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UConn Football Earns Three Verbal Commitments

Randy Edsall's staff has its first three commits for this year's class.

Garrison Burnett

UConn Football’s new staff has added a pair of verbal commits to the class of 2017 Sunday in Garrison Burnett and Darrian Beavers.

Burnett, who played for the Maret School in Washington DC, will be heading to Storrs in the fall as a wide receiver after playing quarterback and defensive back in high school. He also had offers from Air Force, Army, Navy and Wofford.

Burnett helped lead Maret to an undefeated season, which included a conference and city title. He completed 60.3 percent of his passes (82-for-136), throwing for 19 touchdowns against six interceptions. He also was a threat with his legs, rushing 177 times for 2218 yards—an astounding 12.5 yards per carry—and 27 touchdowns in just 12 games.

Including his three receiving touchdowns on eight receptions for 154 yards, Burnett was involved in 49 of Maret’s touchdowns in 2016. He never scored less than two touchdowns in a game and scored fewer than three just twice. His offense averaged 43.3 points per game, only scoring less than 40 once on the season.

Burnett also helped anchor a defense that allowed more than 15 points just once and pitched four shutouts on the year.

Beavers, a safety, played for Colerian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will bring great size to the Huskies’ defense, as he is listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds on Rivals and also had offers from Army, Bowling Green, Ball State, Georgia State, and Miami (OH).

His highlight video can be found here. Both he and Burnett were in Storrs for a weekend visit with a number of previously committed recruits and some uncommitted players as well.


On Monday, the Huskies added a third verbal recruit in Maryland ATH Brayden Brown. The 6-foot-1, 193 pound recruit is ranked as the three-star prospect, just the second in UConn’s current class. Brown, the 27th-ranked prospect in Maryland, will likely play defense and projects as a safety.