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The big story of UConn's signing day wasn't how wound up committing to the Huskies, but rather who didn't: Plano, Texas quarterback Richard Lagow. Lagow spoke with 247 Sports yesterday afternoon to give an update on his situation, and said that while he hasn't ruled out coming to UConn, he's "looking at all options."
Lagow again said that he was sick yesterday, and said it was only after a doctors visit and a nap did he learn of UConn's surprise signing of quarterback Kivon Taylor, which is what has delayed his decision. The timing on that seems convenient if nothing else, but Lagow said he still hasn't ruled out locking himself into a career as a Husky, but that he needs to get in touch with UConn's coaching staff first:
"If I don't sign with UCONN it won't be because I was afraid of competition. I just have to see what's going on."
"I haven't had a chance to talk to the coaches yet today," he said. "I've talked to the new OC and I'm still welcome there but I just need to see what is going on."
"I'm not sure exactly where I'll be signing," Lagow said. "I'm not sure when it will be. I'm not saying I won't be signing with UCONN but I'm looking at all options. Anybody that wants to talk to me and wants to recruit me, I'll be open to them and listen to what they have to say."
We'll have more as we hear it, and it'd certainly be great to have Lagow as a Husky, but after Paul Pasqualoni's comments yesterday, I'm not sure I'd bet on it.
Paul Pasqulaoni spent about half an hour talking to the media on this signing day afternoon and there were two main takeaways for UConn fans. First, Pasqualoni is very happy with his recruiting class, especially the in-state talent he was able to acquire. Second, nothing's final, but UConn fans shoulnd't expect to see Plano, Texas QB Richard Lagow in a UConn uniform anytime soon.
Let's start with the good news: the overall strength of the class. We'll break this down more fully later in the week once all the dust has settled, but UConn put together a strong class -- very strong by UConn standards -- and Pasqualoni deserves to be proud of the work he and his staff have done. He started by talking about the six in-state players who signed today, in particular Xavier quarterback Tim Boyle. You can argue that UConn was in a particularly good position to do well in the region this year because Syracuse, Boston College and Temple all went through coaching changes, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the Huskies were able to defend their turf pretty well. Here's hoping they keep that up.
And now the bad news: although Pasqulaoni isn't allowed to address unsigned recruits by name, he not-so-subtly discussed Lagow, who we've been keeping our eye on all day, and it sure doesn't sound like Lagow will be a Husky. Pasqulaoni said he likely wouldn't know anything definitive until tomorrow, but he was very clear that UConn's goal for this year was to sign two quarterbacks and they were happy with Boyle and surprise addition Kivon Taylor. I suppose it's possible Lagow could surprise everyone and still commit, but it sure doesn't seem like that's going to happen. However, it is worth noting that Pasqualoni seemed genuinely excited about what Taylor is going to be able to bring to the table, and indicated that he had been under the radar because he had focused on basketball until recently.
Thankfully, there does appear to be some good news about UConn's other missing recruit, Jamar Summers:
#UConnFootball WR recruit Jamar Summers expected in next year. Hearing academics issues— Desmond Conner (@desmondconner) February 6, 2013
So that's it for now. Once recruiting rankings are finalized we'll take a look at just how well UConn did, but personally speaking I'm fine with UConn's haul today. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
You know what's creepy? Following high school kids on twitter hoping that they might one day commit to play football for the school you root for. You know what's way less creepy? Following high school kids on twitter after they commit to play football for the the school you root for. With that in mind I tracked down as many twitter handles as I could for UConn's incoming recruiting class. If there are more our there that you're aware of list them in the comments and I'll update this post.
QB Tim Boyle -- @T_Boyle_07
WR Dhameer Bradley -- @DBradley_1
LB Chris Britton -- @cougarboii33
DE Sha-Ki Holines -- @UC0NN15
LB Cory Jasudowich -- @CoryJazz54
LB Junior Joseph -- @TH3BlAcKmAmbA24
RB Joshua Marriner -- @Mr_JoshDoIT
DE Cole Ormsby -- @theDUB50
DE Cameron Stapleton -- @ppfootball1
DE Jalen Stevens -- @JStevens_9
WR Noel Thomas -- @ImSoFarSoGone
FB Matt Walsh -- @MWalshy34
Starting at 3:30 UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni is addressing the media to talk about his 2013 recruiting class. It's going to be streamed right here. Talk about it in our open thread below.
