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Syracuse Football Recruiting: 2016 QB Jay Rose Chooses UConn

At 2:30 today 2016 recruit Jay Rose announced his verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut. He is the eighth verbal commitment for the 2016 recruiting class for UConn and their first QB in this cycle.

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From his high school in Southington, Connecticut, Jay Rose held a commitment ceremony today to announce his commitment to the Connecticut Huskies, choosing them over the Syracuse Orange and others.

Rose is rated the 9th best prospect in Connecticut according to Rivals & 24/7 as well as the first QB of the 2016 recruiting cycle for UConn; Eddie Hahn, who committed to UConn in June, plays quarterback for his Red Bank, New Jersey team, but was recruited to UConn as an Athlete.

Rose had offers from Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others, as well as Syracuse & Connecticut.  Some of those teams that were recruiting Rose were targeting him to play tight end where he played the first two years of his high school career, while others wanted Rose as a quarterback.  It was believed that Syracuse was recruiting Rose at tight end because they have a spot in this class reserved for one and already have Tampa quarterback Rex Culpepper verbally committed; however's National Recruiting analyst reported that Syracuse was indeed recruiting Rose as a QB.

Rose visited Syracuse on June 23rd. On August 17th Rose cut his list of schools down to four: Connecticut, Syracuse, Wake Forest & Wisconsin.  During the first week of September Rose visited Connecticut and  subsequently cut his list of schools to just Syracuse and UConn, two teams that were recruiting at the quarterback position.  Ultimately, Rose felt like Connecticut was the right school for him.