UConn takes back offer to Logan Marchi.
WINSTED: As of Friday morning, current Gilbert Yellowjacket and former St. Paul Falcon Logan Marchi seemed to have the best of all worlds.
Not only was he coming back home to Winchester to play basketball in a gym he has watched countless games over his life, he was only a few days away from signing with the University of Connecticut football team.
It was to be a dream month for the former Falcon, who lit up the Naugatuck Valley League during his time with Jude Kelly and St Paul.
Marchi passed for over 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns in his senior year and seemed to be primed as the next local kid who would live out his fantasy by playing Division I football at his state school.
On Friday though, that dream was put on hold as Husky offensive coordinator Mike Cummings called to tell Marchi that things had changed.
“Coach Cummings called and said that the University had de-committed their offer to me,” Marchi said. “It was a pretty fast conversation in which he said it was an admissions decision.”
UConn hired Bob Diaco after a disappointing 3-9 season and with him came a new coaching staff with the exception of offensive line coach Mike Foley so it made sense that some changes may be coming.
Losing recruits was a possibility along with the new staff declining to bring in some of the players recruited by former head coach Paul Pasqualoni but this came as a shock to Marchi who spent many years at UConn camps.
“I had been going to UConn camps since I was about seven years old,” Marchi said. “I went to those early camps with Randy Edsall and then later with Pasqualoni.”
Before he committed to play for the Huskies, Marchi had heard from several other American Athletic Conference teams.
“Two days before I heard from UConn, Temple had made me an offer,” Marchi said. “I also heard from Rutgers.”
What’s next for the quarterback who torched NVL secondaries for four years?
First he will continue to help Mark Douglass and the ‘Jackets from the sidelines until he is eligible to play on February 21 at Litchfield.
He’ll miss the second meeting of the rivalry that is Northwestern and Gilbert which takes place a week earlier on February 14 at the Highlanders' home court.
“Logan has been a big help already for us,” Douglas said. “He gives us another experienced player who can help us down the stretch. He gives us a different perspective on some of the teams we may see when we get to the States.”
He was a center for the Falcons, but expects to be used in a different mode with his home town team.
“I think I will be used in more of a utility role to start for Gilbert,” Marchi said. “They have got some skilled players like Yoharkey (Sarmiento) who know how to play the game.”
Since finding out the certainly disappointing news, Marchi didn’t let on to his coach or teammates this weekend when the Yellowjackets hosted Torrington on Saturday night.
“He didn’t let on at all to us this weekend,” Douglas said. “He has a toughness to him and we expect him to bring some leadership to the team as well.”
Marchi has grown into a mature young man who has a strong support network that he will lean on to get him through this tough spot.
“I talked with Coach Kelly (Jude, Falcons coach) and he told me to stay positive, things happen for a reason.”
At St. Paul, Marchi learned more than just X’s and O’s, he learned what it took to be successful in life.
“We had a dress code at St Paul, we learned about the little things,” Marchi said. “Coach Kelly taught us what it takes to not only be a good player but what it takes to be a good man.”
After the basketball season wraps up, spring will bring an opportunity to play baseball or golf for Marchi but for now he will take a deep breath and re-examine his options for the next four or five years of his life.
Something tells me this young former Falcon and current Yellowjacket will land on his feet, take this speed bump and turn a tough time into a positive future.