Friday, May 11, 2007

I Have Here a List...

Welcome Freshmen... meet your new roommates

Columbia Athletics has announced its official list of 31 recruited incoming freshmen, (including one junior transfer), for Lions football. The players' whose names I had not previously posted are signified with an *:

1. Cory Clare QB 6-0 170 Davie, Fla. South Plantation HS

2. *Dan Cohen OT/DT 6-4 265 New York, N.Y. Horace Mann HS

3. Mike Egley TE/DE 6-2 235 Kittanning, Pa. Ford City HS

4. Brian England TE/DE 6-2 240 Hazlet, N.J. Raritan HS

5. *Bruce Fleming DL 6-2 235 Alguippa, Pa. Hopewell HS

6. Greg Fontela SS 5-10 180 Miami, Fla. Belen Jesuit Prep

7. Alex Gross RB/LB 5-11 205 Kettering, Ohio Fairmont High School

8. Nico Gutierrez WR/FS 6-0 178 New Canaan, Conn. New Canaan HS

9. *Craig Hamilton DB 5-8 150 Detroit, Mich. U. of Detroit Jesuit Academy

10. Paul Havas QB 6-2 195 Hampstead, Quebec St. Paul’s School (NH)

11. Marc Holloway FB/LB 5-11 220 Philadelphia, Pa. West Philadelphia Catholic HS

12. *Leon Ivery RB 5-11 190 Mountain View, Calif. Menlo HS

13. Shane Kelly QB (Jr. transfer) 6-4 220 Basking Ridge, N.J. The Hill School

14. Andrew Kennedy TE 6-3 235 Westport, Conn. Staples HS

15. Bryan Kipp OG/LS 6-3 250 Norfolk, Mass. Xaverian Brothers HS

16. Zachary Kourouma RB/SS 5-10 175 Wilbraham, Mass. Minnechaug Regional HS

17. Nathan Lenz RB/SS 5-11 205 Largo, Fla. Clearwater Central Catholic HS

18. Adam Mehrer WR/FS 6-1 175 Midlothian, Va. Clover Hill HS

19. Matt Moretto RB/LB 6-0 195 Cornwall, N.Y. Cornwall Central

20. Mike Murphy RB/DB 6-1 180 Staten Island, N.Y. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea HS

21. *Daniel Myers DB 5-11 175 Blackstone, Va. Nottoway HS

22. Calvin Otis WR/DB 6-1 182 Windermere, Fla. Lawrenceville School (NJ)

23. Clifton Pope TE 6-3 230 New Rochelle, N.Y. Iona Prep

24. Ian Quirk OL 6-2 280 Frederick, Md. Tuscarora HS

25. *Prentis Robinson OT 6-4 270 East Orange, N.J. Middlesex HS

26. *Conor Russomanno WR 6-0 170 Falls Church, Va. Thomas Jefferson HS

27. Josh Smith DL 6-3 240 Grand Rapids, Mich. Forest Hills Northern HS

28. *Mike Stephens WR 5-10 175 Flower Mound, Texas Flower Mound HS

29. Joe Stormont K 6-2 190 Stillwater, Minn. Stillwater HS

30. Matt Stotler DE 6-5 220 Arlington, Va. Yorktown HS

31. Augie Williams RB/DB 5-10 175 La Mesa, Calif. Grossmont HS

Who's Missing?

A couple of names from my last posted list didn't make it to this official rundown. They are Ben Britzius C Wheeler (GA) and Tim Skalak OL Central Catholic (OH). In Skalank's case, I'm pretty sure he's an unofficially recruited "walk-on" who simply had the grades to get in to Columbia without help. Britzius may have been lost, but he may be one of those unofficial walk-ons as well. We will have to keep an eye out for more players falling into this category, and while it may frustrate us not to know about them early, more power to the great students out there.

About the New Names...

Leon Ivery in 2006 game action (CREDIT: Palo Alto Daily News)

There are some exciting prospects in the new batch of names we now officially know. One of them is RB Leon Ivery from Menlo High School in Palo Alto. It looks like Ivery may have been a D-I prospect until his junior year, when he had surgery to remove some bone spurs in his foot. He then had a terrific senior year, but missed his team's last two games with perhaps more spurs or some other type of injury to his foot. He joins Nico Gutierez, who is another incoming freshmen who could be a serious factor in the league if they overcome injuries.

