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UConn Football Recruiting: Two New England Prospects Officially Become Huskies

Diaco lands a couple of relatively unheralded prospects, but both may be diamonds in the rough.

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Nino Leone - OL

Nino Leone is 2-star offensive lineman from South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Leone will immediately be placed into a favorable situation on next season's UConn team. He will get the opportunity to learn from experienced seniors such as Andreas Knappe and Richard Levy, while battling to fill the hole left by Tyler Samra.

This 6-foot-5, 335 pound offensive guard has the potential to be a tremendous asset for UConn in the future. Entering college, Leone is known for his bulk and flashes of explosiveness. As a pass blocker and a run blocker he possesses great posture and above average initial quickness. One area he must improve on is hand placement on blocks and he must develop more hand violence.

Nino Leone never truly considered any other programs despite gaining interest from UMass. Leone's commitment is very important because it proves that UConn can trek into UMass and Boston College territory and secure New England talent. Nebraska and LSU made late plays at him, but he declined.



Tyler Coyle - DB

This future Connecticut Husky hails from Windsor, CT which is only 30 minutes from campus. The Huskies are losing talent at defensive back and Tyler Coyle should be able to come in immediately and compete for a spot on the defense.

Tyler Coyle had interest from many notable football programs including Penn State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Boston College, and others. He held offers from UConn, UMass, and Temple before choosing UConn.

In a recent interview with the UConn Report, Coyle explained in detail why he chose Connecticut.

"I just love the direction the program is heading, and being from Connecticut I would love to be a part of this movement. I love the coaches, especially one standout in (co-DC and defensive back) Coach (Anthony) Poindexter. He's a go-get-it type of guy with lots of energy, which is why I like him so much."