Brouse had originally committed to Syracuse back in June but de-committed after head coach Scott Shafer was fired. He then committed to Villanova, but the pledge was short-lived as he committed to UConn about a week later after making an official visit.
Bob Diaco likes his recruits to have some size, and Brouse certainly fits the bill. Listed at 6-foot-6, 255 lbs, the Allentown, PA native brings a nastiness to the field that is great to have in a defensive lineman. He still needs to build up some strength and work on his footwork, but holding his space appears to be one of his strengths.
Brouse played in the Blue/Gray All-American Game in his senior year, and was also named first-team all-state in Pennsylvania.
Speaking of big offensive lineman, OT Cam DeGeorge also signed his letter of intent for UConn on Wednesday. DeGeorge is from Lynnfield, MA, and stands at 6-foot-5, 275 lbs. He had offers from Rutgers, NC State, and Temple, but ultimately chose UConn after de-committing from Syracuse after the coaching change.
Like Brouse, DeGeorge brings a tenacity and toughness to the line. He's capable of finishing blocks once he engages, but can struggle when he's blocking on the run. With a better body control and flexibility, DeGeorge could become a mainstay of the interior line. Both 247Sports.com and Scout.com rate DeGeorge as a 3-star recruit, while Rivals.com lists him as a 2-star.
In recent years, the offensive line has been the biggest hindrance to UConn's offensive success on the offensive. The talent is there at the skill positions with Bryant Shirreffs, Arkeel Newsome and Noel Thomas among others, but the line hasn't held up. Hopefully, DeGeorge and fellow O-line commit Nino Leone can be part of the solution to UConn's line struggles.