Ivery has an interesting personal and family history. He's an accomplished classical pianist, and was featured as a young entrepreneur in his local paper when he was just in 8th grade. His father is a Vietnam vet who survived the Tet Offensive.

Another exciting "get" is Mike Stephens, an all-star wide receiver from an impressive conference in Texas. Stephens could make an impact on the still wide open race to start as the #2 receiver behind Austin Knowlin.

I was also impressed with what I read about Prentis Robinson, the offensive lineman from New Jersey.

Calling Morton's

But it's really important to take all this news with a big grain of salt. All of these kids are coming to Columbia mostly to get an education, and for some of them the transition to NYC will be a tough one. Sadly, 2-3 or maybe more of these young men will not be on the roster when the season kicks off. That's inevitable.

On the other hand, I would say that six freshmen made a serious impact on the Lions last season: Andy Shalbrack, Austin Knowlin, and Justin Masorti were the top three and Lou Miller, Taylor Joseph, and Matt Bashaw were the other impact frosh. I think there's room for another 4-5 newcomers to make a similar contribution this season. So these players have to be optimistic about their chances if they give it their all.

Obviously, I'll have much more on this incoming class in the weeks and months to come.


At Sat May 12, 02:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks like one of the premier recruiting classes in the Ivies. I wonder why we went for so many QBs (presumably they can play elsewhere) and so few OLs. Who did we lose to Notre Dame, where he will be a walk-on?

At Sat May 12, 02:22:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Britzius is possibly the Notre Dame walk-on... but I'm really not sure. Another big piece of good news is that Brian England is OURS and not Brown's!

At Sat May 12, 10:45:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

I heard from a good source that there may be as many as ten walkons. Sounds kinda high, plus I saw list of 37 names about a month ago.

At Sat May 12, 06:05:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

This is wonderful stuff for info-starved Columbia Football fans!
I nominate Jake to the radio job immediately. Is there anything we can do to help? letter writing campaign? Emails? Campus picketing?

At Sat May 12, 06:46:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I wouldn't get too hung up on the numbers... but I do hope we keep over 90 total players on the roster throughout the year.


Thanks so much. I think the campaign time is over. Many good people emailed on my behalf over the last several weeks and I appreciate it. However, if I don't get it, everyone has to promise not to harass the folks in the athletic department. From what I've seen, they've been more than fair with me.

At Sat May 12, 11:27:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have been a tremendous addition to the Columbia football scene. Message to current players: there is a large number of people out there who really care about you guys and admire the way you hung tough last season and the glorious end to the season. Here's my best to a great summer: hopefully all of you will work your butts off this summer and come back bigger, faster and stronger. Columbia in '07!!

At Sun May 13, 09:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The player lost to Notre Dame (as a walk on) is not Britzius. On other fronts, at least 30 current players are staying in NYC this summer, twice as many as last year.

At Sun May 13, 08:14:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news about Skakel? Also, I hear one report that Musgrove may be back. Can anybody confirm? Any news on Masorti (in light of his not playing sporing ball)?

At Tue May 15, 01:51:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Great news about the number of players staying on campus this summer. I spent the summer of '91 on campus and often saw Bob Kent practicing by himself on South Field. He went on to have a great season that fall.

If Chad Musgrove comes back to play this season, that will be a huge lift to the team. I hope there is some truth to that.

At Tue May 15, 04:47:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

The coaches are making a strong effort to keep as many guys as possible in the area in the summers so they can conditon under the watchful eye of strength staff. Also they are trying to instill a winning mindset by having a team work together towards goals, even in the summer.

At Tue May 15, 06:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that Musgrove is on campus. Can anybody confirm?

At Tue May 15, 08:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Literary Lion said...

I believe that Chad was doing some relief work for Katrina victims. Here's a link to the organization he worked with:

At Tue May 15, 08:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Literary Lion said...

The second video on this page shows QB transfer Shane Kelly running the 40:

At Tue May 15, 08:37:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Literary Lion:

Good for Chad. As most of us knowm his Mississippi hometown was destroyed by Katrina, so this hits very close to home.

At Fri May 18, 12:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Jake has done a fantastic job. Keep up the good work, obviously there are many out there that really appreciate what you do. I for one find this blog to be very well written and interesting.

At Fri May 18, 01:35:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Thanks so much. Like all writers, I am starved for praise.


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