EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Coming off its first bowl game in five seasons, UConn concentrated its recruiting efforts on players from winning programs, signing a class of 16 on Wednesday.
The Huskies recruits went 140-40 in high school, winning a combined seven state titles, said second-year coach Bob Diaco.
Diaco, whose team improved from 2-10 in his first year to 6-7 last season, said it was important to him to add ''achievers'' as he continues to build the program.
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''The cement is still wet, so we need to be careful,'' he said.
Other things to know: UConn's class has four players from Connecticut, and added another two in-state players as walk-ons.
Top 25 Class: No.
Best in class: Jay Rose, QB, Southington.
Best of the rest: Donovan Williams, QB, Woodbridge, Va.
One that got away: Mike Lonsdorf, OL, Somerville, N.J.
How they'll fit in: UConn has most of the players back from the two-deep chart at the St. Petersburg Bowl. Because of that, most of his recruiting class is expected to redshirt. Diaco says he plans to use Rose, a national recruit who played quarterback at Southington, as what he called an ''F'' back, a tight end-running back hybrid. Diaco called Williams the one true quarterback in the class.