Friday, February 02, 2007

More Recruiting News

We're starting to get a steady stream of recruiting info now, and I know I speak for all Columbia fans when I say: "It's about time!"

First up today we have wide receiver Nico Gutierrez from Connecticut. Gutierrez is coming off a missed senior season because of an ACL injury, but his H.S. school coach calls him "a steal." Gutierrez himself says he's running at about 70% right now and should be all the way back by spring.

Then, we have defensive end Mike Egley from the Pittsburgh area. Mike also plays tight end, and says he likes playing both positions.

One Who Got Away...

From the Delco Times, (PA)

"A pair of Malvern Prep football players have also made commitments to Division I-AA schools. Paul Ostick, an offensive lineman, is headed for Cornell while Rob Bates will play on the defensive line for Georgetown.

Ostick, a Havertown resident, and Bates, formerly of Broomall, led Malvern to an 8-2 record during their senior years. Ostick also received interest from Villanova and Bates was recruited by the likes of Columbia, Colgate and Dartmouth."

More on Rick Mantz

And here's a piece from the South Brunswick Post about Rick Mantz and his decision to go back to coaching. Remember, I'm just beginning my campaign to replace Coach Mantz as the Columbia football color commentator.


At Fri Feb 02, 04:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want the radio gig you will also have to use primary sources for recruiting scoops.

At Sat Feb 03, 01:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems as if information is getting harder to come by. One insider told me that we are doing "extremely well". Presumably we had some early admits in December, but there is still no information. We are now seeing some dribs and drabs, but even less that usual for this time of year.

At Sat Feb 03, 02:03:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

If there's one thing about Norries Wilson that's really come out off the field, it's that he plays things close to the vest. I don't suspect Columbia's troubles in the past have been the result of loose lips... but better safe than sorry.

That said, the value of any recruiting class really can't be assessed until 2-3 years after the commitments are signed.

At Sat Feb 03, 03:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for Norries Wilson, he is very circumspect. I spoke to him at the HoF dinner last winter and asked him how the recruiting was going. I got a one word response: "good". I'll say.

At Sat Feb 03, 04:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc Holloway, a Philadelphia area linebacker hotly recruited by Penn, Brown and Cornell, has committed to Columbia. Coach has already filled half his slots.

At Sat Feb 03, 10:06:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about last night's blow-out of Harvard. How can we shoot so well one night and so poorly another night? It can't just be open looks.

At Sun Feb 04, 02:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree about the comment that a class usually cant be assessed until a couple years after, but i think we can safely go ahead and say that this year's freshmen are special. something like 15 of them saw time this year, a pretty solid number of guys contributing. roar freshmen roar.

At Sun Feb 04, 09:32:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

any news on recruiting on the OL and DL?

At Tue Feb 06, 02:31:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Re: this weekend's basketball wins... I sure hope this means we can salvage the Ivy season and make a good run at 8-6 or 9-5 in the league. With most of the contributors juniors this seasons, you want these guys to get a winning league record under their belts before they try for a title in 2008.

re: the frosh contributions last year... we're going to need at least one frosh on offense and one on defense to make an impact in 2007. We also need some of the sophomores and juniors like Olawale and Evangelist, respectively, to step up and find a way to contribute. This all boils down to making sure we get the best recruits possible and seeing that they either contribute themselves or help motivate the upperclassmen and even the coaches to try even harder.


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