Thursday, April 10, 2008

Great Get

St. George's, home of the Gryphons

A top offensive and defensive lineman, and a Tennessee "Mr. Football, " Ben Popeck is coming to Columbia. Ben also plays basketball and lacrosse for the St. George's Independent School Gryphons in Germantown, (that's near Memphis).

Ben is a good height at 6"4, but he needs to build on his 220 lb. frame. I do see him as a great prospect.

So, now our list of NATIONALLY PUBLISHED, (not rumored), incoming recruits is looking like this:

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. Brendan Mulheran LB/FB Lincoln-Way East, Illinois 5'11", 185 S, Lincoln Way H.S., Illinois

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

16. Ben Popeck, 6"4. 220, DL/OL St. George's Independent School, Germantown, Tenn

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

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


At Fri Apr 11, 02:30:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Can't rate this guy without seeing game film. Sounds like he competed with some very small schools, his teammate was another Mr Football finalist and he ended up D111. At 220 listed he could actually be 5-10lbs lighter as is common with highschool kids. Either way he's got to put on quite a bit of muscle to compete in the lineplay at this level. Hopefully he has above average footspeed and agility that would make up for what he lacks in size. Let's wait to rate the incoming kids til we see for our own eyes what they're all about, plus I've said it before good programs don't count on first years to "get them over the hump".

At Fri Apr 11, 09:12:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger MountainLion said...

While I understand dabull's caution, I believe Jake is correct in rating Ben Popeck as a "great get" because Popeck seems to be an outstanding all-around athlete who was named as the defensive mvp in the Tennessee Division II-A Championship Game. With just a little more weight, Popeck could become a really good defensive end at Columbia. While dabull is correct in stating that the Tennessee private schools are very small, they have produced many outstanding football players such as Chad Pennington. Let's hope that Ben emulates the success that Phil Mitchell (Webb School of Knoxville) has had at Columbia.


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