UConn Continues to Make Inroads in Georgia

The Huskies reeled in four more players from Georgia in the class of 2011, the most of any other state. You'd have to go all the way to the class of 2003 to find the last time the Huskies didn't bring in at least one player from Georgia in a recruiting class. Julius Williams (Decatur) was the first in 2004, and since then there's been a steady flow of Peach State players to Connecticut.

Looking at the current roster, a handful of Georgia players should figure prominently at some key position battles this Spring. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Box (Suwanee) enters next season as the only Connecticut quarterback to have thrown a career pass, and has as good a shot as anyone to win the job.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville), who missed last season with a knee injury, has excellent size for the position at 6'3" 200 lbs, and sports a solid 33" vertical, which should make him a handful in the redzone.

Redshirt junior defensive end A.J. Portee (Austell) will be in the mix at defensive end, and sophomore corner Taylor Mack (Atlanta) and redshirt senior corner Gary Wilburn (Washington) will each compete for time in the defensive backfield. Mack could also play a roll in the return game, as he did last season.

When the Huskies start camp in August they'll do so with ten of their scholarship players hailing from Georgia, only one off the team lead behind Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, which each have 11.

Expect that trend to continue, as safeties coach Darrell Perkins, who was the lead recruiter on McEachern High School teammates (Powder Springs) Jefferson Ashiru and Xavier Hemingway, knows Georgia well and intends on continuing to make strides there.

"I've been recruiting the South since my time with Charleston Southern and Louisiana Monroe" Perkins said. "There are a lot of players in Georgia. A lot of players. Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida can't take them all."

He's right, there are a lot of players in Georgia. In fact, until I looked it up, I had no idea how many "a lot" was. There were well over 150 players from the state of Georgia that signed with a Bowl Subdivision school on National Signing Day earlier this month.

Aside from the aforementioned Ashiru and Hemingway, the Huskies also signed safety Andrew Adams (College Park) and corner David Stevenson (Stone Mountain). Adams played at Woodward Academy, the same high school as current Husky tight end, Corey Manning. A quick peek at UConn's 2012 recruiting board shows the Huskies are after another Woodward Academy product, defensive tackle Jordan Watkins, who is already holding 13 BCS offers.

Stevenson played at powerhouse Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain. His Head Coach Corey Johnson was very complimentary of him in an April interview with GoldenEaglePride.com's Drew White.

"David's strength is his speed. He has unbelievable speed. By him being a shorter cornerback, if you are going to be short you had better be fast. He helped us out this year because of his great cover skills and how well he covers the field," he said. "Cornerback is a premium position. If David was a couple of inches taller, he would probably have double digit offers right now because he is really skilled at the position."

Stephenson High has had nine players sign FBS letters of intent in each of the last two classes. This is a very good program for the Huskies to be building relationships with, as they try to build momentum in the state.

In addition to the fine work Darrell Perkins is doing, the Huskies recently added a couple of staff members who should further improve their Southeastern recruiting. New defensive coordinator Don Brown recruited the state of Florida for the University of Maryland last year and was very successful, bringing in four highly sought after recruits.

New running backs and special teams coach Clayton White is a South Carolina native and former NC State standout. While on the Stanford staff, White was responsible for southern Georgia, Florida's east coast, western Tennessee and of course the Carolinas.

Landing a Georgia player or two is nothing new for the Huskies, but landing four, which was 25% of the 2011 recruiting class was certainly eye-opening.

Arrow way up on UConn's Georgia and Southeastern recruiting.


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