Lehighton, Pa. running back Robbie Frey committed to Connecticut yesterday. The 6-foot-0, 184-pounder picked the Huskies over an offer from Akron and interest from other schools.
"It has actually been a very tough decision for Robbie the whole time," his father, Rob Frey said. "I know he liked both schools because they are on the rise and he liked the coaching staffs the same. That made things a lot more difficult for him, but I think the academic opportunities at Connecticut along with the location and the fact they play a lot of other teams in the Big East put them over the top."
What in particular did Frey like about Connecticut?
"He really liked the entire coaching staff, especially Randy Edsall," he said. "He liked coach Edsall's philosophies a lot because he isn't looking for a superstar. He wants a well-rounded person with character and someone that will graduate. I think that was a big selling point for Connecticut, but he also liked the other coaches including his recruiter coach Hughes."
As far as playing time, the two-star prospect will be given a chance to earn it immediately.
"Coach Edsall has told us that he brings everybody in on the same level so that everyone comes in with the same attitude," he said. "The coaches are looking for Robbie to play running back although he'll go wherever he is needed."
Frey is glad to have the decision out of the way.
"The big reason for his commitment this early was so that he can take that emphasis off of himself and concentrate on his team," he said. "I know he doesn't want to distract from the rest of his teammates and he wants to enjoy this year and coach Edsall has told him to do whatever he wants whether it's track, wrestling or more because he'll never be able to do it again."
Frey earned first team all-conference and first team all-state honors after rushing for 2,272 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior.