Feb. 3, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head football coach Randy Edsall announced on Wednesday that the Huskies have signed 20 student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent to join the UConn program.
Student-athletes in UConn's 2010 signing class hail from 11 different states. In addition, two other student-athletes who signed a Letter of Intent with the Huskies in February of 2009 have enrolled in school for the Spring 2010 Semester.
The following is a full signee roster:
Alexander, JoshuaLB6-3215Waldorf, Md./Westlake
Brown, Ty-MeerDB6-1180McKeesport, Pa../McKeesport
Cruz, GusOG6-4256Manchester, N.H./Kimball Union Academy
Davis, GeremyWR6-2205Lawrenceville, Ga./Norcross
Frank, ReubenFB6-2229Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie
Hansson, MarkOT6-5256Clearwater, Fla./Palm Harbour University
Jones, ByronDB6-0.5175New Britain, Conn./St. Paul (Bristol)
Jones, TebuckyWR6-0180Farmington, Conn./New Britain
Louis, JonathanDE6-5240Brockton, Mass./Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
Mack, TaylorDB5-10170Powder Springs, Ga./The Lovett School
McBryde, B.J.DE6-5250Beaver Falls, Pa./Beaver Falls
McCombs, LyleRB5-8175Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph By The Sea
McCummings, ScottQB6-2210Natick, Mass./Natick
McKee, GregOT6-5295Chicago, Ill./Martin Luther King College Prep
Opoku, AndrewDB6-4226North Brunswick, N.J./Fork Union Military Academy (Va.)
Paull, BryanC6-4290Parkland, Fla./M. Stoneman Douglas
Pruitt, AngeloDL6-2.5270Cincinnati, Ohio/North College Hill
Smallwood, YawinLB6-3215Worcester, Mass./Doherty
Stlouis, GilbertCB5-11175Davie, Fla./Plantation
Steg, BrandonLB6-3220Coral Springs, Fla./J.P. Taravella
The following student-athletes each signed a Letter of Intent with UConn in 2009 and enrolled for the Spring 2010 semester
Kinnard, LeonQB5-9180Reistertown, Md./Loyola Blakefield
Osiecki, Michael LB6-2225Seymour, Conn./ Seymour
The following are biographies of the 2010 Letter of Intent Signing Class:
JOSHUA ALEXANDER - Named first team All-Maryland for large schools in media voting...named First Team All-County by The (Waldorf) Independent and first team All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference...named All-Metro Honorable Mention by The Washington Post...named First Team All-Charles County...had 79 tackles and 21 sacks his senior year...team won Maryland 3A Championship game in 2009...team captain...played in the Chick-Fil-A Challenge all-star game in Maryland on Dec. 12...is the holder of the state single-season sack record...owns school career record for sacks...also runs track and field...brother Darius Powell played linebacker at North Carolina and now plays at Fayetteville (N.C.) State...born on July 3, 1992.
TY-MEER BROWN - Played quarterback in high school in wishbone formation...will play defensive back at UConn...threw seven TD passes and was 13 of 29 in passing in senior year and rushed for 604 yards and 11 TDs...team captain...two-time selection to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune Terrific 25...two-time all-conference pick...also plays basketball...born on April 24, 1992.
Gus Cruz - A native of the Dominican Republic...named NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) Class C Lineman of the Year...named 2009 All-New England Prep...two-time All-Evergreen League selection...team captain...team won 2008 and 2009 Evergreen League championship...attended Trinity High School in Manchester before transferring to Kimball Union Academy...born on Sept. 22, 1990.
Geremy Davis - Had 40 receptions for 705 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior...in junior year, had 18 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns....played in the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game in December...named All-State Honorable Mention in Class AAAA by the Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Football Team....named First Team All-County by the Gwinnett Daily Post...also named all-region...team captain...born on January 10, 1992.
Reuben Frank - As a senior, had 89 tackles (56 solo)...named First Team All-State Class A by the New York State Sportswriters Association...named a First Team All-Star by the Poughkeepsie Journal...earned all-league and all-section honors as a junior and senior...made 92 tackles as a junior...selected to play in the Northeast vs. New Jersey All-Star game and the New York Upstate vs. Downstate All-Star game...born on October 24, 1992.
Mark Hansson - Named First Team All-Pinellas (Fla.) County by the Tampa Bay Times...had an outstanding performance in the North-South Pinellas County All-Star Game...ranked No. 2 offensive lineman in Pinellas County by the St. Petersburg Times...also named All-Pinellas County by St. Petersburg Times...team captain...takes courses in high school's prestigious International Baccalaureate program...born on February 21, 1992.
Byron Jones - Named to the Class MM All-State team by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association...named First Team All-Naugatuck Valley...had three interceptions in 2009 and returned punts and kickoffs...team advanced to first round of Class MM state playoffs...had three catches for 63 yards in state playoff game...also plays basketball and is averaging 22 points per game...team captain...attended same high school as current Huskies Marcus Adiken and Derek Char...born on August 26, 1992.
Tebucky Jones - Named First Team All-State Class LL by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association...was named to the Hartford Courant All-State team...also named First Team All-New Britain Herald...had 51 receptions for 735 yards and eight TDS in 2009...caught 30 passes for 530 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior...earned All-Central Connecticut Conference honors in 2008 and '09...also plays basketball and track...son of former Syracuse standout and eight-year NFL veteran Tebucky Jones, Sr. ...born on December 24, 1992.
