It's Never Too Soon
Do not open until 2008
No sooner did I get back to New York than I saw some Google alerts and email tips from a few friends about a top-rated high school fullback who's committed to Columbia for NEXT season. ESPN.com rates him as the 21st best fullback prospect in the country.
Nico Papas looks like a great kid, and as someone who's been coached by his dad most of his life, there's a lot of football culture in that household. We definitely look forward to seeing him next fall and hopefully he'll get to attend a game or two this season.
And can anyone imagine a quality recruit like this committing to CU EARLY in the bad old days of the 80's or even as recently as two years ago? Things really have changed at Columbia, and I hope everyone recognizes that.
The biggest bummer of this trip to Canada was that I missed "media day" at Baker Field. Of course, the event is more to promote the team to the general news media and not guys like me who are already locked in to the program. Let's hope those guys find it in their hearts to post a few stories in the papers about the team in the coming days. The players and the program and general really deserve it these days.