Coaching Change At UConn And Impact On Local Football (12/29/16)…

Just this week Bob Diaco ended his three year coaching stint at the University of Connecticut as he went 11-26 during this time including one bowl game that the Huskies lost. UConn has hired, for the second time, Randy Edsall as their new head coach and he is already the winningest head coach in Uconn football history from his previous stay there. Edsall led the Huskies all the way to the FBS BCS Bowl Series with a 2011 Fiesta Bowl berth where UConn lost 48-20 to Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners. Let’s take a look at how this huge change could impact New England in terms of current recruiting, players changing schools and the impact on future prospects. Currently, UConn holds commitments from three of the best 2017 prospects in Massachusetts with Everett QB Jordan McAfee, Lawrence Academy’s TE/LB Jake Byczko and recent Deerfield commit DE Dallas Hobbs. Further, Uconn recently offered Xaverian Brothers HS WR Samuel Laurent and Mass prospect RB/ATH Kevin Mensah is set to take an official visit to Uconn on January 27th – January 29th of 2017. Uconn and Edsall could greatly benefit by locking up their current 2017 recruits while also continuing to reach out to the class of 2018 which will be Edsall’s first class in his new tenure at UConn. Other FBS schools including Umass, Syracuse and Boston College may look to make late pushes for current UConn commits that might help round out their own 2017 class if they feel kids are willing to consider flipping schools this late in the recruiting cycle. A head coaching change at any school can be an earthquake for current players and for the prospects considering joining the team in the future. How Randy Edsall handles the next month in terms of the 2017 recruit class could have a big impact on how quickly he can try and turn things around down at UConn this time around. Edsall had been known to poach kids from Massachusetts with a good eye for talent such as NFL RB Jordan Todman who had been offered by UConn and then saw his recruiting blow up as he received offers from several top programs but ultimately stayed with Edsall and UConn. It will be interesting to see what happens over the coming months and years as Edsall and UConn try and  once again climb back to playing in a top college football bowl game like they did six years ago.

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