QB Lagow commits to Huskies
UConn only school to offer Lagow
UConn only school to offer Lagow
Managing editor/Beat writer
Posted Jun 12, 2012

Quarterback Richard Lagow says his father taught him to “go where you are wanted the most and where you’re need the most.” On Monday, the Plano, Texas, native decided Connecticut fits those requirements and he committed to play football for the Huskies.

Lagow, 6 foot 6 and 220 pounds, became the fifth player – and first quarterback – to commit to UConn’s 2013 recruiting class after attending coach Paul Pasqualoni’s football camp in Storrs Sunday. He has been an Oklahoma Sooners fan since childhood and Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Mississippi State, Oregon, Stanford, TCU, Oklahoma State, North Texas and Texas Tech were among the schools that expressed interest.

But UConn was the only school to make a scholarship offer.

“Most of the Big 12 schools have a quarterback committed already,” Lagow said by phone, shortly after returning to Texas Monday night. “So if UConn comes all the way down to Texas, that obviously shows a lot of interest. That meant a lot.

“I could tell I was wanted there. I don’t want to shove myself in to some place where I’m really not wanted. I don’t want to wait something out, then look up and see that someone else took it. Everything felt right, so I accepted it.”

Lagow completed his first visit to the Storrs campus by informing the coaching staff of his decision and then announcing his news on Twitter. He said UConn’s academics and the indoor practice facility were big factors.

“I was shocked,” he said. “That indoor facility is incredible.”

He didn’t get a chance to see Rentschler Field but he did see the site of old Memorial Stadium, which was recently demolished. At Plano High School, Lagow plays in a stadium seating 17,000 – more than the old UConn stadium, which he said reminded him of some old high school stadiums he has seen in the South.

Last season was Lagow’s first as a starter at Plano and he threw for 1,646 yards and 13 touchdowns. Lagow said he sent his tape to UConn around Christmas but didn’t hear back from the staff for a couple of months. After that running backs coach Clayton White, who recruits that area for UConn, started making regular contact.

Lagow met first-year quarterback coach Shane Day just before the Huskies offered in mid-May. And he looks forward to working with a QB coach with an NFL background.

Lagow, 17, called it a big relief to make his decision Monday.

“Any football player who has played in Pee Wee and Pop Warner wants to play in high school, then college and the NFL,” he said. “I’m certainly relieved I’ve made it this far.

“I’ll still be going to other camps and more offers may come in. Right now I’m committed to UConn and I plan on staying like that.”

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