Monday, March 05, 2007

Updated Recruits/Newcomers List

Below are the names of the 23 incoming freshmen we know about for next season. Brian England is included, even though there is some confusion about whether he's headed to CU or Brown.

Considering Columbia will probably only bring 30 or so freshmen onto the roster, this might be as complete a list we'll see until the team releases the official list in May.

1. Ben Britzius C Wheeler (GA)

2. Corey Claire QB South Plantation (FL)

3. Mike Egley DE Ford City (PA)

4. Brian England DL/TE Raritan (NJ)?

5. Greg Fontela LB Belen Jesuit (FL)

6. Alex Gross RB/LB Fairmont (OH)

7. Nico Guitierez WR (CT)

8. Paul Havas QB St. Paul's School (NH)

9. Marc Holloway LB West Catholic (PA)

10. Shane Kelly QB Temple U. (transfer)

11. Andrew Kennedy DE Staples-Westport (CT)

12. Bryan Kipp OL Xaverian Brothers High School (MA)

13. Zack Kourouma RB Minnechaug (MA)

14. Nate Lentz, FB Clearwater Catholic (FL)

15. Adam Mehrer WR/DB Clover Hill (VA)

16. Matt Moretto RB/LB Cornwall (NY)

17. Michael Murphy S St. Joseph by-the-Sea (NY)

18. Calvin Otis S Lawrenceville (NJ)

19. Clifton Pope TE Iona Prep (NY)

20. Ian Quirk OL Tuscarora (MD)

21. Joe Stormont K/S Stillwater (MN)

22. Matt Stotler DE/TE Yorktown High School (VA)

23. Augie Williams WR Grossmont (CA)


At Tue Mar 06, 01:22:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Literary Lion said...

I believe Augie Williams may be a baseball recruit. See this link:

At Tue Mar 06, 01:24:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Literary Lion said...

Sorry about the broken link. Here it is again broken in two (you'll have to reassemble it in your browser to view the page):

At Tue Mar 06, 02:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The semi-official word is that the class is complete at 30

At Tue Mar 06, 02:29:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Literary Lion:

Thanks so much for the info and also, thanks for using an alias! Most of the other commenters just use "anonymous" and it makes it hard for me to make it clear who I'm responding to.

30 sounds about right. Let's hope for the best and maybe we'll get some more names before the summer.

At Tue Mar 06, 02:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, you have Nico Guitterez listed as a running back, although I thought he only played wide receiver in high school. Is that a typo or a proposed postion change? As to Augie Williams, let's hope that he plays both football and baseball at Columbia as his high school stats in both sports in San Diego are pretty darn good.

At Tue Mar 06, 03:13:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...


I believe you are correct about Guitterez... making the change now.

At Tue Mar 06, 05:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous roar-ee said...

I remember a kid named augie coming on a recruiting trip this winter. So yeah, i'm assuming he's playing football for sure, and who knows about baseball.

At Tue Mar 06, 06:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are any of our recruits in the Masorti/Knowlin ready for prime time category?

At Tue Mar 06, 11:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous internetter said...

Isn't the League limit 30?

At Wed Mar 07, 12:13:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I think some teams gets to have 2-3 more recruits than 30 based on the size of the roster.

At Wed Mar 07, 12:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the Ivy League limit is 120 recruits over a four year period, which averages out to 30 recruits a year. So if you recuit less than 30 in one year, you can make it up with additional recruits in another year as long as the 4 year average is 120. I think this is how it works.

At Wed Mar 07, 12:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous internetter said...

It's been alleged that some schools recruit two-sporters whom they put on the other sport's list but know/expect they'll play FB.

At Wed Mar 07, 01:21:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very hard to try and predict who might contribute early, but my guess would be Moretto and Holloway at LB and Kennedy at DE.

At Wed Mar 07, 02:18:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

It seems like defensive and offensive linemen take the longest to develop at the college level. But I really hope Kennedy can be an exception because I am very concerned about the loss of Darren Schmidt and Todd Abrams in the front 3. Phil Mitchell is coming back at one end, and he could start being a force as he will be a junior... but he'll need help.

At Wed Mar 07, 06:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous internetter said...

Britzius was on briefly, briefly. He's at Wheeler HS, Marietta, GA; was The Sylvan Scholar Athlete for the week of October 6, 2006

At Wed Mar 07, 10:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitchell and Bashaw are the ones to beat as I see it.

At Wed Mar 07, 10:53:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kennedy, Otis, Moretto and Holloway seem to have the size and speed to make an immediate impact in Columbia's high speed,mobile defense. However, the two linebackers from Florida--Fontela and Lentz--have great stats so you can't rule them out either. In fact, all of the known defensive recruits seem to have a chance to break into the two deep early in the season. The real question is offense. We do not seem to have many skill players coming in next year. Is there a punt receiver/kickoff returner in the group?

At Wed Mar 07, 12:08:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Kourouma.

At Wed Mar 07, 07:58:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our defensive system recognizes that it is impossible to recruit enough big DLs. It is easier to recruit LBs; basically Schmidt was a LB; so was Abrams; Mitchell was a true DE. We can recruit DEs and LBs; since this league doesn't have great passers, we play a defense which basically has 7 LBs on the field. While it is tough for one LB to hold off the block of a 300 pound OL, we have a defense based on speed and on swarming to the ball. Frankly, it's brilliant. That's why Phil Estes thought NW should have been coach of the year. I predict that this will catch on at other schools, although I hope not. Preparing for us will be an offensive coordinator's nightmare. This should inform your thinking on how we recruit. Granted, we still need a stud nose guard to tie up the center and a guard, but even there the key is a player with a low enough center of gravity to get under the pads of the guy across from him at the line of scrimmage.

At Wed Mar 07, 10:13:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I think these are all excellent points, especially the stuff about the linebacker-heavy/speedy defense. We can only hope the scheme will create as much confusion for our opponents as it seemed to last season.

At Thu Mar 08, 03:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thaanks Jake, and keep up the great work. Now I can tell my wife that there really are other people out there who are as crazy about columbia football as I am. I am already bummed that I will be away for the Spring game. Here's hoping that nuanced observors such as you, Dr.V and others provide complete accounts. We will miss Lion Mom's insights.

At Thu Mar 08, 04:03:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I am crazy indeed.

At Sun Mar 11, 09:29:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can any of our anonymous friends tell us anything about the other 8 or 9 recruits in terms of positions or profiles?

At Tue Mar 13, 03:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason why you will probably not get any additional info is because Penn typically tries to steal recruits after they have given verbal commitments.

At Tue Mar 13, 09:19:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Penn already have a full class?

At Tue Mar 13, 12:48:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous internetter said...

This may be new: from Richmond Times-Disptach, 3/13: Adam Mehrer will play football at Columbia; from Clover Hill, Midlothian, VA
receiving stats:
in 9, 36grabs 645yds 17.9 7TDs
Played D, with 21 unassisted, 17 assisted.
At this time (1:30AM), that's all I can get.

At Tue Mar 13, 08:24:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Thanks Internetter, I will add Mr. Mehrer's name to the list immediately.

Without tips from my readers, it's obvious this football blog would be a mess.

At Thu Mar 15, 11:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Story on andrew kennedy 3/14/2007:


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