With two possible exceptions, it seems as if UConn has locked down it's 2013 recruiting class. Paul Pasqualoni is going to have a press conference in about twenty minutes to give us a rundown on the group, but ahead of that UConn has released a full list, complete with biographies for every member of the class, which is below:
The following is a list of the high school seniors that signed Letters of Intent.
|Boland, Michael||DT||6-5||265||Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore|
|Boyle, Tim||QB||6-4||215||Middlefield, Conn./Xavier|
|Britton, Chris||LB||6-3||210||Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg|
|Fatukasi, Foley||DT||6-4||280||Far Rockaway, N.Y./Beach Channel|
|Fuchs, Jordan||TE||6-5||220||Malvern, N.Y./Christ the King|
|Hadley, Javon||CB||5-11||170||Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto|
|Holines, Sha-ki||DE||6-3||225||Springfield, Mass./Commerce|
|Hopkins, Thomas||OT||6-6||300||Hawthorne, N.Y./Westlake|
|Jasudowich, Cory||LB||6-2||227||North Branford, Conn./Cheshire Academy|
|Joseph, Junior||LB||6-1||243||Sinking Springs, Pa./Wilson Westlawn|
|Lemelle, Brian||WR||5-11||175||Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt|
|Lucas, Thomas||CB||6-2||185||Silver Springs, Md./Paint Branch|
|Marriner, Joshua||RB||5-9||188||Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch|
|Myers, Thomas||TE||6-5||237||Coventry, Conn./Coventry|
|Ormsby, Cole||DE||6-4||235||Windsor, Conn./Windsor|
|Schafenacker, Kyle||OG||6-4||285||Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas|
|Stapleton, Cameron||DE||6-4||225||Staten Island, N.Y./Poly Prep Country Day|
|Stevens, Jalen||DE||6-4||220||Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek|
|Taylor, Kivon||QB||6-5||196||Atlanta, Ga./Grady|
|Thompson, Quinn||TE||6-5||225||Edinboro, Pa./General McLane|
|Walsh, Matthew||FB||6-0||225||Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand|
|Wright, Chasz||OT||6-7||285||Woodbridge, Va./Hylton|
The following is a list of student-athletes that enrolled at UConn for the spring 2013 semester.
|Bradley, Dhameer||WR||5-10||175||New Castle, DE/Red Lion Christian Academy/Eastern Chrisian Academy (MD)|
|Thomas, Noel||WR||6-1||183||Norwalk, Conn./St. Luke's School|
The following, in alphabetical order, are biographies of all Husky newcomers.
Michael Boland: Projected to be a defensive lineman at Connecticut...as a senior, won both the offensive and defensive Hookey Reap award for the top lineman in Lackawanna (Pa.) County...was also all-region and all-state as an offensive lineman...blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers on team..had 67 tackles, 14 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in senior year...was all-region in junior year as an offensive lineman...team went 14-2 in senior season...advanced to championship game of Class A of PIAA tournament...was also team's kicker and scored 32 points...born August 18, 1994.
Tim Boyle: Was named Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Player of the Year...named first team All-State by the New Haven Register and All-Hartford Courant...named All-Southern Connecticut Conference as a senior..threw for nearly 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior as team won state Class LL championship for the third-straight season...also rushed for 295 yards on 60 carries for five TDs..was one of three finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Connecticut Player of the Year Award along with fellow UConn signee Matt Walsh...as a junior, shared starting duties and threw for 850 yards and 15 TDs in six games...born October 3, 1994.
Chris Britton: Had more than 125 tackles in senior season...team went 11-3 in senior season and advanced to quarterfinals of Pennsylvania Class AAAA playoffs... named to the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 33 All-Star Game on June 15 in Hershey, Pa...missed most of junior year with an injury...also plays basketball...born December 16, 1994.
Dhameer Bradley: Enrolled at UConn for spring 2013 semester...attended Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.) for three years and then Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) for senior year...had 13 receptions for 156 yards and one TD as team played a limited schedule...also played basketball at Red Lion...honor roll student...born March 3, 1995.
Foley Fatukasi: Had 78 tackles as a senior with ten sacks...named Second Team All-Queens/Long Island by the New York Daily News as a senior... will play in Empire Challenge All-Star Game in June...team reached PSAL Bowl Division finals in sophomore year and was 6-3 in junior year...was limited to just two games in junior year because of injury...first player from Beach Channel High School to go directly to a FBS school...born March 4, 1995.
Jordan Fuchs: Had 27 receptions for 374 yards as a senior...did not play football until the start of his junior year of high school...was named second team All-City by MSG Varsity...as a junior had 25 receptions for 492 yards and nine TDs...also an outstanding basketball player who plays at some high school as current Husky men's basketball player Omar Calhoun...Former UConn women's basketball All-American Sue Bird also attended same high school...born October 26, 1994.
