Ansonia RB Montrell Dobbs commits to UConn

ESPN's Roger Brown is reporting today on his recruiting blog that Ansonia (Conn.) running back Montrell Dobbs has committed to UConn for the fall of 2012.

Dobbs, who rushed for a state-best 3,445 yards and 45 touchdowns as a junior before transferring to Milford Academy (N.Y.), is the first in-state commit for the Huskies since Paul Pasqualoni replaced Randy Edsall as head coach earlier this year.

Brown writes:

Pasqualoni often lured Connecticut's best players out of state when he was the head coach at Syracuse. New Britain's Tebucky Jones and Bloomfield's Dwight Freeney are two of the Connecticut residents who played at Syracuse under Pasqualoni.

Dobbs said he also received mild interest from Pittsburgh, Louisville, Syracuse and Cincinnati.

"I'm a Connecticut guy, and UConn is like the Rutgers of New Jersey -- it's our big-time school," Dobbs said. "I'm not sure if they had any interest in me when [Randy] Edsall was there. Edsall had a reputation of not getting in-state kids [Connecticut signed eight in-state players in its last three recruiting classes], but I think with Pasqualoni there things are gonna change."

Dobbs ran for more than 300 yards in seven of Ansonia's 13 games last season. He finished the season with 3,445 yards rushing -- the second-highest single-season total in state history -- on 406 carries.

He'll attend Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., next season and plans to enroll at Connecticut in January. LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh/Philadelphia Eagles) and Shonn Greene (Iowa/New York Jets) are among the running backs who played at Milford Academy.

"A year of prep school is going to help me," Dobbs said. "Milford is known for its running backs and that kind of got my attention.

"I think me going to Connecticut is going to open up the door for more Connecticut kids to go there."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.