Aiken Becomes UConn's Latest Commitment

UConn picked up its third commit for the class of 2009 on Wednesday when St. Paul-Bristol junior Marcus Aiken made a verbal commitment to Huskies Coach Randy Edsall. Aiken is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds and is a jack-of-all trades for St. Paul spending time at wide receiver and running back and in the secondary.

Aiken rushed for 933 yards and had over 700 yards receiving and 23 touchdowns as a junior.

The Huskies are likely to play him at receiver.

"He has legitimate speed and (the coaching staff) was impressed with his athletic ability," St. Paul coach Jude Kelly said. "They are going to look at him as a wide receiver and that is a good spot for them."

Aiken plays three sports playing basketball in the winter and will run track this spring. Aiken was initially offered a scholarship by the Huskies right before Christmas and took his time making the decision. Once the word of an offer got out Aiken started to receive a lot of interest from schools all over the east coast.

Aiken was at last Saturday's spring practice with his parents and that wrapped up a decision he has been thinking about for months.

When he told Kelly that he wanted to commit the longtime high school coach wanted him to make sure of it. There is nearly 10 months to National Signing day and there is nothing keeping Aiken as a Huskies' commit except his word.

The coaching staff won't have to worry about his commitment however.

"When players get interest their egos can get big," Kelly said. "He is getting a lot of mail and once UConn offered, other schools came in and wanted to have him come up for camp. Saturday he and his folks went up to practice to and felt he was ready to make a decision. I told him: ‘Your world is gold.'"

Aiken said UConn was where he wanted to be and Kelly and Aiken called Edsall Wednesday afternoon.

Aiken becomes the third member of the Class of 2009. Seymour linebacker Mike Osiecki and Baltimore, Md. quarterback/athlete Leon Kinnard have also given the Huskies an oral commitment.

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