Pasqualoni Signing Day presser

John F. Silver

The first player mentioned by Paul Pasqualoni in his signing day press conference was Xavier quarterback Timmy Boyle.

That wasn’t a mistake or coincidence. The quarterback position is the most important position and for University of Connecticut when Boyle became available  the Huskies pounced without hesitation.

Boyle, who two weeks ago was headed to Boston College, is now the jewel of UConn’s recruiting class. He was one of 24 players incoming to the Huskies next year and the first player mentioned out of Pasqualoni’s mouth.

As one of six in-state recruits, the Huskies mined the Nutmeg State like never before.

“Really excited to have Timmy Boyle come in here to play in this stadium,” Pasqualoni said.

Boyle’s arrival threw a monkey wrench into a dramatic signing day drama. The Huskies had a commitment from Richard Lagow from Plano, Texas but after Boyle committed on Sunday Lagow began to waffle. On Wednesday, the Huskies shocked everyone by also signing Kivon Taylor from Atlanta, Ga., a 6-4 195-pound dual-threat quarterback with a big arm. That left Lagow in limbo and Pasqualoni wouldn’t  comment on whether they were willing to add another quarterback to the class.

“I won’t know the answer to that probably until tomorrow,” Pasqualoni said.

The Huskies now have junior Chandler Whitmer as the incumbent, redshirt freshman Casey Cochran, junior Scott McCummings and Taylor and Boyle in the mix.

Boyle is 6-4, 210-pounds and is a prototypical pro-style quarterback.

“At the position, we have Chandler is an older guy and obviously is developing and in his junior year is well along academically,” Pasqualoni said. “We had a chance in Timmy (Boyle) and with the players we were recruiting to get a bigger and taller version (of quarterback). If you notice, the guys we took are not the same from a profile standpoint. We felt we needed, if you are going to be in a pro-style system and throw a drop back pass, the 6-0 guys can do it, but the fact remains if you are up here you can see better down the field. Timmy can make all the throws and can sling. Regardless you take Timmy Boyle. Kivon is a tall man, a strong arm.”

Besides the quarterback drama the Huskies signed three tight ends and had high praise for wide receiver Brian Lemelle, a productive player out of Bishop McDeVitt in Harrisburg, Pa. Lemelle will challenge for time in the slot at wide receiver. Pasqualoni also cited defensive end Jalen Stevens (6-4, 220 pounds) from Goose Creek, S.C. as a major get who could challenge for time right away.
Athletes and offensive and defensive lineman are always in high demand and Pasqualoni is comfortable what the Huskies procured.
The Huskies also did not receive a letter of intent from Jamar Summers, a wide receiver from New Jersey. Pasqualoni is restricted from commenting on recruits that haven’t signed.  Indications are that it is an academic issue with Summers, but UConn remains interested.
There are plenty of highlights from the class and I have my own thoughts on the QB situation I’ll share later.
The Huskies signed six in-state players and procured players from 10 states.