November 26, 2010

Prep lineman poised to commit?

Recently there have been reports that UConn has received a commitment from Dalton Gifford, a prep school offensive lineman that picked up an offer from the Huskies not long ago. caught up with the 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle to find out just where he stands in the recruiting process.

Gifford is a native of Barnstable, Massachusetts, but he has spent this semester at North Bridgton (Maine) Bridgton Academy in an effort to garner more interest from colleges and improve his grades.

His experience at the prep school has been overwhelmingly positive and it may have helped him fulfill his dream of playing college football at the highest level. While it's not quite a done deal yet, Gifford appears poised to commit to the Huskies in the very near future.

"I haven't officially committed yet," Gifford said on Friday morning. "I'm going on my official visit today and that's the only offer I have on the table.

"I definitely like how close it is to home so my family can come see games and I know it's a program that's on the rise and getting better every year. I really like that. It's also an excellent school academically."

When UConn offered Gifford recently the coaches expressed an interest in having him transfer from Bridgton after this semester so he will have a few extra months to work out and practice with the team. That's something Gifford is very interested in.

"I would probably do that," he said. "I've been looking into transferring and starting my spring semester there. I have everything I need. I'm eligible and everything. I'm just waiting on the actual acceptance from the school."

Gifford will be taking an official visit to UConn today. He will spend the night at the school on Friday and Saturday, and he will return home on Sunday.

"I would probably commit closer to the end of the trip," he stated.

In addition to UConn, Gifford has received interest from NC State, Rutgers, Villanova, Delaware, Old Dominion and New Hampshire.

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