With only one early verbal commitment and roughly 12 scholarships to hand out for 2006, things have been a bit slow on the recruiting front when it comes to news for the fans. However, the Huskies have a head start on 2007 with their first commitment, a name that the UConn faithful will recognize.
"Aaron committed to UConn," said Bristol (Conn.) Bristol Central assistant coach Mike Bakaysa of tight end/defensive end Aaron Hernandez, the brother of current quarterback and former Bristol Central quarterback D.J. Hernandez. "He's a guy who did well up at UConn's camp and can play a couple of positions."
Hernandez stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 225 pounds. He's utilized in different ways on offense and defense.
"We slot him and flex him out a lot on offense as well as play him tight," said Bakaysa. "We use him the way Miami used Kellen Winslow so we can take advantage of his ability. He has very good hands, gets down the field well and blocks as well. On defense he was strong-side for us last year and might be weak-side this season. He's very quick off the football and uses his hands well."
Why UConn for Hernandez?
"Well, I think you'd have to ask him that, but obviously his brother is a connection."
Hernandez is entering his junior season at Bristol Central.
"He's only 15 years old and very mature and well developed," his coach said. "He's just going to get better and bigger and stronger as he gets older."