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UConn football recruiting update: Huskies land third commit this week, Power Five schools hover

The Huskies’ 2021 recruiting class is now ranked 74th in the country.

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After enduring a month-long lull with limited UConn recruiting news, we got a few morsels of information on that front this week starting with the commitment of 2021 cornerback Malcolm “Mick” Bell.

Canada has been a solid recruiting ground for Edsall and his staff who went back to the maple syrup well to pick up their new commit. The 6-2, 170 lb. speedster from Clarkson Football North in Ontario is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals and had offers from Eastern Michigan, UMass, and Minnesota.

As UConn wins one commitment over a Big Ten school, another might be swooping in to grab one right back. Illinois extended an official offer to tight end Christopher Johnson from Jacksonville, Florida, the third highest-rated recruit in UConn’s 22nd class. The Huskies can weather a decommitment or two, but you could see more as the offseason rolls on. For now, UConn’s 2021 class is ranked 74th in the country with a long way to go before national signing day.

It seems like commitments are coming in bunches now, just like they were earlier in the summer. All-purpose athlete Deon McLean pledged his football future to UConn late Tuesday night, becoming the Huskies’ 12th commit for the class of 2021.

McLean stands 6-0, 180 lbs, attended Lawrence High School in Lawrence, New Jersey, and plans on attending the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey for a post-graduate year. These are the kind of knotted webs you have to untangle on the recruiting beat.

McLean has played pretty much every position behind the line on defense in high school and his superior speed also came in handy on offense where he took snaps at wide receiver.


Commitments are confirmed to be coming in bunches as UConn football gained yet another in defensive back Kaleb Anthony out of McDonough, Georgia.

Kaleb stands 6-1, 170 lbs and holds other offers from Air Force, Akron, South Alabama and Army. He is rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.