July 20, 2010

Florida DE enjoyed Storrs

Earlier in the summer Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward defensive end Tevin Westbrook attended a camp at UConn and enjoyed himself. It was obviously a new environment for Westbrook, but all indications are it's one he could get used to.

Westbrook is an outstanding athlete and projects as an excellent pass rushing threat once he gets to college. He plays both football and basketball, and given his 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame, he has all the physical tools to make an impact from the moment he arrives on campus at a university.

It's been a little while since Westbrook was in Connecticut for the Huskies' camp but he remembers the trip vividly and has fond memories of his experience at the Big East school. How did it go?

"I really liked it," Westbrook said. "I enjoyed the school and I enjoyed the coaches. Everyone I met was real nice. Looking at the new facilities they've got and the program they're running, it was impressive.

"I talked to coach (Randy) Edsall, coach (Hank) Hughes and coach (Terry) Richardson. They all seem pretty nice. I like what they told me and how they sold the school. It was all really good. It makes me want to take an official visit up there."

That all sounds great for UConn. There are two things that could make the Huskies have to work even harder than they otherwise would -- location and competition.

Lots of other schools, including Duke, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas A&M, UCF and Purdue, among others, have sent scholarships to Westbrook, so as much as he likes UConn he probably has positive feelings towards a good number of schools. Location is also something that's on his mind.

"That'll be a big factor," he admitted. "It would have to be a really good school for me to want to go up north. The only schools further north that I could see myself going to are UConn, Duke and maybe Virginia. Those are the only three up north I'd probably look at.

"I'm familiar with UCF, Texas A&M and USF, and those are three (in the South) that I'm looking at."

Westbrook went on to say that coaches from West Virginia, Florida and Florida State have expressed some interest, but he is not sure how high a priority he is for those schools.

So far everyone has recruited him as a defensive end, which is understandable because he put up outstanding numbers at the position last year. He could get looked at for another position, though, depending on how his senior year goes at North Broward.

"To my knowledge they've all recruited me for defensive end," he said. "But I'm playing tight end, too, this year, so I might have more offers for that."

In 2009 as a junior Westbrook made 103 tackles and 14 sacks, returning a fumble for a touchdown.

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