The offers continue to go out on the recruiting trail as the UConn Football program looks to build out a talented 2018 recruiting class. The Huskies have consistently been in the running against higher profile programs than in years past and the same holds true in an offer that went out earlier this week to a highly sought after linebacker from Columbus, OH.
For Brian Asamoah, a junior at St. Frances DeSales, who holds more than 30 major college scholarship offers, he will have a long and hard decision to make. When talking about the Huskies program just hours after receiving the offer, his excitement shown through about the opportunity he would have in Storrs.
"They offered me today over the phone," Asamoah confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. "I've been talking to Coach Corey Edsall for about a month now and just building that relationship. He got me introduced to the coaching staff and I'm learning more about UConn and the program. They felt comfortable with me because I'm a guy that would fit into the program and a guy that could be a part of the future. I'm pretty excited about it."
The Huskies success at molding players into next level talent began in full force under the leadership of head coach Randy Edsall, who is back at the helm to right the ship of a program he built from scratch. The reputation for the success he had at UConn is still present and the program is still a place that NFL scouts frequently visit. Despite just one bowl game since Edsall's departure in 2010, the Huskies have continued to excel in individual player development. Obi Melifonwu continued the trend of jaw dropping performances at the league's yearly scouting combine ahead of the draft and Asamoah certainly took notice.
"I was talking with Corey Edsall and I've learned a lot about the UConn guys who have gone on to succeed at the next level," he said. "This year with a guy [Obi Melifonwu] going in the 2nd or 3rd round, that trend continued. He was an athletic freak and the production at UConn in developing their athletes is something I'm also excited about."
On the field, it might surprise some that Asamoah is just starting to get comfortable in the position he's expected to excel at during his time in college.
"Not many people know that I've played LB for all of one season, just thirteen games," he said.
Despite that fact, his overall football ability took over. He's a two-way player in high school, who also saw quite a bit of time at running back in 2016, running for 651 yards and 8 TD's on 85-carries. Asamoah also averaged 45-yards per reception, with another score.
"I'm a fast learner and am able to adapt in any situation," he stressed. "I'm a sure tackler, can cover, am a great rusher and cause a lot of havoc in the backfield for opposing quarterbacks. The fact that I'm still learning and was able to have a major impact showed something. I've learned a lot this off-season and I'll be able to apply it to my game next season. It should be fun."
What exactly has he worked and improved on?
"Be more fluent at the position," he was quick to respond. "Last year I relied on natural ability. Now I'm playing with knowledge behind it. That's something I'm going to show this upcoming season."
In addition to talent development, Edsall had a reputation for performance of his players in the classroom his first time here. For Asamoah, that education is a high priority.
"It's huge," he said. "I have three brothers. The oldest is a chemist, second oldest holds a career as a Senior Risk Analyst at the corporate offices of Big Lots and the youngest has two degrees in business management and marketing and is working for the government. Academics are everything. It will be priority number one in my decision because football is not forever."
With so many after his services, schools are really going to have to work to separate themselves from others. What's most important to Asamoah?
"Going where I'm loved and where I'm needed," he said. "Going where I can fit and make an impact right away. Somewhere I can mature as a man and play ball. My collegiate goals and aspirations are to go to the next level."
If his success in high school is any indication, the Huskies would benefit from a player coming from a winning culture.
"Last year we had a great year at St. Frances," he said. "We were undefeated, but finished 13-1, lost in the finals of the playoffs. This year, we want to go in with the same mentality, same goal; go undefeated, get to the playoffs and try to win the whole thing this year."
As Asamoah gets set to begin the journey which will decide his next four years, his family will be beside him every step of the way.
"My brothers will take me on all of my visits and they'll play a key role in this process," he said. "I'll plan out the summer with them and start to solidify my visits. I'll try to group them together because my parents and brothers have a job, so I'm trying to respect the family and not try to be a burden on anyone. The visits will be coming soon, I don't know where exactly, but we'll see what happens when we plan it out."
Family, education and football talent? Asamoah sounds like he would be a perfect fit.
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