June 23, 2010

DeLorenzo jumps at UConn offer

Max DeLorenzo is the latest addition to UConn's recruiting class and he spoke with UConnReport.com on Tuesday to explain what all went into his decision. When the long-awaited offer finally came in it was just too good to pass up.

The 6-foot-0, 197-pound athlete from Berlin, Conn., is one of the state's top prospects and he has known head coach Randy Edsall for quite some time now. That relationship probably helped DeLorenzo's chances at getting an offer, but make no mistake about it -- UConn likes DeLorenzo because of his ability and versatility.

"Yes, it's true. I'm committed," DeLorenzo said early this week. "I was up there on Saturday for the camp and then on Sunday afternoon coach Edsall called my high school coach. He gave me a call and told me they (UConn) went ahead and offered me a scholarship. They told me I had two days to make a decision, so I called coach Edsall and committed."

While DeLorenzo was initially unsure of what he wanted to do, though he had a hunch, it didn't take long before he knew what his best option was.

"I can't say it was an easy decision but once I sat down with my family and coaches it became easier," he explained. "There were so many more positives than negatives. Actually, it was all positive and zero negative. Overall I feel it was the best choice and I'm actually really excited.

"I've been up there about five times the past couple of years and nothing fits me better than their facilities. Everything's in one spot. You eat there, practice there, watch film there ... the only thing you don't do there is sleep. Their facilities and weight room blew me away. I've been in contact with their coaches for the past couple of years now so I'm comfortable with them."

DeLorenzo said his verbal is solid and he will not be visiting any other schools. While for a short while it appeared as though the Huskies were set on him lining up at safety, that may not actually be the case.

"It's actually kind of funny," he laughed. "A little while ago they brought up the fact that they were recruiting me for safety. I didn't know that. On Saturday they had me in the DB drills. Then I talked to coach Edsall and he said he didn't know what position I'm going to play. He said it could be running back, fullback, safety, linebacker, slot receiver, safety, corner ... it could be anything.

"He's been looking at me since eighth grade or my freshman year," he said of coach Edsall. "I played versus his son since then. He really stuck his neck out for me."

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