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December 10, 2008

Reservoir's Willman picks UConn

Reservoir defensive lineman Tim Willman is headed north for college.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder committed to Connecticut on Friday, picking the Huskies over Towson and Army, among others.

“It feels great,” Willman said. “[UConn] was my No. 1 choice because I loved everything about the school, the coaches, the facilities. Everything was great so I’m happy.”

Willman has visited Storrs, Conn., twice already -- once during the summer for camp and again this fall to see the Huskies take on West Virginia. He’ll return to Connecticut this weekend for his official visit.

Willman said he’s already forged a good relationship with UConn offensive coordinator Rob Ambrose, his recruiting coach, and Huskies head coach Randy Edsall.

“One thing that was a huge draw for me is that you can tell Coach Edsall loves where he is,” Willman said. “He’s done great things for the program and they just keep getting better.”

Willman played defensive end, offensive guard and punter for Reservoir (5-5) as a senior. Defensively, he recorded 54 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also punted for a 45-yard average, according to Reservoir head coach Sean Jones.

Jones said he expects Willman to bulk up and move to defensive tackle at UConn.

“They liked his size,” Jones said. “He’s got a good frame and they can imagine ... putting some weight on him. He’s got excellent hands. He uses his hands real well and he has great feet. He’s a good athlete and I think they can get a really good pass rush from him inside.”

Jones said in Willman, UConn is getting an extremely hard worker, a great student and a natural leader.

“I think eventually after some development and some growth, [UConn is] going to get a dynamic football player and a solid citizen,” Jones said. “Is he going to be a star? I don’t know. But I know he’ll work his butt off to be the best player he can be.”

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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