The future of the UConn football program received a hometown boost Wednesday as Bristol Central star Victor Rosa announced his commitment to join the Huskies.
Rosa is a three-star recruit and holds an 86 ranking per 247sports.com, and couldn't pass up the opportunity to suit up for the college program just an hour away.
"The coaching staff and I (Corey Edsall) specifically have built a strong relationship over the past year, and overall I wanted to stay home and make the biggest impact possible," Rosa said in a text to the Herald/Press.
Rosa earned offers from Boston College, Columbia, Army and Yale, to name a few, but UConn was the first school to recognize Rosa's potential, offering the all-around athlete back in October.
Rosa’s relationship with Edsall and the rest of the coaching staff was a major selling point for the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder.
“Since day one they've been contacting me,” Rosa said. “Ninety percent of the days we've been in contact.
“They've all welcomed me with open arms,” Rosa said. “I visited in early June. Randy Edsall is obviously a great coach, [Aaron] Smith the wide receivers coach, they’re all great coaches who I really enjoy.”
UConn finished the 2019 season 2-10 and Rosa’s addition should help turn around a program that hasn’t had a winning season since 2010. With that, Rosa expects to see the field right away.
“Whichever school I went to I feel like I'm gonna play because of my ability,” Rosa said. “Their offensive setup, the way they're gonna use me in the field, I feel I can show up do my thing and help this team win.”
The recently passed NIL rule also played into Rosa’s decision as he said staying local “felt like the right fit for that.”
About to enter his senior season with the Rams, Rosa has been a weapon on both sides of the field for the past two seasons. As a sophomore two years ago, Rosa recorded 1,146 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns as well as 475 passing yards for two touchdowns.
"I've been dreaming of this moment all my childhood growing up, and I want to go to the next level where I see myself seeing the field and doing what I do to help my team and I succeed," Rosa said.
Rosa waited to reveal his college plans until Wednesday since it was the same day as his mother Deanna's birthday.
Rosa now marks the second Bristol Central athlete in as many weeks to announce their intentions to continue their careers in Storrs. Donovan Clingan revealed July 2 he will join the UConn basketball team starting in the fall of 2022.
The Rams will open the 2021 season on Sept. 10 with a road matchup against Bloomfield. Bristol Central finished the 2019 season 5-5.
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