National Signing Day is upon us, and UConn Football has made quick work, receiving 12 National Letters of Intent already, including one from a graduate transfer and another a junior college quarterback.
Stanley Hubbard, a 2-star offensive lineman from Washington DC, officially signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. He is listed at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds and held offers from Air Force, Army, Bowling Green, Navy, Nevada and Temple, among others at the FBS and FCS level.
UConn earned a big pickup on National Signing Day when Marvin Washington flipped from UCF. Washington is a quarterback from Dr. Phillips School in Orlando, FL. Listed at 6-foot-1, 184 pounds, he is rated as a 2-star prospect and held offers from FAU, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Toledo, Troy and Utah State, among others.
Bebe Olaniyan, a cornerback from Woodberry Forest, VA signed his National Letter of Intent to officially become a Husky on Wednesday. He is listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and is rated as a 2-star prospect by Scout.
Olaniyan, who played at Woodberry Forest School, originally committed to the Huskies on June 14th. He had interest from Army, Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest, but UConn was his sole offer at the time.
During his senior season, Olaniyan played 10 games, collecting 29 tackles and breaking up 17 passes. He also recorded 2.0 tackles-for-loss.
Robert King, an athlete from Father Judge (PA), officially became a Husky on Wednesday. Standing at 6-foot-2, 181 pounds, King played quarterback and defensive back in high school but will play cornerback for the Huskies. He originally committed to Temple but flipped to UConn on January 25.
Cameron Hairston, a wide receiver from Lee’s Summit, MO, officially signed his Letter of Intent on Wednesday. He is listed at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and held offers from North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
He is listed at 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds, which will fit right in with the current offensive line, where 11 of the 16 of them on the roster are listed at above 300 pounds.
He had Power Five interest, as he also held offers from Auburn, Miami (FL) and Florida Atlantic.
Jordan McAfee is one of three quarterbacks in the class of 2017 and the first to commit, deciding on the Huskies back in April. At 6-foot-4, 198 pounds, McAfee has ideal size for the position and fits the mold that Randy Edsall is looking for.
Burnett, who attends the Maret School and plays quarterback and defensive back, was the first commitment that Randy Edsall received after he took over from Bob Diaco.
Burnett is listed at six feet, zero inches and 190 pounds. He also held offers from Air Force, Army and Navy after a senior year in which he accounted for over 3,700 yards and 49 touchdowns in an undefeated season.
Brown comes to UConn by way of Fort Hill High School in Baltimore, MD. He is a 3-star safety and is ranked as the #27 player in Maryland. He held offers from Army and Coastal Carolina, with interest from Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The Huskies added a serious contender at starting quarterback the day before signing day in the Lackawanna (PA) junior college transfer. Pindell is a three-star, dual-threat passer who chose UConn over Temple, Coastal Carolina, and others.
Gardner was another late and very welcome addition, flipping his commitment from Boston College to UConn on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2 athlete excelled as a running back and linebacker for Windsor High and will be playing defense for the Huskies.
The two-star tight end has a big frame, as he is listed at 6-foot-5 with 235 pounds. He also pitches on the baseball team at Staples, according to the article about his commitment on Rivals.
He also held offers Army, Buffalo, and Rutgers, along with a host of FCS schools, including Harvard and Maine.
Two-star athlete Jordan Swann signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday after committing to the Huskies on December 18.
Swann is from Baltimore and will play cornerback at UConn, but is an athlete and can play on both sides of the ball. He is listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds.
He held offers from Kent State and Temple along with FCS programs Central Connecticut and Delaware.
James Tunstall, a two-star offensive tackle from Indian Head, Maryland, signed his National Letter of Intent. He committed to UConn on December 10.
Tunstall, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, attends Lackey High School. He discussed his commitment with Rivals.
He holds offers from Bowling Green and Toledo along with a host of FCS programs, including Stony Brook.
Beavers is a two-star safety who was a part of the flurry of commitments that the Huskies had come in over the last week of January. He brings great size to UConn’s secondary, with a 6-foot-4, 210 pound frame.
He held offers from Army, Ball State, Bowling Green and Miami (OH).
Omar Fortt is one of three Connecticut players, hailing from Stamford. Fortt did not sign a National Letter of Intent because he has already enrolled and is currently taking classes at UConn. Before coming to Storrs, he played at St. Luke’s in New Canaan.
He committed to the Huskies on August 7th, announcing his decision in a statement on Storrs Central. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety is rated as a 2-star recruit by Rivals. He attended Michigan’s satellite camp at Cheshire Academy over the summer, where he went up against some of the top recruits in the northeast and impressed in 1-v-1’s.
Omar’s brother, Khairi, is a linebacker in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. In addition, his other brother Ja’Far, is an MMA fighter and his sister, Anisa runs track at Delaware.
Ryan Van Demark
Ryan Van Demark, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound offensive tackle from Princeton, NJ signed his letter of intent to UConn on Wednesday. He played high school at Hun School and is rated as a 2-star prospect on Rivals.
He committed on December 12 after a busy weekend that saw four other prospects verbally commit. Van Demark also held offers from Fordham, Liberty, New Hampshire, Richmond, and Villanova.
Van Demark was a late bloomer in high school, as he reportedly grew five inches from his junior to his senior year. It took him time to get adjusted to his larger frame, which is why he decided to attend Hun for a post-grad season.
Caleb Thomas, a defensive tackle from Mansfield, TX, officially became a Husky on Wednesday. Listed at 6-foot-1, 280 pounds, Thomas is rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals.
He committed last week on January 24 and is the only defensive lineman in the class of 2017. Thomas also held offers from Army and Nevada, while drawing interest from Rice, Southern Miss and Texas.
A 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Loyola Academy, Swenson brings a physical presence into the UConn secondary. He held offers from Buffalo, Iowa State, Lousiville, New Mexico and Wyoming, among other schools at both the FBS and FCS level.
Throughout his football career, Swenson has played all over the field, including running back and linebacker. He also plays lacrosse.