Commit No. 4: Huskies get N.H. defensive end

John F. Silver

UConn picked up its fourth commitment of the week and fourth overall for 2015 with defensive end Phillipe Okounam, a defensive end from St. John’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Okounam, from Canada, is 6-foot-5, 260-pounds and projects as a defensive end for the Huskies. 

Okounam had received contact from over 40 schools and the Huskies added their second defensive lineman of the class. Kevin Murphy is a potential interior lineman in the 3-4 scheme, while Okounam will be a DE and projects to play at around 300 pounds when strength coach Matt Balis gets his hands on him.

The Huskies are starting to hit the mark on the recruiting trail under first-year coach Bob Diaco.

UConn has taken the approach to offer players, but not pressure into commitments. UConn wants the players if they commit now, or in January, and don’t want a player that feels trapped to commit early.

The Huskies are targeting tall and long players who have athleticism, something head coach Bob Diaco stressed he wanted when he took over the head coach job in December.

UConn has four commits now, DT Kevin Murphy (West Chester, Pa), QB Tyler Davis (North Bellmore, N.Y.), TE Ben Hartwick (Mahwah, N.J.) and now Okounam.

The players are smack in UConn’s footprint –– Eastern Pa., New Jersey, Long Island and now New Hampshire.

Dave Desmond
Dave Desmond

He's from St. Paul's School not St. John's.