Ligonier Valley's Bloom sticks with commitment to UConn
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Ligonier Valley's Alec Bloom didn't want to make a big production of his commitment to play football at the University of Connecticut on National Signing Day. Instead, he preferred a small gathering at the high school.
That simple plan was nearly derailed when inclement weather caused a school closing and Bloom and coach Roger Beitel were left scrambling to find a way to send Bloom's letter of intent. Eventually, last-minute arrangements were made to have a press conference at the closed school and Bloom's letter safely arrived in Storrs, Conn.
It was a fitting epitaph to a recruitment that pitched the 6-foot-7, 245-pound tight end a few curveballs.
Bloom committed to the Huskies in August prior to the start of the season. That was before UConn fired Paul Pasqualoni and hired Bob Diaco in his place. Further complicating matters was the increased interest of Pitt, Wake Forest and Temple during that time.
“Whenever coaching changes happen you have to consider your options,” Bloom said. “But when it came down to it, when I visited up there I knew I wanted to go there. It's such a nice campus and their facility is just amazing. It was just a matter of waiting until I could sign.”
Bloom caught 45 passes for 830 yards, but a torn meniscus caused him to miss the final three games of the season. He hopes the injury will be fully healed before the end of the school year — he even plans to be able to compete for the track and field team in the spring.
Before heading to college, Bloom has one more high school game to play in, the Big 33 Classic on June 14 at Hersheypark Stadium. Bloom is one of only two tight ends selected to the Pennsylvania squad.
After that, it's off to Storrs for Bloom, who is listed as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. He said he is planning to compete for snaps right away, but will redshirt if necessary.
Beitel said he expects Bloom to fight for playing time.
“We didn't raise him from a pup at Ligonier Valley to shy away from competition,” he said.
Ed Phillipps is a freelance writer.
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.
- Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case
- Staten scores 21 to lead West Virginia to upset of No. 17 Connecticut
- Time capsule salutes 250 years for Fort Pitt Block House
- Pirates enter Plan B with Martin off market
- Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Track and field club coming to Leechburg
- Builder finds calling as chaplain at Westmoreland jail
- For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth
- Islamic State recruits, exploits children for many roles in Iraq, Syria
- Horse racing industry banks on Wolf
- Pitt notebook: Chryst keeps Panthers motivated amid adversity
- Lawrenceville boutique owners hope it’s lucky Number Fourteen