Connecticut has kicked off the 2007 recruiting season early by adding their all-conference and honorable mention all-state prospect Aaron Hernandez to the fold.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder with 4.66-second speed has been recruited by the Huskies to potentially play tight end, wide receiver or defensive end.
"My brother D.J. Hernandez is going there and my whole family wanted me to play with him and it's been a dream of mine too," he said. "I like that my family can come and see me play. I also like the campus, and all the coaches treated me really good at the camp."
What in particular did the coaches like about the young prospect?
"They said they liked my size and athletic ability," he said. "They also really liked the way I catch the ball too."
Hernandez confirmed that it's unlikely he'll look at other schools and is just glad to have the decision over with.
"I'm happy with my decision and I'm relaxed," he said. "Now I can focus on my season next year."
The prospect told coaches of his decision when he attended their camp recently.
"Coach Marino said I can commit now or whenever I'd like and I told him I'd like to commit right now," he said. "He said that'll make it a lot easier and they can't wait to see me get there."
Hernandez plans to take in Connecticut games both at home and away this season.
"I'd like to go to some of the big games this year like Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Louisville," he said. "Pretty much I'm going to be looking at where I fit in and how I compare to the players already on their team."
Hernandez still has two years before he'll head off to the Huskies. He plans to improve in multiple areas of his game by then.
"I'm trying to get my 40-time down, I want to get bigger, stronger and everything," he said. "The coaches say that there's a chance I might not redshirt, but that all depends how I develop between now and then."