Calvin Otis: In Good Company
We already knew that incoming freshman defensive back Calvin Otis was also wanted by schools like Lehigh, Army, and maybe even Rutgers and Virginia. But I noticed that when he was chosen to the first team at the Scout.com Rutgers combine last year, he was the ONLY player on the first OR second team with any interest in going to an Ivy. In other words, Otis impressed the scouts while playing on the same field with major recruits at schools like Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Miami, etc. It also looks like Calvin's mom helped him focus squarely on the better academic schools first; a very good policy.
And that's a good thing, because Columbia's secondary needs some young blood fast. Even if Chad Musgrove returns to the team this season, he will be a senior along with starters JoJo Smith and Eugene Edwards. It looks like rising sophomore and 2006 season superstar Andy Shalbrack is officially being moved into the defensive backfield, and that will help too. So at first, Otis may have some trouble getting playing time with that talented group, but after this season he has a lot of open space in front of him.