Jonathan Louis - Enrolled at Connecticut for the Spring 2010 semester...played high school football at Cardinal Spellman in Brockton, Mass., and St. Thomas Moore in Oakdale, Conn. ...had 50 tackles and five sacks in 2008 at St. Thomas Moore...prepped for a year at the Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa...had 59 tackles and eight sacks in 2009 ...Wyoming went 7-1 in 2009...also played basketball and track in high school...honor roll student...born on September 24, 1991.
Taylor Mack - Named Honorable Mention Class AA All-State by Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2009...team advanced to Class AA Semifinals....two time first team all-area pick...had four interceptions and three defensive TDs as a senior...team MVP and captain...was MVP of Atlanta of National Underclassmen Combine...born on June 10, 1991.
B.J. McBryde - Had 72 tackles in senior year to go along with six sacks...named honorable mention all-section...team captain and two-year starter...team went 10-2 in senior season and won a pair of playoff games...also plays basketball and is team captain and three-year starter...born on October 10, 1991.
Lyle McCombs - Named to New York Daily News All-City team and New York Post All-Staten Island...Named co-winner of Al Fabbri Award, given each year to the top high school football player on Staten Island...two-time Staten Island Advance All-Star....led all Staten Island players with 172 points scored...rushed for an average of 7.2 yards per carry in senior year...rushed for 1,544 yards in nine games...also had 15 receptions for an average of 23.4 yards per reception...also rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior...born on April 12, 1992.
Scott McCummings - Named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team...was named MetroWest Daily News Player of the Year...named All-Scholastic by both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald...team captain...had over 2,000 yards of passing in senior year with over 1,000 yards of rushing ...passed for 15 touchdowns and rushed for another 12...team advanced to state Division II Super Bowl...as a junior, threw for 1,232 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 980 yards and 14 TDs...has twin older brothers that both play college football - Thad at Massachusetts and Theo at Mount Ida...born on October 15, 1991.
Greg McKee - Enrolled at Connecticut for the Spring 2010 semester....named First Team All-Public League from the Chicago Sun-Times on the defensive side....team finished second in conference in senior year...two-time all-conference pick...academically ranked 23rd in class of 218...National Honor Society member...plays the piano and cello...also a member of the wrestling team....born on May 10, 1992.
Andrew Opoku - Enrolled at Connecticut for the Spring 2010 semester ...played his high school football at North Brunswick High School and spent a season of prep school at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia...earned first team all-conference honors in high school and was a team captain...had 15 career interceptions in high school...earned Honorable Mention Honors as the U.S. Army All-America Combine...team captain...honor roll student in high school...born on November 11, 1990.
Bryan Paull - Second Team All-County pick...played in the Miami-Dade County vs. Broward County All-Star Game on January 15...Named first team all-county in football by the Miami Herald and was also third team all-state and district champion in wrestling ... spent time living in Illinois...born on February 16, 1992.
Angelo Pruitt - Named Honorable Mention All-District in Region IV by the Associated Press...two-time all-league and all-city pick...team had a 10-0 record in regular season during senior year...made 98 tackles with 26 for a loss as a junior in 2008..also had 235 rushing yards and three TDs as a junior...had 78 career tackles for a loss...three-time league all-academic pick...born on June 10, 1992.
Yawin Smallwood - Named to the Central Massachusetts All-Stars for Division 1C...Had 71 tackles as a senior in 2009 with five sacks... rushed for 769 yards and ten touchdowns and also passed for 126 yards... as a junior, passed for 726 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 724 yards and six TDs....two-time pick to Worcester Telegram and Gazette Super Team...three-time Division I all-star and two-time Division I Defensive MVP...also plays basketball...attended same high school as former Husky center Keith Gray...two-year captain...born on December 25, 1991.
Gilbert Stlouis -- Enrolled at Connecticut for the Spring 2010 semester ...played in the Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl in Honolulu in December...team went 8-3 in senior year...earned first team all-conference in 2009 with 15 pass breakups...had 40 tackles as a junior...team captain...also runs track...born on April 30, 1991.
Brandon Steg - Played in the Miami-Dade County vs. Broward County All-Star Game..also played in the Hawaii/Polynesia-Mainland Bowl in Honolulu in December...named second team all-county...team captain...born on October 11, 1991.
The following are biographies of the two student-athletes who signed a Letter of Intent in February of 2009 and enrolled for the Spring 2010 semester.
Leon Kinnard -- Second team all-state pick as a junior...was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore and senior...as a senior, was named second team all-metro from the Baltimore Sun and All-Baltimore County...first team all-metro and all-county as junior ....as a sophomore in 2005, was 103 for 185 in the air for 1,415 yards and 11 TDs...also rushed for 303 yards and 11 TDs...as a junior in 2006, threw for 1,489 yards with 13 touchdowns as team won state title... team went 11-0 in senior year....team captain...was selected to play in 2008 Maryland Crab Bowl between all-stars from Maryland and Washington, D.C., but missed game because of injury...born February 9, 1991.
Michael Osiecki -- 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year in Connecticut....also earned first team all-state honors from the New Haven Register...two-time first team All-Naugatuck Valley League...team advanced to state Class SS final as a senior...also played fullback in high school, rushing for 1,774 yards and 26 TDs on 199 carries and catching 25 passes for 419 yards and six TDs as a senior...second team all-state his junior year...team captain...born June 14, 1991.