Friday, February 05, 2010

A Pair of Peaches & A Late Add from PA!

Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney, a highly-rated tight end from Marietta, Georgia's Walton High school has chosen Columbia.

Mooney has this to say about CU:

"They haven't won an Ivy championship since 1960, but they are getting better and better, and these next four years are going to be great."

We couldn't agree more Chris, but please, it was 1961 when we won our last title! We've been waiting long enough as it is!

Marcorus Garrett

Also from the Marietta area and coming to Columbia is Marcorus Garrett. Garrett says he committed to CU back in November. You can see his highlight video here.

I know I'm going to regret this, because I'm bound to get lots more names before the end of the day, but here's our "commit" list so far:


Joe Raimondi signs on the dotted line

Of course, I do have to add another name now. Joe Raimondi, a Valley News 1st Team OL AND 1st Team DL from from Hampton High School in the Pittsburgh area has committed to Columbia. Raimondi suffered an ACL injury at the end of the football season, but still may be able to compete as a wrestler this year for his high school.

1. Joey Andrada WR 6-3 190 lbs. Piedmont HS (Piedmont, CA)

2. Hunter Coleman TE/OL 6-4 230 lbs. Loyola (Prep Shreveport, LA)

3. Duncan Dickerson OL/LS 6-2 245 lbs. Cypress Falls HS (Houston, TX)

4. Lou DiNovo WR 6-0 185 lbs. LaSalle Institute (Albany, NY)

5. Mike DiTommaso CB 6-0 185 lbs. Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ)

6. Brian East LB 6-3 205 lbs. Carmel HS (Carmel, IN)

7. Luke Eddy K Worcester Academy (Worcester, MA)

8. Tyler Feely K/P 6-0 155 lbs. Jesuit HS (Tampa, FL)

9. Marcorus Garrett RB 5-10 177 lbs. Pope High School (Marietta, GA)

10. Joe Ghergurovich OL 6-3 245 lbs. Glastonbury HS (Glastonbury, CT)

11. Brad Losee DE/TE 6-4 235 lbs. Eastview HS (Apple Valley, MN)

12. Griffin Lowry RB 6-0 215 lbs. University HS (St. Louis, MO)

13. Mark McClain WR/S 6-2 195 lbs. Upper Arlington (Upper Arlington, OH)

14. Nick Melka DE 6-2 230 lbs. Benet Academy (Lisle, IL)

15. Jeremy Mingo WR/CB 6-0 180 lbs. Firestone HS (Akron, OH)

16. Chris Mooney TE 6-3 230 lbs. Walton HS (Marietta, GA)

17. Joe Raimondi OL/DL 6-4 255 lbs. Hampton HS (Allison Park, PA)

18. Chris Rapka QB 6-3 200 lbs. Cardinal Gibbons HS (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

19. Maurice Rothschild CB 5-10 165 lbs. Warren Eastern HS (New Orleans, LA)

20. James Valerias WR 6-1 185 lbs. Gonzaga College HS (Washington, DC)

21. Sam Williams RB 5-10 175 lbs. Baylor HS (Chattanooga, TN)


At Sat Feb 06, 01:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. V.,

I can't find stats/honors for Garrett and Mooney. Can you help?

At Sat Feb 06, 01:58:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PBurgLion on reports:

Joe Raimondi 6'4 260 Lineman from Pittsburgh Hampton High School has comitted to the Lions

At Sat Feb 06, 02:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not having much luck either. Will try again over the weekend. Garrett's first name is also spelled "Marcorous." Only tidbits I found were: Pope finished 6-4; in an Oct. game, Garrett ran for 157 yds and 2 TDs on 12 carries.

At Sat Feb 06, 02:49:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raimondi wrestled at 285

At Sat Feb 06, 04:00:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see any LBs on the list. You can never have too many of those guys.

At Sat Feb 06, 04:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zack Mckown 6'3 210 LB/TE PG from FUMA. High School~Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, UT. FUMA highlight video on Youtube at

At Sat Feb 06, 06:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, found more on Zack McKown...FUMA is Fort Union Military Academy in Virginia, where he went after graduating from high school in Utah where he was All-State, see below: (anybody know result for sure?)

"Former Judge Memorial football star Zack McKown spent the football season playing for Fort Union Military Academy in Virginia. The son of Utah Jazz strength coach Mark McKown, Zack is now drawing interest from several Ivy League programs. He will visit Columbia shortly, while Brown and Penn have also expressed interest."

At Sat Feb 06, 10:36:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, great game tonight against Brown. Ampin looks like he could be an all world TE, DE or LB.

At Sat Feb 06, 11:03:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

"They haven't won an Ivy championship since 1960, but they are getting better and better, and these next four years are going to be great."-Chris Mooney

Welcome to Columbia Mr Mooney- may your words be prophetic !!

At Sat Feb 06, 11:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found confirmation on FUMA's site for McKown's committment

At Sat Feb 06, 11:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garrett: 3 yr starter; as senior, bet 1200 and 1300 yds in 10 games ("had almost 1100" after 9 games and gained 170 in last game); also caught passes, but couldn't find stats.
New: Dylan Leonard, Ola H.S. GA; 6'3" 284 OL; first team all region; HM all state.

At Sat Feb 06, 11:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Mooney: Rivals 2 star; turned down GA St.

At Sun Feb 07, 07:39:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McClain played LB his Jr year. Here is a link to LB highlight tape as a JR

At Wed Feb 10, 10:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garrett was first team all-county according to Marietta Daily Journal, had a ton of yards, and runs hard.Turned down Presbyterian

Mooney was first team all county according to MDJ, and Cobb County Touchdown Club. Both of these were for defensive end. Can't find why he's listed as a tight end. Turned down Presbyterian, Ga state, and Ga southern.

At Fri Mar 05, 08:57:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyler Kirkland 6'0 185 Wide Reciever has also comitted to Columbia. He is from Orlando,Fl and was named to the Orange County Allstar Team. His video is


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