With National Signing Day a day away, Randy Edsall’s staff has made quick work of turning around UConn’s fortunes on the recruiting trail. The Huskies received two verbal commitments on Tuesday in quarterback David Pindell and linebacker TJ Gardner.
The first commitment of the day came from David Pindell, a 6-foot, 195-pound dual-threat signal caller from Lackawanna Community College. Last season, he threw for 2,424 yards, 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions while running for 451 yards on 94 carries, good for 4.80 yards per carry. Pindell is rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals, 247sports, and Scout and will join UConn as a junior.
Pindell held offers from Buffalo, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Temple, and a host of FCS schools. He also had interest from Rutgers and Utah. Over the past three weeks, Pindell took official visits to Coastal Carolina, Temple, and UConn before committing.
Despite Bryant Shirreffs and Donovan Williams both seeing the field as the starting quarterback last season, both players had their share of issues and there is no definitive option for 2017. Pindell will have a very good chance of earning the starting job.
Later in the day, the Huskies earned another big commitment when Gametime CT’s Sean Patrick Bowley broke that linebacker TJ Gardner will be signing with UConn. A native of Windsor, CT and a former BC commit, Gardner is the third in-state prospect in the class of 2017, joining Ryan Fitton and Omar Fortt.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Gardner is rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals and 247sports. Rivals ranked him as the ninth-best recruit in the state—numbers one through eight are committed to “power five” schools.
Gardner also had interest from Fordham and Villanova, where linebackers coach Jon Wholley and defensive coordinator Billy Crocker came from, respectively. The coaches were likely recruiting Gardner so there was probably some familiarity with him and the new staff in Storrs.
Gardner is the only linebacker in the Huskies’ class of 2017. There are five defensive backs, one defensive tackle and three athletes projected to play defense in the class.