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UConn Football Recruiting : They Want To Be A Part Of What’s Brewing

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What’s goin on?

UConn opened practice this morning and the media is out after seeing the first 30 minutes.

We’ll get Coach Diaco around noon, No player availability today.

The first practice started out spirited that’s for sure.

It also started out with UConn football recruits Tyler Davis, Connor Freeborn, John Robinson and Justice Pettus-Robinson watching and nodding their heads to the music banging during warm ups.

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I was thinking about the class so far, the 13 recruits on board including two UConn won out on in head-to-head matchups vs. 2014 preseason favorite Cincinnati including the first recruit the Huskies welcomed to the Class, defensive end Kevin Murphy, and the last so far, Pettus-Dixon.

Seeing these guys this morning and talking to most of them it’s clear these recruits want to be here and that includes Philippe Okounam who I understand was still hearing from LSU after his verbal commitment which is perfectly fair – it all is until that letter of intent is signed – but Okounam is solid. Oregon State is probably not going to stop trying to pull Pettus-Dixon from the UConn grips, either. He committed this week and he was at practice today. N.C. State and Boston College also offered ‘ships to the defensive back from Baltimore. Continue reading

UConn Football’s No.12 Recruit For 2015 Chris Lee Talks About Commitment

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What’s goin on? Just spoke with 6 foot 7, 260-pound tight end Chris Lee of Severna (Md.) Park High. Lee is the Huskies 12th commitment to the Class of 2015. Lee, who visited UConn last month, is believed to have been a top Huskies target at the position. Apparently, the young man has some experience in coming up big at big moments. Peep this clip of Lee on the hardwood… “First, the campus was beautiful, just gorgeous,” Lee said. “The other thing, the coaching staff, their energy is infectious. They’re a great a staff. They know what they’re doing and they want it bad. And finally, I talked to Tyler Davis and Connor Freeborn and they kind of got me hooked on UConn.” Lee hadn’t had any other scholarships offers but was getting calls from Maryland, Navy and Rutgers. “UConn was the only place I visited and I knew it was the place for me,” Lee said Continue reading

UConn Coach Bob Diaco On Staying Focused On The Jobs Recruits Will Be Asked To Do

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“Because that creates physical parameters for what we’re looking for,” Diaco said. “We call them our profiles. Our profiles are set per the jobs we ask them to do which aren’t going to change. They stay the same. And then you inspect your team that you have to see how many guys you need to collect of what particular spot.”

What’s goin on?

Looks like we’re rolling this story out over the weekend but I wanted to leave a little more of it here now to chew on. Here Diaco offers some details on how he and the staff find the right fit for positions to build the team while recruiting

Diaco continued…

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UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco On The 1-2-3-4-5-Star Deal And Then, How UConn Does Its Business

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What’s goin on?

As part of a bigger story I’m working on this week I wanted to dribble this little nugget out for folks to nibble on with respect to the recruiting sites, their ratings and what, if anything does it truly mean to new UConn head coach Bob Diaco and his staff.

It’s usually a hot topic in some pockets of the UConn fanbase and usually that conversation centers on the lack of four or five stars players on the roster.

Diaco lit this one up for all time and I mean of the dropping the mic on stage when you’re done type lighting it up, too. Enjoy… Continue reading

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.”


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