UConn Class Moving Higher

A late recruiting surge by the Connecticut football staff that has produced six commitments since Jan. 24 has elevated the status of the Huskies' Class of 2013, both within the Big East Conference and nationally.

Chasz Wright, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle from Woodbridge, Va., had been leaning toward the Huskies for some time but made his commitment official Monday. He was the third player to commit to UConn in the past two days, raising the number of commits to 24 with the national signing day approaching on Wednesday.

Read about Wright's decision here.

The new additions have lifted UConn's class to third best in the Big East, according to the recruiting experts at Scout.com and FoxSportsNext.com. Only Rutgers (29) and Louisville (52) have classes ranked higher than the Huskies.

The rankings are based on the Big East membership for next season. South Florida (59), SMU (65), Houston (66), Cincinnati (70), UCF (88), Temple (94), and Memphis (95) round out the conference rankings. As a conference, the Big East ranks sixth with the SEC and WAC tied for first place.

UConn picked up commitments three-star recruits Brian Lemelle, a wide receiver, and quarterback Tim Boyle of Middletown in recent days. Boyle, as reported on Sunday, decided to flip his previous commitment to Boston College and now plans to sign with the Huskies.

UConnPlaybook.com will continue to report any last-minute commitments or changes. Keep checking back for more information.

We will also provide coverage of all the signings on Wednesday, and coach Paul Pasqualoni's press conference Wednesday afternoon at Rentschler Field.

For updates throughout the day Wednesday remember to follow me on Twitter here.

Staff Finalized

As we reported on our message boards Monday, Pasquolini has finalized position responsibilities for the 2013 season on his coaching staff. As previously reported by UConnPlaybook.com, Hank Hughes has been promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Don Brown, who left for Boston College in December.

?Here are the list of coaching responsibilities released Monday by UConn:

George DeLeone-Associate Head Coach, Offensive Line

T.J. Weist-Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers

Hank Hughes-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line

Kermit Buggs-Special Teams Coordinator, Running Backs

Matt Cersosimo-Cornerback, Recruiting Coordinator

Shane Day-Quarterbacks

Mike Foley-Tight Ends

Darrell Perkins-Safeties

Jon Wholley-Linebackers

Hughes returns to the defensive coordinator spot after serving as defensive Coordinator from 2002-04 and assistant head coach for defense from 2005-10. Cersosimo had coached wide receivers from the time he joined the UConn staff in 2006.


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