Friday, December 14, 2007

In Our Sites


Jeff Adams is standing in the back row, furthest to the right (CREDIT: Chicago Sun-Times)

Thanks to the anonymous poster yesterday who alerted us to possible recruit Jeff Adams, a big 6-foot-8 270-pound offensive lineman from Lyons Township high school in suburban Chicago, (LaGrange to be exact). Here's a link to an article about his play on the basketball court.

Combine him with recruit Brendan Mulheran from Lincoln-Way East High School, and it looks like the Columbia coaches are making headway recruiting in Chicago-area. Lots of great Lion players have come from there, including Des Werthman.

Adams seems like the perfect prospect for the offensive and maybe even defensive line. Let's hope he chooses Columbia over Akron and Vanderbilt.

More ink on Adams:

From Scout.com

26 Comments:

At Fri Dec 14, 10:43:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sun=Times article is much more recent than that on Scout which doesn't mention Columbia, so maybe, maybe...

 
At Sat Dec 15, 01:07:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake: did you mean "in our sights"?

Leonidas

PS. I like the lion in the photo.

 
At Sat Dec 15, 01:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, who was the last Columbia athlete to play football and basketball?

I know George Starke our former Washington Redskin played freshman basketball at least..I think he played varsity too. Anyone remember?

 
At Sat Dec 15, 01:12:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

No! It was a play on words, since just about all my info on him comes from Websites.

The Lion is nice.

 
At Sat Dec 15, 04:36:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous dabull said...

Jake, it still isn't clear to me about Mulheran. Is he OL or LB/FB?

 
At Sat Dec 15, 04:56:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Mulheran is a LB/FB

 
At Sat Dec 15, 07:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starke was a TE who never really realized his phenomenal potential; he played center on the last two McMillian teams. He was a force as a rebounder and a defensive player. Tremendous athlete. Smart guy as well. Never understood why he didn't do more on the football field.

 
At Sat Dec 15, 07:55:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open letter to Des W; please help recruit this young man.

 
At Sat Dec 15, 10:06:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

open letter to open letter-writer...

Don't encourage NCAA violations. Alumni cannot "help recruit" for Norries.

 
At Sun Dec 16, 04:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you say Starke never realized his potential when he went on after Columbia to be a long-time starter on the Washington Redskins highly regarded O-line (the "Hogs")?

 
At Sun Dec 16, 05:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starke never reached his potential while playing at Columbia. He certainly did so thereafter. PS, is it correct that alumni cannot help recruit players?

 
At Sun Dec 16, 05:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starke never reached his potential while playing at Columbia. He certainly did so thereafter. PS, is it correct that alumni cannot help recruit players?

 
At Sun Dec 16, 05:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starke never reached his potential while playing at Columbia. He certainly did so thereafter. PS, is it correct that alumni cannot help recruit players?

 
At Sun Dec 16, 07:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

George wasn't too smart getting busted in crack sting in DC a few years ago. Hope he has cleaned up his act for his sake...

 
At Sun Dec 16, 07:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it is true that alumni may not help recruit athletes. They can bring someone to the coaching staff's attention but they need to stay out of it on a personal, direct contact basis. The rules are complex and easy to violate, especially if you are not well versed in them.

 
At Sun Dec 16, 10:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/WhatIsIvy/compliance.asp

 
At Sun Dec 16, 12:56:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Wikikpedia: "Starke led his team in receptions as a tight end in 1969."

 
At Mon Dec 17, 04:37:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't believe anyone claims George Starke didn't live up to his potential as a Columbia football player. Maybe Columbia didn't use him as well as they might, given that he went on to stardom as an offensive lineman.

Here's his college career:

Although he went on to play on the offensive line in the NFL, Starke was utilized primarily as a tight end while at Columbia. At 6-5 and 235 pounds, he made an inviting target in Columbia's passing game and he led the team in receptions in 1969. His teams never won more than three games in any season, however...

Victories came much more frequently to his basketball squads. Starke would join coach Jack Rohan's basketball team as soon as football season ended and step in as the starting center on a front line that included All-American Jim McMillian '70. Although opposing centers often towered over him, Starke used his strength and athleticism to help Columbia to 20 wins apiece in his junior and senior years, when the Lions battled Penn and Princeton for Ivy supremacy. At one point in the 1968-69 season, after a 74-70 win over Purdue in the 1968 Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Columbia's basketball team was ranked second in the nation, behind only the legendary Lew Alcindor-led UCLA Bruins.

