With Bunnell’s Mark Harrison throwing his helmet in with Greg Schiano and Rutgers, who’s left among Connecticut prospects?
Aside from Seymour LB Mike Osiecki committing to UConn and a few others of note, there don’t seem to be many high-profile BCS recruits from the great state of Connecticut among the Class of 2009.
We already knew this wasn’t going to be the kind of year we had last season, where we had seven (or eight if you count Ansonia’s Alex Thomas going to Yale) regional athletes going to high-profile football-playing universities. But will the fall from grace be so dramatic?
To start, there’s not one Connecticut player graduating in 2009 listed among Rivals.com’s Top 250.
Off the top of my head, there’s only one other regional athlete worthy of a BCS (read: Division I) look, and that’s Foran’s Jake White.
Here’s White doing his thing for the Lions last fall in a nice little clip found on White’s YouTube page.
According to Scout.com, he has reportedly been looking at BCS schools like Temple, Iowa, Syracuse, Louisville, Duke and Connecticut. It’s certainly a nice list for White, especially with Louisville in the fold, but standard fare for any BSC-caliber Connecticut recruit.
After White there’s a drop. You can mention Greenwich LB Ricky Riscia, Stamford CB Carrington Beckford and Hamden S Kris McKinnie to sum up our region’s prospects.
Elsewhere in Connecticut seems stronger. You have
East Northwest Catholic TE Jake Golic (Notre Dame), St. Paul WR Marcus Aiken (UConn), Hartford Public’s Andre Lawrence (uncommitted) (Boston College), Wilby WR Dwayne Bennett (uncommitted).
Over in New London you have TE Anthony Schiavone (uncommitted) who is getting looks from Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple.
His quarterback, however, just might be Connecticut’s top 2009 recruit: Jordan Reed (uncommitted), the Class of 2009′s biggest recruit, who’s reportedly got Boston College, Duke, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee on his tail.
But that’s about it, folks: A nice offering but nowhere near the Class of 2008, which shows just how exceptional that class was in the big picture of Connecticut high school football talent.
How’s the Class of 2010 shaping up?