Two Commit to UConn Football

With national signing day approaching on Feb. 6, the Connecticut football program gained some late momentum Monday with commitments from wide receiver Brian Lemelle and tight end Jordan Fuchs.

The addition of Lemelle, a three-star receiver from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., is especially noteworthy. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound speedster had just completed a visit to Iowa and Temple was making a late push. Scout.com ranks Lemelle No. 179 among national receiver recruits.

Lemelle visited UConn on the Jan. 19-20 weekend but it was a phone call last Thursday from new offensive coordinator T.J. Weist that might have made the difference. Weist had been recruiting Lemelle as wide receiver coach at Cincinnati.

"He's an exciting guy," Lemelle told Brian Dohn of FOXSportsNEXT on Jan. 25, when talking about Weist. "He called me and we talked for half an hour. He talked about how he could use me in offense and see me as a slot receiver and move me around."

Weist was not officially on board yet when Lemelle visited Storrs, but he met with several coaches and was hosted by receiver Shakir Phillips.

As a senior, Lemelle caught 91 passes for 1,546 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had three games with 10 or more receptions, including a Nov. 9 performance of 11 catches for 249 yards and 2 TD's against Lampeter-Strasburg.

Watch video highlights of Lemelle here.

Earlier in the day tight end Jordan Fuchs committed to the Huskies. Even though Fuchs isn't ranked by Scout.com among the nation's tight ends, he is a tremendous athlete. Fuchs, from Christ the King HS and from Middle Village, N.Y., was getting a lot of mid-major attention as a forward in basketball. But UConn's football staff was in with him early, and really started pursuing him hard last August.

Fuchs is 6-7 and 210 pounds. It is possible Fuchs will consider playing football and basketball at UConn. That decision will likely require some time and it doesn't seem likely that he would play basketball his freshman season. In addition, Fuchs wasn't recruited by UConn's basketball staff.

Fuchs is the fourth tight end in this recruiting class and coach Paul Pasqualoni said it was a position of need.

UConn now has 21 commitments as the Huskies wrap up their recruiting effort for the Class of 2013. Receivers Dhameer Bradley and Noel Thomas have already signed, are enrolled at UConn and will participate in preseason conditioning and spring practice.


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