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Huskies Add Five to 2018 Recruiting Class

Feb. 7, 2018

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn football team announced the addition of five players to its 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday morning. The Huskies signing class totals 24 players with 19 announced during the new early signing period on December 20.  

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Check out our Signing Day Central page to stay updated on all of the 24 signees from this year's recruiting class.

Here is a rundown on each of the Huskies' signees from Wednesday.



Dante Black
| Running Back | 5'10" 200 | Brookwood HS | Lilburn, Ga.

Had 1,927 rushing yards, 2295 all-purpose yards and set school record with 36 touchdowns as a senior captain. Named First Team All-Region, All-State and All-Metro.

Pierce DeVaughn | Defensive Linemen | 6'4" 230 | Prestonwood Christian | Plano, Texas

Played for head coach Chris Cunningham at Prestonwood Christian. Was named to All-State Second Team. First Team Academic All-State member. Helped team reach 2017 TAAPS 6A State Championship.

Jalon Ferrell | Defensive Back | 6'2" 177 | Miami Killian Senior HS | Miami, Fla.

Played free safety for head coach Steve Smith at Miami Killian Senior High School. Lettered in track and field. Recorded 33 tackles, one interception and one kick return touchdown during his senior season.

Christian Haynes | Offensive Linemen | 6'4" 295 | Bowie HS | Bowie, Md.

Lettered three seasons under Bowie High School head coach Augustus Parrish. Started three seasons on the offensive line. Two-time captain and honored as the team MVP his senior season (2017). Played in the Maryland Crab Bowl, an annual All-Star Game that showcases the best talent in the Mid-Atlantic region. 2017 PGCPS Elite 22. Washington Post All-MET Second Team. First Team All-County and All-League. Pigskin Club Honoree. Lettered in wrestling for one season.

Messiah Turner | Defensive Back | 6'1" 198 | Tampa Catholic | Tampa, Fla.

Lettered four years for head coach Mike Gregory at Tampa Catholic. Also lettered four years on his high school basketball team. Registered 24 tackles and two interceptions during his sophomore campaign. Posted 30 tackles and one interception his junior year.  Garnered 54 tackles, four interceptions (one for a touchdown), five forced fumbles and two sacks during his final year at Tampa Catholic.  Selected to the Hillsborough County All-Star Game and honored as an All-County Defensive Second Team.