Maryland Is Just Fine With UCONN Football

Connecticut may as well start a branch campus in Maryland. Randy Edsall and his Huskies staff have been diligent, as they have secured their 4th verbal from the state of Maryland.

Loyola (MD) high school linebacker Brady Smith (6-1, 235, 4.7) committed to Connecticut this evening. Last night after speaking to Huskies head coach Randy Edsall, linebackers coach Todd Orlando, and coach Ambrose Smith decided he was going to make a choice today.

"I called coach Ambrose tonight and told him that Connecticut was the school that I wanted to attend and that I am 100% committed to them," said Smith

How did your parents factor into your decision?

"They supported me, they said it was my decision. Their biggest thing was that if something would happen to me am I going to be comfortable there, they wanted me to look at more than just football."

What really was the determining factor in your decision making process?

"The staff spent a lot of time talking to me last night so I felt the importance of what I meant to them. I spoke to 3 members of their staff and then Joe Akers from Hereford called me and I was sold."

"Connecticut was the first school to offer and they were always there."

What are you looking at as far as a major?

"I'm looking at criminal justice. My brother took it at Boston College and now he's in the secret service so that's pretty cool."

Smith is preparing for the first game of the season Saturday against Laurel high school. Is he glad he can now focus on his senior season?

"Definitely, I can just focus on what I'm doing and give my attention to my team."

Last fall as a junior at Loyola Smith tallied 80 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 4 fumble recoveries. Brady is a very good student whom should have no problems being qualified academically he carries a 3.1 GPA and scored 1090 on the SAT the first time he took the test. Smith marks the seventh verbal of the Class of 2005 for Connecticut.

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