BB&N's Connaughton commits to Penn

Buckingham, Browne and Nichols' All-ISL and All-New England lineman Dan Connaughton committed to the University of Pennsylvania Friday, head coach John Papas wrote in an email to ESPNBoston.com this morning.

The 6-foot-3, 272-pound Sudbury resident had eight scholarship offers, including Temple and UMass, besides 3 offers from Ivy League schools, according to Papas. In the end it came down to Penn and UMass, with the Quakers getting the commit late last week.

"Dan did a great job with his recruiting," Papas wrote. "It wasn't easy at times, with 11 schools recruiting him. His choice of Penn was well thought out and calculated. In the end the combination of Ivy education, football tradition and great location proved to be the best fit for him."