A.J. Maddox hopes to be the rarest of weapons in the Ivies: a legitimate speedster
(CREDIT: Lakeview High School)
Thanks to the anonymous poster who listed our publicized, (in local media), list of incoming freshmen in the comments section in the previous post. Here is that list for those of you who missed it:
1. Jerry Bell, 6'2", 206 QB, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ray H.S.
2. Sam Cecil, 6'2", 250 OT/DT, Linsly School, W.Va
3. Alex Cornish 6'1", 210 LB, Fredrick, Md
4. Will Claunch, 6'2" 225, LB Florida
5. Christian Daniel, 6'4" 195 WR, Canyon H.S., Calif.
6. Owen Frazer, 6-1. 300 NT/OG, Trinity-Pawling, Newburgh, N.Y
7. Ryan Hazlett, 6'3", 210, QB, New Jersey
8. Rafael Lopez, 6'4", 235, TE, Calif
9. A.J. Maddox 5'9'' 183 DB, OLB, RB, H-Back/Slot Lakeview Central HS, Garland, TX
10. Nick Mistretta, 6'2", 225, LB, Nanuet, N.Y., Don Bosco Prep, N.J.
11. Evan Miller, 6'210" LB, St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio
12. Ross Morand 6'1", 180, St. Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio
13. Kevin Mulhearn, 5'11", 185 S, Lincoln Way H.S., Illinois
14. Nico Papas, 6'1" 235, Buckingham & Nichols, FB, Cambridge, Mass
15. Kurt Williams, 6'0, 190, DB, Don Bosco Prep, N.J.
One highlight in these names is A.J. Maddox
who, according to his high school website, runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds! He played a lot of positions this past season, but primarily was used as a defensive back. Obviously, there's a lot of places where a speedster like that can fit in at Columbia.
Super speed, like well-sized linemen, has become a true rarity in the Ivies. But conversely, even those very undersized players who have great speed, like Columbia's Travis Chmelka
'04, can make a huge impact when they would be too small at the BCS level to get a chance. Maddox looks like he might be able to contribute right away as a spur linebacker, sealing off the edges as the Lion defense works to bolster its weak middle from 2007.Happy Days
What a glorious weekend it was for Columbia sports. The men's and women's fencing teams swept to undefeated Ivy League titles. The men's and women's basketball teams won all four games they played combined against Penn and Princeton. And there are even rumors that Roar-EE finally got a date with the female lead in the Lion King.
But seriously, I think the athletic department has to be pleased overall with how the spring semester sports season is going after what was a disappointing fall on many fronts. I say that because there have been so many years in the recent past when the football team's more-publicized failures have been just one part of a larger puzzle of frustration at CU. It seems to me that AD Diane Murphy has strengthened the prorgam overall and that will shake into football soon enough.