Jordan Fuchs, a highly-touted two-sport star from Christ the King (New York), committed to play football at UConn Monday, according to The New York Post’s Zach Braziller.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Fuchs, who played high school basketball with Omar Calhoun and AAU with UConn commits Terrence Samuel and Kentan Facey, indicated that he could try both sports in college.
“Not during my first year but most likely my second or third year,” Fuchs said.
If that’s the case, Fuchs’ athletic scholarship would only count for football.
Of course, the idea of playing two sports sounds great in theory, but only a few high-major athletes have been able to pull it off. Fuchs, recruited as a tight end, would need permission from Paul Pasqualoni — and interest from Kevin Ollie — to become a dual-sport athlete.
The latter seems logical. Fuchs figures to add 20-25 pounds over the course of his career, and Ollie’s squad needs some muscle on the low-block. Incoming freshmen Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah are extremely long, yet fairly lean.
UConn basketball coaches were not recruiting Fuchs. He listed Iowa State and a host of mid-majors as schools that expressed interest for basketball.
“My coach told me a bunch of schools laid off me because they weren’t sure which way I would go sport-wise,” Fuchs added.
You can learn more about Fuchs in Braziller’s New York Post feature. A few of the highlights:
*With his size and speed, Fuchs is projected as a hybrid tight end, like the Patriots duo of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, assistant coach Willie Poole said. A former NFL cornerback and USC graduate, Poole would know.
*“His first year on the football field he led the CHSFL in touchdown receptions and in basketball he’s averaging a double-double for one of the best high school teams in the country,” new football coach Tyree Allison said. “He’s the high school version of Bo Jackson.”