Since our last update, four players have given verbal commitments to play football for Bob Diaco at the University of Connecticut:
Matthew Peart, OT
Matthew Peart, a 6-foot-8, 265 offensive tackle from Byfield, MA verbally committed to UConn on November 12th. Peart plays defense as well, but projects as a blind side protector at the next level. He is currently rated 2-stars by Rivals.com and had one other offer from Albany.
Peart is a very talented athlete who is underrated as a football prospect because of his lack of experience. He is the starting center on the basketball team so it is believed he has the requisite athleticism to man the tackle position even though he plays for a run-heavy offense. Peart will need time to learn the game and add weight to his frame before he is likely to see any time on the field.
Nolan Ulizio, OT
On Sunday three prospects gave their verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut. The first was offensive tackle Nolan Ulizio, a 6-foot-6, 280 pound mountain from West Chester Ohio, where he played at Lakota West. Like all of Sunday's commitments, he visited UConn on Friday and was in attendance for the post-season awards banquet.
Ulizio is commitment No. 21, and the fourth offensive line commit for the Huskies-- all at tackle. His only other offers were from FCS schools but he was drawing interest from FBS as well with Kentucky, Cincinnati and a handful of MAC schools all showing interest. He has a 2-star rating on Rivals.
Dallas Parker, DE
A few hours later Dallas Parker, a defensive end from Ponte Vedra high school in Florida, announced his verbal commitment via Twitter. Parker is listed at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. He was offered by UConn on December 10th and committed five days later. He had an offer from Lafayette and visited Florida Atlantic in the summer. Parker has a 2-star rating from 24/7.
Kirk Livingstone, LB
UConn's third commitment of the day came from Florida linebacker Kirk Livingstone, a 3-star recruit who originally committed to UAB before their football program was shut down. Livingstone is likely to see playing time early and that probably factored into his decision to choose Connecticut. He held offers from a laundry list of competitive FBS programs: Cincinnati, ECU, Louisville, Minnesota, Syracuse, Utah, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan.
In an interview with The New Haven Register, Livingstone's coach asserted confidence in the linebacker's ability to compete at the next level, "He could be an All-American, there is no doubt in my mind. As a freshman I have no question, I know he will go first-team all-conference. He is an awesome football player, the kid is special. UConn is getting a real steal, he can play at any level in college."
Livingstone, who is also a very good student, brings the total number of commitments to 23. He is a force at linebacker, with proven ability to get to the quarterback-- he had 14 sacks in 8 games during his senior season. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, he adds great size and athleticism to the Husky defense.