June 16, 2010

Can CT ATH earn offer?

Berlin running back Max DeLorenzo is one of Connecticut's top prospects and he has been on the Huskies' radar for a good while. UConn has not offered but DeLorenzo will have an opportunity to earn a scholarship very soon.

The 6-foot-0, 197-pound in-state back knows what he has to do to earn an offer. Now all that's left to do is to get out there and perform well.

"I'm interested in them (UConn) and they're interested in me," DeLorenzo said. "I'm a running back but they're looking at me for safety. We've been in contact throughout this whole year. I'm going to their camp on (June) 19, which is a one-day camp. They're going to evaluate me and see what happens."

DeLorenzo said he would not have a problem playing defensive back for UConn. He would prefer to play running back, but he was a cornerback for Berlin as a freshman and sophomore so he has some experience in the secondary.

"I've just got to have a good 40-time at the camp and do good in the one-on-ones," he said. "I think the main factor will be the 40. I probably need to run a sub-4.6.

"I'm a consistent 4.5 guy. Last year at BC I ran a 4.55 and a 4.5-flat. At Duke last year on the track I had some advantages with track spikes and it was my best time ever -- a 4.44. I was tired after that and went up to Connecticut and actually didn't do too well. I think I ran above a 4.6 there which is why it's been moving kind of slow with them since then. They've been communicating with my coach since then. My coach knows coach Edsall so they've talked to him about what he wants to see."

Though schools like Rhode Island, Marist, UMass, Fordham and Stony Brook are showing a lot of interest in DeLorenzo, UConn is the only Division I school that appears to be seriously thinking about whether to offer. Only time, and an upcoming camp performance, will determine what happens with that.

Would DeLorenzo commit if the Huskies offer?

"If they offered me I wouldn't say I would commit right away," he said. "That's just because I have another year left. There are obviously going to be some factors for me to consider, but they would definitely be high up there. They're a Division I-A school, it's a good program and an in-state school."

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