Hamm Names Top Three

New Brunswick, N.J., native Marquis Hamm now holds nine written scholarship offers and spent the weekend in Storrs camping for the second year in a row. While the Connecticut coaching staff has yet to offer Hamm a scholarship he does claim that the Huskies are one of his top three choices right now.

Rutgers, Iowa, Cincinnati and Hofstra joined Akron, Colorado, Temple, Syracuse and Toledo recently, offered scholarships to 6-foot-4, 220-pound New Brunswick High School defensive end Marquis Hamm. The impressive athlete spent the weekend at Connecticut taking part in camp activities and while he did not pick up a Husky offer, he does have them in his current top three.

"I was up at Connecticut this weekend for the second summer in a row and really enjoyed myself up there," Hamm said. "They worked me out at wide receiver and safety in the seven-on-seven drills, but are definitely recruiting me as a defensive end. I think Connecticut is a great school and they are definitely in my top three right now with Rutgers and Iowa even though they haven't offered. I just like the facilities and campus a lot because everything is right where you need it and am definitely planning on checking them out again this fall."

Hamm has yet to receive an offer from Connecticut because he has some work to do in the classroom before the coaching staff is comfortable extending one his way, however he talked at length about what he liked on campus at Storrs and how he gets along with the Connecticut coaches.

"I got to see the new facilities on this trip and I loved them," Hamm explained. "The weight room and training facilities were really nice and like nothing I have ever seen before. They have these magnetic dumbbells to use which I've never seen and have individual stations where you are timed and do your whole workout which I really liked a lot. Their indoor field was real nice and they can even adjust the temperature and volume in the stadium to simulate what the environment will be like in the game they play on the weekend. The campus itself is also very nice."

"I recognized a lot of the coaches from last year and got to talk to Coach (Scott) Lakatos who recruits me and Head Coach (Randy) Edsall," Hamm added. "Coach Lakatos and I get along really well and I like him a lot because he is up front with everything, treats me the right way and just keeps it real all the time. Coach Edsall came over and talked to me about my grades and was straight up with me, telling me that if I can improve my transcripts this year I will definitely get an offer. He came off as a cool guy and was also very straight forward which is big for me."

As for competition, it seems like Iowa and Rutgers are the biggest hurdles right now for the Husky staff, however one thing that does play in both Connecticut and Iowa's favor right now is that while Hamm does like Rutgers a lot, it has nothing to do with wanting to stay close to home. He has only camped at Connecticut and Rutgers to this point and talked to us a bit about his Rutgers camp experience.

"Camp at Rutgers went really well and when everything was done I got to chill with the players in the lounge and get to know them," Hamm stated. "There is something I really like about Head Coach (Greg) Schiano that I can't put my finger on, but he just comes off well with me. Distance plays absolutely no factor in my decision, so I like Rutgers because I like Rutgers, not because they're close to home. I think the biggest thing with them is that I am just cool with the whole coaching staff and it feels good to know that."

As a junior at New Brunswick High School, Hamm registered 66 tackles, 13 sacks and forced four fumbles. He also converted five of his seven receptions for touchdowns and was named second-team All-State.

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