Recruiting 2015: Connecticut high school football college commits [updated]

From left, Norwalk's Evan Adams (courtesy Norwalk Hour), New Canaan's Zach Allen, Xavier's Tanner Kern, Fairfield Prep's Anthony Palazzolo, Windsor Locks/Suffield's Jarvis Miller (via Scout.com)

From left, Norwalk’s Evan Adams (courtesy Norwalk Hour), New Canaan’s Zach Allen, Xavier’s Tanner Kern, Fairfield Prep’s Anthony Palazzolo, Windsor Locks/Suffield’s Jarvis Miller (via Scout.com)

The following is a living list of players at Connecticut High Schools who have made verbal commitments for the Class of 2015.

For most schools, commitments are unbinding until the player signs a letter of intent beginning on National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Players attending as preferred walk-ons are noted with asterisks.

The list has been compiled through various sources, including Scout.com, Rivals.com, Connecticut media reports and, of course, the players themselves.

Hudl or YouTube highlight reels provided if available.

If you have made a verbal commitment, let us know.

List as of January 31, 2015

CIAC

FBS (Division I-A)

FCS (Division I-AA)

Others

Non-CIAC

FBS (Division I-A)

FCS (Division I-AA)

Others

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Comments

  1. OLU says

    Brothers Patrick Kehoe (QB) and MJ Kehoe (TE) from Cheshire Academy committed to FCS Delaware

    Andrew Chuma (LB) Suffield Academy (via Ridgefield – 2014) committed to FCS Lafayette

    Thomas Costigan (LB) Trinity Catholic committed to FCS Bryant

  2. says

    Every year there are several CT players who end up getting a preferred walk on status at a Division 1 school and end up making the team

    This year Jason Thompson from Shelton did just that at UCONN and in fact was awarded by his teammates as scout player of the week earlier in the season.

  3. Coach Lil B says

    Jalen Gardner (Hillhouse) – New Hampshire
    Julian Dunn (Newtown) – Maine
    Owen Tyler (Northwest Catholic) – Delaware
    Isaiah Tompkins (Middletown) – Brown

  4. ACL says

    Since you have a couple of players under ‘Others’, Stephen Longley will be playing for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) next year as a RB.

      • JON says

        SCC Pride- you hit the nail on the head in regards to how our kids are getting sold into this whole full year lax leagues that costs thousands and sells the kids on recruiting etc. We have had many kids come back years after regretting it saying how they were sold on that stuff and it turned out they get offers but its more about getting the kid to commit, seeing there is virtually very little scholarship money involved. These colleges try to get them to commit so early and they tend to put all their eggs in this recruiting basket and miss out on other sport opportunities. I congratulate all these football recruits as it takes a lot of hard work to get to where they are now! Great Job!!

  5. Perspective says

    Congrats to all these kids!

    To illustrate the incredible gap between HS football in Connecticut versus other states, one HS in Ohio (St. Edward) has more kids committed to D-1A schools than all of Connecticut:

    Shaun Crawford (Notre Dame)
    Troy Dipre (Kent State)
    Andrew Dowell (Kentucky)
    David Dowell (Kentucky)
    Troy Henderson (Syracuse)
    Brett Kean (South Florida)
    Alex Stump (Ohio State)

    • JMorando11 says

      Due to your knowledge of specifics from ohio, you need either a life or a girlfriend. Stop ripping on our state.

      • Perspective says

        …says the guy commenting on HS football at 11pm…LOL!

        My point wasn’t to rip on Connecticut. I live in Connecticut and enjoy Connecticut HS football. But there’s a huge gap between Connecticut and other states. Part of it is population. It also show the challenge UConn faces trying to compete in D-1A when there are currently only 6 D-1A players in the state.

  6. gobballfan says

    Perspective… but keep in mind that Ohio is a much more populated state than CT and there are less private schools/prep schools. Also, football is THE sport in Ohio. CT has many Lax and baseball players going D1, that could be football players if they concentrated on just football.

  7. SCC pride says

    not that many d1 lax and baseball players – just youth groups that want you to think that so parents spend too much money on bs summer leagues and winter leagues. Great thing about football is with hard work and dedication you can succeed. Camps in the summer help for sure but you don’t need to spend thousands so some hack can coach your kid year round.

  8. gobballfan says

    SCC Pride….this isn’t just about SCC players. There are at least 15 D1 lax players signing out of the fciac every year, and even more from the prep and private schools. And CT does very well getting baseball players to play at the D1 or high D2 level, especially for a small state. And every sport needs hard work and dedication to succeed. Football just isn’t set up to be infiltrated by hack summer coaches.

    • 7Strong says

      agree…CT has much more baseball and lacrosse players signing D1 and D2.. CT is so far behind in football. The athletes are here!

      • SCC pride says

        the football guys are getting full rides to those D1 and FCS schools however. Lax and Baseball give basically nothing in terms of scholarship money. A lax kid/bb kid gets 5000 they run around talking about how they got a scholarship.
        The fciac kids for the most part are going to go to whatever college they want to anyway with the money their families make. The athletes are here but I wonder if the need/desire to earn a scholarship is strong enough.

        Also, no matter what the lax and baseball people do they will not get the coverage that football does. Lax and baseball people try to keep their kids year round by bashing football as much as they can.

