Friday, January 29, 2010

Three for Friday

Brian East

This Friday morning brings us news of three new commits to Columbia football; easily our biggest one-day haul this year.

In my view, the biggest name is 6"3, 205-pound outside lineback Brian East from Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana.

He's a two-star-rated player by the folks at, (whatever that means), but I watched a number of his highlights from his school team homepage and he certainly was a major cog at a top high school powerhouse. East and his teammates just barely lost the state championship game in double OT back in November. They were state champs as recently as 2007.

East was named as a first-team All-Stater as well.

Joey Andrada

From out west, we have wide receiver Joey Andrada of Piedmont High School.

You can see his highlight video complete with comments from his coach.

And here's a longer video including his highlights from this past season.

Andrada's high school uses a revolutionary new kind of offense called the "A-11." So it's a lot of fun just to see how its run in the video links above.

Mark McClain

Finally today, we have strong safety/linebacker/wide receiver Mark McClain from Upper Arlington High School in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Mclain's own web page says he received offers from lots of schools, including Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth. McClain did sustain a leg injury this past season, but I'm not sure how much playing time he lost.

I'm also not sure which position he will play at Columbia as he has the right size for a lot of slots in the roster.


At Sat Jan 30, 09:47:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrada, East and McLain are three outstanding prospects. Andrada gives Columbia a deep threat with size and speed, East is a very good linebacker and McLain has the size and speed to play the vital strong safety position. I also like the fact that all three players come from strong high school football progams.

At Mon Feb 01, 09:34:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The videos for all three show Columbia is recruting better size and athleticism. It looks like McClain played LB Jr year and Safety Sr year. McClain looks like a tough kid not afraid to hit and has the speed to get there to deliver the blow.


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