It was barely six months ago that the Huskies landed the biggest recruit in their 2012 class, quarterback Casey Cochran. But the coaching staff didn't stop there, happy with their handiwork. UConn also added junior college transfer Chandler Whitmer, the media's early favorite to win the starting gig next season.
But the long-term success of any program is contingent on sustained recruiting successes. Which is why you can never have enough talent at a particular position. And that strategy explains the latest Huskies commitment: 6-6, 220-pound quarterback Richard Lagow of Plano, Texas. Details via Scout.com:
Lagow, 6 foot 6 and 220 pounds, became the fifth player – and first quarterback – to commit to UConn’s 2013 recruiting class after attending coach Paul Pasqualoni’s football camp in Storrs Sunday. He has been an Oklahoma Sooners fan since childhood and Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Mississippi State, Oregon, Stanford, TCU, Oklahoma State, North Texas and Texas Tech were among the schools that expressed interest.
“Most of the Big 12 schools have a quarterback committed already,” Lagow told Scout.com's Ken Davis by phone Monday night. “So if UConn comes all the way down to Texas, that obviously shows a lot of interest. That meant a lot."
“I could tell I was wanted there. I don’t want to shove myself in to some place where I’m really not wanted. I don’t want to wait something out, then look up and see that someone else took it. Everything felt right, so I accepted it.”
Lagow threw for 1,646 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, his first as a starter. He sounded relieved to have this decision behind him. “Any football player who has played in Pee Wee and Pop Warner wants to play in high school, then college and the NFL,” he said. “I’m certainly relieved I’ve made it this far. I’ll still be going to other camps and more offers may come in. Right now I’m committed to UConn and I plan on staying like that.”
The Huskies, meanwhile, have five quarterbacks currently vying for the starting job. By the time Lagow arrives on campus next summer, Johnny McEntee, UConn's 2011 starter, will have graduated leaving Cochran, Whitmer, Michael Nebrich and Scott McCummings.