The UConn Huskies’ signing day extravaganza continues as Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, NY) defensive back Shamel Lazarus officially joined the football team Wednesday morning. The 6-foot-2 New York native is a versatile prospect who will make a great addition to Billy Crocker’s 3-3-5 defense.
Lazarus chose UConn over offers from Kent State, Purdue, Rutgers, and Buffalo. He made his verbal commitment relatively early in the process back in late-July of this year. He cited a great relationship with assistant coaches Jon Wholley and Curome Cox as major factors in his decision in an interview with Rivals
The Husky defensive backs were an area of weakness last season, and while no freshman can be reasonably expected to contribute to the immediate improvement of a positional group, we have seen Randy Edsall go to true freshmen here in a time of need. Lazarus and the rest of the newest members of the secondary will certainly have their chance to contribute in what will be a wide-open competition next year.