What’s goin on?
We’ve been a little short on UConn football news lately. Camp closed to the media on Saturday. The season will be here soon enough, less than 10 days now.
We’ll have media availability Sunday in preparation for the season opener at UMass. The Huskies begin preps for the Minutemen on Saturday.
For now, here’s one for you recruiting heads: an interview I did today with Plano, Tx. High quarterback, 6 foot 6, 218-pound Richard Lagow, a 2013 commit to the UConn football program
First things first…
Here’s Richard on a report that he was waiting/hoping for an offer from TCU..
“That’s kind of confusing because when I got first interviewed about that it didn’t really get worded like I said it and then it kind of spread like wildfire,” Lagow said. “The guy asked me, ‘Are you UConn or are you looking for something else?’ and what I told him was ‘I’m completely, 100 percent UConn right now and I said the only thing that could make me think about changing my decision is if I got an offer from a local team that’s in a good conference’. Obviously that narrows it down to TCU and SMU. He asked me ‘which schools’ and I said, ‘Well, TCU and SMU are in great conferences. If I got offered from one of those schools I’d look it and think about it because it’s close to home, great conference and if it was a great place to fit in I might look at it’
“When it first got written it was like ‘If TCU offers, this kid is going’ and that certainly is not how it is.”
So, then, how did the young man settle on UConn?
“I liked the coaching staff a lot and I think I fit in with a lot of what they want to do,” Lagow said. “I was really surprised with all the facilities and everything about it. It had a great feeling about it. I liked Storrs a lot, a little town I liked.”
Lagow, who camped at UConn over the summer and committed the day after it was over, has lived in Plano his whole life. It may sound like a small town but Plano is not small at all. So where did this small-town mentality stuff come from?
“You know, my dad (Kyle) moved to Temple, Tx., and he grew up Eufaula, OK, and they’re both small towns. He played high school football in Temple and they won a state championship (Kyle was a tight end) and he always told me stories about how everybody knew everybody’s name and when he was in a restaurant people would come up and talk and all that, it just sounded cool,” Lagow said.
Right now, Lagow is enjoying hanging out with his teammates. They’re a close-knit bunch aiming for the Class 5A state title. It’s not going to be easy but the journey has been fun so far.
“My four years being here this is the closest team I’ve been around, everything about it has a great feel, we’re just really looking forward to the season. We went 4-6 last year. We lost four games in like the last minute. We didn’t finish very well but we’ll change that this year.”
Those are the words of a competitive young man. He’s not at all afraid of it. That will serve him well in Storrs because the position will still be stacked when he arrives.
“Obviously, they’re all good quarterbacks,” Lagow said. “I definitely feel coming from Texas and the competition I play against that if I go up there and just do my job every day I’ll definitely get on the field.”