Linebacker Ryan Dickens has found himself in an unfortunate situation just a few weeks before National Signing Day.
After being committed to the UConn football program for seven months, Dickens received a call over the weekend that changed it all. New Huskies head coach Randy Edsall was on the other end of the call when he informed Dickens he no longer had a scholarship.
“And the next thing you hear is Ryan’s like, ‘You’re kidding, right?'” Ryan’s mother, Patti Dickens, told Todderick Hunt of NJ.com. “And then he put the phone on speaker and Edsall said, ‘No, Ry, we just decided we’re going to go in another direction. We don’t have a spot for you.'”
Edsall reportedly told Dickens his scholarship was safe after accepting the job in December, but he ultimately changed his mind.
Dickens addressed his recruitment with a brief statement on social media.
“I would like to thank my family for always being there in support for me and Coach Diaco and the rest of the old staff at Connecticut for the opportunity of playing at their school,” Dickens wrote. “As of today, I am reopening my recruitment.”
As for where Dickens could ultimately land, he recently received an offer from FCS program Rhode Island.
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