Friday, January 02, 2009

Pelini Family Affair

Husker Coach Bo Pelini has a lot of Columbia family ties

Matt Sodl emailed me to point out that Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini, who guided the Huskers to a 26-21 win in the Gator Bowl yesterday, has a lot of family ties to Columbia.

First off, one of his Nebraska assistants is his brother Carl Pelini, who played two years for the Lions before eligibility issues and other hurdles convinced him to quit football and transfer back home to Youngstown State.

But Bo's older brother Vince Pelini '81, was a 1st Team All Ivy linebacker for the Lions and deservedly so. In late 2007, I blogged about Vince's son Mark, who plays at Cardinal Mooney high school in Youngstown and is highly-regarded offensive lineman prospect. I mistakenly identified him as a senior in 2007, but he is actually a current junior and will be a senior for the 2009 season.


At Fri Jan 02, 10:27:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Cougar7 said...

Here's my current list of 2009 Columbia Lion Football Commitments:

1. Steve Grassa, 5'11" - 188, safety, Buckinghham Browne Nichols School, Cambridge, Mass.

2. Alex Kosminskas, 6'2" - 286, offensive lineman, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Illinois.

3. Sean Brackett, 6'1" - 195, quarterback, Griswold H.S., Jewett City, Conn.

4. Nick Gerst, 5'8" - 170, running back, Bergen Catholic H.S., Paramus, N.J.

5. Brian De Veau, 6'1" - 200, quarterback, wide receiver, Kinnelon H.S., Kinnelon, N.J.

6. Anthony Villamanga, 5'11" - 265, defensive lineman, Cypress Woods H.S., Houston, Texas.

7. Dallas Hartman, 6'5" - 235, tight end, Wilimington Area H.S., New Wilmington, Pa.

8. Ian Hillman, 6'5" - 230, defensive end, Germantown Academy, Ft. Washington, Pa.

9. Mike Waller, 6'1" - 190, linebacker, Wayne Hills H.S., Wayne, N.J.

10. Andrew Weiss, 6'1" - 175, quarterback, Ramapo H.S., Franklin Lakes, N.J.

11. Michael Poage, 6'2" - 290, defensive lineman, Redlands H.S., Redlands, Ca.

Congratulations to each of these players and their families.

Happy New Year, Jake.

At Sat Jan 03, 05:49:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Shad Sommers didn't make your list (?)

At Sat Jan 03, 07:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Jake, that query re Sommers should have been addressed to Cougar.

At Sat Jan 03, 11:36:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Cougar 7 said...

According to Shad Sommers' profile in, Columbia has offered him, but there is no indication in that write-up, or elsewhere, that he has accepted. Scout and/or Rivals have also reported that Columbia has pending offers to several other outstanding linemen including Gavin Pascarella, a terrific player from California, Jack Templeton of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, defensive end Seyi Adebayo of Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Arizona and OG, Mike Pinciotti of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. Unless I'm mistaken, Andy Shalrack also attended St. Joe's.

At Sat Jan 03, 07:31:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Gerst a little bigger than what you have listed? More like 5' 9" and 175-180? My recollection is that Don Bosco's previous Ivy RB to go onto the Ivies, Joe Sandberg, was around the same size in HS.

At Sun Jan 04, 08:47:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Grassa made first-team all classifications all state at safety.


At Tue Jan 06, 09:59:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look down at the statements, close to 10 down and it'll say that Shad Sommers has committed to Columbia.

Milton High’s outstanding football lineman Shad Sommers – 6-foot-2”, 285 pounds – has committed to play football next year at Columbia University. He was recruited by several other schools, including Cornell, Harvard, Brown, Boston College and the University of New Hampshire.


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