July 9, 2010

Huskies pick up big commitment

If you have been following UConn football recruiting lately you would know that Taariq Allen has been one of the top wide receiver prospects on the Huskies board for a while. Now Allen has made his decision and UConn's coaches have to be excited about his plans.

Allen, a 6-foot-2, 179-pound prospect from Weston (Mass.) Rivers School, has been keeping in regular contact with UConnReport.com lately, giving us updates on how the recruiting process has been progressing. On Friday we learned that Allen had made his decision.

"I committed to UConn," Allen said. "I told coach (Matt) Cersosimo, the wide receivers coach, yesterday. I called him up and let him know. He was excited, telling me it's the place to be. He was all smiles."

Ultimately Allen chose the Huskies because of the relationship the coaches established with him over many weeks.

"Every time I've been to another school I've kept on going back to UConn," he noted. "I always felt like that was the place for me. I've always had UConn at the back of my mind, even when I was at other schools. It's just the right fit. It's the place I feel comfortable at."

UConn has recruited Allen as a wide receiver, of course, and they have talked to him a little bit about how they see him fitting into their offensive plans. The coaches believe he is the kind of play maker the program needs to take that next step in the Big East.

"They're gonna use me as an 'X-Receiver'," he said. "I'm sort of gonna be an isolated receiver on the short side of the field. As for the depth chart, they said it's based on how you perform."

In the end Allen said his decision came down to UConn and Nebraska, and the Cornhuskers had offered him a scholarship. He had also received offers from Tulane and Wisconsin.

Allen is ranked the No. 5 prospect in Massachusetts by Rivals.com and a three-star prospect overall.

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