Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Two New Names

Peter Batesko was a 3rd Team All-State Defensive Back (CREDIT:

Today, we have news of a couple of decent-sized incoming freshmen, pushing our confirmed class of 2012 to 17.

First is Peter Batesko, a 6'3", 205 lb. WR/DB from Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey.

Second is DE/WR, (not a very common combination, but it seems to be possible), J.D. Tyree a 6'4" 208-pounder from Martinsville High School in Roanoke, Virginia.

So here's our list so far, and I think we're probably well ahead of where we were at this time last year with more than half of our recruited class known.

1. Jerry Bell, 6'2", 206 QB, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ray H.S.

2. Peter Batesko, 6'3" 205 WR/DB, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, NJ

3. Sam Cecil, 6'2", 250 OT/DT, Linsly School, W.Va

4. Alex Cornish 6'1", 210 LB, Fredrick, Md

5. Will Claunch, 6'2" 225, LB Florida

6. Christian Daniel, 6'4" 195 WR, Canyon H.S., Calif.

7. Owen Frazer, 6-1. 300 NT/OG, Trinity-Pawling, Newburgh, N.Y

8. Ryan Hazlett, 6'3", 210, QB, New Jersey

9. Rafael Lopez, 6'4", 235, TE, Calif

10. A.J. Maddox 5'9'' 183 DB, OLB, RB, H-Back/Slot Lakeview Central HS, Garland, TX

11. Nick Mistretta, 6'2", 225, LB, Nanuet, N.Y., Don Bosco Prep, N.J.

12. Evan Miller, 6'210" LB, St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio

13. Ross Morand 6'1", 180, St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio

14. Kevin Mulhearn, 5'11", 185 S, Lincoln Way H.S., Illinois

15. Nico Papas, 6'1", 235, Buckingham & Nichols, FB, Cambridge, Mass

16. J.D. Tyree, 6'4", 208 Martinsville, Roanoke, VA

17. Kurt Williams, 6'0, 190, DB, Don Bosco Prep, N.J.

Shane Kelly: Two More Years

It appears the mystery of Shane Kelly's actual class placement has been solved. The Columbia football roster has moved all the returning players up to the 2008-09 class except for Kelly, who is still listed as a junior.

So as I expected, the leading candidate to start at QB this coming season is good to go for yet another season after 2009 if all goes well.

Of course, Kelly doesn't have the starting job yet. I just give him the "favorite" designation because he has the most experience of any of the returning players.


At Wed Feb 13, 03:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, I am pretty sure that the class is basically complete by now. As of a few weeks ago we had 27; I understand that the target was 32. I suspect we are at or close to 32.

At Wed Feb 13, 04:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joseph "JD" Tyree is a 6'2" 202 tight end from Martinsville, Virginia. shows Tyree on the recruiting lists for the University of Virginia, Wake Forest, William & Mary, Duke, Harvard and Princeton, amongst others. Our newest Lion recruit has 4.7/40 speed which means that Columbia has still another big, incoming skills position player with excellent speed. Tyree is currently ranked as one of the top 100 players in Virginia. He has the size and speed to be a very good player at Columbia.

At Wed Feb 13, 04:30:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not believe the Columbia recuriting class is complete. At this time of year you always have a few outstanding high school football players who come to their senses and realize that they ought to attend Columbia, or for that matter, another Ivy League School rather than go to a state university or another big-time football palace as a "walk-on," "preferred walk-on," or whatever. I like to call the young men who choose to turn down Columbia and other Ivy Leage schools "walkaways," because they are walking away from a great educational and athletic experience in the Ivy League for a long shot chance to play one day in their fourth or fifth years at a national football power. In some areas of the country, there is huge peer pressure on some of these kids to attend State U. That's just the way it is.

At Wed Feb 13, 05:57:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see that we have some beef in the class....Owen Frazer...6'1" 300lbs at that's what i'm talking about!!!

At Wed Feb 13, 06:16:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Some beef, but so far only a couple of interior linemen among the seventeen names. Hope we have a lot more among the last 10-15 yet to come

At Wed Feb 13, 08:41:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corrections: Sam Cecil: 6'5", 250; Evan Miller: 6'0, 210. Agree with dabull that we need more huge offensive and defensive linemen to round out this recruiting class. We also could use a couple of big-time running backs with blazing speed. Another outstanding quarterback like Jerry Bell would be great.Finally, we could use an outstanding kickoff returner to get even with Cornell.

At Wed Feb 13, 09:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have some big interior linemen in hte incoming list. You just haven't seen all of the names yet. We had 27 firm commits, including several big OLs as of several weeks ago.

At Thu Feb 14, 01:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be careful about and other paid recruiting companies--this does not correlate necessarily with how actively the athlete is being considered. The schools all have a system with a list (or board) that ranks the recruit and the priority of his recruiting--unless a boy gets asked for an Official visit to one of those schools, he probably was not #1, or even #2, on the depth chart.
I know as my son fell from #1 to #2 and even #3 on the recruiting "board" with a couple of D1A programs last year, as his Sr. Year progressed (he had a better Jr year). Thats life in the big times.

At Thu Feb 14, 10:05:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly agree with your comment. I hope your son didn't end up as a "walk-on" or "preferred walk-on" at one of the football mills. Hope he's at Columbia.


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