Thursday, June 05, 2008

One Who Got Away?

Isaac Serwanga is a Tiger (COURTESY:

Princeton's list of incoming freshmen is out and it includes Isaac Serwanga, a wide receiver from California reported that we had our eyes on. This DOES NOT mean we lost this recruit, it could mean we passed on him, but he is going to Princeton.

So now that we have all eight schools' lists, we can make some statements about the class of 2012, right? Wrong. It's just too early to tell who will pan out as a real star one, two or three years from now.

But the good news we can report now is that interest in Ivy football, at least from the players' level, is still as strong as can be. Smart and talented young athletes are not passing us by en masse, and that's encouraging.


At Thu Jun 05, 03:44:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that all eight Ivy League Schools have released their lists here are some quick impressions regarding our incoming class and how it fares with the rest of the Ivies. First, and most notably, our linemen, are finally as big if not bigger than the other guys. Our five incoming offensive linemen all have excellent size with three going 6'6" or better. On defense, Owen Frazer and Chris Groth, will be imposing figures in the middle of the line. J.D. Tyree is a 6'5" defensive end and Shea Sesor and Brad Popik are 6'4" and 6'3." Second, we have added some nice size at middle linebacker with guys like Nick Mistretta from Don Bosco Prep and Will Claunch . Third, our defensive backs have very good size as well. Fourth, our two incoming fullbacks, are listed as weighing 233 lbs and 250 respectively. That's the size you want in short yardage situations. Fifth, on offense, Donnie Miller has the size and speed to be an outstanding running back and Rafael Lopez could help us immediately at tight end. Christian Daniel is a very promising wide receiver from the West Coast. Sixth, at the key position of quarterback, you have to be impressed with the stats of Jerry Bell. He passed for over 4000yards in Texas last year. Coach Wilson will not have to worry about teaching Bell how to throw a spiral. Finally, it is nice to see so many football recruits coming to Columbia from Don Bosco, St. Xavier's and other top academically-oriented high schools with great athletic traditions. Recruiting is all about relationships between coaches and obiviously Coach Wilson and his staff are developing strong ties with the coaches of these prominent high schools.

At Thu Jun 05, 03:50:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, whatever happened to Danny Russell, the defensive lineman from the University of Connecticut who you mentioned was looking to transfer to Columbia, or possibly Yale. Russell's name is not on the recruit list of either school, or for that matter any of the eight Ivies. Columbia seems to have done very well in recruiting this year, but a lineman of Russell's caliber would still be a nice addition.

At Thu Jun 05, 06:05:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Not sure about Rusell right now. He could simply show up on the roster at any time.

At Thu Jun 05, 11:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


What about the son of Bill Reggio? Someone posted that he was coming to CU for football. Do you know his first name or name of high school?

At Thu Jun 05, 11:28:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Not sure about Reggio... we just have to keep checking that roster, especially in August during training camp.

At Fri Jun 06, 01:36:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with the first poster re his take on our class and would add several points. The coaches also brought in some speed: Maddox and Burrell. The class seems unusually well balanced, i.e., there's some of everything, including, perhaps most importantly-- in terms of scarcity, two large, highly interior D linemen. Lastly, perhaps the remaining difference between a very nice class such as this and the Harvard class is that we have one top notch QB whereas Harvard manages to bring in a bunch.

At Fri Jun 06, 08:29:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The roster lists 6 QBs; none are seniors. Without considering the current group's quality, next year's QB recruits are more important than this.


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