Here's a little more on his pro career from his Wikipedia entry:

He played professionally for the Washington Redskins from 1973-84 as an offensive lineman, helping them win Super Bowl XVII. He was named one of the 70 greatest players in Redskins history.

The 6'5", 255-pound Starke was known by many as the "Head Hog" of "The Hogs," the Redskins' famed offensive line which also included Russ Grimm, Mark May, Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic.

Leonidas

 
At Mon Dec 17, 07:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, getting Nick Mistretta from Don Bosco is huge. First team all state from one of the best Catholic school football programs in the country! You have been calling for more recruiting from the best Catholic football programs. This is just what we needed.

 
At Mon Dec 17, 01:15:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been hearing great things about Nick Mistretta for months. Apparently, he's a tremendous student-athlete who committed early to Columbia. Nick is a big strong kid with good speed who could help us at a number of positons including linebacker. He's in many ways a very good fit for Columbia. Incidentally, we also have a third team All-State basketball player entering Columbia next year from St. Joseph's of Montvale which is just down the road from Don Bosco. Congratulations to Nick and his family on becoming Lions!

 
At Mon Dec 17, 01:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, indeed, Don Bosco and St. Joe's should be Columbia Territory!

 
At Mon Dec 17, 10:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE New Jersey Papists: Don Bosco, St. Joseph's of Montvale, Bergen Catholic, Delbarton, Christian Brothers Academy of Lincroft and St. Joseph's of Hammonton, all of these Catholic institutions basically serve as feeder schools to Harvard and Penn in several sports and, to a lesser extent to Princeton.

Nor should Queen of Peace of North Arlington be forgotten. 3 years ago it sent football players to both BC and UVA and for quite a while two of its former female track stars were in fact world record holders in their respective events.

And tiny St. Mary's of Rutherford, among its many athletic accomplishments, has to date over the last 40 or so years sent 4 members of the Sheridan family to Notre Dame. Perhaps there's another Sheridan there now (since they continue to breed) who might like to go to an even better university?

rs

 
At Mon Dec 17, 10:13:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

On Nick Mistretta:

It does seem like he's chosen Columbia... I will look for more confirmation.

And excuse my ignorance RS, but isn't "Papist" a pejorative term?

 
At Mon Dec 17, 11:21:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not, Jake, when we Papists use it ourselves. A bit nettling, maybe, but also quite usefully descriptive at times. (And every Catholic h.s. I cited has, I guarantee you, a framed portrait of at least the current Pontiff and probably several others, in lieu of, say, Lee Bollinger or the university prexy who got the bum's rush from Harvard last year.) It certainly always got the attention of my hidebound, anti-Catholic former in-laws whenever I used it.

So no, used correctly it's not at all "pejorative." (Would you have preferred if I'd used the word "Taig," as many still do in Northern Ireland?) I might also suggest that some proper understanding of Catholicism as expressed specifically on the h.s. level probably only helps those recruiters from famously sectarian Penn and Harvard who already flock to Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic. (And none other than Archie Roberts during his college days was an almost daily attendant at Mass!)

Imagine, too, trying to recruit, and thus talk to on a one-to-one level, a sincere kid from one of those "Christian academies" so prevalent down South, particularly for basketball. I do think it can only help recruitment to understand something important about a kid's coaches, school administrators and the environment in which he attends h.s. classes and plays h.s. sports. This is a very complicated issue as regards recruiting, so a friend who played basketball for ND after public h.s. assures me, but one I think my friend's alma mater has always played as a sort of trump card itself as necessary.

rs

 
At Mon Dec 17, 11:29:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Well, thank God. All I need is to have the Catholic League and that William Donhoe attacking this site!

Sounds like "Papist" when used by fellow Catholics is equal to "Yid" which is benign when Jews use it to describe each other, but used to be a real epithet in Poland when used by non-Jews.


And if you've been reading this site for as long as I think you have, then you've seen my theories on why Catholic schools produce the best Ivy football players.

 
At Tue Dec 18, 09:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.C. coach Stengel has been pushing kids to Penn for years. The lousy treatment that Bags gave to Sandberg (who wanted to transfer to Columbia at one point) may have changed things.

 

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