        • SCCDAD says

          Of course their is more money in scholarships in football. College football is a money making machine for the schools which have huge amounts of free rides to give out. I can only talk of baseball which at the D1 level has 11.7 for a 35 man roster. Personally I, nor my child who is a D1 baseball player bashes football, he just never had the desire to play it. He started playing baseball at an early age was pretty good at it and followed his passion. If a child or parent is choosing to play a sport to try to get a scholarship they need to have their heads examined. The amount of kids who are talented enough to move on after high school and get any form of scholarship is very small and should not be the focus at all but if a child does earn even a 5,000$ scholarship as you spoke of he should be proud of his or her accomplishment.

  9. Gobballfan says

    Perspective….you didn’t mention money in your original post. I thought we were just talking about D1 talent. And it’s not like these football players are playing sec football. They are filling 85 man rosters on patriot league teams

    • Coach Lil B says

      Cmon people lets not get rowdy with these posts….we’re celebrating the talent and signings of our football players here in the state of CT! No comparisons needed, no bashing, no put downs to anyone’s accomplishments and where they are signing etc. Be respectful and enjoy the fact that these kids are moving on to play the sport of football at the collegiate level.

    • Dave says

      How about this for a concept, maybe these kids are going to school to get an education? Their hard work has allowed them to continue to compete in a sport they love and maybe even provided some tuition money to do it. There are some pretty darn good academic institutions on this list. Maybe we should do a “where are they now” in 20 years to see if the SEC serves a kid better than where our CT kids are going?

  10. Blue Knights says

    Central Connecticut is listed as others when it should be FCS (1AA).

    Golballfan, pretty naive statement there? FCS and Patriot league may not be the SEC, but it is D1 and the competitiveness of vying for football scholarships at FCS programs is a long shot for any student athlete. Sure, kids could play lax and get a 10% scholarship, which is a reason why so many CT lax players go on the record as saying they have a scholarship, but getting a full ride is unheard of for a lax player while full rides are typically the norm for football players. Thus the reason it is tougher for a football player from CT to continue to play in college. There are just less chance of a scholarship, not because there is less talent.

    I guess they could give 10% football scholarships, but then the whole state of CT would be playing college ball and take away the integrity of the student athlete.

  11. gobballfan says

    Guys…Here was the original post I was responding to…”To illustrate the incredible gap between HS football in Connecticut versus other states, one HS in Ohio (St. Edward) has more kids committed to D-1A schools than all of Connecticut” No where in there did it say anything about the amount of money a scholarship or commitment was worth. No matter the money value, CT does have many D1 players in sports other than football. In fact, I think we probably get short changed on the football side and for some reason schools would rather take the 10th best LB out of Ohio instead of the best in CT. I’m sure if we just flip flopped addresses for many CT kids, they would be going to bigtime FB schools.

    • CT_YANKEE_in_CT says

      Baseball scholarships are very difficult to come by. Teams are granted less than 12 full Scholarships that are to be divided by 27 or 28 players on the roster. Rosters can be up to 35 total players (including walk-ons). Do the math -it’s extremely difficult to get a full ride in baseball and full rides are mainly used to persuade projected high draft picks to come to State U instead of signing.

      As far as offering D1 scholarships to CT athletes versus other states it is simple. For college coaches it’s all about talent. Period. Certainly there are outliers and players from states and/or programs with stronger reputations will get the benefit of the doubt. At the end of the day it is all about size, speed and ability which dictate at what level you will play.

      Regardless at what level you play all players should take pride in playing a sport that they love and have dedicated themselves to. Congratulations to all listed and good luck with your sport and more importantly your studies.

  12. JB says

    D1 (FBS) is not allowed to give partial scholarships in football … max is 85 full-rides on the roster and every shcolarship must be a full-ride. D1 (FCS) is allowed to give partial scholarships in football … but is limited to 63 full-ride equivalent in term of $amounts. The Ivy League gives no “athletic scholarships” but has way more leeway given their endowments and “need-base” formulas for aid – which is really nothing more than a scholarship. At Yale, if your family income is less than $100k per annum then you can qualify for 95% in “tuition aid” which happens to a number of recruits across many sports.

    D1 lax and baseball are allowed to give partial scholarships at all schools. Given these are not revenue sports, the budgets are tighter and the money is spread out. The elite players tend to get full-rides while everyone else is given partial-rides. Football is different at the big-time D1 level given football is a revenue sport and can afford the full-rides.

    So this debate on scholarships doesn’t really have anything to do with “player ability” … its all about collegiate athletic financial structure and NCAA regulations.

    This is a great summary of how it all works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Division_I_(NCAA)

    The reall benefit of lax or baseball (or golf, tennis, track, crew, etc) is the opportunity to gain admittance to a university of higher academic standing … its not a tuition scholarship but it sets the kid up for a great future and a potentially higher paying career.

    • Coach Lil B says

      Wondering about Lyons and also Rush from Windsor (WR), any news on them? Or other top WRs…..WR is always a deep position as there are hundreds of great ones in the area all vying for scholarships. Even Jamele who broke career TD record didnt have many scholarship options to choose from, WR is tough tough tough to get a scholarship unless you have some separating intangibles or killed it at summer camps.

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