immediately at safety. Darien long snapper Brian Keating is the one preferred walk-on I've heard about but we'll see how many others there are.

One major change I see with the new regime is players are being brought in to play positions they did in high school (for the most part). Under Diaco's watch, there would be an incredible amount of tight end types who would be moved to other positions.

The press conference is set for 1 p.m. and head over the if you want to watch it live


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