Recruiting 2015: Connecticut high school football college commits [updated, Feb. 20]

The following is a list of players from Connecticut High Schools who have signed letters of intent or have made commitments for the Class of 2015.

For most schools, particularly Division I, 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 by GameTimeCT 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 commitment, let us know by sending us your National Signing Day photosEmail to GameTimeCT at GameTimeCT@gmail.com and/or to Sean Patrick Bowley, your friendly neighborhood web producer, at sbowley@nhregister.com.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 National Signing Day in Connecticut 

List as of February 17, 8 p.m.

FBS (Division I-A)

FCS (Division I-AA)

Others

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  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.

  13. P-Daddy says

    Not a bad showing for little Connecticut. We have some really well developed suburban programs with tremendous staffs and culture of winning. For Connecticut to really start pumping out more D1 players places like Harding, Hillhouse, BPort Central, Hartford Public would have to develop the same type of top-to-bottom family buy-in and consistent year around commitment that NC, Darien, and Hand (etc…) are able to do. That is really how Florida exploded in the 70s/80s. We’ll never be in that league obviously, but we should be able to produce at the same level as other states with 3.5 million population.
    The lax and private school excuse is meaningless. Please really? D1 lax players are frequently 5’10 185 lbs white kids who run 4.7 40s. Great high school level athletes that are often all-conference or even all-state in football. But, signing with Duke or ND lacrosse isn’t even close to Bama or Ohio State football.
    Too bad Cochrane quit at Harding; didn’t think he was the quitting type. Was hoping he got them on a roll and maybe served as an example of what is possible.

    • Marcus Da Truth says

      Cochran got in trouble and the reason the inner city doesn’t explode with its D1 talent is due to lack of good coaching. Kids a the public high schools don’t buy into coaches who are just trying to get a check. Hartford high has at least 10 D1 athletes every year that are graduating but don’t play sports due to lack of respect and trust in coach.

      In addition to that the reason more kids don’t go D1 in football is lack of exposure in the nation. Scouts wants kids to come to college summer camps but most kids in CT can’t travel that far to Top colleges. That’s why BC, Umass, & Uconn get most kids. So either the kids go to these big name college camps or high school teams start playing the De La Salles, Don Boscos,& others!
      TRUTH!!

  14. Football Recruit update says

    Matt Millea from Avon Old Farms committed to Marist(FCS)
    And also Elijah Ibitokun Hanks from Avon Old Farms committed to Albany(FCS)

  15. Mike says

    Sean as someone who covers high school football in CT such as yourself I’d love to get your opinion on the decline of division 1 football players the state is producing. If you go back to the early to mid 2000s the state was producing on average 13 to 20 division 1 full scholarship signees per year. Once it hit 2009 some years we were below 5 per year and even lower than that what is the issue within our state. Please anyone weigh in

  16. fciacfan says

    Congratulations to all of the players who signed their NLI today. It is a great accomplishment, no matter what school you are going to. Players and families alike must be very proud this evening!!!

  17. FCIAC FAN says

    A breakdown of conferences and signings. The top conferences in CT(as most of us have expected) will put the most student athletes at D1/II or III schools. Congrats to all and good luck to your continuation of football in college.

    FCIAC – 8 D1 signings along with 12 DII/III players. They lead the pack with 20 so far. Add the 2 walk ons to UConn and it brings the total to 22. Nice job FCIAC. Thought you may see more going to D1.

    SCC – 6 D1 signings and 12 DII/III for a total of 18. A couple more will be signing in the next week so this number will jump. Not bad considering a down year for the SCC. Just wondering where all the SHelton kids are going since they had some really talented Seniors.

    CCC – Has 7 D1 signing which puts them 2nd for D1, and a total of 10 going on. Biggest conference should have more signings.

    ECC – 2 going to D1 – not bad ECC

    NVL – 3 going on from PG schools to D1 while 2 going to DII/III. thanks to the PG players or this conference would have ZERO going D1.

    SWC – 1 going D1. Only 1 player from Newtown going on so far? Very sad number considering SPB, I believe, or maybe Erickson, wrote that Newtown was the most talented senior class in CT?

    • Sean Patrick BowleySean Patrick Bowley says

      Oh for crying out loud on that last one. Give me a break.

      Sorry, the number of kids who pick a school on signing day and/or what level they go does not directly correlate to how good a team you are at the HS level. It just doesn’t.

      Nice try.

      • ACL says

        Well said Sean.

        Not to mention the fact that there are probably kids out there who will be playing that didn’t get reported to Gametime. I know of at least three that haven’t made decisions yet and may not announce when they do.

        The breakdown is interesting but far from relevant.

      • Not so nice in Newtown says

        from some of the parents of these Newtown players, the coaching staff really ripped out the love of football for the senior class or you would see about 6 of them go on and play in college. Hopefully, they will find out that the grass is greener once you leave that program.

        • Sean Patrick BowleySean Patrick Bowley says

          Ok. I had one prominent former player tell me: college was nothing like high school in terms of his enjoyment of the sport. He loved high school football, college not so much because it didn’t compare to HS. But that was just him and may be different with others.

          Unless you do a study, let’s stop with the blanket psychological theories.

        • Blame the Coach and society too says

          Not So Nice in Newtown…

          Really? The coaching staff ripped the love of football from the kids and THAT is why they do not want to play? Perhaps some of them are not as good as you think. Maybe some of them want to focus on academics. But making a blanket statement that your kid doesn’t want to play college football because a coach ruined it is asinine.

