N.C. State Quarterback Transfers To UConn

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What’s goin on

Bryant Shirreffs, a 6-3, 228-pound sophomore who played nine games for N.C.State as a freshman has committed to the UConn football program for the 2015 season.

He has to sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules but will have four years to graduate and three years to play.

Shirreffs of Jefferson, Ga., will add depth to the position which is down this year with the loss of Kivon Taylor who decided to transfer. Next year, the Huskies will be getting a player with ACC playing experience, who adds depth and most importantly will elevate the competition between him Casey Cochran, Tim Boyle and newcomer Tyler Davis.

Clemson's Carlos Watkins, left, Stephone Anthony, center, and Corey Crawford tie up North Carolina State's Bryant Shirreffs (14) with Clemson's Robert Smith (27) nearby during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Clemson won 26-14.

“N.C. State is nice but when you don’t necessarily trust who you’re playing for or really don’t like believe in the system I don’t think it’s useful to stay in a place you can’t succeed,” Shirreffs told me.. “And you can try as hard as you can but if you don’t feel like you can succeed, you’re thinking about leaving, you’re not all in or fully committed to that school so that’s what I felt.  I believe it wasn’t good for me or the team for me to be there.”

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UConn Lands New Jersey Cornerback As No.11 Commit To 2015 Class

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The run continues….

What’s goin on?

We’re not just talking numbers we’re talking guys who are going to fill needs.

Anyway, UConn’s latest commit is John Robinson, a 6-2, 185 pound cornerback from Dwight Morrow High in Englewood, N.J.. He committed to the program Saturday morning becoming the 11th player  in the Class of 2015 so far.

“They had offered me prior to my visit and I was really excited because UConn, actually, was on my top schools list of schools for a while of where I wanted to go to,” Robinson said by phone Saturday. “I took the visit and I just loved Coach [Anthony] Poindexter [defensive coordinator and safeties coach]. And with Coach [Josh] Reardon my defensive backs coach, it just felt like home I loved the atmosphere, I just want to play for Coach Poindexter and Coach Reardon and [Head] Coach [Bob] Diaco  They run the same system I run in high school.”

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New Jersey Tight End Commits To UConn, No.8, For Class Of 2015

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Ian Campbell, a 6 foot 5, 225 pound tight end from New Jersey has committed to UConn.

Campbell, of Pequannock Township, who was visited earlier this month said he liked the campus and the coaching staff.

Campbell visited Rutgers, which is about a half hour away from him, Temple and Virginia, this month. He last visited Rutgers (camped) on Saturday. He had been there several times and said he probably would have gotten an offer from the Big Ten-bound Scarlet Knights.

He has told the other schools, interestingly, that he’s closing off communication with them because his decision is set….

“I liked the school and campus,” Campbell said. “The coaching staff at UConn was great, they made me feel welcome. They really wanted me there, The facilities, the weight room, locker room were really impressive.”

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Mailbag June 18: Will Diaco’s Positive Attitude And Enthusiasm Be Enough To Alter Past Performances?

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Q: I met Coach D at Buffalo Wild Wings on Thursday. His positive attitude and enthusiasm are only 2 of many reasons to be hopeful.this season. But will that be enough to alter the players performance of previous year?? you gotta love the dynamic emotion of our new coach – Teresa Wood, Middletown, Ct. Continue reading

UConn Football Recruiting: Remember This In Following How Head Coach Bob Diaco And Staff Do It

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What’s goin on?

With five recruits in the bag the trend, big, long, lean is apparent.

In about a week’s time UConn got commitments from Kevin Murphy, a 6-2, 270 defensive tackle from West Chester, Pa; Tyler Davis, (6-5, 215)  quarterback from North Bellmore, N.Y.; Ben Hartwick, a 6-6, 215) tight end from Mahwah, N.J.; Philippe Okounam, (6-5, 270) defense end from Concord, N.H. and Marshe Terry (6-4, 190) safety from North Burlington, N.J.

UConn Coach Bob Diaco keyed us in well before spring practice…

“If we’ve got a bigger team we’ve got a better chance to win the game,” he said. “We’ll always try to collect big players. I think you’ll see the team get bigger for sure but guys are scouring their recruiting areas and evaluating the 2015 UConn need positions.”

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UConn Lands New Hampshire Defensive End For 2015

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What’s goin on?

UConn got its fourth commitment this week in Phil Okounam, a 6 foot 5, 265 pound defensive end from St. Paul High in Concord, New Hampshire…

The Huskies also got commitments from Kevin Murphy a solid defensive end from West Chester (Pa.) East High, Tyler Davis a 6-5, 215 pound quarterback from Mepham (N.Y.) High and Ben Hartwick, a 6-6, 215 pound tight end from Mahwah (N.J.) High

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UConn DE B.J. McBryde Speaks At Middle School Graduation In Hartford; Young Man Looks Good Too

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What’s goin on?

UConn senior defensive end B.J. McBryde was the guest speaker at the West Middle School graduation exercises at the Asylum Hill Boys and Girls Club in Hartford Thursday. You’ll read more about that shortly here or at courant.com but wanted to address this now.

Again, the first thing you will notice with the players now is how their bodies have changed. What a transformation going on up there. I saw Tim Boyle last month in Middletown. He’s now built like a tight end.

I haven’t seen anything like this in so short a period of time…

Anyway, McBryde told me he started spring practice at 324 pounds now he’s at 290…

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UConn Football Offering Six One-Day Clinics For High Schoolers This Month

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What’s goin on?

UConn Football Clinics coming up this month….

From the school…

The UConn Huskies Football Team will be hosting six exciting one-day clinics this summer for high school athletes looking to hone and enhance their position specific skills. We hope that you can join us on campus in June!

Dates:

June 17, June 20, June 21, June 24, June 27 and June 28

Time:

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Registration will be from 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.)

Location:

Burton Family Football Complex and The Mark R. Shenkman Training Facility, On The UConn Campus in Storrs

Eligibility:

Open to any high school football players who will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2014

Fee:

$40 per athlete for pre-registered, $50 per athlete for walk-ups

 

for more information go to UConnFootballClinics.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please make checks out to the University of Connecticut

Includes:

T-Shirt, lunch and football instruction

 

Dates:

June 17, June 20, June 21, June 24, June 27 and June 28

Time:

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Registration will be from 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.)

Location:

Burton Family Football Complex and The Mark R. Shenkman Training Facility, On The UConn Campus in Storrs

Eligibility:

Open to any high school football players who will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2014

Fee:

$40 per athlete for pre-registered, $50 per athlete for walk-ups

 

for more information go to UConnFootballClinics.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please make checks out to the University of Connecticut

Includes:

T-Shirt, lunch and football instruction