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UConn Football: Early Signing Day live thread

Come hang out with us as the faxes roll in from around the country.

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National signing day is finally upon us, and the faxes are coming in from around the country. 14 members of UConn football’s 2021 recruiting class are expected to sign national letters of intent today, and as usual, they’re coming in thick and fast this morning. If you want to read more in-depth about each expected signee, check out our preview here.

Haydn Kerr (P), Sydney, Australia

Just a few short weeks after the transfer of UConn’s star special teams man Luke Magliozzi, UConn football has headed right back down under for his replacement. He’ll have big shoes to fill, but he does come from the same Prokick Academy that Magliozzi hailed from, so he has a good head start.

Deon McLean Jr. (DB), Trenton, New Jersey

McLean Jr. can play multiple positions across the offensive and defensive backfields and has good size and speed.

Josh Tracey (WR), Bridgeport, Connecticut

Teammate of UConn commit Tyler Phommachanh in high school, Tracey wasn’t nearly as high-profile of a recruit, but still showcases significant speed and good hands and jumping ability.

Kaleb Anthony (DB), Locust Grove, Georgia

UConn really loaded up on defensive backs this year, landing Anthony over South Alabama, Army, Air Force, and Akron.

Aaron Turner (ATH), Washington, DC

Turner is the No. 4 recruit in the District of Columbia for the class of 2021 and was courted by Charlotte, Hawaii, and Rutgers. This guy turned down four years in Oahu to play for us, we should be worshipping the ground he walks on.

Tyler Phommachanh (QB), Stratford, Connecticut

Phommachanh is UConn’s big in-state recruit of this cycle, a creative dual-threat quarterback who balled out at Avon Old Farms but didn’t get a large amount of Power Five attention because of his size. He’s a high-quality player though and certainly looks to be the quarterback of the future if everything pans out.

Langston Hardy (EDGE), Jacksonville, Florida

UConn’s best defensive lineman of the class, Hardy signed with the Huskies over interest from Wake Forest, Maryland and Georgia Tech.

Joe McFadden (K), Southlake, Texas

McFadden is rated as the third-best kicking recruit in the country per the Chris Sailer Kicking Academy, and who am I to argue with them?

Femi Sakiri (OL), Trophy Club, Texas

Sakiri is an absolute unit at 6’5”, 277, the perfect offensive lineman prospect should the coaching staff be able to nail down his form.

Malcolm Bell (DB), Montreal, Quebec Canada

UConn has had a constant recruiting presence in Canada since Edsall took over, and this year is no different.

Max Modeste (RB), Trophy Club, Texas

Modeste joins current teammate Femi Sakiri in UConn football’s ‘21 class after spurning the likes of Navy, Air Force, and a few Ivy League schools for the greener pastures of Storrs.

Yakiri Walker (OL), DeSoto, Texas

UConn continues to find recruiting success in the Lone Star state and adds the 6’3” 260 lb. bruiser to its offensive line of the future.

Christopher Johnson (TE), Jacksonville, FL

After Johnson originally committed to the Huskies back in June, he had second thoughts and de-committed in August. Now, it looks like UConn football can breathe again as Johnson made his intent to play for the Huskies official.

Deondrick Speight (LB), Hialeah, Florida

The three-sport athlete could have stayed close to home, but chose to take his talents up north to play for the Huskies.

Pryce Yates (DL), San Antonio, Texas

While Yates has the ability to able to play both sides of the ball, it’s likely he’ll be asked to play defense after making his commitment to the Huskies official. He is another player who passed up offers from multiple service and Ivy League schools to play for UConn.

Stan Cross (DB), Fort Dodge, Iowa

With an all-conference season under his best at the JUCO level, Cross has a real shot at making an immediate impact for the Huskies when he begins his UConn career next year.

Coach Edsall sat down with the media to discuss his squads’ exciting day of signings. Here’s what he said to say about UConn football’s incoming additions: