June 23, 2010

Commitment No. 3 is in

The UConn football coaches are on a recruiting roll of late and they aren't showing any signs of slowing down. Their most recent commitment is a talented defensive back from Georgia, and he could be one of the top athletes to sign with the Huskies in recent memory.

David Stevenson is the newest UConn recruit and the 5-foot-9, 160-pound athlete from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson had received a handful of other offers prior to choosing Connecticut.

Stevenson hasn't even visited UConn yet, but he feels confident enough that it's the right place for him that he went ahead and made his decision.

"Yeah, it's the truth," Stevenson said, confirming his commitment to UConn. "I did it today. I gave coach (Lyndon) Johnson a call. The whole staff was excited. He said they were glad to have me as a Husky."

While the staff is excited, Stevenson is every bit as upbeat. He believes he has found a program that is a perfect fit for him.

"I like the fact that they (the coaches) have been there since the program started," he said. "I've had a good feeling about UConn. I've seen their facilities online and they're nice. I know it's a pretty new program but they're competing with the best of the best and they've got a good team. I like the direction they're headed in."

UConn first verbally offered Stevenson a scholarship during the spring but the written offer did not come in until last week. Apparently the offer had to be signed off on by the head coach, Randy Edsall. He liked what he saw in Stevenson, and when the offer was sent out it didn't take too long for Stevenson to make up his mind.

What kind of player are the Huskies picking up in Stevenson?

"They've recruited me as a cornerback," he explained. "I think I have great ball skills and I like to go up and get the ball. I compete with receivers for the ball. I have good man on man ability and I'm not afraid to hit anybody. I make good breaks on the ball. One thing I want to try to improve on is getting a quicker burst off the ball."

Stevenson said his decision came down to UConn, Southern Miss and Marshall. He said a lot of other schools had started to show interest but they did not measure up to the school he chose.

Since he has not taken a visit to UConn, though he has been in the area before, setting up a trip is a top priority. He said he will "definitely" be taking an official visit to the school, and he said he was a solid verbal commitment.



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