Gratz Visits Storrs

Dwayne Gratz and his family made the trip from Piscataway, N.J., to Storrs this month to visit the campus and get a feel for the coaching staff that has already offered the Piscataway High School standout. While the Huskies did not get a commitment from the young playmaker, they did make a good impression.

Connecticut, Maryland and Temple have already offered Dwayne Gratz, a 5-foot-10.5, 176-pound cornerback from Piscataway Township High School in New Jersey and this month the Connecticut coaching staff had the young man on campus with his family to show him what the program and school had to offer. Gratz is a player who is sure to collect many more scholarships moving forward and could be a big get at corner for the Huskies.

"I visited Connecticut with my mother and father and it was a really nice visit that everyone enjoyed," Gratz said. "I have been keeping in touch with my recruiter Coach Scott Lakatos on a regular basis as we email each other back and forth often and he has been to the school a few times. Right now I would say we have a pretty good relationship."

"The facilities at Connecticut were really impressive," Gratz added. "Their weight room was just really special. They had some equipment that no one else in the country has and told me that Texas had been trying to get it from them for a while now. Their indoor field was right near the weight room and then there was a five-lane track upstairs along with some other things like the cafeteria and what not."

"I didn't get a chance to go through the entire campus, but between what I did see of that and the facilities Connecticut is definitely up there with the best I have seen," Gratz stated. "Everything was very close together on campus and convenient and I felt comfortable while I was there. I didn't get to meet too many players unfortunately, but the vibe was there which is what matters."

During his visit to Storrs, Head Coach Randy Edsall spent a significant amount of time sitting down in private with Gratz and his family to discuss the program and academics at Connecticut and the impression made was a good one.

"Coach (Randy) Edsall spoke to my mother, my father and I for about an hour or so while we were there," Gratz explained. "He's a nice guy and comes across as very straight forward and honest. My mother and father were both impressed with him and were just amazed at the facilities and campus at Connecticut. They are definitely in my top five right now and I'd rate the visit an 8 out of 10."

As a junior, Gratz made 52 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, five pass deflections and five tackles for loss.

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