Bob Diaco and staff have picked up their eighth verbal commitment for the class of 2017 with ATH Omar Fortt from Stamford, CT. He announced his decision on Twitter, along with a statement on UConn Report. Fortt watched the Huskies practice on Saturday, received an offer, and committed soon thereafter.
Fortt is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete from St. Luke’s Academy, the same high school that star UConn WR Noel Thomas played at in high school. He’s the second in-state commit for the Huskies, joining tight end Ryan Fitton from Staples.
While he’s is not rated on any recruiting site, Fortt has been successful at wide receiver and safety in high school, and projects to play safety at UConn. Back in June, he attended Michigan’s satellite camp at Cheshire Academy where he impressed during 1v1’s against other top recruits from the area and performed well across the camp circuit at Rutgers and The Opening regional showcase. He will also compete in the New York New England All-Star Challenge at Bridgeport Central HS next Saturday.
With his commitment, the class of 2017 continues to be heavy on the defensive side of the ball, with six of the eight commits playing defense. Fortt is the third defensive back to commit, joining Ian Swenson and Bebe Olaniyan.
Fortt comes from a football family, as his brother Khairi Fortt is a former fourth-round pick in the NFL draft and currently in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.
Building and maintaining a pipeline of in-state players is key for Bob Diaco, especially as the level of talent continues to grow in Connecticut. The Huskies currently feature a host of key in-state contributors on both sides of the ball, including Arkeel Newsome, Noel Thomas, Matt Walsh and Cole Ormsby. While Diaco has also been able to pick up higher-level recruits from the state, such as Jay Rose and Tahj Herring, he also goes after under-the-radar type players such as Fortt, Keyion Dixon, and Naugatuck’s Brian Coney, a walk-on wide receiver who recently earned a scholarship.
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