August 23, 2010

McQuillan makes the call

Last week reported that the Huskies had extended a scholarship offer to Sean McQuillan, a tight end from Glastonbury (Conn.) Avon Old Farms. It didn't take long for him to decide where he wants to attend school.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound prospect is very familiar with the UConn football program. He has attended camps at the school since he was seven years old, so when he found out he had the opportunity to join the program he jumped on it right away.

"It happened a few days ago," McQuillan said late Monday evening. "I went up to a spring practice and spoke with coach [Randy] Edsall. Going into the practice I actually didn't know they were going to shoot me an offer.

"At the end of the practice I was talking to the recruiting coordinator for this area. We were just talking about the practice and he asked me if I liked what I saw.

"Coach Edsall came over and said he was going to offer me a full scholarship. He was basically just saying that my grades were the main factor. I got honor roll all four quarters [last year] so he knew I was serious about the classroom. I think once I showed him that it was enough for him."

Ultimately the decision was an easy one for McQuillan. He also had an offer from Buffalo, but ultimately it wasn't about the schools he said no to. It was about the school he chose.

"I asked my parents this earlier -- what's there to say no to? They're ten minutes down the road from my parents and it's my home state. I love the camaraderie they have and the team spirit.

"I love the coaches there. I've got a pretty good close relationship with all the coaches and there's really just too much on the table there, there's too much excitement for me to say no."

McQuillan will still be spending a year at Avon Old Farms and will join the UConn football program over the summer in 2011.

He is the Huskies' eighth commitment in the Class of 2011.

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