Connecticut recruiting analysis


The class

2011 signees: 16

Top prospects: Jefferson Ashiro is an outside linebacker with ready-made size who could play on the defensive line someday. Marquise Vann is another solid outside linebacker who knows how to tackle. Xavier Hemingway played offensive tackle in high school, but seems better suited for guard in college.

Needs met: UConn needed to reload at the linebacker position after losing four-year starters Scott Lutrus and Lawrence Wilson, and the Huskies appear to have done that with Ashiro and Vann. They got a potential future quarterback in Michael Nebrich; that position looks wide open for the next couple of years. Connecticut didn't lose a ton of seniors, so this was a small class that was mostly about restocking. The program probably could have used another playmaker or two, especially at receiver.

Analysis: Paul Pasqualoni wasn't hired until mid-January but managed to hang on to most of the recruits that Randy Edsall had assembled before leaving for Maryland. As in most Edsall classes, this one is mostly devoid of superstars, but UConn has shown the ability to develop players. Pasqualoni was hired in large part for his ability to recruit the Northeast; look for the Huskies' recruiting efforts to pick up next year.

What Pasqualoni said: "I'm excited to be here and I am very, very happy with the culmination of the 2011 recruiting class. It is a very balanced class -- we have eight on the defensive side of the ball and eight on the offensive side of the ball. We are going to fill some needs from a depth chart standpoint that we thought needed [to be] addressed."

Scouts Inc. grade: C-minus