Brookyln, N.Y. Poly Prep CDS TE Cameron Stapleton has had plenty on his plate this summer. As if preparing for his senior season and being recruited by college coaches wasn’t enough, Stapleton also worked two jobs.
“I’ve just been working out. Running and lifting, and I also work a couple jobs so it’s been a pretty busy summer,” Stapleton said.
To take some of that stress of his plate, he knew what he had to do. Last Friday, Stapleton committed to play for Paul Pasqualoni and the Connecticut Huskies.
“I had been thinking about it for a while,” he said. “I went up there on Friday and just got great feedback from everyone. I love it.”
Stapleton picked the Huskies over Syracuse and Temple, and while he was very interested in their programs, it boiled down to comfort with the facilities and program security in the long term.
“Their (UConn) facilities are amazing and all upgraded. Temple’s renovations are still up in the air, they don’t really know when they’ll be done. Also the same thing with Syracuse. UConn’s facilities are brand new and they’re still putting money into the program.”
Stapleton, who plays tight end and defensive end in high school, said the openness of linebackers coach Jonathan Wholley, his primary recruiter, to allow him to try both positions at the next level was crucial in his decision to commit.
“Coach Wholley recruited me for tight end and defensive end. It’s a great opportunity. A lot of guys don’t get the option,” he added. “But I’m going to keep it up to the coaches. Wherever they feel they need me the most at, put me there, and I’ll play it.”
Also on Stapleton’s commit radar was UConn’s recent dominance over Syracuse and Temple.
“Syracuse hasn’t beaten UConn since 2006 and Temple hasn’t really beaten UConn consistently, either. That helped out a lot. You can really see how much stronger and better the program is becoming.”
Ultimately for Stapleton, though, the commitment weight off his shoulders means he can now solely focus on his upcoming senior year and take recruiting off his busy summer plate.
“It feels great to have it over with. I’m excited to get to work now.”
As if he hadn’t been at work already.
Stapleton also added he put on 10 pounds this offseason, making him 225.