UConn football head coach Randy Edsall met with the media for the first time after the conclusion of spring practice on Wednesday and delivered a handful of news about his program.
Miami DL Grad Transfer Commits
UConn’s defensive line was bolstered with the commitment of Ryan Fines, a grad transfer from Miami (FL). He can play immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining after graduating from the U in three years.
“Ryan is a thick guy, a strong guy, an effort guy, a run-through-the-wall, go-to-the-whistle guy,” Edsall said in the release. “He’ll bring some leadership and maturity to that position.”
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 304 pounds, Fines was rated as a three-star prospect out of high school. After redshirting his first season, he played in just five games the next two seasons, collecting three tackles.
With the departure of Foley Fatukasi, Luke Carrezola and Cole Ormsby on the defensive line, Fines should make an instant impact along the front seven. However, he has only signed a non-binding financial aid agreement, meaning he can leave for a different school. Last year, the Huskies appeared to bring in two transfer — Miami DL Courtel Jenkins and South Carolina RB David Williams — before both players ultimately went to Houston and Arkansas, respectively.
DB Jordan Swann Leaves Team
Edsall lost a member of his first recruiting class from his second go-around at UConn as the coach announced freshman defensive back/returner Jordan Swann left the team. He plans to transfer closer to his home of Baltimore, Maryland.
Swann played in 10 games as a true freshman, totaling 15 tackles and an interception. He also saw action as a returner, returning eight kicks for a total of 207 yards (25.9 average) and three punts for 26 yards (7.8 avg).
The Huskies were already thin at defensive back and the departure of Swann makes it more likely they will have to rely on true freshmen again this season. The position was a key recruiting target this past season, with eight defensive backs committing in the 24-player class.
Huskies Docked Two Scholarships
The program also lost a pair of scholarships due to a “miscommunication or clerical error” in the compliance department. Now, UConn can only use 83 scholarships which leaves them with five remaining.
“Hurts us from a standpoint I can’t reward two [walk-ons],” Edsall said.