Boston College High defensive end Obum Obukwleu has committed to the University of Connecticut, he confirmed last night.
In an email to ESPNBoston.com last night, as part of his player diary correspondence, the Brockton resident wrote of calling UConn head coach Randy Edsall and delivering the words he wanted to hear.
"Hey everybody, I'm back with my second installment of this season's player diary, now as a UConn commit," he wrote. "I recently made the phone call to Coach Edsall to finally make it official, and it was a great relief. Even better, now I can focus solely on the books and leading my team back to the playoffs."
The 6-foot-1, 255-pound Obukwelu is considered one of the state's premier defensive linemen. He also had scholarship offers from Harvard and Villanova, and considerable interest from Boston College.
Reached by cell phone tonight, Obukwelu had a few more comments about his commitment. Obukwelu says he made the decision Sunday night, sitting in his home in Brockton.
The deciding factor?
"My main goal, after I went through the recruiting process, was to see if I can play at the highest level I could," Obukwelu said. "Once UConn put that offer on the table, I knew I could play at that level. I kept thinking the fact that UConn is close to home, they play a tough schedule, they’re a Division 1-A team. I’ve been following the program since I was young, I felt it was the place for me to go. The campus is really nice."
Obukwelu also spoke of the amount of Massachusetts representation as another plus. Currently 15 players on the roster hail from the Bay State, including offensive guard Mathieu Olivier (Woburn), kicker Dave Teggart (Northborough), fullback Anthony Sherman (North Attleborough) and returning 1,000-yard rusher Jordan Todman (Dartmouth).
"They've got a whole bunch of Massachusetts guys on that team. That was another plus for me," Obukwelu said. "And I already know a couple of the other commits from Massachusetts like Taariq (Allen, from Rivers) and Paul (Nwokeji, from Thayer Academy)."