Next Husky Commit?
Erik Kuraczea
Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 23, 2007


Connecticut picked up their first verbal commitment in Trevardo Williams over three months ago and since then fans have patiently waited for the next recruit to fall into place for the Huskies. Right now it looks like that wait may be over with a decision looming for Ansonia, Conn., native Erik Kuraczea.

After one of the most challenging games of phone tag this world has ever seen we were able to speak with Ansonia High School offensive lineman Erik Kuraczea tonight to learn the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder’s thoughts on his recent scholarship offer from the Connecticut coaching staff. As it turns out, it was well worth the wait.

“I was actually at a combine and I guess Coach (Randy) Edsall was there because about twenty minutes after the combine I got a text from him asking to call,” Kuraczea said. “He asked me if I could come up to the campus and meet with him, so I went up that weekend and he offered me a scholarship as we spoke for well over an hour.”

“He talked about a lot of things, but one of the points he made is that Connecticut has everything right here for kids in this area, they just need the players now. He assured me that if I were to give them my verbal commitment I would be the only center they would bring in and would completely end recruiting at the position for this year.”

“After talking with him I took a tour of everything and I have to say the facilities there are the best I’ve seen anywhere,” Kuraczea explained. “If the facilities are so good at Connecticut why am I going to go five hours away when I have it right here? The weight room is huge and they said they were still bringing in new equipment which is crazy to met considering how high-tech the stuff they already have is. They had these compressed air machines you could use to lift with and I don’t even understand how it works at this point, but I know it’s a good thing. The indoor field was really nice and they have features where they can crank up the heat if they’re going to play a team like South Florida or something and are also installing loud speakers so they can simulate crowd noise.”

Academics, check. Coaching staff, check. Facilities, check. Comfortable on campus, check. As opposed to beating around the bush with Kuraczea trying to figure out where his mind was right now, we simply asked him how close he was to committing to Connecticut and when fans could expect that to happen, if at all.

“I told Coach (Scott) Lakatos that I was 80-percent sure I’d be giving them my verbal commitment within the next two weeks and that was a week ago,” Kuraczea stated. “I really like the coaching staff, it’s close to home and they have everything I need there and more, so I don’t see myself anywhere else but Connecticut. I plan to have my decision made by Friday, but it may be Monday at the latest.”

As a junior at Ansonia, Kuraczea registered 70 tackles and 14.5 sacks earning him first team All-Area and All-State honors. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year by the Hartford Current.


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