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UConn football lands three Class of 2022 recruits

The Huskies added two receivers and a defensive end to the fold for next year’s freshman class.

Daniel Connolly - The UConn Blog

UConn football secured three commitments for the class of 2022, including some promising prospects.

Randy Edsall and his staff crossed the country to nail down verbal commitments from edge rusher Nathan Voorhis, wide receiver Kareem “KJ” Burke, and defensive lineman Timothy Passmore.

Timothy Passmore, DL, Cocoa Beach, Florida

UConn football’s first in a string of recruits this week came from a familiar place, as Cocoa Beach, Florida native Timothy Passmore announced his commitment on Thursday.

Unlike his name suggests, Passmore is an interior lineman who held offers from Colorado State and New Hampshire before committing to UConn. He stands at 6’4” and 285 lbs, and was the anchor in Cocoa High’s defense, with 33 tackles and 11 for loss in their shortened 2020 season.

Passmore has violent hands and a quick first step, and had a three-inch, 50-lbs growth spurt from sophomore to junior year, resulting in him flying under the radar for many college teams.

Kareen Burke, WR, Jacksonville, Florida

UConn has landed three-star wide receivers before Burke in the second Edsall era, but none of them have chosen Storrs, Connecticut over such impressive other options. Burke chose the Huskies over a reported offer list that includes Maryland, Miami, Kansas, Iowa State, and Penn State on Friday afternoon, and is ranked the No. 25 recruit in UConn history by 247.

Burke is part of the Jacksonville-to-Storrs pipeline of talent that has been developed by tight ends coach Corey Edsall over the past few years, following quarterback Chris Calhoun, who committed to UConn in May, and 2021 signees Christopher Johnson and Langston Hardy.

Burke stands 6’ and weighs in at 165, gaining 831 total yards while also handling punt and kick return duties and in a COVID-shortened season at Raines Senior High School. He also was a member of the track team, completing the 100-meter dash in 11.10 seconds and part of the Raines’ Florida High School Athletic Association’s 4x400 relay title-winning team.

The rising high school senior will be utilized mostly out wide at UConn, but has taken snaps at running back.

Nathan Voorhis, EDGE, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

The fourth commitment for the 2022 class is Nathan Voorhis, an edge rusher from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Voorhis stands 6’4” and weighs in at 230 lbs. He holds a handful of offers from FCS schools, but a tremendous spring at showcase camps put him on the Huskies’ radar.

The rising senior was named the Camp MVP among defensive linemen at the All Star State Preps May camp in Pennsylvania, with observers praising his quick hands, speed, power, and variety of pass-rush moves.

UConn now has four recruits in the class of 2022, adding to Jacksonville quarterback Chris Calhoun’s announcement last month. The coaching staff is currently working through a recruiting quiet period that lasts until June 28, meaning that they will only be able to host visits to campus, and won’t be able to make home visits to recruits.