Like Being with Family

Pottsville, Pa., offensive guard Gary Bardzak committed to the Huskies back in June and the excitement hasn't died down since. He took his official visit to Storrs last weekend after a season that ended in a state championship appearance.

"I took my official last weekend," Bardzack said. "The thing about Connecticut is, when you get there, it's like being with family. Everyone is tight-knit and joking around with each other. I was able to talk to some of the recruits making visits and hang out with the current linemen which was a great experience."

Gary Bardzak, a 6-foot-3, 282-pounder from Pottsville High seemed to feel extremely comfortable with the staff at Connecticut and was equally impressed with the surroundings. He brought his family on his visit and they also took part in the fun.

"My mom was joking around with the coaches and telling them stories about me as a kid," Bardzak explained. "My whole family really loves it up there and I really can't wait to get on campus. It's the main school in the state, so there is a ton of fan support and the area is similar to where I grew up in a lot of ways."

"Coach (Hank) Hughes has stopped into my school to keep in touch and calls me often," Bardzak stated. "He helped to make sure I had my paperwork done right and we just talk a lot. My dad thinks that Coach Hughes and I have really similar personalities since we both have a really dry sense of humor."

Bardzak and his Pottsville teammates took a 13-2 record into the Pennsylvania Class AAA state championship game this season and were narrowly defeated by General McLane High. For his efforts, Bardzak was named a second team all-state selection.

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