Javon Hadley: Earned All-Dade County Honorable Mention...was invited to three different postseason all-star games...two-time Florida Prep Player of the Week as a senior...born September 19, 1994.
Sha'ki Holines: Was named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association "Super 26" All-State Team...had 50 tackles as a senior with one interception and a fumble recovery...was named Springfield Republican Division II All-Scholastic first team as a junior and senior...had 80 tackles in 2013, with 29 for a loss...made 13 receptions for 262 yards...as a junior, had 122 tackles and was team's defensive MVP with six sacks...as a tight end, made 27 receptions for 287 yards and three TD ...team went 8-5 in junior year and played in Division II Super Bowl...as a senior, team advanced to semifinals of Division II...born November 18, 1994.
Tommy Hopkins: Named to the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B First Team...also played defense and made 61 tackles with 5.5 sacks...was named to the 2012 Journal-News Super 11 team...school advanced to Class B state semifinals in sophomore year and was a starter...born July 15, 1994.
Cory Jasudowich: Was named to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class B All-New England team...was a four-year starter on both offense and defense...projected to be a college linebacker...team went 7-2 in senior year and played in the Tom Flaherty Bowl...his class had an overall record of 29-6 and won two bowls games...played for Team USA in International Bowl on February 5 in Austin, Texas...born September 20, 1994.
Junior Joseph: Projected to be a linebacker at UConn after playing both LB and tight end in high school....was named PIAA Class AAA First Team All-State as a senior by Pennsylvania Football News and the Pennsylvania Sports Writers... had 79 tackles as a senior with 17 tackles for a loss..also had five receptions for 63 yards as a senior...team was 13-2 in senior season and advanced to semifinals of PIAA Class AAAA semifinals...as a junior had 59 tackles with 9.0 for a loss and also two touchdown receptions...team was 12-2 and advanced to state semifinals...had 19 tackles as a sophomore..born September 7, 1994.
Brian Lemelle: Named Parade Magazine All-America Honorable Mention...Pennsylvania career record holder in receptions (269) and receiving yardage (4,529) while his career TDs (38) is second..was named the Pennsylvania Sports News Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year...had 91 receptions as a senior for 1,546 yards and 11 TDs...also returned punts and kickoffs and was team's punter...team went 14-1 in senior season and advanced to PIAA Class AAA tournament...as a junior, had 93 receptions for 1,630 yards and 13 TDs...team was 13-3 and played in championship game of AAA bracket...had 70 receptions for 1,223 yards and 11 TDs as a sophomore and team was 13-3 and played in AAA championship game, losing by one point...named to the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 33 All-Star Game on June 15 in Hershey, Pa. ...played for the winning North team in the Chesapeake Bowl...had three receptions for 98 yards in that contest...born March 31, 1994.
Thomas Lucas: Played in Maryland Crab Bowl game on Dec. 21...was named second team All-Montgomery County 4-A as a senior... had 57 tackles and two interceptions as a junior...team went 9-2 in junior season and earned a Maryland 4A North playoff berth...born November 21, 1994.
Josh Marriner: Was named First Team All-Tidewater by the Virginian Pilot..rushed for 2,168 yards as a senior on 253 carries with 24 rushing touchdowns and 26 total touchdowns...had two receptions - both for touchdowns...also made 27 tackles on defense with eight for a loss...had 298 yards of kickoff return yardage...team was 9-3 in senior year and advanced to second round of Virginia Division Six tournament...gained 417 yards in single game on 20 carries against Great Bridge in late October...the game was ten yards short of the South Hampton Roads single-game record..1,898 regular season yards in 2012 is fourth in South Hampton Roads' all-time list...Southeastern District and Eastern Region Offensive Player of the Year...born April 25, 1995.
Tommy Myers: Four-year letterman, three-year starter and team captain...was starting tight end, defensive end/safety and punter/kicker...had 27 receptions for 529 yards and seven TDs as a senior... earned First Team All-Hartford Courant as a senior and second team all-state honors from the New Haven Register...had 15 receptions for team that earned a spot in the Class L playoffs as a junior... was honorable mention All-Hartford Courant in junior year...three-time all-conference pick...also plays basketball and track and field...two-time Class S state champion in the javelin and won New England title in 2011...also four-year starter in basketball and averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds a game as a junior earning second team all-state honors...honor roll student...father Norm played football at UConn from 1981-84 while his mother Peggy (Walsh) was a women's basketball player from 1982-86 at UConn with 1,413 career points and 937 rebounds, which still ranks fifth in school history...born June 26, 1995.
