Bloom signs letter of intent to UConn
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Poor weather conditions couldn't deter Alec Bloom last week from signing his letter of intent to play football at the University of Connecticut.
A three-sport letterman standing at 6'6”, 235 pounds, Bloom's focused on football his junior year. In his senior year he snagged 45 receptions for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also rushed for 79 yards and a score.
Making his verbal commitment days before last season's football summer camp opened, Bloom weathered a season-ending knee injury in week eight, a head coaching change at the university, some high-pressured sales pitches from other D1 schools and a winter storm that cancelled schools the day of his official signing.
“We still had the signing, despite school being cancelled,” said Ligonier Valley School District Athletic Director Thomas Kayda. “This was important for Alec his family and the school.”
After the event, Bloom faxed his letter to the Huskies coaching staff.
Offensive Coordinator Mike Cummings beamed when he received Bloom's faxed paperwork, featured on the team's online video. “Alec Bloom is a tremendous athlete,” he stated. “He can high point the ball, catch 50-50 balls ones that can go either way, long stride quickly and block well in space and at the point of attack,” Cummings said.
“Alec is a unique D1 athlete and a great get for UConn,” said Kayda.
He was named to Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class AA All-State Team and earned a spot on the USA Today All-Pennsylvania team. He made all local newspapers' teams and was selected to represent Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Classic on June 14 in Hershey.
UConn Head Coach Bob Diaco talked to Bloom after the signing and said, “This is going to be a 40- or 50-year decision, one that will serve you everyday of your life.”
Spencer Sadler is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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