Here is the rundown of the 11 student athletes who signed today with the University of Connecticut
Football Inks 11 During Early Signing Period
Signing Day Central
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn football team received National Letters of Intent from 11 future Huskies, as announced by head coach Randy Edsall on Wednesday morning.
The 11 players hail from six different states and Canada and include two future Huskies from the Nutmeg State.
Edsall will hold a Signing Day press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the Burton Family Football Complex and fans can watch live, or later, on the UConn Football Facebook page.
Myles BellFreshman | Defensive Back | 6-0, 165 | Plantation, Fla. | St. Thomas Aquinas
High School: Played two seasons under Roger Harriot at St. Thomas Aquinas High School… Totaled 14 tackles in 12 career games with five passes defended.
Rayonte BrownFreshman | Offensive Line | 6-6, 252 | Dundalk, Md. | Dundalk
High School: Played football under head coach Matt Banta at Dundalk HS in Baltimore, Md. … First Team All-County… Lettered in basketball.
Malik DixonFreshman | Defensive Back | 6-0, 183| Orlando, Fla. | WekivaHigh School: Lettered in three sports at Wekiva HS in Orlando, Fla…. Football, basketball and track and field… National Honor Society.
Dillon HarrisJunior | Linebacker | 6-0, 231| Bloomfield, Conn. | Lackawanna College/Cheshire AcademyAt Lackawanna: Spent two years at Lackawanna College, playing in 15 games, accumulating 73 tackles and 8.5 sacks to go along with 17 tackles for loss and three interceptions. 13.5 of his TFL’s and six of his sacks came during the 2018 season. All three of his interceptions came during 2018, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
High School: Went to Bloomfield HS before attending Cheshire Academy in 2017… Lettered in football, baseball and track… Recorded 164 tackles, 8.5 tackles and 20.0 tackles for loss during 2015 season… Added seven receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Michael HintonGraduate | Defensive Line | 6-3, 275| Winston-Salem, N.C. | ColumbiaBefore UConn2018: Honorable Mention All-Ivy League selection as a senior defensive tackle … Moved from defensive end to defensive tackle to help the team prior to his senior season … Started all 10 games at defensive tackle … Named a semifinalist for the nationally prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy … One of four team co-captains … Led the Lions and ranked No. 3 in the Ivy League with two forced fumbles and ranked No. 7 on the squad with 29 tackles (12 solo) ... Also finished the 2018 season with 3.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss … Nominated for CoSIDa Academic All-District honors … Made three tackles with 1.0 sack for nine yards and a quarterback hurry in season finale vs. Cornell (Nov. 17) … Made four tackles with a tackle for loss at Harvard (Nov. 3) … Made five tackles (three solo) with a tackle for loss vs. Yale (Oct. 27) … Made five tackles (three solo) with sack and forced fumble vs. Dartmouth (Oct. 20) … Forced key fumble in first quarter, made 1.0 sack, 1.5 tackle for loss and totaled two tackles in season opener at Central Connecticut State (Sept. 15). 2017: Started nine of 10 games played at defensive end as a junior … Ranked eighth on the squad with 25 tackles (five solo), registered 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, four quarterback hurries and a pass breakup … Tallied three quarterback hurries, made two tackles (one TFL) in season finale vs. Brown (Nov. 18) … Made four tackles vs. Harvard (Nov. 4) … Registered key sack on final play of the game (10-yard sack) and totaled four tackles at Dartmouth (Oct. 21) … Totaled three tackles at Princeton (Sept. 30) … Finished with four tackles and 1.0 TFL in season opener vs. Wagner (Sept. 16). 2016: Started nine of 10 games on the defensive line as a sophomore … Only game he did not start was the Wagner game on Oct. 8 … Finished the season with 16 total tackles (eight solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery … Recovered fumble and made one tackle for loss vs. Cornell (Nov. 12) … Registered a career-high three tackles (one solo) vs. Princeton (Oct. 1) … Forced a fumble and made one tackle at Georgetown (Sept. 24) … Made two tackles in career debut and season opener vs. Saint Francis U (Sept. 17). 2015: Did not see any game action … Contributed in practice on the defensive line. High School: A 2015 graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Scott Saalweachter … Earned All-Central Piedmont Conference honors as a defensive end … A multi-sport athlete for the Demons … Averaged 7.6 tackles per game and 1.2 sacks per game during his final season … AP Scholar … Four-year letterman on the basketball team as a small/power forward … Participated in track & field as a sprinter, while also competing in the high jump, shot put and discus … Personal records include 12.44 (100-meters), 26.04 (200-meters), 107-5 (discus) and 38-1 (shot put) … Played mostly basketball but decided to focus on football after his sophomore year of high school. Personal: Born Michael Christopher Hinton on May 13, 1997 … Son of David and Natalie Hinton … Has a brother David … Brother played basketball at VCU … Frequent volunteer in the community … Served as President of the ETA Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. … Orchestrated two large annual events on Thanksgiving and Christmas called Project Homeless, which provided hot food, medical care and clothing to hundreds of homeless people in the New York City area … Through his fraternity, also helped mentor young kids in the Harlem community … Served as campus ambassador for Jopwell, a career development program for minorities looking to enter corporate America … Member of the MLT and SEO … Forbes Scholar … Attended the 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum.
Winston JulesFreshman | Defensive Back | 5-11, 156 | Brooklyn, N.Y. | Salisbury School
High School: Played four years under Christopher Phelps at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn.… Played wide receiver and cornerback in high school… Recorded 12 catches for 183 yards and one touchdown in eight games in 2018… Racked up 31 tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss and one interception in 2018… Lettered two seasons in basketball… Honor roll student.
Chase LundtFreshman | Offensive Line | 6-7, 270 | Arlington, Texas | Martin
High School: Played two seasons under head coach Bob Wager at Martin HS in Arlington, Texas… Team Captain… All-District tackle.
Jayce MedlockFreshman | Tight End | 6-1, 210 | DeSoto, Texas | DeSoto
High School: Lettered four seasons under head coach Brandon Harrison at DeSoto HS in DeSoto, Texas… Posted 71 catches for 822 yards and seven touchdowns.
Jackson MitchellFreshman | Linebacker | 6-2, 212 | Ridgefield, Conn. | Ridgefield
High School: Played three seasons under head coach Kevin Callahan at Ridgefield HS in Ridgefield, Conn…. Walter Camp All-CT First Team member… First Team All-FCIAC… CHSCA All-State Top-25 Player… New Haven Register First Team (WR)… USA Today All-USA Connecticut Team… Senior Captain… Ridgefield HS Record for sacks in a season with 14.5 his senior season… During senior year accumulated 35 tackles, 14.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, five passes defended and four touchdowns… Junior year hauled in 80 receptions for 1124 yards, 14 TD’s… Added 40 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions.
Eric WattsFreshman | Defensive Line | 6-5, 233 | Sumter, S.C. | Sumter
High School: Played for head coach Mark Barnes at Sumter High School in Sumter, S.C…. Led team to County and Region Championships… Offense-Defense All-American Bowl…Lettered in basketball.
Jack ZergiotisFreshman | Quarterback | 6-0, 208 | Quebec, Quebec | John Abbott College
High School: Played at John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec... In 2018, passed for 2390 yards and 24 touchdown passes on 151 completions, ranking first in the league in yards and touchdown passes...Racked up 2030 passing yards on 113 completions and tossed 21 touchdown passes in 2017... Logged 1333 passing yards, 11 touchdown passes and 102 completions in 2015.