Kyle Schafenacker: Starting left tackle on team that won Florida 7A state championship as a senior...was named Florida High School Athletic Association 7A First Team All-State...team had 604 yards of total offense in 41-25 win over Tallahassee Lincoln for title...team went 13-2 in senior season and ended with a ten-game winning streak...team won district title in 2010 and 2012 and also state title in 2010...born July 4, 1995.
Jalen Stevens: Had 126 tackles in senior year with six sacks...team advanced to state semifinals in senior year...earned all-county honors from the (Goose Creek/Hanahan) Gazette and was second team as a junior...team went 14-1 in junior year and won South Carolina Class AAA-Division II championship...born October 17, 1994.
Cole Ormsby: Had 85 tackles in his senior season and led the state with 17 sacks...in senior year, team advanced to Class L championship game...had nine tackles and two sacks in two different games...made two sacks in Class L semifinals victory...named All-Central Connecticut Conference and Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-Defense...named Hartford Courant Defensive Player-of-the-Year and all-state by the New Haven Register and the Walter Camp Football Foundation...also played offense at the end position...as a junior, made 64 tackles with 13 sacks...team advanced to semifinals of Class L playoffs...born October 20, 1995.
Cameron Stapleton: Was team captain as a senior...was team Defensive MVP in both junior and senior seasons...had 39 tackles as a senior with nine sacks and had 33 tackles with six sacks in junior year...as a sophomore in 2010, had 28 tackles with five sacks...will play in Empire Challenge All-Star Game in June...born August 11, 1994.
Kivon Taylor: Team captain as a senior and dual-threat quarterback at Grady High School in Atlanta...selected to play in the 2012 Georgia All-Star Game...honored as a USA Academic All-America Team...named to the 2013 FBU International All-Star Game...led team to a 2012 GHSA AAAA Playoff appearance and a 9-4 record.
Noel Thomas: Was named to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class C All-New England team...named by MSG Varsity as its Connecticut Player of the Year... was team captain and MVP at St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Conn.....team was 8-1 in senior year and advanced to Fairfield Athletic Association championship game...also won NEPSAC Class C championship with a victory in the Dan Rorke Bowl... wide receiver, running back and quarterback in senior year....had 2,000 yards of offense with 25 touchdowns in senior year...for his career, had 4,888 yards of offense with 53 TDs...head coach at St. Luke's is his father, Noel Thomas, Sr. ...born September 18, 1994.
Quinn Thompson: Will play tight end at Connecticut...named First Team Class AAA All-State by Pennsylvania Football News...was a quarterback and defensive lineman as a senior with 226 passing yards for two TDs...rushed for 721 yards with seven TDs...had four games with 100 yards of rushing or more...made 21 tackles on defense with a sack...team had a 9-3 record as a senior and earned a spot in the Pennsylvania Class AAA playoffs...had nine catches for 250 yards and six TDs as a junior with 80 carries for 292 yards and five TDs..on defense had 80 tackles for seven sacks...attended same high school as '11 and '12 UConn captain Blidi Wreh-Wilson...also plays basketball...born August 9, 1994.
Matt Walsh: Named the New Haven Register All-State Most Valuable Player and All-Hartford Courant...named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Connecticut High School Coaches' Association all-state teams...was one of three finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Connecticut Player of the Year Award along with fellow UConn signee Tim Boyle...projected to play fullback at UConn...scored five rushing TDs in win over Xavier and had a total of ten for the season...had 182 tackles in senior year with three sacks...had 15 tackles, 10 solo, and forced two fumbles in state Class L championship game in 2012...team went 13-0 in junior and senior years and won state Class L title both seasons...as a junior had 100 tackles as a linebacker and two sacks...earned New Haven Register All-Area honors as a junior...born April 4, 1995.
Chasz Wright: Projected to play offensive tackle at Connecticut...had 55 tackles as a senior with seven sacks and two caused fumbles...team went 11-3 in senior season and advanced to semifinals of state playoffs in Class 6...as a junior made 29 tackles with a sack...team went 11-1 and advanced to state quarterfinals...also plays basketball...born March 18, 1995.
