Thursday, February 7, 2013
Unsigned UConn commit exploring options
By Damon Sayles
Twenty-four of Connecticut’s 26 commits signed national letters of intent on national signing day. One of the two unsigned players was expected to lead the Huskies’ offense one day.
Three-star quarterback Richard Lagow (Plano, Texas/Plano) chose not to submit his letter of intent on Wednesday and hasn’t done so as of Thursday afternoon. Part of the reason was Lagow was sick on Wednesday, but the 6-foot-6, 220-pound quarterback, who is still committed to the Huskies, added he’s exploring other options.
“I didn’t feel 100 percent about signing, so I didn’t,” Lagow said. “I am opening things up and looking at all options. I still may sign with UConn, but I’m open to anyone else, also.”
For a while, Lagow has been solid with his commitment, but his feelings begin to change when he saw coaching changes, including running backs/special teams coach Clayton White, his recruiting contact, leaving to join the staff at North Carolina State in late December.
To add to Lagow’s feeling of uncomfort, Connecticut signed two quarterbacks Wednesday. Three-star quarterback Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier) switched from Boston College to the Huskies three days before signing day. It was Lagow’s understanding that the Huskies only were going to sign two total -- and not three.
“I’m not afraid of the competition, but they got a new [offensive coordinator], and the coach who recruited me, who I built a good relationship with, left for another school,” Lagow said. “I just didn’t feel right, so I held off.”
Lagow said there’s still a chance he’ll sign with Connecticut -- he can do so until April 1 -- but he plans on shopping around for the time being. He still has an offer from North Texas, and he had one-time interest from Clemson, Colorado State, Arkansas and Texas Tech. Lagow called North Texas “a program on the rise” and spoke highly of the coaching staff but added that he’s open to all comers.
Lagow threw for 1,970 yards and tallied 20 touchdowns, 11 coming on the ground, as a senior. He is ranked No. 34 among pocket-passing quarterbacks nationally and No. 103 in the state of Texas for the 2013 class.