Ligonier Valley tight end commits to UConn
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The lure of a BCS school was too much for tight end Alec Bloom to resist.
The Ligonier Valley senior spurned several offers from FCS schools and gave Connecticut a verbal commitment Friday to play football beginning in 2014.
Bloom also received interest from FBS schools Pitt and Rutgers and FCS schools Colgate, Lafayette and Lehigh.
“UConn was my first decision because I went up there and worked out in front of them at a camp, and they offered me that day,” Bloom said. “I saw what they were all about. I liked their coach (Paul Pasqualoni). He's old-fashioned.”
The 6-foot-7, 242-pound Bloom is a three-sport athlete at District 6-AA Ligonier Valley, participating in football, basketball and track and field.
As a junior in 2012, he caught 16 passes for 337 yards and seven touchdowns in the Rams' run-oriented offense. Ligonier Valley shared the Heritage Conference regular-season title with Penns Manor and finished 10-2 following a 26-12 loss to Forest Hills in the second round of the District 6 playoffs.
“He had all of those touchdown catches in the toughest games of the year down the stretch,” Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel said. “We didn't throw the ball much early on. Alec's end-of-season films really impressed the coaches.”
Connecticut is one of five former Big East schools set to begin their first year as part of the American Athletic Conference.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates trade for Dodgers 1B/OF Morse, Mariners LHP Happ
- Armstrong escapee caught; murder charges pending
- Pirates place Burnett on 15-day disabled list
- Hurdle: Soria likely to assume setup role with Watson
- Hillary Clinton calls out GOP on trade embargo on Cuba
- Police: Lincoln-Lemington burglary suspect shoots self during foot chase with police
- Steelers notebook: Officials discuss new game ball procedures
- Weak earnings drag energy sector lower
- WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61
- Residents seek to shore up status of Shadyside’s rare exposed-wood street
- Heyl: Longtime disc jockey Jimmy Roach to turn dismissal into brighter times