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Spring ball might be a couple months away still, but the grind doesn’t stop in today’s college football world.
The UConn staff – like every other staff in the country – has been pounding the recruiting trail, looking to find that next stud out of high school (there is another signing day coming up in February), but more so trying to find that next bit of untapped potential in the transfer portal.
Whether we like it or not, college football depth charts in 2023 are now primarily built through the portal, at least for those teams looking for quick fixes. That’s not to say UConn needs “quick fixing” after its remarkable run to a bowl game this year, but transfer athletes simply give teams a better chance at winning immiedtaely. There are coaches who absolutely want to build teams organically and coach up high school kids, but if you’re in “win now” mode, the portal is your best bet.
On Thursday, the Huskies announces the addition of eight new transfers. These players will all be joining the UConn family for the spring semester.
-Mumu Bin-Wahad – Cornerback (5-10/179 – Atlanta, Ga./Grayson HS (West Virginia Univ.) – three years of eligibility.
-Ray Eldridge – Defensive Line (6-4/310 – McDonald, Pa./South Fayette (Univ. of Richmond) – one year of eligibility.
-Joseph Fagnano – Quarterback (6-3/225 – Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport (Univ. of Maine) – two years of eligibility.
-Eriq Gilyard – Linebacker (5-11/230 – Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy (University of Kansas) – one year of eligibility.
-Louis Hansen – Tight End (6-6/252 – Dover, Mass./St. Sebastian’s (Univ. of Michigan) – three years of eligibility.
-Zakhari Spears – Safety (6-1/195 – Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola HS (Univ. of Washington) – four years of eligibility.
-Jalen Mitchell – Running Back (5-10/221 – Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge HS (Univ. of Louisville) – two years of eligibility.
-Noah Plack – Defensive Back (6-2/215 – Bridgeville, Pa./South Fayette (Univ. of Delaware) – one year of eligibility.