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Graham Stewart of Xavier (Middletown, Conn.), an inside linebacker and one of the top defensive football players in the state, verbally committed to Boston College months ago. But that's why they call it a verbal commitment.

Nothing was signed.
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Graham Stewart of Xavier

News started leaking out of Florida, first in The Orlando Sentinel late last week, that Stewart had instead decided to take a scholarship offer from Florida. And that's where Stewart is headed along with offensive lineman Thomas Jordan of Ridgefield, who verbally committed to Florida earlier in the season.

Stewart told The Sentinel "just the overall energy of the place and of course it being Florida, it just seemed to be the best place for me to be to become a better student and a better athlete."

Other college recruits around the state included quarterback Sean Goldrich of Notre Dame (West Haven), who threw for 1,727 yards and 18 touchdowns, to New Hampshire, offensive lineman Conor Hanratty, of New Canaan and son of Notre Dame quarterback legend Terry, to Notre Dame, and wide receiver Nainy Bah of Morgan (Clinton) to Temple, now coached by former Cheshire High coach and Florida assistant Steve Adazio.
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Berlin's Matt Delorenzo

The University of Connecticut landed two in-state recruits in Berlin running back Max Delorenzo, Glastonbury quarterback Sean McQuillan, who spent a year prepping at Avon Old Farms and is recruited as a tight end.

Central Connecticut State signed wide receiver Shawn Robinson of Trinity Catholic (Stamford) and Notre Dame (Fairfield) defensive lineman Kevin Harrigan. Yale has three in-state recruits in defensive linemen Patrick Murray and Chris Coyne of Staples (Westport), who verbally committed before the season, and St. Joseph running back L.J. Hunt.

Quarterback Brett Biestek of Sheehan (Wallingford) and wide receiver Jordan Chapman of Southington will attend Fordham. Princeton landed quarterback Seth Devalve of Manchester, Jonathan Esposito, the career rushing leader at Conard (West Hartford), and offensive tackle Ryan Peloquin of St. Paul (Bristol).

Ansonia star running back Montrell Dobbs (3,345 yards rushing, 40 touchdowns) will attend prep school Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.).

Paul Rosano, the former assistant sport editor of The Hartford Courant and sports editor of The New Haven Register, covers Connecticut for He may be reached at