July 11, 2010
New commit Abrams ready for change
Just days after receiving a commitment from receiver Taariq Allen, Connecticut scored big again with a commitment from Dover (Del.) receiver Kamal Abrams. The 6-foot-0, 172-pound prospect made his decision on Sunday night.
"I had a couple of other offers I was looking at, but my mom and I were evaluating the offers that I already had and we felt that UConn was my best choice," said Abrams. "So I just went ahead and said I'll commit."
Abrams chose UConn over Delaware, Monmouth and Delaware State, believing the big-time atmosphere gives him the best opportunity to succeed at the next level.
"All the other schools that offered me wanted me as a quarterback, but my goal is to make it to the NFL," said Abrams. "I had a talk with [head coach] Randy Edsall and he told me if I want to make it to the NFL my best chance is as a slot receiver. All the other schools were looking at me as an athlete or quarterback. I just felt that I have a stronger chance of going to the NFL playing at UConn than any of the other schools."
Abrams was a high school quarterback, but does not expect the adjustment to receiver to be a major obstacle.
"The transition really isn't that hard," said Abrams. "I just have to keep practicing and practicing. I played defense as well for my school and the footwork really isn't that different from receiver."
Abrams also impressed the UConn coaching staff with his blend of size and speed.
"[The coaches] said I have great ball skills and they like that I have soft hands," said Abrams. "The thing that got their attention was my speed. They said they liked what I can do with the ball."
A number of schools showed interest in Abrams, but at the end of the day he felt UConn gave him the best chance to succeed both on and off the football field.
"I chose UConn because they have an outstanding academic program and I felt as though they give me a great opportunity to succeed in life," said Abrams. "The coaching staff showed me a lot of support. I've been in contact with them since the third game of my [junior] season. Every time I go up there to visit them it feels like family."
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