Connecticut added some major help along the offensive line yesterday when they picked up a pledge from Alexandria (Va.) West Potomac offensive tackle Jimmy Bennett. The 6-foot-8, 270-pounder selected the Huskies over offers from Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Boston College and numerous other schools.
"I called coach Ambrose last night," he said. "He sounded in shock. He didn't think I was being serious and once he realized it he was ecstatic. After that, he told me the rules of being committed to Connecticut, how I can't go on any other visits and I need to help recruit other players.
"Then today, I called coach Edsall. He was really, really happy that I'm on the team. He emphasized the points of why I chose Connecticut and wished me all the luck in the world. He was real sincere."
What made Bennett select the Huskies?
"It's really just the coaches," he said. "They take a personal interest in the grades and players themselves. They focus on the players.
"It also had to do with when I went up there. I felt really good. There was no tension with me and the coaches and they are very nice. It felt the best out of all the schools I visited."
The Connecticut coaches haven't discussed playing time, but are looking at Bennett as an offensive tackle.
The No. 47 offensive tackle in the country is relieved to have a decision behind him.
"It just feels a lot better now," he said. "I can focus on West Potomac and the playoffs. I can move forward."