          If you are allowing your kid to stop playing football because they say it is the coaches fault, then clearly you are enabling your kid. What happens when your son has real challenges beyond making a catch or tackle? The coach was too hard on your kid and he didn’t have fun. Are you going to say its okay to quit, it will be alright? If it was so bad in Newtown wouldn’t these players want the opportunity to play for a new coach?

          Newtown parents, you should watch Southington. They should have 6 people playing college football. Stop complaining and teach your kids that they will not always get what they want. Life is not easy. Instead of buying them BMWs for their 16th birthday maybe you should stop instilling the idea that they are inherently better than everyone else.

          • City Boy says

            I agree, stop blaming the coaches. The Newtown team wasn’t as good as everyone thought and should have lost to Brookfield if it wasn’t for half the starters being injured in the 2nd game and a bad call on roughing the punter the first. They also have about twice as many kids to choose from.

            Cannot wait until next year and I guarantee, you will not hear any parents say “welcome to big boy football” when Brookfield wipes out Newtown. Newtown only loses about 90% of their starters.

    • Coach Lil B says

      Cmon this has nothing to do with how good HS teams are. Not even relevant. There are many kids playing D1 in other sports who were great football players (or if not D1 playing at another level which is still fine). Add on number of kids who haven’t made decisions yet whether it be D2, D3, or Juco as well. Most D3 players haven’t even come close to making decisions yet and a lot of D2 players haven’t decided yet bc they were waiting on a D1 to offer. Juco kids are also in same time frame as D3 kids in choosing what schools will be a good fit. And we haven’t even mentioned kids going to Prep next year. Nice to do a graphic on it but lets not go as far to say that its relevant to conference strength and this conference should have more etc etc

    • SportsFan says

      I think it’s a crapshoot to try and guess how many kids from each conference are really going onto play at the next level. Unless they’re major D1/D1AA/D2 signings, no one really knows about them. Unless their fan base or team or coaches or their families really publicize it, no ones going to know about all the kids who go.

      The other interesting thing is to look at the major teams who list all of their former players that went on to play in college… then go look for them on that college a year or two later and almost half of them (for some teams) aren’t even playing college football anymore.

      I think for most of the kids, the pressure to pick a higher division school can often times negatively effect their college football experience as well as their college/academic experience as a whole. Just go to a school where you can get the education you want and have a decent shot at seeing the field.

      As SPB pointed out, many kids don’t have the same experience in college as they did in HS, most times because they were the “dude” in HS, and they’re at a college (even in some D3 cases) where EVERYONE was the “dude” at their respective school.

      When it comes down to it, unless you go MAJOR Division 1 to a Power Conference, no one’s really going to worry about it or remember it.

  18. CT Football Recruit says

    Good for the QB from Warde going to Uconn.. Even though he’ll never play a down there, great experience and great education.. Hopefully they can find a role for him there.

  19. old school says

    Congrats to all those kids going on to play in college regardless of level. College football is a very demanding endeavor, many will not make it the full four years. I do have a question; are these prep school kids who signed D-I scholarships from CT or did they just prep in CT? Also some great points made on the lax/baseball scholarship thing. Lax has made a great attempt to “steal” kids from football. They sell the scholarship thing which has been well documented in previous posts as well as selling the reverse race card. My numbers may be off but they don’t lie; 1-A football programs have 85 scholarships, 1-AA has somewhere in the 60 scholarship range, and D-II has somewhere in the 35 range. The scholarship money in lax and baseball pale in comparison to those football offers.

    • Marcus Da Truth! says

      Not every prep kid is from CT. Chris Clark I bel is from New Jersey while christin from Suffield Academy is from CT. So some are some aren’t.
      TRUTH!!

  20. UBilly says

    I just saw UConn listed as a school that will “Gray Shirt” players to avoid NCAA scholarship limits? Does anyone know if this is true and who had this done to them?
    I know Coach BD has been utilizing the “preferred walk on” tag to increase his numbers without actually committing scholarship monies, but the “gray shirt” tag has very negative connotations based upon what Louisville and the slimy Bobby Petrino has been caught doing.
    I hate seeing UConn lumped with him, even if he wins.

    • Coach Pigskin says

      I don’t know if UConn is ‘gray shirting’ of not – but whatever they are doing it isn’t working. Recruiting class rankings in the 90′s gets UConn nowhere. Not bringing in the kind of kid that allows them to compete at the D-1 level. Sure I’ll catch some grief about this – just calling them like I see them.

    • Coach Pigskin says

      Couple of Ohio players sign with MSU – how is that relevant to this post? Nice players, but why didn’t they sign with THE National Champion – THE Ohio State University?

  21. says

    Sometimes a kid will pick a Dlll school because it is regarded as a higher educational school than many D1′s. My son had an option to play lax with the partial scholarship ($15,000) at a D1 among other offers for lower money at other D1′s. He chose to play football at a strong NESCAC school for the education (he has been offered a walk on spot for lax as well). So he gets the best of both worlds by not going D1.

    • Coach Pigskin says

      Very good post Mike – most people might not recognize that a $15,000 partial lax scholarship is a very substantial number for that sport – your son must be quite the player. No denying the academic level of the NESCAC’s – and the level of play in NESCAC football is much higher than most people realize.

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