May 20, 2007

Total of 25 confirmed UConn targets show off

After a two-day period where some of the top high school players in the Northeast strutted their stuff in front of college coaches, many UConn targets walked away happy with their performances and content with their progression to date at last weekend's Nike Training Camps at Penn State and Rutgers.

Over 500 players, some of whom hailed from as far as Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina, converged on the two college campuses with the intent of impressing the host of coaches in attendance. Several big-name colleges had coaches in attendance in State College, Pa. Saturday, and while the coaches were not allowed to be in Piscataway, N.J. for Sunday's camp, the intensity level was still at an all-time high.

Perhaps the biggest benefactor of the entire weekend's events was Washington (Pa.) Trinity linebacker Mike Yancich, who raised many an eyebrow after a solid performance Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, who had already received upwards of 20 scholarship offers, was named the camp's most valuable linebacker after displaying his quickness and aggression.

The linebacker said nearly three-quarters of the colleges calling for his services have expressed interest in him as an outside linebacker, but the actual position doesn't matter to him. Programs on his list of offers include Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Penn State, along with the Huskies, who were the first to offer him a scholarship.

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