Texas quarterback Richard Lagow might be UConn's highest profile non-signee today, but he's not the only one. Jamar Summers, a two-star wide receiver from New Jersey is also MIA right now. We haven't heard anything yet about why Summers hasn't committed (and a twitter account that appears to belong to him has been dormant since November), but it might be worth noting that the person who recruited Summers was George DeLeone, who also recruited Summers's brother to Syracuse a few years back. DeLeone, of course, was the offensive coordinator when Summers committed in July, but has since been replaced by T.J. Weist and will now coach the offensive line.
We don't know a lot about Kivon Taylor, UConn's surprise quarterback recruit, who seems to have very little presence in the recruiting corners of the internet. Outside of a handful of reports of a recruiting visit to Kentucky back in the fall, there has been very little written about him. But luckily for us there is some video, like this one:
Even better, Taylor's Hudl page has a ton of video of Taylor playing. It's always tempting to take too much from highlights, but the few times I saw him scramble he looked fast an agile, and he also seemed to throw a pretty accurate deep ball. His recruitment may have come out of nowhere, but for now I'm willing to let myself get a bit excited, if only by the mystery.
Well this is a big surprise: this afternoon UConn announced that Kivon Taylor, a dual-threat QB from Grady High School in Atlanta, GA has committed to be a Husky. This commitment has seemingly come out of nowhere, as UConn's official recruiting site has no information on Taylor, and neither Scout nor Rivals have a ranking or any offer history for him. Even YouTube came up short, revealing only a small handful of clips meant to highlight his receivers.
This surprise also might tell us a lot about Richard Lagow, who we have reason to doubt might be headed to UConn. Most damningly, someone claiming to be Lagow's father has posted on The Boneyard that he will now advise Lagow to not sign with the Huskies:
Look, run a search on my name and you will see I am neither concerned with a fight, afraid of competition, and do not do anything with a losing attitude so nobody needs to worry about making me happy. I don't play anymore. I have already had a daughter rated in the top fifty players in the nation and recruited D1 in basketball and soccer and she started for LSU for four years and is now finishing law school there and she dated Jarrett Lee for three years so our family knows up close and very well what coaches can do to a Qb or any other player. Richard is sick, his coach has told the paper here that he is sick, the doctor has told him that he is sick, I can take a picture of the doctor's note if necessary.
I just, as I was typing this, received a text that Uconn has added another QB so my advice to Richard will be to take another offer and wish the Uconn program the best. Again is is his decision and he has 20 days to make it and based on this new change, if I were him, it would be hard to trust what anyone says.
We'll have more if anything official comes out, but for now I'd bet against Lagow ever making it to Storrs.
Also worth noting: the fact that Taylor is a dual-threat quarterback might mean the coaching staff has no intention of moving away from the much-maligned wildcat package anytime soon.
The three-star tight end joins several other recruits at the position.
RB Laray Smith just texted to say he signed with #Indiana— BDohnFOX (@BrianDohnScout) February 6, 2013
Smith also had offers from Syracuse, Tennessee and Buffalo, among others.
If you've been following the online recruiting chatter you may have heard in recent days that Richard Lagow, a UConn QB recruits from Plano, TX might be having second thoughts about becoming a Husky after Xavier's Tim Boyle committed to UConn this weekend.
That's all still online speculation, but UConn hasn't received a letter of intent from Lagow yet, and, even worse, he apparently missed his school's signing day activities:
It's great news that his coach says he's still committed to UConn, but I'll feel a lot better when his LOI gets to Storrs. Now, it's certainly possible Lagow is sick (he mentioned on his twitter feed that he has the flu) and will be sending his commitment along shortly, but the timing is awful and should have UConn fans at least a little nervous.
New York tight end Jordan Fuchs was UConn's second commitment of the day. He's a two-star recruit according to Rivals, but is an athletic double-threat who has indicated a desire to walk on to UConn's basketball team after his first year. He had received scholarship offers from a bevy of schools, including Florida, SMU, Rutgers, Iowa St. and Kent St.
He played both his basketball and his football at Christ the King in New York and checks in at 6'6 and 200 lbs. He didn't start playing football until his junior year, but proved himself to be a skiled receiver in his last two years of high school, though he'll likely play tight end at UConn. On CtK's basketball team he was a teammate of current UConn freshman Omar Calhoun.
Chasz Wright, a two-star recruit according to Rivals was the first player to commit in UConn's 2013 class. Wright played for C.D. Hylton high in Woodbridge, VA. He chose UConn over Penn St., NC State and Old Dominion, who had all extended offers to him.
He's expected to play offensive tackle at UConn, but starred on the defensive side of the ball as well in high school. He posted 55 tackles and seven sacks in his senior season. He checks in at 6'7, 275 lbs.
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