September 6, 2010

UConn adds big commitment

There has been speculation for quite some time that UConn would ultimately be the destination for Massachusetts defensive end Obum Obukwelu. That was well founded, as Obum admitted as much himself on different occasions.

Over the weekend the 6-foot-1, 254-pound prospect from Dorchester (Mass.) Boston College High made it official.

It has been a wild ride over the past month for Obukwelu. Early in August it seemed as though he was prepared to make a decision either early in his senior season or shortly thereafter. Later in August he seemed to back off that and said he might wait until later in the process to make a decision.

Just a few days ago Obum had a change of heart and decided he wanted to go ahead and end the recruiting process. At that time he felt as though UConn was where he wanted to be, so he gave it a little more thought and now his mind is made up.

"I committed to UConn last night," Obum told on Monday evening. "Whenever I visited it felt like a home away from home. I've been following their program since I was young and I just wanted to make it official."

Though Obum had not received any other offers the Harvard coaches had also made him a high priority. They had told him he was at the top of their recruiting board and they could ensure that he would gain admittance into the prestigious university.

Ultimately, though, it was his familiarity with UConn and the Husky coaching staff that won out in the end. Obum said he is a solid verbal for UConn.

"I don't know when I'll be taking an official visit [to UConn] but I'll definitely be doing that," he said. "I'm staying put. I'm not going to be changing my mind."

Obum said he called coach Edsall and several other members of the coaching staff last night to inform them of his decision.

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