Huskies in Top Three

While keeping some of New England's talented prep players in area is part of the task for Coach Randy Edsall and company, the majority of recruits they bring into their program will certainly be from other parts of the country. If you're looking to build a program with outstanding athletes, Florida is definitely a state to build inroads.

Roughly 1200 miles away from Storrs is Orlando, Fla., home to Disney World, SeaWorld and Joseph Washaby, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound athlete who may not be as big an attraction as those other two, but has certainly caught the attention of the Connecticut coaching staff early in the recruiting process. Washaby recently made a trip to visit the campus and staff with an offer already in hand and gave positive marks upon his return.

"My mother and I visited about three weeks ago for spring practices," Washaby stated. "The coaches all seemed like really good guys and gave me some tips to help me improve my game this coming season. The practice we watched went really well and I liked how the staff to time to work with the players on things."

"After practices we took a tour of the facilities and campus which were both pretty nice. I thought the weight room, film room and locker rooms were impressive and really enjoyed the environment on campus. Everything was just very clean and the people were all very nice. It was just a positive place that I could definitely see myself fitting in at if that were the decision I came to."

With the way Washaby is built now, it's not sure if he'll play with his hand up or down at the next level, but coaching staffs have made it clear that they're looking at him primarily on the defensive side of the ball, despite his ability as a ball carrier at the high school level.

"Right now Connecticut said they're looking at me as an outside linebacker unless I really bulk up," Washaby explained. "If I ended up getting bigger they said I'd just move to defensive end. The staff also said I could probably help out at fullback too, so anyway I can get on the field is fine with me."

Washaby has set no time frame for a decision, but did state that "Connecticut would be in my top three choices along with Louisville and North Carolina State" when asked what the current pecking order was.

As a junior at Freedom High School, Washaby had 52 tackles and eight sacks on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, he added 412 yards and four touchdowns rushing in six games. Washaby currently carries a 2.9 GPA and plans to take the SAT later this month.

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