Genesis of a QB recruit

John F. Silver

Bryant Shirreffs was transferring from N.C. State and eyeing a lot of the places who wanted him before.

Bryant Shirreffs transferred to UConn on Monday.

There were the Ivy League schools such as Yale and others. There was Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State. Temple was looming.

The choice was coming. There was a chance to play major FBS football, or, get an education at an elite school.

For Shirreffs, it was a going to be a tough call to make.

Then UConn called, out of nowhere.

That’s how things happen in the summer on the football equivalent of the free agent market.

In a flash Shirreffs got the best of both worlds as far as he’s concerned and UConn took care of an acute need on the roster that had to be filled immediately.

After a visit last week to UConn, and meeting with head coach Bob Diaco, Shirreffs was sold.

Two weeks ago the Huskies weren’t looking for a transfer quarterback and Shirreffs was at N.C. State. To read more of this story, click here

Huskies add QB transfer Shirreffs

John F. Silver

UConn fortified their quarterback position on Monday with N.C. State transfer Bryant Shirreffs committing to the Huskies.  /sny-editorial]


Shirreffs will have to sit out the 2015 season, but will have three years of eligibility after that.

Shirrefs helps bolster a quarterback unit that was down to senior Chandler Whitmer and sophomores Casey Cochran and Tim Boyle after Kivon Taylor left the program earlier this month.

He slots nicely into the quarterback position.

Next year, UConn would lose Whitmer but would have Cochran and Boyle returning as well as incoming 2015 recruit Tyler Davis of North Bellmore, New York.

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Commit No. 11: John Robinson, Englewood, N.J.

John F. Silver

UConn picked up a corner commitment for the second straight day with Englewood, New Jersey prospect John V. Robinson out of Dwight Morrow High School.  

Robinson is a tall corner — 6-2, 185-pounds — and joins Aaron Garland, who committed on Friday.

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Commit #10: CB Aaron Garland, Oak Park, Illinois

John F. Silver

UConn picked up its 10th commit of the 2015 class on Friday, and this time went out of the footprint nabbing Oak Park, Illinois cornerback Aaron Garland.  

Garland is 6-0, 185-pounds and had nine scholarship offers and also interest from Big 10 schools.  Garland plays for Fenwick High and is now the 10th member of the class for the Huskies. This one is much different than the other nine for the Huskies. UConn’s first nine recruits were all from the Northeast footprint from New Jersey and up North into New England. This recruit comes from the heartland as the Huskies went out to the Greater Chicago area and plucked Garland from the Midwest.Garland announced the news on his twitter account.

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Commit No. 9: OLB Nazir Williams


John F. Silver

UConn picked up its ninth commit on Thursday with New Jersey LB Nazir Williams giving a verbal commitment.

Williams is a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker out of New Jersey, the third recruit from the state for the Huskies with Ben Hartwick and Ian Campbell earlier commits.

Williams is listed as a WR/LB, but is going to be a linebacker at UConn.

Here’s UConn’s recruiting class so far:

2015 commits

QB: Tyler Davis (6-4)

DT: Kevin Murphy (6-2)

OLB Connor Freeborn (6-4)

DE Phillipe Okunam (6-4)

FS Marshe Terry (6-4)

TE Ben Hartwick (6-6)

WR Aaron McLean (6-6)

TE Ian Campbell (6-5)

LB Nazir Williams (6-4

Commit No. 8: N.J. TE Ian Campbell

John F. Silver

The Huskies are continuing to hit the pavement on the recruiting trail as the school picked up its eighth commitment this month with 6-foot-5 TE Ian Campbell of Pequamnock Township (Pompton Plains, N.J.)

Campbell is a big receiving target and is listed as a TE/WR, but will be a tight end at UConn. He’s the second tight end of this class for the Huskies, who have little depth at the position.

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Commit No. 7: Huskies add Mass. WR

John F. Silver

UConn added a big piece to the offense for 2015, and with it I mean big. /sny-editorial]

UConn received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-6 205-pound prospect Aaron McLean of St.  Mark’s of Southborough, Massachusetts. McLean is going to be a wide receiver and will be in the 220-pound range by the time he is done. He is big, strong and has big hands and projects as a red zone target for the Huskies. He has tremendous athleticism as a basketball player first, and the size at wide receiver is something that is at a premium in the sport.

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QB Taylor no longer on team

John F. Silver

The famed quarterback class brought in a little over a year ago is down to one.

Kivon Taylor, a freshman from Atlanta, is no longer enrolled in school and will transfer according to Jim Fuller over at the  New Haven Register.

The news is little surprise, as Taylor was suspended for a large chunk of spring practice and didn’t play in the spring game. He redshirted this season and as a surprise addition to the recruiting class in 2013.

There were multiple off field issues with Taylor according to a source and it was time to part ways. Taylor was an impressive quarterback prospect at 6-foot-4 and athletic and the staff was excited about his ability.

That class had Tim Boyle, Taylor and Richard Lagow in it.

Lagow transferred and walked-on Oklahoma St. after a week or two in Storrs. Taylor redshirted while Boyle came in and played four games.

It does change things for the Huskies.

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UConn football TV times

John F. Silver

The American released several game times for UConn for the upcoming season.  

UConn hosting Boise State on Sept. 13 will be at noon on either ABC/ESPN or ESPN2.  A week later on Friday night at USF, the Huskies will play at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Lastly, the Huskies’ game against East Carolina on Thursday Oct. 23 will be 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

UConn’s opener is Friday Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. on ESPN against BYU. The Huskies will host Stony Brook the next week at noon on SNY.

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
08/29/14 vs. BYU TV Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. 7:00 p.m. ET
09/06/14 vs. Stony BrookTV Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. 12:00 p.m. ET
09/13/14 vs. Boise StateTV Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. 12:00 p.m. ET
09/19/14 at USF * TV Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. 8:00 p.m. ET
09/27/14 vs. Temple * Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. TBA
10/11/14 at Tulane * Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, La. TBA
10/23/14 at East Carolina * TV Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, N.C. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/01/14 vs. UCF * Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. TBA
11/08/14 vs. Army TV Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y. 3:30 p.m. ET
11/22/14 vs. Cincinnati * Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. TBA
11/29/14 at Memphis * Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn. TBA
12/06/14 vs. SMU * Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. TBA

American TV Schedule

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