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UConn Football Recruiting: Southington ATH Jay Rose Signs With UConn

Rose was believed to be interested in playing quarterback at the next level but has decided to commit to UConn in a hybrid tight end/H-back role.

Ian Bethune

Without question, Jay Rose is one of the most heralded recruits to sign with UConn Football in its FBS history. Holding offers from Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Boston College, Maryland and others, Rose chose to stay close to home and help lead his hometown team to prominence.

During the recruiting process, he always said he wanted to keep playing quarterback—the position he played his final two years at Southington High—in college. It was part of the reason, reportedly, that Syracuse and UConn were the two last schools he was deciding between. He committed to UConn in September.

However, when UConn Football announced the arrival of Rose's official paperwork Wednesday morning, it revealed a new position.

The "F" is a position which Garrett Anderson played a little of and so did tight end Tommy Myers before his injury. It is a hybrid backfield/pass-catcher role for tough, versatile players. Diaco has mentioned multiple times that the Huskies are looking for someone to fill that role; Rose may be able to get on the field early at this position.

So UConn is getting the same player at the same position that Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and many more wanted. His commitment felt like a big deal at the time and it's an even bigger deal now that UConn has Rose coming in to play at his ideal position.

One of the five high school quarterbacks to sign with UConn, Rose is one of four prep signal callers who will be switching positions upon moving to Storrs. He is joined by Glastonbury's Keyion Dixon and Chicago product Quayvon Skanes, who will both be playing wide receiver, as well as Eddie Hahn, who will be playing safety. Donovan Williams will actually be playing under center, though other schools wanted him elsewhere on the field as well. UConn fans should be very excited for the addition of all five for the leadership, football IQ and athletic ability they will bring.

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