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.”

These players have been carefully evaluated. Diaco also told us how the process works, internally, in pursuing a player,

“We go through our chain of custody on this too,” Diaco said. “We try to leave out conversation. We don’t want the coaches walking down to the other staffers offices and pitching them on players they’re evaluating in their area. It’s all done via computer. The evaluation goes in by the area recruiter. If it’s done properly it triggers the position coach as the next evaluator then the position coach does their comprehensive evaluation. If that’s done properly it triggers an evaluation need by the unit coordinator and the unit coordinator evaluates the prospect considering the evaluation is done properly and he’s [the recruit] has achieved the kind of scores that continue to move him through the process then those prospects come to me for final evaluation.”


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