Thursday, May 29, 2008

Brown's List Unveiled

Phil Estes is a good hometown salesman

Brown's list of incoming freshman football players has been released, leaving only Harvard, Penn, and Princeton still unannounced.

One thing that's always impressed me about Brown, particularly under Coach Estes, is the program's ability to attract so many Rhode Island products. Yes it's a small state, but it's so close to Harvard and Yale and URI is of course right around corner.

I didn't see any names on the Brown list that were part of our publicly-known wish list. Remember that last year both Columbia and Brown claimed Brian England on their incoming freshman lists before we knew for sure that England was going to be a Lion. Good thing too, England was one of our most valuable freshman.

After last season's strong finish, and the rise of QB Michael Doughtety and flanker Bobby Sewall, I expect Brown to be picked third or higher in the preseason poll.

So what's keeping Harvard, Penn and Princeton from coughing up their lists? It could be a million things, but somehow I think Internet sites like this one have scared many schools from posting info about incoming players. I don't think those fears are 100% warranted, but caution is understandable when it comes to the 'net.


At Sat May 31, 08:24:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen Mark Hogan/Lincoln Sudbury HS play several times in person and he is an excellent football player. I would assume that he was on our radar but not sure if he was ever actively pursued or had interest in CU. He will be a standout rb in the league for sure.

At Sun Jun 01, 09:01:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

I counted only 2 out of 32 new Brownies out of RI - is that really a high percentage relative to other colleges vying for the same local talent?

At Sun Jun 01, 01:39:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WR Saros from MI may be the pick of the litter. He was getting serious looks from a couple of Big 10 schools. OL/DL Zoppo also looks like a nice get.

At Mon Jun 02, 06:28:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...


That's true, but overall, I would bet Brown has the most number of players, (or the best percentage), who hail from cities within 50 miles of campus.

At Mon Jun 02, 06:29:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Dr. V:

Brown has done a great job under Estes recruiting great wide receivers. Paul Raymond was also a series BCS recruit before joining Lonnie Hill in Providence.


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