July 15, 2010

Four-star keeping UConn on list

Stroudsburg (Pa.) East Stroudsburg South defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett - one of the top uncommitted players in the Northeast - recently trimmed his list of favorites to nine schools. Connecticut remains in the mix for the Rivals250 member, based largely on the resilience they showed last season.

"I definitely like the attitude that they had last year after all the adversity they had to go through," said Jarrett. "They never quit, and you saw the heart of the players. That's the kind of team that I would love to be a part of."

The four-star prospect also listed Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Virginia and Wisconsin among his top choices. While Jarrett does not expect to make a final decision any time soon, he does plan on making another round of cuts in mid-August.

"With [UConn] being in my top 10, it definitely gives me more time to evaluate the way they play and the way their defense plays," said Jarrett. "I've talked to [assistant head coach] Hank Hughes and [head coach] Randy Edsall, but I've got to build that relationship up before I knock down to my top five."

The next step in building that relationship would be a trip to Storrs, Connecticut.

"I want to [visit] before training camp comes around," said Jarrett. "I had plans to, but some things got mixed up and it kind of held me back from making any decision."

When pressed for the reason why a visit has not happened to this point, Jarrett cited a busy family schedule as the main culprit.

"Everybody has a job in my house, so everybody's schedule doesn't always match up," said Jarrett. "The day you want to go somebody may not be able to take you."

The 5-foot-11, 182-pound prospect ultimately views himself as a lockdown corner at the next level, and certainly appears to have the proper mentality.

"If they have the best wide receiver on the other side, then I want my name to be the first thought in your head," said Jarrett. "I love having that much pressure put on me, because it forces me to work harder. You can tell on game day how much I worked to go man up on their best receiver."

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