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UConn Football Lands Two 2020 Tight Ends

Brendan Heatherman and Brandon Niemenski bring prototypical tight end size for the Huskies.

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There’s nothing like some tight end news to start the morning, right? Well, here’s your fix; UConn football received the 2020 commitment of TE Brendan Heatherman Jr late last night.

The 6’4 240 lbs Heatherman is out of Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia. He’s clearly got the prototypical size for a tight end, but according to a Fredericksburg high school notebook, tore his ACL back in May, putting his senior season in jeopardy.

Prior to that, Heatherman was generating interest from Power 5 schools, including Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Virginia. He even logged a game-day visit to conference rival Cincinnati.


Randy would like your attention again. The Huskies picked up another tight end recruit for 2020 today, adding Brandon Niemenski out of Crestwood High School, in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Niemenski, listed at 6’4” 204, was ranked the 86th player in Pennsylvania’s top college football prospects in the Class of 2020, according to, while also calling him a ‘red-zone threat.’

A Rutgers sports scribe called him a big receiving target with good athleticism and soft hands, and was shocked he hadn’t picked up any Power 5 offers yet. His offer list included Sacred Heart, Bowling Green, and Albany. For those keeping score at home, that’s eight 2020 recruits snagged by Edsall this summer.