There's been a lot of talk about UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni's recruiting philosophy. The Huskies didn't land their first recruit for the 2012 class until late last month, well behind every other team (save Pittsburgh) in the Big East.
Pasqualoni didn't preach patience, possibly because he knew that fans, by definition, have no need for such things. But also because he and his assistants seemed comfortable recruiting in the Northeast. Well, a day after writing this, the Huskies landed the second member of the 2012 recruiting class: wide receiver John Green.
Details via Desmond Connor of the Hartford Courant::
John Green, a 5 foot 11, 170-pound receiver and burner at Felix Varela Senior High in Miami, Fla., has become the second recruit to commit to first-year coach Paul Pasqualoni.
"I definitely wanted to leave Florida," Green said by phone Monday night. "I did a lot of research on UConn, academics, football and it really seems like the right fit for me a place where I think I grow."
Green didn't camp at UConn and has yet to visit. He said he will in August.
Green also told Connor that he had received scholarship offers from Florida International and Buffalo. And he supposedly has 4.3 40 speed. We'll have to wait and see whether that makes him an instant deep threat, but as the old saying goes: better to have and not need than need and not have.
Should Green sign his letter of intent, he wouldn't show up in Storrs until next fall, which means that he's of no immediate help to the Huskies, a team with plenty of questions at the skill position. (That said, it's rare that a true freshman contributes, anyway.)
If nothing else, it should mitigate concerns that Pasqualoni and his staff looked lost on the recruiting trail. Of course, landing players is key, but more important than that is landing players who end up contributing. It will be a few years before we're able to judge the caliber of player Pasqualoni is bringing to UConn. For now, we're just happy that the 2012 class is coming together.