Bob Diaco and the UConn football program have picked up their third recruit in the class of 2016. Safety Eddie Hahn of Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey has committed to UConn.
Blessed and honored to say that I have committed to the University of Connecticut #Huskies pic.twitter.com/0K9VQJXQpz— Eddie Hahn (@Eddie_Hahn9) June 24, 2015
Hahn is listed as a 3-star recruit by 247sports (83 Overall) and Rivals. He had offers from Buffalo and NC State, as well as interest from Boston College, Maryland, Miami and UNC.
The 6-foot-3, 203 lb. recruit played both quarterback and safety in high school, and will be playing defense for the Huskies. He brings great size and athleticism to the position.
As a safety, Hahn is good at reading the play and being able to react accordingly. His experience as a quarterback gives him the advantage of knowing an offensive playbook and being able to understand where the ball could go. As a tackler in space, he gets to the ball well with good forward speed. Hahn needs to work on his acceleration and technique, but overall he appears to be a pretty good pickup for the Huskies.
In an interview with Scout before his commitment, Hahn explained how he built an early relationship with Diaco at Notre Dame.
"Coach Diaco recruited Quentin Nelson (teammate of Hahn) when he was at Notre Dame," said Hahn. "So he was here for a long time recruiting Quentin, and I was able to get a good relationship then and just be able to say 'Hi' and talk football."
Despite having offers from current ACC contenders Duke and NC State, Hahn doesn't view UConn as a long-term rebuilding project. "The rebuilding he's done in one year, not even, just the recruits he's brought in, it's good [for the future]".
A deciding factor in his decision could have been Diaco's character, as Hahn called him "One of the most honest coaches that has recruited me."
This is a big win on the recruiting trail for Bob Diaco and his staff. May Hahn lead the Huskies to many, many victories in the Civil Conflict rivalry.