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Ligonier Valley tight end commits to UConn

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Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, 5:33 p.m.

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.

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