Here are the Ramblers who have made verbal commitments. As more commit, I will update the post.


Offensive lineman, 6-2, 270


Location: Hamilton, New York

Division: NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

Conference: Patriot League

2016 record: 5-5

Record last four seasons: 23-25

Last conference title: 2015

Notable football alumnus: Mark Murphy played safety in the NFL from 1977-1984, participating in two Super Bowls and winning one with the Washington Redskins in 1983. As CEO of the Green Bay Packers, he was part of the organization’s 2011 Super Bowl team. Prior to joining the Packers, Murphy was an athletic director at both Colgate and Northwestern.


Offensive lineman, 6-3, 270


Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

Division: NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

Conference: Patriot League

2016 record: 4-7

Record last four seasons: 17-29

Last conference title: 2009

Notable football alumnus: Famous sportswriter Grantland Rice once called George Connor the “closest thing to a Greek God since Apollo.” A defensive tackle from Chicago, where he attended De La Salle, Connor played his first two college seasons at Holy Cross. After serving in the Navy, he played his final two seasons at Notre Dame, helping the Irish win national titles in 1946 and 1947. He won the Outland Trophy in 1946 as the country’s best interior lineman. The Chicago Bears signed him in 1948, and he played for his hometown team for eight seasons. Connor is a member of both the NFL Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.


Tight end, 6-5, 240


Location: Durham, North Carolina

Division: NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

2016 record: 4-8

Record last four seasons: 31-21

Last conference title: 1989

Notable football alumnus: NFL Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is best known as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. A fourth-round draft pick in 1957 draft pick, he was the Eagles backup quarterback when they won the 1960 NFL title. Jorgensen led the NFL in passing yards five times and in touchdowns twice. At Duke, Jurgenesen played both quarterback and defensive back. He is a member of the Duke Sports Hall of Fame.


Cornerback, 6-2, 187


Location: Storrs, Connecticut

Division: NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

Conference: American Athletic Conference

2016 record: 3-9

Record last four seasons: 14-35

Last conference title: 2010 (Big East)

Notable football alumnus: The 27th pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2009 NFL Draft, running back Donald Brown is one of only two UConn players to have been selected in the first round. He played four seasons (2009-12) with the Colts and three with the San Diego Chargers (2013-2015). He was signed by the New England Patriots in March 2016, but he was released before the season started. Brown, who is UConn’s all-time leading rusher, currently is a free agent.

(Ian Swenson pictured above)

Photo credit: Geoff Scott