Friday, May 22, 2009

The New Names

So, there were a few names not on my unofficial list of incoming freshman football players.

Here they are:

1) Gregory Lee 6-4, 280 lbs. defensive lineman

Looks like Greg comes from a smaller program, but he certainly has big size for his position! He's another example of how much the team has become bigger under Coach Wilson.

2) Devan Luster 6-1, 210 lbs. defensive back

Devan comes from one of the elite New England prep schools. He was primarily a WR in high school where he was a super student.

3) Ryan Murphy 6-2, 205 lbs. defensive lineman

Comes from a well-respected Texas program. Seems undersized for a D-lineman, but the recipe that worked for us last year was big, big, big defensive tackles and speedy and slightly smaller defensive ends. Perhaps Murphy fits the latter category, or perhaps he will bulk up. Either way, we're glad to have him.

4) Will Patterson 6-1, 228 lbs. linebacker

I'll have to check to see when we last had a player from South Carolina. Patterson comes from a smaller program, but was good enough to be a state all-star. He seems like a promising addition to our strong linebacking corps.

5) Robert Sigmon, 5-10, 175 lbs. wide receiver

Seems like a very speedy smaller receiver from Florida. Will he run even faster without having to contend with the Florida heat?

6) Michael Williamson 6-2, 185 lbs. wide receiver/punter

Wait, now I'll have to check to see when we last had TWO players from South Carolina! Kudos to Coach Aaron Kelton who recruits the Carolinas. It's been a long time coming for the Palmetto state.


Two names on my unofficial list didn't make the official roster... at least not yet.

The first was James Pizzo, which was not too much of a surprise because he never actually said he was definitely in at Columbia.

Giving me more pause was not seeing Cameron Ross, who just spoke to a local paper last month about how he was coming to CU. Perhaps he will be a walk-on. We will watch out for him and anyone else who wants to join the ranks.

119 Strong!

Speaking of the ranks, if we add these 31 names to the returning veterans the varsity will be 119 strong for 2009. I know that only speaks to quantity and not necessarily quality, but getting the body count up is really a good thing.

Consider that the Lions went through the 2005 season with just 76 players on the roster. This is a 56.5% increase in just four years!

Kudos to Coach Wilson and all the recruiting coaches and assistants who have brought in these players and kept them with the program.


At Fri May 22, 11:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new names are certainly impressive, particularly Greg Lee the big defensive lineman from the Frances Parker School in San Diego. He's 6'4" 280 defensive tackle who received a high "67" evaluation from ESPN. In fact, I like all four of our incoming defensive tackles--Lee, Pogue, Sommers and Villamagna. They all look like solid athletes who go 280+. Seems to me that the strength of the incoming class is in the quality and depth of the offensive and defensive lines. All twelve linemen look like very good prospects. Not to mention the 6'5" 240 tight end from Pennsylvania whose team won the state championship.

At Mon May 25, 05:56:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Patterson was pre-season # 82 player in S.C. Interesting that his commitment was posted in a S.C. paper back on Feb. 6 but we all missed it.

At Mon May 25, 10:18:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Murphy was two-year all-District at DE; first team all San Antonio area; team won state Div. 1 title during junior year, going 14-1; listed 40 time as 4.46; 84 tackles, 12 for loss as senior.

At Tue May 26, 12:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4.46 is probably the fastest time of anybody in the Ivy League. It is an NFL benchmark for DBs, WRs, etc. If true, it is incredibly fast.

At Tue May 26, 04:32:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree 4.46 for a DE is very, very fast. Of course don't know if that's accurate, but presume that given his comparatively small size and that he was all District both junior and senior years, he is fast.

At Tue May 26, 05:14:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad news; it's the wrong Ryan Murphy. The 4.46 Ryan Murphy is a WR who is going to a D 1 school. I'm glad I caught this before foehi smoked it out.

At Tue May 26, 07:40:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, that's good news. You wouldn't want a wide receiver type playing defensive end, or a recruit to flunk out after a semester. I suspect Wilson et al. got the Ryan Murphy they wanted -- the right Ryan Murphy.


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