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.
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.The UConn staff appears to b e getting the players it wants. It has to be confident, no matter the star or BCS offers – or lack thereof – that it can develop these players into what they think they can be. UConn head coach Bob Diaco believes he has the best staff in the country and we already know he feels the same way about his strength and conditioning coach, Matt Balis.
There hasn’t been a lot of success here the previous three years. This, we know. So give UConn credit for locking in as many if not more than any team in the American conference right now and they’re their type of player.
The one thing I’ve constantly heard from the recruits coming and I’ve talked to all of them, is that they committed because they feel something special brewing at UConn not because they don’t have bigger or better offers or to secure a spot. The staff has sold these guys on what can be done here and what they can do and they’ve bought it and are buying it.
From this perch, it’s been remarkable.